The French Riviera, with its cute boutiques and sleek shopping centers, is a true delight for shoppers. Stock up on stylish housewares, designer fashion and gourmet produce in and around the capital of the region, Nice.
One of the first stops for fashion devotees visiting the French Riviera, Cap3000 is located in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, near Nice International Airport. This is the largest shopping mall on the Riviera, housing 150 shops including big names like Desigual, H&M, and Swarovski. It’s conveniently located right next to the beach, allowing you to hop from sun and sand to air-conditioned boutiques within minutes. Additional facilities include 3,500 free parking spaces and a play area to keep the little ones happy.
2. Galeries Lafayette in Place Masséna
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Although the huge Galeries Lafayette department store is one of the highlights of Cap3000, there’s another location right in the heart of central Nice. It’s hard to miss, with its bright red façade, turquoise shutters and location on the main shopping street, Avenue Jean Médecin, just a 10-minute drive from our Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice. This was the second store to open after its flagship in Paris, and it includes chic designer brands like Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Valentino, and Gucci. The mall is spread out over five floors and houseware, children’s clothing, beauty products and jewelry round out the line of carefully chosen products to splurge on.
3. Polygone Riviera
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The Polygone Riviera is a fashion hub in sun-drenched Cagnes-sur-Mer. Billed as a “lifestyle mall” it includes not only shopping but entertainment, dining, and contemporary art. This brand new shopping center includes international brands like COS, Eleven Paris, and Sephora, positioned in a leafy, inviting series of shopping arcades dotted with palm trees that wouldn’t be out of place in Beverly Hills. If your look is in need of an update, visit the center’s Designer Gallery to take advantage of its personal styling services.
4. Rue Masséna
Whether you're looking for a glitzy outfit for one of Nice’s nightclubs or something casual for the beach, you're sure to fall in love with something on the Rue Masséna, a shopping promenade that runs parallel to the city beach. Look for souvenirs, swimwear, and inexpensive but fashionable clothing in these shops tucked between cafés and ice cream stalls. Street performers provide lively entertainment in the evenings while local artists put their finest works on display in the hope of catching the eye of a passer-by.
5. Old Town
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For a more traditional Riviera shopping experience, leave the confines of the modern city center and spend some time touring the Old Town. This area includes the Cours Saleya markets, where you can browse with the locals for freshly picked fruit and vegetables, briny olives, and sharp cheeses under brightly colored striped awnings.
This postcard-perfect French market sells antiques on Mondays as well as flowers and plants on Tuesday through Sunday mornings. It's also open late on summer evenings. Stop and enjoy a glass of chilled wine in one of the cafés bordering the market, or pop into shops like famous La Chapellerie for a chic straw hat. Lose yourself in the Old Town’s narrow cobbled streets or head straight for rue du Collet and rue du Marché for clothing, toys, and bookstores.
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