Saturday, December 15, 2007

Colourful Cours Saleya Market in Nice

What better way to spend the weekend by staying up late Friday night and waking up late in the morning, then going to the local market to sightsee and have a late breakfast of plain crepes with sugar and coffee on a market terrace.

This is a nicely presented spices vendor. I noticed that in this market merchandising matters.

The Cours Saleya market is a nice experience in Nice. It is situated parallel to the Quai des Etats-Unis. I love the traditional atmosphere in the market square. A very busy spot I cannot argue and one that visitors should not miss.

If compared to the markets in Spain and Italy, the Cours Saleya is smaller, less diverse and far from being chaotic. The market is located in the old town and is flanked on the side lines by numerous touristy cafes and restaurants that are mostly catering to seafood lovers like moi. Nicois cuisine is definitely a must try when in Nice.

Aside from flowers, fresh fruits, and vegetable produce being sold, they have a variety of gourmet goodies such as sun-dried tomatoes, olives, bottled artichokes and peppers, and quite a big selection of Provence herbs and spices.

Let me take you on a quick Cours Saleya market tour...

Fresh produce: fruits and vegetables.

A market is not complete without olives.

Herbs and spices of Provence.

Flowers of course!

Kitchen gadgets.

Handmade artisan soaps.

Regional gourmet products.

Selling art as well.

It was a very warm December, and just like everyone else, I was wearing my sunglasses and bathing my skin under the sun. The café terrace is full of clientele taking their morning break doing my favourite pastime, yep—people watching.

From where I was seated, I could see local shoppers and inquisitive tourists pouring over the products sold in the market stalls. Just the jive of the place is already a nice thing to start my day with. Lovely.

Anyway, just a side note. The waitress who served my order had been so clumsy, she broke a glass. Not a good start for her.

My view on the cafe terrace.

And with beautiful architecture around me... indeed a great start for my day.

Travel Period: November-December 2007

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