Shopping in Nice: four directions to finding all your heart desires
Nice, capital of the internationally acclaimed French Riviera, is generous, audacious, and has all it takes to inspire the shopper in you. Luxury fashion houses, young designers and more have set up shop but a stone's throw away from the Promenade des Anglais, creating a truly elegant and authentic shopping experience.
1. Fashion. Jean Médecin Avenue is the city's main shopping artery. Stop by Galeries Lafayette and its couturier sections before heading to the Nice-Etoile shopping center to explore your favourite ready-to-wear boutiques.
Another fashion must-shop is By Colette (31 avenue Jean Médecin), revered for its à la mode designers and its weekly arrivals.
2. Bohemian chic. "La piétonne, " the pedestrian street in Nice's Golden Triangle, is thriving with VIP boutiques and inspired designers.
Luxury and sensual delights reign on rue Paradis, which is lined with Vuitton, Chanel, Armani, Hermès and Cartier.
Unearth miniature treasures at Anésidora (11 avenue du Maréchal Joffre), specialised in small furniture, accessories and unusual ceramics signed by en vogue creators.
3. Artistic. In Old Nice, explore the work of painters and mosaic artists to find an original artwork that speaks to you.
Wander around the Cours Saleya market, colourful with amaryllis, roses and other peonies, before indulging in another olfactory pleasure nearby, at Fragonard, a perfume producer from Grasse.
In the same neighbourhood, Alziari (14 rue Saint-François-de-Paule) exposes grand cru olive oils. Head to Place Garibaldi by the port to hunt for treasures at its "promenade des 100 antiquaires," where some one hundred antique dealers are waiting to bargain!
4. Unusual. Ask Candice (16 rue de la Préfecture) to design you a one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery from her collection of vintage items and accessories, of which only she holds the secrets.
Visit designer Stéphanie Marin's workshop-gallery (32 avenue Henri Dunant), and throw yourself risk-free onto her stone-styled woollen pillows, then head to Emilie’s Cookies & Coffee Shop (9 rue Alberti or 1 rue de la Préfecture), to sip on Nutellacino, a delectable Nutella, espresso and milk froth speciality.