The Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, or Cours Saleya Market, is a staple of Nice culture in the Old Town district offering a vibrant atmosphere, food, produce and fresh flowers. Though it's primarily known for the brilliant colours and sweet smells of the flowers that are sold here, those are just the beginning of what's on offer.

Here, you can grab fresh produce, fruits and vegetables and walk through bright stalls with friendly vendors and welcoming surroundings. On Mondays in summer, you can head here for an antiques and flea market offering secondhand, vintage and handcrafted goods of just about every variety.

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Highlights of the Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya

The flower market, again, is the prime attraction at the Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya. This is because fresh cut flowers have been a core part of the history of Nice since 1896 when the city hosted the world's first wholesale flower market. The fruit and vegetable market, however, is the largest part of the market and offers fresh, locally sourced produce and prepared foods.

The antiques and flea market offers furniture, jewellery, vintage clothes and other kitsch. Look around and you might just find a treasure. Finally, the summertime night market offers a craft market with handmade goods by local artisans.

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What to know about the Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya

When planning to visit the Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, you should note when various attractions are held. The fruit and vegetable market operates daily, while the flower market is held Tuesday through Saturday. The antique market is open on Mondays from June through September, and the night market is open evenings during the summer.

Market shopping is a tradition in France, and it's important to be patient while shopping the stalls. The area is flat and wheelchair friendly, but it can be a tight squeeze, and sometimes the stall counters may be a bit high up. The market is located 10 minutes south of the city centre.

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Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya

Location: Cours Saleya, 06300 Nice, France

Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 6 am to 5.30 pm, Sunday from 6.30 am to 1.30 pm (closed on Mondays, Summer hours may vary)