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Jul 26, 2010 09:21 AM

Where to shop in Nice and the surrounding areas?

I am popping down to Nice/Vence for a couple of weeks and am looking for good places to stock up on delicious things.
I have searched the board but not come up with much, I am looking for markets, fishmongers, cheesemongers, quirky specialist vendors etc and great bread.
I am looking for the real thing, genuinely great and French produce, no vegetables from Spain or Kenya etc, as one so often sees in Paris, even at Batignolles/ Blvd Raspail etc.

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  1. I had a very good meal at the ferme-auberge Le Jas du Soupié between Seillans and Callian north of Cannes. My roast chicken was so tender it could be cut by a fork.
    After the lunch we bought its homemade confit d'onion that was excellent. The farm produces and sells organic maraîcher veg and fruits and aromates.

    But when it comes to markets, all markets will have French products plus products from other countries. You won't find a market that excludes all non-French products.

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    1. re: Parigi


      We will be in Monaco / Nice for one day and need a good lunch recommendation for lunch on a Monday. (cruising) Any ideas?

    2. The Rue du Marché in Vence is excellent. The covered market in Antibes is charming with nice shops on the streets leading off of it. The Marché de Forville in Cannes is more comprehensive. The market in Ventimiglia and nearby shops are excellent with many local items you will not find in France and better fish; but don't go on Friday or Sunday.

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      1. re: beaulieu

        The Ventimiglia Market is awesome (even with the difficult parking). However, if you don't go on Friday you won't find it, because the Ventimiglia Market only operates on Fridays!

        1. re: menton1

          You are usually right on, but not this time. On Fridays there is an enormous market all over the center of Ventimiglia; it specializes in knockoffs of name brands etc. Huge crowds go there. In the center of Ventimiglia, a short walk south of the train station, is a covered market selling fresh vegetables and fruit. In the back is an excellent fish market. Along the walls prepared foods, cheeses, meat and pastas are sold. To see my report on it go to: This market operates every day, but Sunday. However it is overcrowded of Fridays as a spillover from the clothing and accessories market.

          1. re: beaulieu

            That's very interesting, Beaulieu. A fairly good secret, this daily market! I will definitely take a look in September on our next visit! The Friday market when I visited it did have many food vendors mixed in with the clothing & accessories, though; including cheese, salumi, and produce as well. That's why I thought you meant that one. But thanks for the tip on this daily market!

            I've never been, but I hear that the Marché Forville in Cannes is also fantastic for produce, fish and meats. I think it's every day but Monday.

            Also, it's not that huge, but the Cap D'Ail Wednesday market has the highest quality produce I've ever seen in a Riviera market.

      2. Thanks for all the wonderful and detailed advice!! I am going for two weeks so should have time to see all your suggestions.
        I will be sure to report back.....

        1. "delicious things" in Nice, for me defiinitely include the Alziari shop in Old Town for amazing olive oil, lavender honey, olives -- and Confiserie Auer (pronounced "Oh-ay") for their fabulous jams.

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