The first stop on our shortlist is the Marché Vernaison, which is one of the markets closest to the Porte de Clignancourt Metro station. There is quite literally no end to the bizarre and wonderful objects that you can find here, though ostensibly it specialises in toys, glassware and scientific objects. There are over 200 stalls under its banner, spread over an area of more than 9,000sqm (97,000sqft), some of which are the oldest in the entire market.
Feel encouraged to spend an hour or so getting lost in its narrow passageways, and don’t be afraid of poking your nose into some of the more private-looking courtyards, as they contain some of the most jaw-dropping pieces. Be sure to at least stick your head into the legendary Chez Louisette. Dripping with tinsel at all times of the year, this cabaret café isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a genuine experience that would be a shame to miss.