Antiques Market, Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market)
Opening hours: Mondays, 7.30am to late afternoon Enjoy browsing at the antiques market on the Cours Saleya, Nice | © Camille King/ Flickr
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.