You may think of Nice, Cannes, Monaco or the whole French Riviera that these are all exclusive and top shopping places. That’s what everyone thinks before visiting the beautiful Cote D’Ivoire. You will actually find here designer boutiques, street markets and antique shops that make Nice a dream for every passionate shopper. And not everything is expensive, in fact most shops have very reasonable prices.
The central shopping area in Nice is Magenta Square and the sthreets surrounding it. It is located right next to the historical center of the city, so you might want to start your shopping tour of Nice with a nice and relaxing walk, some coffee and a socca.
Rue Paradis and Rue de Suède are the home of the most famous fashion studios, including the original shop of popular brand Façonnable, today boasting hundreds of branches worldwide. Rue Masséna has the enormous Galeries Lafayette, second in size after the Parisian branch. Avenue Jean-Médecin and Rue de Verdun are filled with outlets of popular chains like H&M, Zara, Pimkie, Etam, Bershka, Celio, Esprit and many others. Avenue Jean-Médecin runs from Place Massena up through the city centre. There you can also find the biggest department store in Nice, called Nice Etoile.
Nice is generally associated with shopping for exclusive chic clothes, but the variety of boutiques and wide range of goods bring many options for all shoppers, regardless of the style and budget.
There are also several flea markets offering great bargains. In Nice, anyone can find something interesting and unique for themselves. The ideal time to shop in Nice is during the sales which are held twice a year, January and July, and run for about six weeks.
Shops in Nice are usually open Monday to Saturday from about 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and some will close for lunch. Nearly all shops are closed on Sunday. Special promotions may keep some shops open for Sunday. This doesn’t happen very often, you have to look for this kind of information on the shop’s windows.