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Shopping Areas in Nice (Self Guided), Nice

Nice is a beautiful city with large streets, a beautiful atmosphere, beautiful places, important historical sites, monuments and buildings. It is a great place to shop. In nearly every region of the city are streets with large zones dedicated to markets and shops with everything from clothes and books, to food and souvenirs. Take the following tour to discover the most beautiful places for shopping.
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Shopping Areas in Nice Map

Guide Name: Shopping Areas in Nice
Guide Location: France » Nice (See other walking tours in Nice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Place Garibaldi
  • Marche St. Francois
  • Marche du Livre Ancien et D'occasion
  • Old Town Market
  • Cours Saleya
  • Moulin Alziar
Place Garibaldi

1) Place Garibaldi (must see)

Another of the lovely squares to be found in the city of Nice, this used to be called the Piazza Vittorio and was designed to be a tribute to King Victor Amedee III. It was built in the late 1700s. When first constructed, it was meant to be a place for the Sardinian rulers to have public functions in Nice, while visiting from Turin. Much later, the square was renamed after Giuseppe Garibaldi, who tried to get Nice included in the governmental rule of Italy during the so-called Italian Reunification Movement (at one point, Nice was part of Italy).

The square was designed by Antoine Spinelli. This is the same designer who worked on the Chapelle du St. Sepulcre building in town. You will also be able to see the statue of Garibaldi which was constructed here.

While in the area, you may want to visit the Place Massena. Place St. Francois is also very close. If you go there, you will want to see the famous Dolphin Fountain located in the center of the square. The Bell Tower Palais Communal is also within walking distance from the Place Garibaldi.

Why You Should Visit:
Apart from the impressive Garibaldi centerpiece, the whole area reflects a feel and style of yesteryear with spaciousness and color.
There are some tactfully placed shops and bars within reaching distance as well (but these do not spoil the overall mood of the square itself).
The clever way in which ALL balconies have been painted in 2D to replicate a 3D range of balcony-like features for all buildings bordering the area is clever and yet a piece of art history itself.

For a nice view of the place, you have Café de Turin and its outdoor tables at which you can eat e.g. excellent oysters.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Marche St. Francois

2) Marche St. Francois

Marche St. François is located in one of the best known and important squares in Nice. This market is dedicated to fresh fish and all types of seafood. Sardines, poutine and many other types of seafood are found here along with some specialty dishes.
Marche du Livre Ancien et D'occasion

3) Marche du Livre Ancien et D'occasion

Marche du Livre Ancien et D'occasion is located in an historical landmark, Place du Palais de Justice. This market is known for its wide variety of books, novels, journals and newspapers. It is a cultural shop, crowded but with a great atmosphere.
Old Town Market

4) Old Town Market

The Old Town Market is one of the best known markets in this region. Visitors will want to wake up early as it opens very early. A wide variety of goods are sold here. It has a splendid atmosphere with aromas and colors that attract many customers. You can not leave without buying something.
Cours Saleya

5) Cours Saleya (must see)

A trip to Nice absolutely must include a stroll around the Cours Saleya. This incredible area used to be the city square in the days gone by. It is now an open-air market that has many different vendors available throughout the week. The sights, sounds, smells and the people are sure to be one of the highlights of any trip.

Every Monday morning there is an antique market, where the perfect bit of Art Deco or that one unique souvenir may be purchased. If you love antiques, do not miss coming on Mondays. Tuesday through Sunday, the market is devoted to fresh, colorful flowers and fruits of all kinds. Of course, it really depends upon the time of year one visits as to what produce will be available, but whatever is being sold, it will be fresh.

Be sure to arrive early at the market; the stalls open at 6 am, so try to get there as soon as possible after that. For early birds, this place is a real treat. Reusable bags to carry home purchases are absolutely necessary as well as plenty of small bills and change. The vendors will have enough customers that they don’t need to worry about fussing with making huge amounts of change for one customer.

For those who have cooking facilities where they are staying, do not miss the fresh fish market. There is no comparison of taste in fish that went from the water to the table in just a few hours. What a delight, especially when accompanied by fresh herbs, bread, veggies and paired with an incredible wine.

During the summertime, the Cours Saleya turns in a craft market on the warm evenings. It is possible to go to the market in the morning to pick up fresh flowers, a bit of fruit, cheese, olives and bread for the day and then return in the evening to buy some delightful craft product to remember the trip by. The area is also home to several cafes and restaurants. What a way to spend a summer day in Nice!

Why You Should Visit:
Beautifully located in the heart of the city whilst at the same time not being too far away from the seafront.
Adding to the charm is the whole area leading up to it as you walk down a promenade of magnificent edifices erected yesteryear and oozing class at each and every glance.

Be there around 12 PM – that's when they fire a cannon after an old habit of the Duke of Nizza that tried to get his shop-a-holic wife home for lunch this way.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am-1pm
Moulin Alziar

6) Moulin Alziar

This is a large shop selling local products, specializing in olives and olive oil. The smell is magnificent, offering many different types of olives and is the pride of the local culture.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 7 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 7 pm.

Walking Tours in Nice, France

Create Your Own Walk in Nice

Create Your Own Walk in Nice

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nice is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historic Buildings Tour

Historic Buildings Tour

Thanks to its history, the culture and architecture of Nice is diverse and very beautiful. The influences of Gothic, Italian, Latin and Genoese styles define the architecture of Nice. The beauty of this blend of styles is seen in the old buildings, churches and palaces. Take this tour to discover the masterpieces of art made by people centuries ago which are preserved to this day.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 Km or 4.3 Miles
Famous Museums of Nice Walking Tour

Famous Museums of Nice Walking Tour

Throughout time life has been reflected in art, preserving the past and human history till today in the works that remain. These preserved works continue to be admired by thousands of people and will continue to do so long into the future. Museums keep the history of our ancestors alive. Take the following tour to discover the history of Nice.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Daily Life Tour

Daily Life Tour

Nice is a great city to visit for the pleasant weather, the sea and its beauty. It is an old town with many beautiful places to visit. Besides the tourist areas there are places that locals love to visit, with very important historical value. Take the following tour to discover the most popular places for Nice’s locals.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Nice Introduction Walk

Nice Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Kids Entertainment Tour

Kids Entertainment Tour

Nice is a very interesting city with activities for all ages and tastes. There are museums, galleries, historical buildings and theaters for people who love art in all its forms. For younger crowds there are clubs, pubs, bars and parks. There are also places for families that parents and children can enjoy. Take the following tour to discover the most popular attractions for kids.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
Art Museums Walking Tour

Art Museums Walking Tour

Nice is considered one of the oldest cities in the world. Due to its location and climate, Nice attracted many famous painters. Because so many artists have resided here, there are a large number of art museums. Check out the most visited ones in Nice in this next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.2 Km or 5.7 Miles

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