The flower market on the Cours Saleya has been there since the late 1800s. Originally meant for local wholesalers who would sell their flowers that were then sent all over Europe by train, this market is just for locals and tourists nowadays. Shoppers can find everything here—organic fruit and veg as well as flowers and local foods. It’s a place to have lunch or a cup of coffee watching the world go by and tasting all the delicious treats. Go on Mondays for the antiques market.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 8am-5pm; Sunday from 8am-1pm
Marché aux Fleurs, Cours Saleya, Nice, France, +33 04 92 14 46 14
Marseille has a rich-African heritage, and this market is the place to buy everything that not normally found elsewhere as well as local produce like olives. It can be a bit intimidating, but well worth the visit.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday from 8am-7pm
Visitor numbers prove that this market is one of the most popular in the whole of France. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is on the river and a great place to wander through the different antique stalls (“brocante”). Stop for lunch after buying some great and unusual gifts to take home.
Opening hours: Sunday from 6am-6pm
People come from far and wide to taste everything at the food markets in Aix en Provence, but the one in Place Richelme is the most reliable and loved by locals. Everything from fresh bread to local flowers and seasonal vegetables can be found here. For non-food items too, go on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday to experience the larger market at the big-fountain roundabout in La Rotonde.
Opening hours: Daily from 8am-1pm
Marché aux Fruits et Legumes, Place Richelme, Aix-en-Provence, France, +33 04 42 91 90 00
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30am-7:30pm
Puces de Nice is a collection of old antique shops down by the Old Port in Nice. It’s a lovely place to wander round and do a little window shopping for jewellery and household items.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-6pm (7pm in June, July, and September)
The Avenue du Prado is one of the most well-known boulevards in Marseille and every day, there’s a local market along one entire side. It’s the place to find everything at inexpensive prices—food, clothes, and household items alike. Stop in one of the cafés or restaurants for lunch before heading to the beach nearby.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 7:30am to 1:30pm