Annecy is not only a particularly lovely town in the south of France. It is also a haven for the serious shopaholic. In the centre of the town on a Saturday, the narrow streets are filled with stalls selling antiques and other fripperies. The scent of freshly baked pizza and pastries wafts through the air as you wind your way through the labyrinthian shopping precinct. Goods aren't particularly cheap, but you will find all sorts of wonderful things on which to spend your hard earnt Euro. Exquisite chocolates, high quality hats, bags, gloves, food, antiques. The ghastly souvenir ratio is way down against a high number of tasteful but expensive items.
Annecy is pretty enough to wander around with its canals and the backdrop of snow capped mountains in the distance. You get a really lovely feel for what the city must have been like hundreds of years ago, despite the modernities around you.
An antiques buff could spend a whole day rummaging through the fascinating range of goods in the outdoor stalls. Just make sure you take the time to really enjoy the experience!
What to buy: Antiques, hats, clothing accessories, gourmet foods.