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Antibes: In the heart of the old town of Antibes, the Provençal food market in Cours Massena provides a wonderful sight – an inspiring mix of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, olives, hams and sausages. The stalls of the professional growers and traders are rich in colour and smells and the perfect place to buy food for a great picnic. In the afternoon it’s the turn of the crafts market. You’ll find painters and ceramicists, sculptures and wood turners-- of varying degrees of skill -- displaying their work in the covered market.
Antiques Fair, Antibes
Amidst the sight of super yachts bobbing up and down on the Med, you can also wander around one of the most prestigious, and certainly one of the largest antique fairs France has to offer, where sellers from all over Europe gather to display their wares. Jewellery, furniture, books and art - collectors and enthusiasts are mesmerised by the number of treasures on display. And, as it’s a major meeting point for collectors and artists, some of the antiques are exceptional.
Cannes: Just at the end of the Rue Meynadier you will find the Marche Forville, a covered market, open every morning with arrays of fresh fruit, vegetables, a very interesting fish market, while quality wines can be found at La Cave Forville, 3 Forville Market. Cannes
Flower Market of Nice is a must
Valbonne: A large Provençal market is held every Friday morning,
Christmas Markets – Grasse, Cannes, Monaco, Nice and Menton. The French Riviera may not be the first place you think of when visiting a Christmas market, and there may not be any snow, but these European markets sure know how to capture the spirit of Christmas. Many of the famous cities and towns along this stretch: Monaco, Nice, Menton and Cannes erect the traditional wooden chalets selling everything from Christmas decorations, local produce, gourmet treats and heart-warming hot chocolate. But, all of these towns have their own way of celebrating. There’s Nice, which hosts the Riviera’s biggest ice rink and a Champagne and Oyster Bar, Monaco with its fairground attractions and Cannes with plenty of entertainment including nativity displays and candle designing. Then of course, there’s an opportunity to meet the man himself: Father Christmas. Grasse offers much in the way of entertainment for children too, even cooking classes, and Menton goes all out to impress. Christmas seems to take over the whole town and is spread out across different locations with nativity trails, a winter wonderland, and the traditional stalls selling festive and local goods. Menton Christmas celebrations are famous in the region.
Eating out in Cannes. Although it tends to get pretty pricey to eat out in Cannes, it is possible to get a delicious meal incorporating the mouth-watering, fresh regional produce sourced from the markets. Traditional French cuisine is excellent, but can be expensive but there are plenty of options open. Vegetarians have a bit of a rough time in France generally, in that most menus will offer fish, meat and very little else, and the French pride themselves in eating some fairly esoteric parts of animals not found in supermarkets back home - "testicules de mouton" for example. The best areas for dining are the rue Meynadier, and the beautiful old district of Le Suquet, overlooking the old port, where you can dine outdoors with a stunning view of the town below, and in the back streets of the Rue de Antibes, you can find some reasonable dining places. The most romantic setting for dining in Cannes is in the historic quarter of Le Cannet, a northern suburb of Cannes some two kilometers away. Accessible by taxi or local buses, Le Vieux Cannet looks down over Cannes. Le Bistrot des Anges, 15, bis rue Notre Dame des Anges, with seating for about 20, is the perfect place for a quiet meal.
“Astoux & Brun” on the old port renowned for its sea food, and “La Pizza” where they serve you only half a pizza so it will fit into your plate; you can’t really go wrong.
On the La Salis beach near Antibes make a bee line for Chez Jozy, a food stand which sells the best, freshly made “Pan Bagnats” (a large tuna, and tomato sandwich in a bun, bathed in olive oil).
For more classic and stylish eating, try “The Restaurant César” at the Plage Keller on the Garoupe Beach,Antibes where you will find all the tasty Provençal fare in addition to the ubiquitous salads and grilled fish, all served at the water's edge. 1035 chemin de la Garoupe - Baie de la Garoupe
Next door, The Hôtel Imperial Garoupe's contemporary-style beach restaurant, “Le Pavillon”, serves a Mediterranean-inspired buffet lunch or grilled meat and fish with a wide choice of side dishes and was recently awarded one Michelin star.
The lovely village of Mougins, capital in the area of the French gastronomy and of course .
Famous restaurants such as “La Bastide St Antoine in Grasse”, “La Mère Germaine” in Villefranche, “Le Château St Martin” in Vence. The village of Gastronomy in Mougins will be a great place to explore for those who appreciate good food.
Nice has its old town. Try out Nissa Socca, 7 Rue Sainte-Réparate where you will be able to taste the traditional “Socca” (very fine crepes made from chick pea batter), or if you feel like something more consistent, stuffed vegetables, tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines, and onions, are always on the menu. For relaxation,
For those who prefer the authentic inland attractions, you will love to have a drink “al fresco” on a Provencal square in Vence, Valbonne, Tourettes / Loup or Grasse.
You have the small hill top medieval village of Biot, with narrow winding pathways rather than streets. In Biot, you can still find small traditional glass blowing factories, where each glass, vase and ornament is unique due to the air bubbles left during the blowing process. Be on the lookout for the inimitable champagne glasses with a stem but no base, meaning you can’t actually put your glass down until it is empty. Try the experience, but with moderation!
Old Antibes. the most popular item bought here is art. This is because of the importance of art to the history of the area. The best place for getting local art is to shop in the galleries located throughout Antibes, with Old Antibes offering the most options, also terrific just for browsing, as there are numerous stores in the various alleyways.
Shopping is a must in Cannes! The shops in Cannes are concentrated between La Croisette and the Rue d'Antibes, a distance easily covered on foot. For high-end shopping, you'll want to head to the Rue d'Antibes, a road that runs parallel to La Croisette” Forgetting your credit card would be a big mistake when visiting Cannes. You'll find all the luxury boutiques you could possibly desire, designers like MaxMara, Agnes B and Missoni among other shops that sell perfume and jewellery and pastries. If you don't want to buy, you don't have to: Window-shopping and people watching are nearly as enjoyable as credit card-swiping, but without all that buyer's remorse!
All year long it’s like Christmas on the Rue d'Antibes, which has the best chocolatiers and delicatessens, including Chez Bruno, 51 rue d'Antibes (crystallised fruit and marrons glacés), and Maiffret, 31 rue d'Antibes (chocolates made on the premises).
Not far from the Rue d'Antibes you have the Rue Meynadier, lined with charming 18th-century houses, which have been repurposed as boutiques, selling everything from trendy and (relatively inexpensive) clothing to wine and cheese. Taste some sharp cheese at Ceneri, on 22 rue Meynadier.
The fun is finding that one special souvenir or gift for someone.