It’s easy to be so blinded by Nice’s sun-drenched beaches and bath-warm waters that you miss out on its tangled streets and the shopping opportunities that lie within. But no visit would be complete without a stroll of those shops, whether you’re hoping to update your wardrobe with the latest high-end fashions, grab some stinky cheese to take home or simply peruse the window displays.
As with most major cities, the shopping areas are concentrated around a few key hubs. Kick things off in the Old Town’s Cours Saleya and the Rue François de Paule where many of Nice’s oldest and most atmospheric shops vie for your attention—a stroll through this area is a quintessential thing to do in the city. If you’re feeling flush, the Rue Paradis and surrounding streets of the appropriately named Carré d’Or (Golden Square) will test your bank balance to its limits with the old adage: if you have to ask how much it is you probably can’t afford it. For something a little friendlier to the wallet or purse, the Nice Étoile shopping mall offers everything you’ll need.
To save your feet, we’ve trod the hard miles for you and rounded out our pick of the best shopping in the city. Parfait!