Shopping in the Mediterranean for the Thomas Cook Cruise Magazine… I was asked to contribute to the section about shopping in Nice for their latest issue.

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Shopping autour de la Méditerranée pour le Thomas Cook Cruise Magazine… Ou l’on m’a demandé de partager les bonnes adresses sur Nice pour leur dernière édition spéciale Shopping.

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First stop: the downtown shopping centre Nice Etoile (30 avenue Jean-Médecin, +33 4 92 17 38 17, nicetoile.com), which has just been renovated. Here you’ll find Lancel for accessories, André for chic and cheap shoes,Princesse Tam Tam for lingerie, IKKS and Okaîdi for kids clothes and BCBG Max Azria for evening clothes.

It would be a shame to return to the ship without having picked up some glazed fruit jam, which can be found near the port at Florian Confectionary (Le Pont du Loup, +33 4 93 59 32 91, confiserieflorian.com). Here you can also sample the products and visit the factory. For some beautifully canned olive oil, head to Alziari (14, rue St-François-de-Paule, +33 4 93 62 94 03, alziari.com.fr), which many gourmets reckon sells the best olive oil in the French Riviera. Hunt for dried-lavender sachets among the stalls at the Cours Saleya flower market (in the old city, one block from the Quai des Etats-Unis), which is open every morning except Mondays.

You’ll find trendy, fashionable clothes for men and women at Antic Boutik (19 rue de la Prefecture,+33 4 93 62 66 10, anticboutik.com). Façonnable (10 rue de Paradis, +33 4 93 87 58 14, faconnable.com) is an easy-to-wear local brand, designed for the French Riviera.

Two fantastic furniture stores in Nice are Loft Design Store (25 rue de la Buffa, +33 4 93 16 09 09, loft-design.com), where you’ll find high-end Italian design furniture, and Henri Dunant La Romarine(15 Boulevard Victor Hugo, +33 4 93 82 40 86), which is the place to look for more exotic furniture. Côté Maison (14 rue de la Liberté, +33 4 93 87 53 01, cotemaison.com) sells homeware, including tea and gourmet food. Baobab (10 rue du Marché,+33 4 93 80 28 80), in the old city, is a boutique that sells decorative and design objects. It’s filled with reasonably priced gift ideas.

Vintage aficionados will love the replicas of ancient design rings at Diagram (11 Cours Saleya,+33 4 93 80 33 71). And fleamarket lovers should head to Place Robilante, close to the port, from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Stop by booth 29 and ask Sophie to help you find vintage furniture and well as a selection of clothes.

Anne Davené-Vantalon is a personal shopper based in Nice (+33 6 77 91 30 15, ishopforyou.fr).

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