Whether you’re searching for authentic olive jams or French lingerie, you’ll be able to find it while exploring the dozens of shops scattered throughout the alleyways of Old Town and along Promenade des Anglais. This is a great place to find local goods to bring home with you. It’s easy to get lost in the maze of shops here; look out for these so you don’t miss them.
Keep an eye out for this shop if you are an olive oil lover. Scour their assortment of oils, spices, and jams and make sure to take something home with you. Alziari stores their olive oil in cans, which helps to preserve the oil. You can purchase traditional olive oil or try something unique like their truffle olive oil or chili pepper olive oil. If you’re in the mood for whole olives, you can also purchase those here. Grab a baguette from a local bakery and take your pick from local delicacies and goods like sun-dried tomatoes & ricotta, ratatouille, truffle sauce, tapenade, pesto, acacia honey, mustard with black olives, and green tomato jam. Sit along Promenade des Anglais and enjoy your treats. Stop by Alziari’s tasting atelier for an olive oil tasting. Tip– if you plan to bring these items home with you, they need to be in your checked luggage! Customs may confiscate them otherwise.
14 rue Saint-François-de-Paule. (00 33 4 93 85 76 92; http://www.nicolas-alziari.com
Located near Alziari, this chocolaterie and confiserie has a wide variety of sweets. Try local jams, chocolate with orange peels, or candied ginger. The shop itself is beatiful; stained glass details and walls adored with gold make your chocolate buying experience one to remember. Pro tip — ask for their chocolat cake. They don’t have it out on display, but it’s a must try.
7 rue Saint-François-de-Paule. (00 33 4 93 85 77 98) https://www.fruits-confits.com/
MAX ESTIN 1961
This little shop features high quality shoes made from 100% calfskin box and lining or full grain calf leather. The originality and the level of craftsmanship make these shoes one of a kind. Max Estin belongs to a circle of only 20 people in France that are still able to hand sew a shoe. Make sure to stop by one of his boutiques; you can only find them in France!
9 rue du Maréchal Joffre Nice • Tram Masséna • Tel. 04 93 82 91 87
This department store is worth browsing. There’s a wide selection of high-end pieces to be found here. If you have an hour to wander around and shop, it’s an easy place to check out some Parisian designers and try on new sunglasses. If you forgot something at home — this is a good place to find it. They have everything here.
Galleries Lafayette, 6 Avenue Jean Médecin, Nice, France +33 (0)4 92 17 36 36 http://www.galerieslafayette.com/
MARCHE AUX FLEURS COURS SALEYA
Stroll through Côte d’Azur’s buzziest daily market. If you make it here on a Monday, you’re in for a treasure trove of antiques and flea market finds. Tuesdays – Sundays the market is brimming with fresh produce and buckets of fresh flowers. Take a few minutes out of your day to walk under the awnings and pick up a few flowers for your room. We recommend bringing cash here (especially small bills). Most vendors do not accept debit and credit cards.
There are tons of little lingerie shops scattered throughout Nice. Whether you’re looking for a delicate lace bra to take home or a silky kimono, you’ll find it here — and for a reasonable price.
4 Rue Massena
LES EAUX DE MARS
If you’re looking for unique, one-off pieces, this is a great place to look. The shop features an assortment of women’s clothing items, mainly from Italian designers. Stop by after wandering through the Museum of Modern and Contemporary art. 11 rue Defly (00 33 4 93 01 47 17)
WHEN TO SHOP IN NICE
If you plan to have a shopping excursion in Nice, make sure you’re going to be in town Monday-Saturday. Nearly all of the shops are closed on Sundays and you will be very limited with your selection. Monday – Saturday you are able to shop from 10 am – 7 pm; some stores will close for lunch between 12 and 2-3pm. Plan accordingly. If you are in town on a Sunday, some of the larger stores will be opened, but you will have a very hard time finding any designer shops that are open. You’ll be stuck window shopping! Most shops take debit and credit cards, however some take only cash.
WHERE TO SHOP IN NICE
We highly recommend exploring Rue Paradis. This area is filled with international designer shops where you can find Parisian designer goods. Rue Delfy features more independent boutiques and Old Town is filled with must-see shops.
WHERE NOT TO SHOP IN NICE
We weren’t huge fans of Rue de France. It has a lot of touristy shops. Shopping along Promenade des Anglais tends to be much more expensive compared to shopping throughout Old Town (we’re talking twice as expensive). You can skip shopping on Avenue Jean Médecin, but make sure to stop by Galeries Lafayette.