Nice is Nice

Nice is a big city and in the past few years it has continued to improve, especially in the shopping department. Here are some of my favorite places to shop and eat .

majeRue Alphonse Karr is filled with great boutiques. My FAVORITE is Maje, it’s French dressing at it’s best. This is always my first stop upon arrival.

sandroSandro is very similar to Maje (same company), another great stop on Alphonse Karr.

desertDesert (I think the name has now been changed to Poles) has a great selection of Isabel Marant. This is where I’ve found some coveted pieces (ie the Bekket sneaker).

Other noteworthy store: If you’re looking for unique eyewear Marc le Bihan on Rue Alphonse Karr carries a great selection of eyeglasses and sunglasses.

louisOk, moving on to some high end shopping on rue de Paradis off Zones Pietonnes. This street has Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Sonia Rykiel, Armani, and some other great boutiques.

chanelHi Chanel. Love you!villadesteHave lunch here at La Villa d’Este, great antipasti located on the main street 6 rue Massena.

liberteMy favorite cafe for some “pause shopping” is Liber’tea 9 bis, Rue de la Liberte

mondeCross Place Massena into Vieux Nice and shop at Un monde à part… (12 Rue Alexandre Mari) for great selection of Azzedine Alaia, Alexander McQueen, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Great service too!

This is Not Dior

I know, I know, you would think my first shopping day in France would be spend at a fabulous designer store but no, I chose to drive 30 km inland to go to one of my favorite stores here – Carrefour. Why you ask? Because you can find anything from a lawn mower to the best selection of cheeses. And everything in between – robes, beauty products, eclaires, lingerie, gadgets, the list goes on and on. It’s like Costco, Target and Whole Foods had a menage a trois, but better…because it’s French.

Here are my fab finds from this visit (they’ll be many others):

Meat and cheese heaven

The only pedi sock that doesn’t fall off.

Good rosé for 5€, yeah this happened.

Unless you are a girl that lives under a rock, you know Elnette hairspray is THE best!

Oh, this just added – haircuts for 10€ while you shop!

Sauce au poivre (pepper sauce) in a bottle. Very yummy and just one of the few they have here.