Nice is a city I love to visit (even though it’s a good 2 hours from where we live) and every time we explore the old city, I can’t help but feel that this town is in the grips of an identity crisis. Whistling distance from Italy, situated on one of the most luxurious coasts in the world, & awash in British expats, Nice feels like rock-n-roll & Vivaldi all rolled into one.
Being the fifth largest city in France, Nice proper is quite large & jam-packed with cafés, bistros & boutiques for every taste & budget. To get a feel for the city at its most charming, head to Le Vieux Nice and enjoy the small treasures of the Marchè aux Fleurs.
Located on Cours Saleya, the market is accessible from diverse points in the city using Nice’s ultra-modern tram (stop: Cathedrale-Vielle Ville) or is a short detour from Promenade des Anglais. Arrive early and experience the hustle & bustle of merchants arranging their colorful wares, take time to sample the Provençal olives, pick out an exotic spice or two, and finish with an afternoon lunch at one of the cafés that line Cours Saleya.
A short left-turn at the end of flower market will leave you at the entrance to the twisting back streets of the old city and also allow you to grab a cone at the famous Fenocchio. If your senses have survived the mornings activities, and you’ve gotten used to seeing Nice’s finest turnout for market day in leopard coats with cowboy boots (there are some outrageous fashions on display here folks), it won’t seem like a huge leap to try the black olive, avocado, or rosemary ice cream the well-known glacier has to offer.
Nice Flower Market
Hours: Tues-Sat: 6am-5:30pm
2 Place Rosetti
ph: 04 93 80 72 52
3 thoughts on “Mornings at the Nice Flower Market”
What an inspiring description! Thanks for sharing this lovely post and photos. ~Marjorie
What a fun place to wander through, Tuula. Definitely lots of people-watching opportunities, eh? 🙂
I have spent only a few hours in Nice and most of that was spent in a restaurant. It is about 3 hours from Sablet so we haven’t ventured there. I am thinking we need to schedule a trip when we are in Sablet in a few weeks so we can check out what is seemingly a weird vibe with the mixture of cultures. Thanks for sharing the beauty of the Nice flower market.