What To Buy In Nice, France - Updated 2022

what to buy in nice france

Experience the alluring charm and enchanting beauty of the seaside wonder of Nice. The balmy weather welcomes guests to experience a truly unforgettable Mediterranean paradise and is an elaborate display of natural beauty, iconic architecture and rich history begging to be discovered. The enthralling splendour of the coastline attracts tourists from far and wide to bask in the brilliance of the sun on the seemingly endless beachfront and frolic in the warm waters of the Mediterranean sea. There are also plenty of places to stay, including hostels and Airbnb vacation rentals. Tourists flock to the city of Nice every February to experience the Nice Carnival which is an explosion of colour, traditions, flavours and art portraying the resilient nature and essence of the city. If you could capture the spirit of Nice in one object, it would be these authentic souvenirs. Read on to find out what you should buy in Nice on your visit.

1. Lavender bags

Bring home the scents of Nice and let the pleasant fragrance of the city linger on your clothes. Purchase a lavender bag, a colourful little pouch that can be used as a perfume for your wardrobe. The fragrances will transport you to the balmy French Riviera. Looking for some romantic things to do? Buy one of these and give them as a gift or a souvenir to bring them back home to your loved one.

The Barn Of Mimi Gifts

Address: 2 Rue Sainte Reparate, 06300 Nice

2. Olive oil

The city of Nice is famed for the “olives de Nice”, and the olive oil is a symbol of the Mediterranean Coast. Most shops, markets and stores in Nice provide travellers with these timeless souvenirs. Olive oil may be used just to flavour your food but giving a bottle of olive oil as a gift, is a unique and delicious gourmet treat for friends and family. Olive oil is known as the “joy of the spirit”. It has a spiritual connotation since ancient times and specific healing properties as well. If you wish to savour the unique taste of Nice, take home a bottle of olive oil today. Maybe combine your trip to Nice with an unforgettable olive oil tasting experience.

A l’Olivier

Address: 7 Rue Saint-François de Paule (Flower Market) - 06300 Nice

Website: A l’Olivier

3. Bellet wine

Unravel the rich history of Nice’s agriculture by visiting the Chateau de Bellet Vineyard. The vineyard is located in the picturesque Saquier hills of Nice and boasts a long history that dates way back to centuries past. Be captivated by the architectural beauty of the Bellet Castle and Chapel where travellers can enjoy a wine tasting experience. The wines served and sold at the vineyard are internationally recognised and have a long-standing reputation making an ideal gift for wine lovers. The vineyards produce a whopping 25,000 bottles a year.

Bellet Castle SAS

Address: 482 Chemin de Saquier 06200 Nice

Website: Chateau de Bellet

4. Herbes de Provence

Marché au fleurs, cours Saleya
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Rosanna Delpiano used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Meander through the streets and alleyways of Nice and stumble across quaint cafes, restaurants, and bars and savour the tantalising French cuisine. Most of the local food served at these restaurants are infused with the flavours of Herbes de Provence, which means dried herbs. The herbs come in various blends, but the classic one features savoury marjoram, thyme, dill, tarragon and chervil, thus adding an impressionable flavour to the dishes. These herbs can be found and purchased at any of the markets in Nice. Capture the scents of the French countryside by opting to buy soaps, lotions and more scented with the herbs that grow wild in the fields here. Alternatively, buy Herbes de Provence scented candles to enjoy the lingering smell in your home when you return from your visit.

Market of Cours Saleya

Address: Cours Saleya - 06300 NICE

Opening Hours: 6 am to 5.30 pm except Mondays, Sunday afternoons and public holidays

5. Ceramics

France-002482 - Market Day in Nice (15721359589)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Dennis Jarvis used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Liven up your kitchen and living spaces by purchasing colourful ceramics, a quintessential Nice artefact. The best thing about ceramics is that it is the ideal gift that would appease the varying taste of the gift receivers. From plates, bowls, egg cups and more, these stunning ceramics can be bought at the market and stores of old town Nice.

Market of Cours Saleya

Address: Cours Saleya - 06300 NICE

Opening Hours: 6 am to 5.30 pm except Mondays, Sunday afternoons and public holidays

6. Herbin jams

Capture the lip-smacking flavour of Nice by purchasing Herbin Jams which is produced in the town of Menton. Menton is said to be France’s lemon growing capital, and the lemon jam from Maison Herbin is recognised and loved by all who taste it. The jam factory is located in the heart of Menton. It has become so popular that travellers are keen to take a tour of the kitchen and learn about the craftsmanship that is involved in the jam-making process. The shop not only offers citrus jams but also sell strawberry preserved with pineapple jam, fruit jellies, pickled onions and much more. Leave the store with your own pot of personalised jam.

Confiturerie Herbin

Address: 2 rue Palmaro, 06500, Menton, France

Website: Confiturerie Herbin

7. Household linen

Brighten up the interior of your home by getting yourself household linen which will bring the essence of Nice into your living spaces. To get a unique piece stroll through the markets and you will come across many shops selling handwoven linen. Choose from a fine selection of tablecloths, sheets, rugs, towels and much more.

Le Chandelier

Address: 7 Rue de la Boucherie, 06300 Nice, France

Opening Hours: 10 am to 7 pm except Sunday

8. Olive wood items

Add a touch of France into your kitchen by getting your hands on these prized possessions called the Olive Wood Items. These gourmet gifts are perfect for those who love spending hours in the kitchen cooking up a storm and is a great natural selection for any kitchen. Olive wood is seen as premium wood that is used to fashion gourmet wooden cooking utensils and it has a high level of durability. Tourist can find extraordinary quality items if they meander through the streets while visiting the shops of Nice or checking out some non-touristy things to do.

Market of Cours Saleya

Address: Cours Saleya - 06300 NICE

Opening Hours: 6 am to 5.30 pm except Mondays, Sunday afternoons and public holidays

9. Art posters

France is peppered with art galleries exhibiting the masterpieces of some of the worlds best artists and a stroll through these museums and galleries will open the eyes of tourist to the beauty of these art pieces. Liven up your living spaces with the vibrant colours and artwork of France by getting your hands on replicas and one of a kind pieces of Art posters. These posters can easily be found in local markets and stores. One look at these pictures and you will be reminiscing about the memories created in the beautiful city of Nice. These posters are great gifts for those who have an appreciation for the arts.

Market of Cours Saleya

Address: Cours Saleya - 06300 NICE

Opening Hours: 6 am to 5.30 pm except Mondays, Sunday afternoons and public holidays

10. Little blue chair

The Little Blue Chairs have become a symbol of the city of Nice, and tourists walking past the Bay of Angels will recognise these rows of chairs. Located along the coast of Promenade des Anglais these little chair offers guests a brief respite to enjoy the beauty of the seaside before venturing out on a stroll of the coastline. Having a picture taken while sitting on the blue chairs are a must do for visitors and is a long-lasting souvenir and memorabilia of your visit to Nice. Capture the image and frame it to give yourself a memory of Nice and its picturesque coastline.

Capture the spirit of Nice

Cours Saleya - Nice
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Souvenir list sorted! Take home a piece of Nice when you purchase any one of these top souvenirs.

Be sure to check out some aparthotels and hotels with private beaches for your accommodation need sin Nice.

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