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Le Cours Saleya

A busy and beautiful open-air market in the heart of Nice’s Old Town.

TravelCurious Tip

Look out for the marzipan stall - you won’t be disappointed.

Colourful cornucopia

Le Cours Saleya is a bustling promenade in the Vieille Ville that hosts several markets a week: the marché aux fleurs is the most popular, with fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers beneath candy-striped awnings from Tuesday through Sunday. The vivid displays make for excellent photo opportunities as well as enticing the appetite.

Nice was home to the first wholesale cut flower market in the world, and shipped flowers all over Europe by train for over a century - rumour has it that Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was so inspired by the sight on his visit that he ordered two train wagons of flowers full to be dispatched from Nice all the way to St. Petersburg.


Road of many markets

Every Monday a brocante or flea-market is held; on warm June evenings, Saleya also plays host to a marche artisanal nocturne, a craft market.

To fuel you on your walk round the stalls, look out for Chez Théresa, a socca vendor that has held a place here since the 1920s. The socca - a Niçois pancake cooked with chickpea flour - is made a few streets away and comes hot into the market roughly every five minutes in a cart pulled by a scooter.

Nearby Attractions

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Cathedrale Sainte Reparate
Nice's cathedral is one of the city's architectural gems, honouring its patron saint.
Chapelle de la Miséricorde
Chapelle de la Miséricorde is a beautiful Baroque church inside and out, dating from the mid-18th century.
Place du Palais de Justice
At the heart of Vieux Nice, Place du Palais de Justice is a wonderful display of the city's Neoclassical heritage.
Place Rossetti
Located in the heart of the Old Town, this lovely square is full of restaurants and cafes and is home to Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate.
Palace of the Kings of Sardinia
Also known as the Palace of the Prefecture, is the former Royal Palace of Nice which used to be the residence of the kings of Sardinia.
Palais de Justice
Courthouse located in the Nice Old Town.

Related Tours

Historic Old Town on Foot
Discover Nice’s Old Town, by wandering the many colourful lanes and marketplaces accompanied by your expert local guide. On your private tour, you will:

  • Visit the best of Old Town on foot with your private guide.
  • Explore the Italian-influenced city, with its distinctive Mediterranean flavour, and the mixing flavours of fresh produce at the daily local market (morning tours only).
  • Stroll the city’s highlights, including Bellanda Tower, Place Rossetti, and Opera de Nice.
  • Climb Castle Hill for the best views over the city, with views of the pastel-painted city, striped umbrellas, and mega-yachts in the neighbouring harbour. 
  • Finish at one of the promenade cafes, with a table reserved just for you. A glass of house of wine, beer, or soft drink is included to ease you into the rest of your day.

Step into one of the most iconic and idyllic cities in the French Riviera with a private guide to show you the best of the city. On your tour, you will explore the elegant square Masséna, see the many quaint boutique stores, the Opera de Nice, and the Palace Square, home to the stunning Palace of Justice. On the colourful Saleya Square, you will have time to enjoy the famous flower market stalls and some of the many local delicacies on offer when the market is operating (mornings, most days of the year).
The Old Town has some great eateries, old-fashioned bakeries, classic Italian ice-cream parlours and chocolate stores, and your guide will happily recommend several which you can pop into or return to after your tour. You will have time to try it all as well as to take wonderful photos of old Italian Nice. You will also have the pleasure of walking along the Promenade des Anglais to view the many historic highlights this area boasts, including the magnificent Hôtel Negresco and Opera de Nice.  

You will also have the pleasure of visiting Nice’s Castle Hill, which was the original site of the trading town founded by the Greeks 2,500 years ago. Not only will you visit Bellanda Tower and the sweeping waterfalls which cascade down to the sea, but also the magnificent viewpoints over the Bay of Angels and Old Town.  After descending the hill, your guide will take you to one of the beachfront cafes to finish your tour, where a refreshing glass of wine or house beer will be waiting for you (included).
Private Half Day Tour of Nice by Car
Discover Nice on a half-day driving tour, spent in the comfort of a private vehicle, exploring city highlights. On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy hotel pick up by your private guide, if located in a place where vehicles can easily access. 
  • Explore one of the best overlooks in the city at Mont Boron to see views of the sea, city, and mountains.
  • See several of the city’s waterfront highlights along the Promenade des Anglais, including the art deco Le Negresco Hotel and the Opéra de Nice. 
  • Visit several places at the end of the tour on a brief walking tour of Old Town, where your guide will take you to one of the old markets, which still take place daily –either the flower and produce market or the antique market, depending on the day and time of your tour. 
  • After your tour, your guide will happily take you back to your hotel in Nice.
Hop into the comfort of a private vehicle and cruise through several of the city’s highlights, including Promenade des Anglais, a favourite walk-way of the European nobility of the last century and home to the magnificent Hôtel Negresco, the art deco Palais de la Méditerranée, and Le Opera de Nice. Then ascend Mont Boron for spectacular views over the mountainous and seafront landscape. 

Venturing onwards to beautiful Cimiez, you will discover the former Roman settlement of Cemenelum, and learn how the area would later become the winter home of Queen Victoria. Spoilt for choice, you will see the Roman amphitheatre and ruins, you will enjoy the Belle Epoque architecture, and see the famous Cimiez Franciscan monastery with its stunning garden. Indeed, you will not be surprised that Cimiez would become home to Henri Matisse, and would be where he would get much of his inspiration for his fabulous work. 

A tour of Nice would not be complete without a visit to the Italian-influenced, picturesque district of the Old City, where the last hour of your tour will be spent on foot, exploring the areas a car cannot reach. Enjoy the many beautiful Baroque churches, cobbled streets, and small colourful squares, along with its spectacular markets.  After your tour ends, your guide will drop you off at your hotel or in the city centre, which you can discuss with your guide on the day of the tour. 
Private Full Day Tour of Nice
Discover Nice on a full-day tour, with a half-day spent wandering Old Town and the afternoon spent in the comfort of a private vehicle, exploring other city highlights less easily reached by foot. On your private full-day tour, you will:

  • Spend the morning traversing Old Town on foot with your private guide
  • Explore the Italian-influenced city, with its distinctive Mediterranean flavour, and the mixing flavours of fresh produce at the daily local market.
  • Stroll the city’s highlights, including Bellanda Tower, Place Rossetti, and Opera de Nice.
  • Climb Castle Hill for the best views over the city, with views of the pastel-painted city, striped umbrellas, and mega-yachts in the neighbouring harbour. 
  • Pop back into the city centre, where you will enjoy lunch at your leisure. Your guide will be happy to recommend locations. (Price of lunch not included in the tour).
  • After lunch, hop into a private vehicle with your guide to see more of the city’s highlights, including Le Negresco, the Garden of Arenas Cimiez, Mont Boron, and the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum.
  • After your tour, your guide will happily take you back to your hotel in Nice. 

Step into one of the most iconic and idyllic cities in the French Riviera with a private guide to show you the best of the city. On your tour, you will explore the elegant square Masséna, see the many quaint boutique stores, the Opera de Nice, and the Palace Square, home to the stunning Palace of Justice. On the colourful Saleya Square, you will have time to enjoy the famous flower market stalls and some of the many local delicacies on offer when the market is operating (mornings, most days of the year).
The Old Town has some great eateries, old-fashioned bakeries, classic Italian ice-cream parlours and chocolate stores, and your guide will happily recommend several which you can pop into or return to after your tour. You will have time to try it all as well as to take wonderful photos of old Italian Nice. 

Then visit Nice’s Castle Hill, which was the original site of the trading town founded by the Greeks 2,500 years ago. Not only will you visit Bellanda Tower and the sweeping waterfalls which cascade down to the sea, but also the magnificent viewpoints over the Bay of Angels and Old Town. After descending the hill, your guide will take you into the city centre or back into Old Town to enjoy an hour’s respite for lunch. 

In the afternoon, hop in the car to cruise through several more of the city’s highlights, including Promenade des Anglais, a favourite walk-way of the European nobility of the last century and home to the magnificent Hôtel Negresco, the art deco Palais de la Méditerranée, and Le Opera de Nice. Then ascend Mont Boron for spectacular views over the mountainous and seafront landscape. Visit the Garden of Arenas Cimiez, ancient Roman ruins, which sit atop one of the hillsides of the area. After your tour ends, your guide will drop you off at your hotel or in the city centre, which you can discuss with your guide on the day of the tour. 
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