The Nice Flower Market Isn’t Just About the Flowers


After a long stroll along the Boardwalk and ensuing mega stair climb up to the top of Le Château de Nice, Gal Pal Elizabeth and I searched for the Nice Flower Market – Cours Saleya. We had a map, we watched for the street signs and yet we still missed it somehow. We backtracked and still no market. As hunger and thirst was setting in we spied with our little eyes a woman leaving her apartment building with a rolling shopping trolley headed in the general direction we knew the market must be in, so we did what desperately lost people do…we followed her. She moved quickly along the old cracked sidewalks and disappeared around corners unaware she had two stalkers on her tail. Breathless, we caught up to her just in time to see that she was not headed directly to the market, but to meet up with some girlfriends for a coffee before her daily shopping, but fortunately for us, she ended up right next to the flower market so we made it!

There was eye candy everywhere! Literally and figuratively…Flowers, as expected, art, olive oil, produce, fish, cheese, meat and candy. The oranges seemed more orange and the candy made to look like the ripest of fruits blew us away. We had to get very, very close to see that it wasn’t real fruit, but sugary delicious candy made to look exactly like the real deal. Had we been staying longer and in an apartment we would have been able to pick up all the necessities for a huge French feast. But since we were staying at the luxury Palais de la Méditerranée we skipped most of the local goodies. Both Elizabeth and I did, however, purchase small watercolors directly from the artist. Since Mr. Weekend In Paris is an avid sailor I chose one with a sailboat in it. It’s the perfect colors for a small space in our summer home by the sea in Rhode Island.

Quai des États-Unis is the street along the water in Nice and parallel to this is the Cours Saleya Market  just before (old Nice) Vieux Nice. For the freshest items make sure you go bright and early as the market is in full gear by 8:00 am. Bring cash and an appetite – you’re going to love it!


  • Carol Ann Peeler
    Posted at 15:50h, 06 February Reply

    The market is one of my favorite places in Nice. I love to buy the spices, especially the pili-pili which you put in olive oil to use on pizza. Or, you can buy the olive oil with the spices already added.

  • Carol locandro
    Posted at 15:31h, 06 February Reply

    When we were there, we HAD to buy olives. We had never seen so many varieties. Of course, I was there with the ultimate eater. They were gone before we returned to the hotel. We returned to Nice just to revisit the market. . .. Fresh food at its finest.

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 09:51h, 07 February Reply

      Oh the olives! So amazing and tasty!
      Love a great market in Europe – we need more in the US year-round. We tend to only have them in the summer months. Sigh…

  • Joy
    Posted at 14:37h, 06 February Reply

    I visited there one morning….and could have spent a week! I HAD to buy a bouquet of flowers for my hotel room.

  • islandmomma
    Posted at 14:13h, 06 February Reply

    God, I love that place! I wonder if the café your lady was going to was the one my friend & I went to several times when we went to Nice. It was on a corner, and they did the most mouth-watering wholemeal bread with goat’s cheese, slathered with honey. If I win the lottery tomorrow, Nice is one place I would buy a home!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 09:52h, 07 February Reply

      Hi Island Momma!
      I will try to see if Google street view shows the café and report back which one it was. I do hope you win the lottery and then invite us all to visit!

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