The Best Flea Markets in Nice, France

Nice has a great selection of flea markets
Nice has a great selection of flea markets | © Adolesco/Pixabay
Alex Ledsom

The French love to spend a morning or afternoon walking around the flea markets or “vide grenier” (which basically means to “empty your loft”). Nice has a few secondhand/antiques markets, set in wonderful locations, where you can find all sorts of old treasures and bric-a-brac – everything from Louis Vuitton bags to first editions of French classics.

1. Antiques Market, Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market)

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Flower market in old town, Vielle Ville, part of Nice on the French riviera
© Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo / Inge Johnsson / Alamy Stock Photo
Six days a week, the flower market in Nice attracts both tourists and locals with delicious fruit, vegetables and homemade produce. On Mondays, however, you can find a wonderful assortment of antiques, knick-knacks and other interesting gems. Take the time to browse around under the brightly coloured awnings and people-watch in one of the adjacent bars and cafés.

Opening hours: Mondays, 7.30am to late afternoon

Enjoy browsing at the antiques market on the Cours Saleya, Nice | © Camille King/ Flickr

2. Antique stores, Puces de Nice

Down by the Old Port, there’s an open-air collection of lots of little antique stores, grouped together under the same name, where you can just as easily find old jugs and plates as vintage clothes.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm (7pm in June, July and September). Closed Mondays.

Rue Robilant, Nice
You can hunt for gems in the Puces de Nice antique stores | © congerdesign/ Pixabay


3. Monthly antiques market, Place Garibaldi


On the third Saturday of every month, antique sellers congregate in the Place Garibaldi to sell their best trinkets and bric-a-brac. Take advantage of the beautiful square and stop for a coffee while you watch the people, hunting for a bargain.

Place Garibaldi, Nice
Place Garibaldi hosts the antiques market on the third Saturday of each month | © Bill Tyne/ Flickr

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4. Secondhand books and antique postcards, Palais de Justice

If you are looking for books, then head to the Palais de Justice on the first and third Saturday of the month to browse the various stalls. If you want to have a look at the interesting antique postcards on sale, then go on the fourth Saturday of the month (arts and craft stalls will be there on the second Saturday).

Place du Palais de Justice, Nice
Check out books or antique postcards at the Palais de Justice, Nice | © Kim/ Flickr
Unlike French food and drink markets, it is common to haggle for a bargain at the flea markets. Prices can be quite steep initially. Go later in the day for the best deals, just before they close.

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