The City of Nice is a shopper’s paradise, with many opportunities not just to buy things but to enjoy the spectacle in every window or along each pedestrian-only area. In a nutshell, when it comes to Nice expect to do as much gaping as shopping.
For instance, Magenta Square is known for designer fashions. Shoppers gaze longingly at gowns and suits they cannot afford. The shops cater to a variety of price brackets because even though this is the French Riviera, not everyone who visits is rich. If you cannot afford a designer label, you will still find something unique.
At an outdoor market, bring your small notes and loose change to buy flowers, antiques, and crafts. Enjoy a sunny morning near the beach picking up fruit and bread for a picnic. Prices get higher the closer you get to the beach, so consider sticking to markets at the center of the city before venturing closer to the sea.
Art and jewelry are sold by designer boutiques and artisans with small shops or stalls. You could discover a one-of-a-kind item at a decent price. Other art for sale includes posters and postcards including some antique and hand-painted items.
Since this is a retail Eden, consumers will frequently find items which have been imported from outlying regions such as rural Provencal pottery with its distinctive colors and patterns. No matter where you go in France, you are sure to find a quaint coffee shop selling hot drinks and fresh pastry.
If pastry is not to your liking but you enjoy a bit of sugar, remember that French chocolatiers are among some of the best in the world. Stop by a confectioner’s shop for fine chocolate, jellied fruits, and les confitures: jam. No doubt you will also discover some great wine to go with your sweets.
If you are visiting, just walk from your hotel and get some exercise which will help you burn off the calories from your chocolate indulgence. Learn a few words in French, but remember that this is a cosmopolitan area where people from all over the world gather to enjoy the warm sun, beaches and to spot celebrities. Chances are that many shopkeepers will speak at least enough English to help you make your purchases. Try to do some research before your next trip to Nice if you plan on spending some big money. Sometimes spur of the moment decisions may not work out so well.Google + Profile Find us on Google+