One thing I love about living in Nice (and traveling through Europe) is being able to shop at the fresh markets. While fresh markets have become more popular in the US, it’s not as common or seen as a daily way to shop as it is on this side of the Atlantic. Maybe the size of the refrigerators has something to do with it…
At some point during your travels in Nice, France you should make time to visit the markets. Two of the most popular markets are Cours Saleya Flower Market & Liberation Market Nice. Most visitors will end up in Old Town or Vieux Nice, but that’s not the only place to shop. Niçoise markets are colorful and lively, and shouldn’t be missed while on the Côte d’Azur.
Liberation Market Nice
:: Liberation Market Nice – Marché de la Liberation Nice
6am – 12:30
Directions – Take the tram from Vieux Nice in direction – Henri Sappia and exit at Libération stop
Shop with the locals at the largest fresh market in Nice! This hidden gem is off the beaten tourist route, but well worth the visit, especially on the weekends when the market is overflowing with vendors. Everyone seems to know each other, stopping in the streets for a
quick chat before strolling off to bump into another friend or neighbor. I overheard an animated conversation between a woman and one of the vendors as he explained to her the best way to choose citron or lemons. I loved how, even though the vendor was busy, he took the time to help the woman pick just the right lemons instead of just throwing a few in a bag and moving her along, my, up to now, preferred method!
At the Liberation Market you will hear almost exclusively French, but don’t let that deter you. Shopping with the locals is the best way to experience the real Niçoise way of life.