I will try my best to save money in Nice (France, Cote d’Azur).
I will tell you about shopping in Nice. My idea was to visit Cote d’Azur when the sea did not distract from walking, sightseeing and shopping. So we brought a lot of things, not limited to souvenirs and perfumes. I will share my impressions and show you some of the purchases).
I will start with the stores in Nice. Most of the stores are near Massena Square, along the streetcar tracks. In the Old City there are mostly only souvenirs, a little farther from the center there are some stores too, but I haven’t found anything interesting there. Except Carrefour, which I will tell you a little further. Farther from the center there are some small stores, almost uncrowded – you rarely see shoppers there. Before the trip I read on the Internet reports, how people managed to find some nice little stores with unique French designer clothes, and inexpensive, but of high quality and original. I could not find these – or I did not like the style, or I just do not know how to buy it.) I would go in and out – it was a pity to waste time. And here near the Place Massena – you can find shopping centers and Galeries Lafayette, and a lot of familiar and not so familiar chain stores, most of which we have.
Galeries Lafayette department store reminded me of Stockmann. We were in March, out of the sale season, so there were no discounts. The prices were very restraining, so we went in, looked and left. But really I wanted to buy myself French lingerie) So the day we went back there and got just the first day of discounts – not everything, and not so much – only 30% on select models. But still. In 2013 it was March 13) Whether it repeats every year, I do not know, but still – just in case it comes in handy. By the way, I did not buy underwear there – I liked the price and quality, but I did not pick up the size (I’m not standard – my ribs are not French )
This last day we just ran through the stores in Nice, was our most successful shopping in terms of things)
First of all, I discovered Pimkie chain stores, which I have never seen before. Interesting assortment, amazingly appropriate for me models and incredibly low sale prices. We bought there T-shirts and blouses for 3-7 euros, which I wear with great pleasure, because I like them all, they look original, fit well and are comfortable to wear. Also there were bought PU straps – 1-2 euros each. In Pimki was more people than in any other store in Nice, and very many Russian-speaking, not many people left without a purchase.) After we also found this chain in Italy, and again the experience was very successful (Shopping in Milan – Milan sales and streets of stores).
Secondly, I did buy myself some bras. But I bought them at H&M. I had never gone into the lingerie department here before, but for some reason I did, and I bought four of them at once. I found my size, and suitable styles, and the quality was more than satisfactory to me, and the prices. At that time the euro was at about 40 rubles, so the bras were at most 600 rubles, I then specifically checked – these models were (but not all), but they cost 750 rubles.
Approximately the same difference was found between French Zara and ours, that is, prices in rubles were lower by 20-30 percent. How things are now, when the ruble has become cheaper, I do not know.
In Nice I planned to stock up on all kinds of drugstore skin care cosmetics. I was especially interested in products to care for dry and very dry skin of children. And I did! At that time the prices of the same products were different there and at us by 2-3 times (not in our favor). So I bought a huge amount, even enough to get it back and tax (TAX FREE). I must say at once – in Nice I looked in every drugstore I met, but all my purchases were made in one – the largest, in my opinion, drugstore, which is located in the shopping center CAP3000 (near the airport). There’s a chic Pharmacie there, a huge selection and lots of specials (and prices are generally lower than around town).
But. You can’t buy medicines without a prescription, it’s not Italy. So – only parapharmaceuticals – cosmetics, and all possible remedies that do not relate to drugs.
Here’s just a little of what I picked up there: Bioderma, Avene, Uriage, Lipikar La Roche-Posay, Eucerin, Cattier and much, much more. I have already left some reviews about some of the products, and I will write about others later.
Many of the products are sold in pairs. And the price is listed per set. And not like us – only a couple of rubles cheaper than if you buy individually, but with a very substantial savings.
My favorite hygienic lipstick:
After payment, we made Taks Free, and received samples – a whole bag of all sorts of interesting things ) The first time in the pharmacy I was given samples and so many at once – in our pharmacies I have never been given samples. I read that in France it is standard practice.)
For example, the sample of PHYTOKERATINE shampoo – a good size)
Or a miniature of CAUDALIE:
About CAP3000 – of course it was the biggest (at that time) shopping center in Nice. And there were a lot of people there. But, my friends, it did not stand next to our MEGA, CITY and VEGAS. Our MEGA’s are luxurious, but this mall is so much more democratic and not very comfortable. We were not in sale season, the prices did not seem particularly interesting to me. We didn’t buy anything else there except for the drugstore stuff. But the biggest thing that impressed me was the long line at Starbucks! So long that I haven’t seen such a line since the deficit days) Strange French people
CARREFOUR This is my favorite store. It’s like Ashan, but more interesting assortment – at least because there is a lot of things unfamiliar ) Also organic products there were cheaper than in our country ) For example noodles ) Not a joke – I really brought from France organic pasta By the way, really liked it.)
And lollipops on a stick – like chupa-chups, but with natural ingredients (to please the kids):
And again for the kids – delicious natural marmalade Saint Siffrein. Really delicious and relatively inexpensive for the price:
I gave a small piece at a time – it was enough for a long time. No rashes or allergies, even though the kids are allergic. The first marmalade my youngest son ever tried).
Weighed in at the free baggage allowance, so I picked up the products at Carrefour )
As for the unusual things, we brought a few different jars of jam – assorted, decorated in the Provencal style (there was orange jam, figs and almost some kind of petals). But it was given as a gift, so I can’t say what it tastes like)
Magnets. Very nice themes with lavender and cicadas – the symbols of Provence. I brought and gave away most of them, I was left with this hook:
It is primitive and not very good quality – but it was not expensive, and I needed it for dacha.) I bought it for myself.)
In general, I bought it for myself ) But in general, all my stuff is china. I usually brought from trips as a gift a mug (cup) – the man collects them, but there was absolutely nothing to choose from – everything was rude and typical, nothing interesting.
In a budget store, kind of a small department store I found some interesting table knives with a cicada on the place where the handle turns into a blade. As a souvenir they were dispersed. In Galeries Lafayette there was a set of scoops with cicadas too, a little bit more expensive but of higher quality – not bad either, but it was too expensive for 6 at once).
In the city of Vance bought a mixture of Provencal herbs (very strong aroma, I add to salads, hot dishes, if only very little, otherwise you do not want to eat). And dried lavender flowers – to make the sachet). They look so bright, but it’s a fake – the bag is blue, and the flowers inside are not so picturesque, of course, the usual dried grayish )
I walked around, smelled it – you can find stores with products Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard in Nice, the prices are not much different from those in perfume factories in Grasse (my photo walk in Grasse – in some places it was really scary). I ended up buying a set of five mini versions (10ml each) of Molinar fragrances.
And then I bought a very inexpensive but very persistent vodka (Pivoine and Fruits Rouges), also from Vence – I spent a lot of time sniffing around while walking around until I realized that I do like it, a very persistent flavor, and the smell does not get lost, not “washed out” with time:
The factory is not known – Le Blanc. But I liked the price-quality ratio, and the smell).
Well, and this Le Chatelard 1802 – perfumed room spray ) I do not use air fresheners, but sometimes want to scent the room
In general, of course, perfume is much more convenient for me to buy in DUTY FREE – there are more interesting scents, better packaging and prices
Shopping in Nice: The best stores in the city
Nice is a world destination, and not only from a beach perspective. There are many things to see and do in Nice and stores selling everything from budget to luxury, from cheap to luxury.
If shopping is a separate point of your trip, visit the largest shopping center in Nice, located near the airport, where you can rent a car for a comfortable vacation or order a transfer.
Here you can buy clothes and shoes for the whole family, as well as gifts, souvenirs, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes. Cap 3000 presents such famous European brands as H&M, Lacoste, Zara, Desigual and many others. There are also boutiques of famous perfume and cosmetics chains: Sephora and L’Occitane. For convenience there is a children’s room and several cafes, where you can take a break after shopping. Another advantage is that the mall is located near the sea, so you can combine shopping with a walk along the waterfront.
Address: 306 Avenue Eugène Donadeï.
You can visit France’s famous department store without even going to Paris. The huge building of Galeries Lafayette in the center of Nice is in no way inferior to its capital counterpart. The five floors contain boutiques of the most famous and prestigious brands. With about 600 producers of clothing, cosmetics, shoes, jewelry, handbags, watches and other accessories, every customer can find what they need.
Do not forget that department store Lafayette, as one of the main attractions of France, is focused on serving foreign customers, so there is a separate service for international customers, as well as a 10% discount card for tourists.
Address: 6 Avenue Jean Médecin.
Over 100 boutiques await you at the Nice Etoile, a few steps away from the Galeries Lafayette. There are books and gifts in addition to the latest trends from the best international brands. To avoid getting tired of exploring all four floors, take a short break and spend time with a cup of coffee in one of the cafés. The mall also has a beautiful modern cinema and an entertainment room for children.
The address is 30 Avenue Jean Médecin.
The TNL is probably the most democratic shopping center in Nice. It is no longer for those who want to refill their closet with the latest collections, but for families or groups of tourists who come for a long time and want to buy not only clothes and shoes but also food. In TNL is the only Carrefour hypermarket of a large chain of stores in Nice. There you can buy everyday groceries as well as a variety of French cheeses, wines, sweets, tapenades and other local delicacies.
The address is 15 Boulevard Général Louis Delfino.
If luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel and similar brands representing prestige and high fashion are your goal, welcome to the luxury zone which is formed by rue Paradis, Avenue Alphonse Karr and Avenue de Suède et de Verdun. Here you’ll find the most exclusive boutiques which sell the latest creations of major designers.
Be sure to check out our app for Nice, which not only shows all the stores, but also the sights.