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  • Writer's pictureJameson Farn

Outdoor Markets in Nice

Outdoor markets are a part of everyday life in France, and the city of Nice is no exception to that rule.

Besides food, practically anything you can imagine can be found for sale in these neighborhood markets - crafts, antiques, flowers, artwork, etc. The key to finding the best of what you are looking for is to also go early before goods sell out.

The most popular of these outdoor venues is in historic Vieux Nice (Old Town), along the Cours Saleya and the surrounding area. Busy every day of the week, and offering a variety of food and goods, even the locals tend to come across things they weren’t expecting. This is where you truly see the community come into action and socialize.

The following are the days and hours (subject to change):

  • Flower Market, Cours Saleya, from 6 am - 5:30 pm. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 6 am - 6:30 pm. Wednesday and Saturday, and 6 am - 1:30 pm. Sundays and holidays.

  • Fruit & Vegetable Market, Cours Saleya, from 6 am - 1:30 pm every day but Monday.

  • Antiques Market, Cours Saleya, from 7:30 am - 6 pm on Mondays (unless they are holidays or the eve of holidays).

  • Flea Market (Marche au Puces), Port of Nice, Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm.

  • Arts & Crafts Market, Cours Saleya, from June 1 to Sept. 30, every day from 6 pm - midnight.

  • Fish Market, Place Saint-Francois, 6 am - 1 pm every day but Monday.

  • Used & Antique Book Market, La Place du Palais de Justice, every Saturday, 8 am - 6 pm.

  • Arts & Crafts Market, Place de Palais, second Saturday of the month, 8 am - 6 pm.

  • Antique Postcard Market, Place de Palais, fourth Saturday of the month, 8 am - 6 pm.

  • Evening Artisan Market, Cours Saleya, during the high season from mid-May to mid-September 6 pm to midnight.

Beyond Vieux Nice and the Port, there are a number of other outdoor markets with the Liberation District market just North of the train station being one of the most popular.

Each of the markets is open every day but Monday from 6 am - 1:30 pm.

  • La Libération, haut Malausséna, along the Jean Medecin Tram route.

  • Ray, place Fontaine du Temple

  • Saint-Roch, boulevard Virgile Barel

  • Ariane, place de l'Ariane

  • Pasteur, avenue Antonia-Augusta

  • Cimiez, place du Commandant Jérôme

  • St Augustin, bd Paul Montel

  • Caucade, place de Caucade

At any of these locations, there are restaurants and cafés around to take a break and people-watch, all making for a truly wonderful French experience.


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