Cours Saleya is one of the most famous market areas and main attractions in the city of Nice. Situated between the Place Massena
and the Old Town
, this bustling place serves products of excellent quality every day, except Mondays. Besides the small producers’ stalls with practically everything a customer might need and vendors under tents, there are several cafes
along the sides.
Cours Selaya used to have another function in the past – as a traditional square it belonged to the upper classes. In the 16th Century, the town was under the rule of the House of Savoy and the Italian influence has left its fingerprints that can be seen everywhere. The Palace of the Kings of Sardinia opened doors on the same square and has remained a place of entertainment, even today. In this lively spot there are good restaurants with typical Nicoise cuisine and many pubs with a cosy atmosphere.
in the area offer a wide range of products to appeal to all tastes and necessities: fish market, an antique market, arts and crafts market, as well as an antique postcard market and antique book market. At the Fruit and Vegetable Market you can find a selection of fruits and vegetables of all shapes and colours, various origins, most of them organic. Each season has its particular attraction: bitter and sweet oranges, red strawberries from Carpentras, typical salad leaves known as Mesclun
, ripe tomatoes or juicy figs and grapes from Provence
. In addition, bread and olives can be bought at the market. The quality of the products is far better than anywhere else and the prices should be the same at all stalls. There are lots of tourists but also locals who pass through the market, so you can hear a mix of many languages in the bustle of people choosing among the exotic fruits and vegetables. The atmosphere is terrific and makes you stop even just for a coffee or a beer to take part in that buzz.
If you desire to cook a fresh fish, the Marché aux poissons
is the market that offers the perfect solution. It is open every morning except Monday and sells various kinds of fish – fresh and tasty.
The Flower Market runs every day except for Mondays and operates early in the morning. There are beautiful flowers, fresh as picked up at dawn and colourful as the rainbow. Bring plenty of change with you, as the vendors will not be eager to break a large bill to sell just a piece of produce.
On Mondays, the Fruit & Vegetable Market and Flower Market in the Cours Saleya turn into Antiques Market. There are interesting pieces of art, some Art Deco artefacts and various old things – a true paradise for the fans of antiques. In summer days, Arts & Crafts Market takes place at the same place with refined objects of art and hand-made souvenirs that will impress even the connoisseurs with originality and design.
The Marché à la brocante
is a flea market open all-year-round in the area of the Cours Saleya, selling all kinds of interesting items.