The Top 6 Street Markets of the World

Thursday 17.05.18

Bottles at a Flea Market

Castle and Gregory furniture designs are inspired by a treasure trove of vintage finds; discovered by founders Miles and David over their many years of global travel. Cherry picking those pieces from dusty corners of antique barns, Brocantes and flea markets to frequenting auction houses to snap up forgotten treasures. It’s not unusual to see David on his way back from France with a love-worn armchair strapped to a trailer or for Miles to drive the 200 odd miles down to Somerset to buy a single leg from a long-forgotten table – just because it has the perfect mouldings. Although pieces are new, each one has been based on an archive of design heritage and we’ve had so much fun finding the inspiration for each one! Our industrial storage pieces will sit happily next to original items or offer a point of a difference in a more contemporary home.

In the spirit of the true explorer and for the die-hard thrill of the chase we’ve collated our top six famous flea markets of the world. So set your alarm for an early start and get your best bartering head on, as we take a whistle stop tour of where’s hot to shop, be it a vintage trinket to dress an industrial storage cabinet or a stack of mismatched crockery to adorn your industrial style dining table.

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1 | Portobello Road, London.

2 | Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasenda, California

3 | Les Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris, France

4 | Brooklyn Flea in Brooklyn, New York

5 | Jeu de balle market Brussels - Belgium

6 | Mercatone Dell’Antiquariato Del Naviglio Grande, Milan - Italy

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1 | Portobello Road, London @rbkcmarkets

Quipped as the largest antiques market in the world and one of London’s must-see landmarks, Portobello boasts over 1’000 dealers selling every conceivable kind of collectable and antique. Head there on a Saturday to peruse the street stalls and get there early to avoid the masses. You’ll want to make a day of it and there’s plenty of places to grab a bite to eat - be it from one of the many street food vendors or one of the little pubs or cafes in the area.

2 | Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasenda, California @rgcshows

Located on the East Side of LA and with a whopping 2’500 vendors this is an experience not be missed, and is said to be a favourite haunt of some of America’s biggest stars. Head there for 8am and make sure you’re dressed for the sun – you can even rent a small cart on site to haul your treasures around!

3 | Les Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris, France @otentx 

Located in the north of Paris, you’ll want to make a weekend of this institution, which is one of the best places to shop in Paris and is said to receive between 120’000 to 180’000 visitors each weekend! You can book a tour with a local operator to take you right into the heart of the market but if you prefer to go it solo make you sure you hit it early and make a plan for your must-see stalls.

4 | Brooklyn Flea in Brooklyn, New York @bkflea 

We’re back stateside for the Brooklyn Flea – running every weekend from April through October one of the top attraction for NYC where you can peruse hundreds of vendors and a uniquely curated selection of antiques and collectables alongside art, crafts and mouth-watering street food. Again, get there early and don’t forget sunscreen if you’re heading there in high season.

5 | Jeu de balle market Brussels - Belgium

Expect and friendly and vibrant atmosphere at Belgium’s most famous flea market – and the only one in the world open 365 days a year! Revel in vinyl records and ultra-rare books alongside stacks of quirky objects and don’t be afraid to roll your sleeves up and have a good rummage. Open from 6am every morning.

6 | Mercatone Dell’Antiquariato Del Naviglio Grande, Milan - Italy

One of the largest antique markets in Milan and open on the last Sunday of every month from in September, and located on the picturesque banks of the Alzaia Naviglio Grande – the oldest canal in Milan. The full spectrum is on offer from silverware to crockery, furniture to art. Refresh yourself with a gelato whilst immersed in the energy and bustle. 

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