One of the best ways of getting to know Nice is to explore its charming Old Town on foot. Vieux Nice is one of the city’s main attractions, and scattered amongst its tangle of alleyways, travellers will find magnificent baroque churches, pastel-coloured townhouses with wrought iron balconies, and picture-postcard French shops and pavement cafes.
Visit Nice’s Famous Food and Flower Market
One of the highlights of Old Nice is the atmospheric Cours Saleya, a colourful flower market, located between a pedestrianised street and lively square, and framed by elegant 18th century houses. France’s Council for Culinary Arts ranks Cours Saleya as one of the best markets in the country.
What to See and Do at Cours Saleya
Under picturesque striped awnings, visitors can browse countless stalls selling a variety of fresh farm produce and bunches of vivid flowers. Stop to pick out tubs of spiced olives, nibble on fresh figs and dates and grab armfuls of fragrant lavender, mimosas and peonies. And when you’re tired of shopping, visit one of the charming pavement cafes for a pick-me-up and a spot of people watching.
When is Cours Saleya’s Market Open?
The market is open Tuesday to Sundays until 1pm. On Monday mornings it turns into an antique and bric-a-brac fair, where you can have fun searching for treasures among the junk.
Other Sights in the Cours Saleya Area
Keep an eye out for the splendid yellow townhouse at the eastern end of the marketplace, number 1 Place Charles Felix. This is where the famous French artist Henri Matisse lived from 1921 to 1938. It is not open to the public, but makes for an interesting sight while looking around the marketplace. Those who want to learn more about Matisse and his life should visit the Nice Matisse Museum, located on Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez.
Find a Hotel near Cours Saleya
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