Designer shopping opportunities on the Cote d’Azur are legendary, but there is nothing more exciting than discovering a truly unique vintage item, often picked up at a fraction of the price at one of the many antique markets, French Riviera style. But when part of these markets’ appeal is their hidden local charm, how can those just visiting the South of France for the summer hope to find them? Here, we have pooled our knowledge to bring you the best flea markets the Cote d’Azur has to offer.
The best Antique Markets: French Riviera hidden treasures.
Valbonne’s antique market is undoubtedly one of the best, but with it only occurring on the first Sunday of each month, you have to be either well-organised or extremely lucky to catch it. However, we promise it is worth the planning. Not only is it an opportunity to pick up some antique pieces for your home, it’s also great fun to browse the abundance of weird and wonderful items on display. Valbonne has traditionally been a hub of French ceramics, stoneware and pottery, so the market gives you the chance to embrace the town’s culture. Why not look for South of France villas for rent near the antique markets
and plan your vacation for the start of the month? With cosy restaurants and charming bars lining the square, you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do when you finally manage to drag yourself away from the stalls.
Cannes’ Marché Forville
Marché Forville is Cannes’ most famous market, found near La Croisette boardwalk in the beautiful old neighbourhood of Le Suquet. From Tuesday to Sunday, food-lovers flock to buy an incredible assortment of fruits and vegetables, exotic spices, exquisitely fresh seafood, fine cheeses and other local delicacies. However, Monday sees the space transformed into a sprawling French Riviera antique market, home to some truly beautiful pieces. From local handcrafted goods to first-edition books, from vintage furniture to jewellery, there really is something for everyone. The market is open from 7am to 5.30pm, but get there earlier to get the best deals.
Saint-Tropez’s Place des Lices
Every Tuesday and Saturday morning, Saint-Tropez’s beautiful Place des Lices comes alive with a bustling open air market, selling all manner of goods including some fantastic antiques. Again, get there early - the locals certainly do - and make the most of the variety of stalls. Alongside pre-loved leather goods sellers you will find an entire stand dedicated to vintage Chanel. Locally produced artworks stand next to heirloom chests and vintage clothes, generally all well-priced. And when you get hungry, head to the bounty of food stalls to sample delicious local delicacies. What better way to start your day than at one of the chicest antique markets on the French Riviera?