Flea markets in Bordeaux

Flea markets in Bordeaux

by Nicolas Martin

The epitome of fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most elegant and cosmopolitan cities. Strategically located at the center of a legendary wine-growing region, the vibrant and sophisticated city of Bordeaux is a top culture and gourmet destination. As a matter of facts, Bordeaux is the ideal base for exploring neighboring wineries was well as the châteaux of Médoc, St Emilion and Bordeaux.

Fringed by the largest pine forest in Europe, Bordeaux is located only 45 minutes away from Arcachon Bay (famous for its delicious seafood and the Grande Dune du Pilat — the tallest sand dune in Europe, towering at 110 meters above sea level) and its stunning beaches. The city of Bordeaux’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 and its bold modernism have made it a key destination for everyone interested in French culture, wine, lifestyle, and flea markets!

Foire à la Brocante des Quinconces (Quinconces Flea Market)

Twice a year, in spring and autumn, the Foire à la Brocante des Quinconces is THE appointment of all “bargain hunters” who live in the region. Set on a huge square, this event — which is the oldest flea market & antiques fair in Bordeaux & in the Aquitaine region — welcomes twice a year more than 200 exhibitors showcasing a considerable range of furniture and objects, from past centuries to more recent times, in order to appeal to the widest range of potential buyers.

A traditional appointment in Bordeaux, the Foire à la Brocante des Quinconces gathers over 180,000 flea market enthusiasts, seasoned collectors or just curious passersby from around the region, who try to find the gem or just want to enjoy from a day out with their family. And the Foire à la Brocante des Quinconces has so much to offer! From junk, antique, furniture and books to jewelery, china, silverware, crystal glassworks, and a wide selection of classic and unusual collectible, exhibitors at the Quinconces Flea Market truly have something for everyone.

And those who don’t manage to quench their thirst for vintage & antiques, will be able to get their revenge by having a gourmet break in one of the many restaurants and wine booth of the Traditional Wine and Ham Fair, held in a neighboring alley to the Quinconces Flea Market. Last but not least, the banks of the Garonne river provide an ideal place to enjoy from the stunning scenery or a pleasant walk.

Open to all public and budgets, the Foire à la Brocante des Quinconces is a highly expected event, and an invitation to a journey through time.

Did you know that?

The Quinconces, the main square of Bordeaux’s city center, is named after the way the trees were planted: “de quinconce” stands for “staggered.”

Other interesting flea markets in Bordeaux:

St-Michel Flea Market
Where: Place Duburg
When: Every day except Saturdays and Mondays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Booksellers Flea Market (Bouquinistes)
Where: Halle around the Place des Grands Hommes
When: Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday Flea Market (St-Michel)
Where: Duburg Square and Quai des Salinières
When: Every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Booksellers Flea Market (Bouquinistes)
Where: Halle des Chartrons/Place du marché des Chartrons
When: 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Large Flea Market unpacking (St-Michel)
Where: Duburg Square and Quai des Salinières
When: Every second Sunday of March, June, September and December from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Read more about Europe’s best flea markets at www.fleamarketinsiders.com.

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