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Where to shop the best vintage furniture in France?

Young smiling woman standing amongst decorative and vintage objects and in front of a painted iron container

Did you just purchase a new house and want to decorate it? Are you looking to invest into furniture pieces lasting a lifetime while still being affordable? I’ve the perfect address for you! Read along to find out where you can shop the best vintage furniture and items in France!

View of a building with 5 colourful hangar doors and on top of it giant letters reading Les Puces

On a scorching sunny day in June, I hit the road to go to much-heard about “Les puces du canal”, a big flea market near Lyon. Being a lover of interior design and decoration (I could literally redo my entire home every other week), this flea market was heaven for me! Therefore I decided to compile a small guide for you, and maybe inspiring you to visit this place.

“Les puces du canal” are located on the outskirts of Lyon, but don’t be fooled by their name. I thought they’re in the middle of quaint countryside, by a neat canal. I couldn’t have been more wrong?! Instead of green hilltops and leafy trees I was greeted by concrete and industrial buildings.

Small alley bordered by colourful metal containers transformed into shops

This landscape nuisance didn’t stick for long though. Especially not once I entered the actual grounds of the flea market. It was vintage furniture shopping heaven! Kilometres of stands, selling everything from china to rattan or industrial furniture and colourful glassware.

Picture of an antique mirror and colourful carpet as well as other antique furniture

Picture of rainbowed colour fabric stored in a wood shelf

Picture of objects sold in a vintage furniture booth: big letters signs, a rattan mirror and wild flowers

You can literally shop till you drop at “les puces du canal”. (Re)decorating your entire house while only spending a small budget. In fact, as customs wants it in flea markets, bargaining your future purchase is quite common. I made several great deals, allowing me to buy more for less!

Picture of a Tropical inspired furniture booth

The flea market opens Thursdays and on weekends. From 6am to noon, the private sellers start to arrive and set up their booth, whereas from 9am onwards it’s the professionals’ sellers turn.

And if all this shopping and bargaining makes you hungry and thirsty, there also are cute little guinguettes and traditional brasseries.

Picture of vintage metallic chair and table with some china on the table

Close up picture of vintage furniture & decorative objects

Meandering through the alleys of this market feels like time is suspended. It’s impossible not get inspired! There is such a melting pot of styles and atmospheres.


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  • Reply
    Mollie Brown
    21/07/2019 at 18:40

    Such a great post! I would love to visit someday and bring treasures home

    • Reply
      13/10/2019 at 17:00

      Thanks Mollie! I’m sure you’d love it there 🙂

  • Reply
    Jessica Eisenmann
    21/07/2019 at 20:06

    Omg makes me want to fly to Lyon tomorrow and take home a bunch of pieces! Love the article Emilie 🙂

    • Reply
      13/10/2019 at 16:59

      Awe, your comment makes me happy! Come and we’ll go together!!

  • Reply
    21/07/2019 at 20:24

    This is such a great idea for a blog post!!

    • Reply
      13/10/2019 at 16:58

      So happy you like it Gabi 🙂

  • Reply
    31/01/2021 at 21:59

    we just moved to lyon and are keen to go here to furnish our apartment. do you know if one can buy a bunch of stuff and get it delivered?

    • Reply
      22/02/2021 at 08:13

      Hi Leah,

      Lyon is such an interesting and lively city! Where did you move from?
      As for your question, some of the bigger seller will offer/provide delivery services. The smaller ones won’t though as very often they’re “regular people” like you and me renting a stall for the day or the week.

      Let me know if I can further help 🙂

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