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Once you own your villa or apartment on the French Riviera, you’ll probably spend a little more time eating at home, compared to when you visit on holiday when it’s all about the restaurants in Nice! You can buy some fantastic fresh food on the French Riviera and shopping can be a real joy here compared to major cities in the UK and USA where people tend to shop in characterless supermarkets. We at Attika have put together some of our little gems for food shopping and we’d love to hear from you if you have any others we should include.

 

1. ‘Les Grandes Caves Caprioglio’ in Nice old town for Wines. A superb and very old wine cellar situated on the main street in the old town. Run by the same family for a hundred years, the very knowledgeable staff offers friendly service and a first class selection of wines. There are even the barrels in the walls so that you can fill your own bottle up!

16 rue de la Préfecture, Vieux Nice, open every day 8h to 13h and 15h-19h30 (closed Sunday afternoon and Mondays)

 

2. ‘Boutique Nicolas Alziari’ in the old town for Olive Oil. Nice’s best olive oil is to be found in Harrods UK and worldwide in many of the best restaurants. It’s actually made in Nice on boulevard de la Madeline but you can buy the distinctive yellow and blue metal cans from this lovely old shop in the heart of Nice’s old town. A great gift to take home too!

14 rue Saint François de Paule, Vieux Nice

 

3. ‘LAC patisserie’ for some fabulous cakes. There are 3 LAC patisseries in Nice, one in the old town on 12 Rue de la Prefecture (just before the fabulous wine cellar), one on 18 Rue Barla behind the Port area and one on 49 Rue Gioffredo in Nice centre. Gorgeous window displays, lovely cakes and macaroons.

 

4. ‘Boucherie St Francois’ in Nice old town, just off Place St Francois for roast chickens and all your meat. Just go for the spectacle! There’s always a massive queue and once you’ve chosen your cuts of meat they get sent on a very odd head-level conveyor belt over to the till! There are several other butcher shops further up the street on Rue Pairoliere and Boucherie de la Tour is also a good bet!

 

5. ‘Barale pasta’ - for delicious fresh pasta!Without a doubt the best place in the old town for buying your fresh pasta. They have strange opening hours but it’s still worth going down. Be careful there is another fresh pasta shop just opposite and they are nowhere near as good. Try the tapenade and truffle oil ravioli – divine! Or the lemon and ginger ravioli, served with just a touch of olive oil!! Yummm!

7 rue Sainte-Reparate, Vieux Nice

 

6. ‘La Maison Auer’ - for divine confectionary and chocolates. This is the prettiest, most old fashioned shop ever which is worth a visit even if you’re not a chocolate lover. It’s like stepping back in time. Beautiful candied fruits and chocolates.

7 Rue Saint-François de Paule, Vieux Nice

 

7. ‘Lou Froumai’ - An Aladdin’s cave of fabulous cheeses. You can even order chicken for your Sunday roast from here and we guarantee you it’s the best you’ll ever eat!

25 Rue de la Prefecture Vieux Nice

 
8. ‘La Vie Claire’ – the organic supermarket in Nice right next to our offices. This is a large shop with a refrigerated section at the back for organic fruit and veg. Great choice of seeds and bread here too. There is another superb organic supermarket just opened up close to Place Garibaldi on rue Cassini with a great selection of fruit and vegetables too.

16 Rue Lamartine, Nice

 

9. ‘Liberation’, ‘St Francois’ and ‘Saleya’ Markets for fresh fruit and vegetables! The market in the cours Saleya is great for people watching and for picking up local olives, Nicois bread such as Fougasse, cheeses and some great fruit and vegetables, often organic and brought down directly by the farmers. The Liberation market at the weekend is where the locals will tell you to shop for the best produce and there aren’t many tourists there. The market at Place St Francois in the mornings in the old town is the place for fish.

St Francois and Saleya Markets are both in the old town, Liberation is just a few stops away from Place Massena on the metro.

 

10. ‘Maitre Pierre’ - For your baguette! People could come to blows here debating which is the best bakery in Nice. Everyone has their favourites, but we really love Maitre Pierre at 41 Rue Massena on Nice’s pedestrian zone. Many of the best restaurants in Nice also use this bakery for their restaurant bread so you know you’re in good hands.

41 Rue Massena, Nice

 

As you can see, most of these shops are in the Old Town, so if you were to buy a property here you would have all of these on your doorstep! Take a look at our Old Town properties here.