The French-Italian Riviera markets are simply great with all the benefits of Mediterranean and the traditions of Provence.
Markets are a part of the life of the villages and towns. They are picturesque, full of life and movement, and a place to see and meet people; and markets are excellent for a variety of items you won’t find in normal shops and boutiques.
Types of Markets in France
Here are the main categories of markets. There are, however, variations in the names as well as mixtures of different types of markets (such as a Foire antiquités brocante).
The standard market is mainly for food. But then it’s very very good food! The markets are attended by the people who make the food, grow it, catch it, cure it, bake it, bottle it or otherwise have a passion for it. Cheeses and dairy products are fresh. There are meats and poultry and an endless variety of sausages. Olives and honey are locally produced.
Vegetables are from the local gardens, and herbs and spices are both exotic and local. Lunch choices in the market are cheaper and more varied than in the restaurants, and it can be more fun, shopping for it as well as eating it. Try some fresh olive bread or walnut bread.
This is the clothing market, with mainly new clothes, and usually at bargain prices.
Brocante (Flea Market)
Also called Foire à la Brocante. The brocante is where you look for old, interesting things, and things you don’t need. Items here might be junk someone is effectively throwing out, or the treasures discovered in the attic of a hundred-year-old house. There can be furniture or collectionables offered by experts, or individuals selling personal items for a few euros.
Markets in the Eastern French Riviera – Alpes-Maritimes department.
The list of cities and towns in alphabetical order: Antibes, Biot, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Cannes, Grasse, Golf Juan, Juan-les-Pins, Mandelieu, Menton, Nice, St-Laurent-du-Var, Sophia-Antipolis, Valbone, Vallauris and Vence.
Marché Provençal (the main market with fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, small goods as olive oils, tapenades, soaps, etc.) – Cours Massena – 06:00-13:00 every day except Monday. On the High Season (June-August) it is held every day. On the High Season there also are artisans selling paintings & crafts (Tue., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.)
Clothes market – place Amiral Barnaud – Tuesday and Saturday mornings
Clothes market – La Fontonne – Wednesday mornings
Clothes market – Les Semboules – Wednesdays 06.30-14:00
Clothes market – In the carpark on rue Lacan – Thursday mornings
Fleamarket – place Audiberti and boulevard d’Aiguillon – Thursdays 07:00-18:00
Night Market (from 01 July to 31 August) – boulevard d’Aiguillon – every day 18.30-01:00
Fleamarket – place Nationale – Saturdays, All day long
Flowers, clothes, paintings, food and more – rue St Sébastien – Tuesdays 09:00-12.30
Fruit, vegetables – Cité marchande – Every day except Mondays 07:00-13:00 / fish sold every day except Monday 15.30-19:00
Clothes market – Cros de Cagnes, avenue des Oliviers – Tuesday & Thursdays 08:00-12.30
Clothes & food – parking de la Villette in centre ville – Wednesday 08:00-12.30
Clothes market – boulevard Kennedy (hippodrome) – Fridays 08:00-12.30
Fruits & vegetables – Forville / La Bocca place de la Poste – Every day 07:00-13:00, except Monday
Fruits, vegetables and clothes – Gambetta – Every day 07:00-13:00, except Monday
Antiques – Forville – Mondays 08:00-18:00
Flea market – La Bocca place de la Poste – Thursdays 08:00-12:00
Clothes market – La Bocca place de la Poste – Saturdays 08:00-12.30
Flea market – Allée de la Liberté – 08:00-18:00 on Saturdays and first and third Sunday of the month
Flowers all week long; Fruits and vegetables on the weekends – place aux Aires – Every morning except Mondays
Clothes market – avenue Aimé Berger – Fridays 08.30-12.30
Night Market (from 01 July to 31 August) – promenade du Soleil – every day 06:00-13:00
Clothes market – pont Dulys – Friday mornings
Food and clothes market – Place du Marché (centre ville) – Wednesday and Friday mornings
Food market Les Halles – every morning Marché du Carei – every morning on Tuesdays Marché du Vieux Port – Saturday mornings
Fleamarket – Place aux Herbes – Friday mornings
Fleamarket – Esplanade Palméro – the second Sunday of every month
Fleamarket – Cours Saleya – on Mondays 07:00-18:00
Flower market – Cours Saleya – every day 06:00-17:00, except Monday and Sunday
Food market – Cours Saleya/Libération/Ray/St Roch/L’Ariane – every day 06:00-13:00, except Mondays
Fish market – place St François – every day 06:00-12.30, except Mondays
Clothes market – place de l’Ariane – Tuesdays and Fridays 7.30-13.30
Clothes market – blvd Paul Montel – Tuesdays and Saturdays 07.30-13.30
Fleamarket – place Robilante – Tuesdays and Saturdays 10:00-18:00
Clothes market – Ray – Wednesdays and Fridays 07.30-13.30
Clothes market – Marché St Roch at 150 route de Turin – Wednesdays and Saturdays 06.30-13.30
Antiques – place du Palais de Justice – First and third Saturday of every month
Artists market – place du Palais de Justice – Second Saturday of every month
Postcards/old records/books – place du Palais de Justice – Fourth Saturday of every month
Clothes market – Nice Village at 273 route de Grenoble – Sundays 07.30-05.30
Agrobiologique – near Cap 3000 – Tuesday and Friday mornings
Clothes, fruit, vegetables – boulevard Pompidou – every Sunday 08.30-13:00
Food and miscellaneous goods – place Mejane, Garbejaire – Tuesdays 16:00-17:00
Fruits, vegetables, clothes – place des Arcades – every Friday 08.30-13.30
Fruits and vegetables – place de l’Homme aux Moutons – Every day except Monday
Clothes market – avenue de Cannes – Wednesday and Sunday at morning
Food and flowers – place du Grand Jardin – Every morning except Mondays 09:00-13:00
Clothes market – place Clemenceau – Tuesdays and Fridays 09:00-13:00
Fleamarket – place du Grand Jardin – Wednesday mornings
Le Nouveau Marché de la Condamine
In the covered market you will find fish, seafood, meat, poultry, bread, baked goods, as well as Monaco and regional specialities. And in an open-air market – fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Market of Condamine is located on the Place d’Armes, close to the shopping district of la Condamine and Port Hercule. Open hours: Monday to Saturday 07:00-15:00 Sunday: 07:00-14:00
Markets in the Western French Riviera – Var department.
The list of cities and towns in alphabetical order: Bandol, Saint-Tropez, Saint-Raphaël, Sanary-sur-Mer, Toulon.
La Grande Braderie de Saint-Tropez – the ultimate event for the shopping lovers – last week-end of October at the Port area, Les Lices and everywhere else in town.
Food, clothes & bric-a-brac – place des Lices – Tuesdays and Saturdays 08:00-13:00
Fish Market – Marché aux poissons – Place aux Herbes – Every day 08:00-13:00
Liguria, the Italian Riviera
Fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, seafood, spices, little things like olive oil, tapenades, sun-dried tomatoes, seasonal treats and truffles, also clothings and even household supplies are available in the ligurian markets in the cities and towns of the Italian Riviera.
Fridays early morning till 16:00,
Every Tuesday and Saturday at morning