Cannes has some fantastic markets where you can find delicious things to eat, beautiful art, great clothes at discount prices, trinkets and intricate pieces of jewellery. Here’s our guide to the top 10.
The Marché Forville is the most well-known food market in Cannes. It sells fresh fruit, vegetables and wonderful homemade delights made by local farmers – olives, pickles, cured meats, cheeses and breads. Head there on Mondays for the flea market and lots of great bric-a-brac stalls.
Opening hours: 7.30am to 1pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Mondays for antiques.
Marché de La Bocca
Head to the neighbourhood of La Bocca for a less touristy, local, market. They have fresh fruit, vegetables and also deli and fish counters. The market here every Saturday is bigger and sells clothes and other textiles.
Opening hours: 7am to 1pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Nocturnes du Quai Saint-Pierre
This is a night market that happens every Tuesday on the Cannes’ quayside in the summer. There are about 40 stalls each week selling antiques, paintings and trinkets in a lovely setting.
Opening hours: 7pm to midnight, Tuesdays (July and August).
Vide Grenier literally means to empty your attic or loft. The French love a good flea market and hold Vide Greniers in most big towns. They’re a great opportunity to find little trinkets. Remember, ‘one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure’.
Check out the local list for dates, times and locations here.
Marché Gambetta focuses less on fruit and vegetables and more on clothes and other items, like records. You’ll still find fast food stalls, however, selling food like the local delicacy socca – chickpea pancake.
Marché des Allées de la Liberté
Every morning there’s a wonderful flower market in the centre of Cannes, where you can wander at the pretty smelling fleurs (flowers). At the weekend, an antiques market takes over.
Opening hours: 7am to 1pm (weekdays for flowers), 7am to 5.30pm (weekends for flowers and antiques).
Marché de la Truffe
For truffle lovers everywhere. This is an annual market in the beautiful nearby village of Grasse. It’s held at the Bastide Saint-Antoine, a very chic hotel/restaurant. There are gourmet tastings, agricultural shows and even demonstrations of truffle-hunting dogs. Check the hotel for details.
Bastide Saint-Antoine, 48 Avenue Henri Dunant, Grasse, +33 (0)4 93 70 94 94
Les Nocturnes Boccassiennes
This is another night market in the neighbourhood of La Bocca in Cannes. There are usually around 60 artisans displaying hand-made goods, and normally buskers and concerts too.
Opening hours: 7pm to midnight, daily (July and August).
La Grande Braderie
There’s a tradition in the South of France to hold an annual market where people can buy clothes and other items at knock-down prices. The event is huge in Saint-Tropez and Cannes. It takes place once a year and many shops – even the international and chic shops – get involved, as well as market stall holders. A good time to buy great things at bargain prices, it’s most often held in October or November, in the Allée de la Liberté.
Mandelieu-la-Napoule Night Market
Just around the bay from Cannes (a short bus ride) you’ll find the night market of Mandelieu-la-Napoule, where small artisan crafts, including paintings, jewellery, trinkets, are sold along the coast road in a beautiful setting. Well worth a visit.