Shopping and Eating in Nice, France
Nice is one of the largest cities in the country of France.
Shopping in Nice
In Nice defined by AbbreviationFinder, you will find most of the large and well-known chain stores and the typical French shopping centers. The city has also given place to the famous designers and a number of good marketplaces. A big plus for Nice is that most of the shops and markets are located together, so you don’t spend a lot of time finding your favorite stores.
Most of the shops are open from 10am. 0900 to 1900 from Tuesday to Saturday. Mondays have many shops closed half or all day, and those who are still open, usually take an extended lunch break between noon. 1200 and 1400.
In the Rue Massena pedestrian zone you will find popular chain stores as well as a number of small specialty shops, including shoes. In the side street of Rue Paradis you will find designer shops such as Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton. If you want cheaper stores, you will find chains like H&M, Zara and the like in Avenue Jean Medecin. Here you will also find Galeries Lafayette, which has most of the latest fashion from the designer world.
In the old town there are a number of markets and a good selection of small shops selling everything from clothes to souvenirs and olive products. There are also many good art galleries and art shops.
Cours Salaya market in Nice
Cours Saleya is probably the most visited market in Nice and is located in the heart of the old town. Cours Saleya is home to four different markets. Most famous is the Marché aux Fleurs (flower market) and which is open every day except Mondays. The same applies to the fruit and vegetable market. In practice, the flower and fruit and vegetable markets are one and the same market. The stalls with fruits and vegetables close approx. 1330, while the flower stalls last until 1730.
Mondays are the day of antiques and “fleas” at Cours Saleya. Check out furniture, books, used clothing, jewelry and some prints.
In june there comes a fourth market, namely Marché artisanal nocturne. There is an evening market where art and craft products are sold. This market runs from June to September.
It has become popular to buy a variety of products for Nice cooking – perhaps in the hope of recreating the good taste of the restaurants when you get home? You can buy different types of oils, truffles and spices in specialty stores all over Nice.
In general about shopping in Nice and France
Don’t forget that you can get a refund when you shop in France at the airport when you are on your way home. The requirement is that you have traded for at least (at the time of writing) 175 euros (approximately NOK 1500) and have completed a VAT refund form. Not all stores have this scheme, so look for the Tax Free Shopping badge at the entrance before dragging your credit card.
Eating in Nice
Nice is a great destination for food lovers. The cuisine is heavily influenced by neighboring Italy, and you will find good varieties of pasta on just about every menu. Seafood is also represented at most restaurants.
Do you want a light meal for example. at lunch there is a good selection of cafes selling sandwiches with typical Provencal ingredients such as fresh basil, olives, olive oil, goat cheese and mesclum. Of course, there is also a good selection of French baked goods such as croissants, pain au chocolat and similar that are worth tasting.
You will find good restaurants all over Nice. In the old town there are restaurants in almost every street, and many of them also have places outside, despite the narrow streets. Cours Saleya, Place Pierre Gautier and Place Rosetti offer a good selection, and here is the bustling life of well over midnight.
If you want to treat yourself to a good fish meal, there are several good restaurants in the harbor areas. You have to expect to pay a little extra at these restaurants, but it might be worth it. Le Café Turin at 5 Place Garibaldi is considered one of the best seafood restaurants, and the slightly less expensive Chez Pistol next door also has a good reputation.
If you have selected a restaurant during the day’s sightseeing, where you would like to dine in the evening, it is recommended that you go in and book a table. Especially if you are in Nice during the high season and want to have dinner after 10 pm. 2000.