this will be my things to do tip, I will have a separate shopping tip for it.
The Cours Saleya is the famous old Market of Nice and is actually four different markets in one of which the Marché aux Fleurs, or Flower Market is the most famous. The other markets are the Vegetable Market, Fruit Market and the Meat Market as well of which the stalls lie side by side and there are also various artisanal produce on sale during different seasons such as lavender products, local crafts, etc. along the parallel walkway across Cours Saleya are the rows and rows of restaurants, brassieres, cafe's and bars as well and there are even small hole in the wall food carts in the markets itself that sells various local food and goodies as well.
Cours Saleya Starts from Rue Luis Gassin and ends at Rue Jules Gilly and connects with the pedestrian shopping street of Rue Francois De Paule going to Place Messena and to Promenadr De Anglais via Esplanade Gorges Pompidou.
?Flower Market – Marché aux fleurs – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 6.00-17.30. Wednesday and Saturday 6.30-18.30. Sunday 6.30-13.30. Closed Mondays.
?Fruit and Vegetable Market – Marché aux fruits et legumes – every day except Monday from 6.00-13.30
?Antiques/Flea Market – Marché à la brocante – 7.00-18.00 – every Monday
?Evening Market – Marché artisanal nocturne – 18.00-0.00 – June through September
Don't miss the market at Cours Saleya if you are in Nice. The most famous is the flower market, but there is a fish market, vegetable market, spice market . . . anything you could want. Check the Nice town web site for market times and locations but the most fun is Cours Saleya.
It looks like all the French markets you've read about with striped awnings, outdoor cafes, brightly colored and beautifully arranged fruits and vegetables, exotic spices, olive tastings and flowers that take your breath away. Great place to buy flowers for your hotel room, a picnic to eat a block away on the shore or just sit in a café and watch the world go by.
Here are current opening times for the Flower Market but please check as things do change. The town web site listed below lists all the markets in Nice and gives hours.
Flower Market opening times:
6:00-17:30 (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
6:30-18:30 (Wednesday and Saturday)
Monday, Sunday midday
Afternoons of holidays
Cours Saleya in the old town of Nice is a long open space lined with restaurants and bars. It is home to /nice's fruit and vegetable market and its flower market. On Mondays there is an antique and flea market instead of the flower market.
The Cours Saleya flower market is a must to visit at least twice. Once in the daytime when it sells flowers, produce and some souvenirs, and again at night when the market stalls have transformed into restautrants. Day or night there are plenty of places to eat in all price ranges. There are steps up to a platform on the wall that borders the south side of the market. The steps are a bit hidden by tables in front of a restaurant but are worth finding to get views of the market, particularly at night.
Cours Saleya has by far been the most interesting place I've been in Nice and also the most memorable one. First of, I come to this area 3 times a day. To vist the morning market, to buy lunch and lastly for our dinner. The area transforms itself throughout the day. A must visit while in Nice.
This large pedestrianised street is where you'll find a flower and fruit & veg market from Tuesday to Sunday. Try to visit early on a morning to experience the smells & colours of the various stalls. On a Monday there is flea market & antique stalls. Also from Tuesday to Sunday between 1st June & 30th September you'll find Art & Crafts stalls.
In the evening the flowers and fruit & veg stalls are replaced by an undercover seated food area, an ideal place to sit under the stars & have a meal on a warm summer evening. There are plenty of restaurants around the market area that are open all day long too.
From early in the morning the market is open to business, for the best impressions go there first thing in the morning, at 7am, you will see the all fresh food (except the fish, the fish market is separate, deeper in town). Cours Saleya is 50 meters from the main road which goes along the Promenade des Anglais. In the afternoon all market vanishes and the place turns to tables packed with people in the evening.
Traditional staple food over a century, traditional Nicois Socca is something you have to try, if only once. Made from chickpea flour, eat piping hot , designed to refuel the working man's lunchbreak. Theresa is a Nice local character and her stall in the Cours Saleya has been serving Socca for decades. She is an amazing looking woman, who must get up at dawn to put on full make-up, but she always looks the part, and tourists queue for the authentic experience.
Some Nicois specialties are an aquired taste, like Tarte des Blettes - spinach tart dusted with icing sugar - or Salade Nicios - with tuna and anchovy, or a Pain Bagnat - tuna salad roll - and you need to be open-minded and give it a go. Who knows - you might like it. Those who want to delve deeper into "Specialities Nicois" need stronger nerves. Offal and extremities are staple fare - crusted pigs trotters or head, tripes, lambs testicles, need I go on - what next: Mickey Mouse's ears? I am sure they are quite delicious - served blindfolded.
Make sure you take a morning walk through the market area and mix with the locals there to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices and many other items. Coloerful and lively, it really gives you the feeling of being a Nicoise.
Besides the market, this is also one of the main neighborhoods for dining, with many cafes lining the outdoor market and surrounding streets of the old town.
The market is open seven days a week, with an antique and flea market on Mondays.
The Le Cours Saleya should be visited early. Every morning (except on Mondays which is kept for the antiques market) you can find the vegetable and fruit market. The market is open throughout the day but it is probably more well known for the flower side of the market. Surrounding the market are many restaurants, café’s and boutiques.
An antique market holds the Cours Saleya hostage every Monday. From one end of the square to the other the area is covered with a sea of antique vendors. Its a very diverse selection of junk and discards some peole find valuable.If nothing else it's intresting to watch. If you miss it on Monday you can catch some of the same vendors selling their wares at a Flea Market (or Marche' Brocante)in Cannes by the Harbor on Saturday.
From the old town and parrallel with the Promenade des Anges, one market after the other can be visited. This is Cours Selaya, a place that has been used as market throughout many centuries. Especially famous is the flowermarket near the Opera house, where many colours in various bouquets are offered. Prices are however relatively high, but tha's maybe because I am used to Dutch prices for flowers. Also nice on a warm sunny day is, of course, fruit. This can be sold as well on the weekly market on these squares.