Marché Provençal – Antibes covered market

One of the best things about living in France is the variety of local markets each city or town has weekly.

The largest market near to me is the Marché Provençal (Antibes covered market) that is held on Cours Massena in the Old Town with over 30 producers and vendors ranging from butchers, florists, cheese experts and market gardeners to tiny stalls selling spices, olives, homemade jams and fragrant soaps.

Marché Provençal, Antibes covered market, Cours Massena

Marché Provençal, Antibes covered market, Cours Massena

I particularly like one stall for their fruit, one stall for their saucisson range including flavours like wild boar and cêpes and there is one little old lady that sells the biggest, freshest lettuces you could find anywhere.  Which stalls?  I’m not telling! you’ll have to discover them yourself..

In 2013, US-based CNN classed the market as one of the Top 10 most beautiful markets in the world.  In 2014, the market was awarded a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ by TripAdvisor – a huge achievement from an American platform that has over 260 million monthly visitors and is widely used by travellers to ascertain quality and service for accommodation, restaurants and attractions based on reviews from other travellers.

Marché Provençal, Antibes covered market, Cours Massena

Marché Provençal, Antibes covered market, Cours Massena

Take cash in smaller denominations for your purchases, and a shopping tote (vendors do supply plastic bags but it’s much nicer and better for the environment to take your own reusable one).

What:  Marché Provençal (Antibes covered market)

Where: Cours Massena, Antibes Old Town (near to the remparts and Picasso Museum)

When: Daily (except Mondays, from 01 September to 31 May)

Time:  6.30am-1pm

Top tip:  The covered market is also the venue for a Craft Market.  From September to mid-June every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3pm the market is filled with stall holders selling ceramics, sculptures, paintings and artisan crafts. From mid-June to September, the Craft Market is every day (except Monday).

 

Sightseeing/Activities – FRENCH RIVIERA MARKETS

I am often asked questions regarding the local markets on the French Riviera – ‘What days are the markets held?’, ‘What is the best time to go?’ etc…

Here is an alphabetical list of some of the main French Riviera markets, all information is current and provided by the Tourism Department January 2014.  If you are after more specific information – for example, transport links to these markets – please don’t hesitate to message me at accessriviera06@gmail.com

ANTIBES

Marché Provençal (this is the main market with fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, small goods such as olive oils, tapenades, soaps etc) – Cours Massena – 6am-1pm every day except Monday.  Between June-August (high season), it is every day.  On Tues/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun in high season there are artisans also selling paintings, crafts, soaps.

Clothes market – place Amiral Barnaud – Tuesday and Saturday mornings

Clothes market – La Fontonne – Wednesday mornings

Clothes market – Les Semboules – Wednesdays 6.30am-2pm

Clothes market – In the carpark on rue Lacan – Thursday mornings

Fleamarket – place Audiberti and boulevard d’Aiguillon – Thursdays 7am-6pm

Night Market (01July-31 August only) – boulevard d’Aiguillon – every day 6.30pm-1am

Fleamarket – place Nationale – All day Saturdays

BIOT

Flowers, clothes, paintings, food – rue St Sébastien – Tuesdays 9am-12.30pm

CAGNES SUR MER

Fruit, vegetables, fish – Cité marchande – Every day except Mondays 7am-1pm (fish also sold every day except Monday 3.30pm-7pm)

Clothes market – Cros de Cagnes, avenue des Oliviers – Tuesday and Thursdays 8am-12.30pm

Clothes & food – parking de la Villette in centre ville – Wednesday 8am-12.30pm

Clothes market – boulevard Kennedy (hippodrome) – Fridays 8am-12.30pm

CANNES

Fruit & vegetables – Forville / La Bocca place de la Poste – Every morning except Monday from 7am-1pm

Fruit, vegetables, clothes – Gambetta – Every morning 7am-1pm except Mondays

Antiques – Forville – Mondays 8am-6pm

Fleamarket – La Bocca place de la Poste – Thursdays 8am-12pm

Clothes market – La Bocca place de la Poste – Saturdays 8am-12.30pm

Fleamarket – Allée de la Liberté – Saturdays 8am-6pm on the first and third Sunday of the month

GRASSE

Flowers during the week; Fruit & vegetables on the weekend – place aux Aires – Every morning except Mondays

GOLFE JUAN

Clothes market – avenue Aimé Berger – Fridays 8.30am-12.30pm

ITALY

I have included these markets as they are very popular for visitors to the French Riviera and can easily be included in an itinerary for a half-day visit.

San Remo – Tuesday and Saturday mornings

Bordighera – Thursday mornings

Vintimille (Ventimiglia) – Fridays early morning until 4pm

JUAN LES PINS

Night Market (01July-31 August only) – promenade du Soleil – every day 6pm-1am

Clothes market – pont Dulys – Friday mornings

MANDELIEU

Food and clothes market – place du marché (centre ville) – Wednesday and Friday mornings

MENTON

Food market at various locations – Les halles every morning; Marché du Carei on Tuesday mornings; Marché du vieux port on Saturday mornings

Fleamarket – place aux herbes – Friday mornings

Fleamarket – esplanade Palméro – the second Sunday of every month

NICE

Fleamarket – Cours Saleya – Mondays 7am-6pm

Flower market – Cours Saleya – 6am-5pm except Monday and Sunday afternoon

Food market – Cours Saleya/Libération/Ray/St Roch/L’Ariane – 6am-1pm every day except Mondays

Fish market – place St François – Every morning 6am-12.30pm except Mondays

Clothes market – place de l’Ariane – Tuesdays and Fridays 7.30am-1.30pm

Clothes market – blvd Paul Montel – Tuesdays and Saturdays 7.30am-1.30pm

Fleamarket – place Robilante – Tuesdays and Saturdays 10am-6pm

Clothes market – Ray – Wednesdays and Fridays 7.30am-1.30pm

Clothes market – Marché St Roch at 150 route de Turin – Wednesdays and Saturdays 6.30m-1.30pm

Antiques – place du Palais de Justice – First and third Saturday of every month

Artists market – place du Palais de Justice – Second Saturday of every month

Postcards/old records – place du Palais de Justice – Fourth Saturday of every month

Clothes market – Nice Village at 273 route de Grenoble – Sundays  7.30am-5.30pm

ST LAURENT DU VAR

Agrobiologique – near Cap 3000 – Tuesdays and Fridays mornings

Clothes, fruit, vegetables – boulevard Pompidou – Sundays 8.30am-1pm

ST TROPEZ

Food, clothes, bric-a-brac – place des Lices – Tuesdays and Saturdays 8am-1pm

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS

Food and other stalls – place Mejane, Garbejaire – Tuesdays 4pm-7pm

VALBONNE

Fruit, vegetables, clothes – place des Arcades – Friday 8.30am-1.30pm

VALLAURIS

Fruit & vegetables – place de l’Homme aux moutons – Every days except Mondays

Clothes market – avenue de Cannes – Wednesday and Sunday mornings

VENCE

Food and flowers – place du Grand Jardin – Every morning except Mondays from 9am-1pm

Clothes market – place Clemenceau – Tuesdays and Fridays 9am-1pm

Fleamarket – place du Grand Jardin – Wednesday mornings