Today’s tip: Le marché de la libération – Nice, France
France is known for its markets and the south of France is known for its fresh produce and seafood. Le marché de la libération combines all of the above and it is delightful.
Something of a local secret, the market is situated away from the main tourist area in Nice and most of the patrons are Niçoise.
La libération stretches all the way along Avenue Malussena on either side of the tramway and it is open everyday, except for Monday, from sunrise until noon.
There are maybe 100 stalls mostly run by local farmers, with tables full of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables grown in the south of France and neighboring Italy and Corsica.
The market also has an impressive seafood section with everything from oysters, shrimp, and salmon to Niçoise specialty: sea urchins. There is a fantastic local jam maker at the far end too.
The best thing about this place is the low prices. Compared to Nice’s other, more famous market: Cours Saleya, the produce costs about half, and the selection is more than double.
There are lots of stalls selling the same things at vastly different prices so It’s worth perusing the goods before selecting your produce, to make sure you get the best quality and the best deals.
At the end of the market, there is also a covered market called the Cite marchande docks de la Riviera. Walking through the doors is like stepping back in time. You’ll see Niçoise lined up at the Triperie and the Boucherie. There is also a crèmerie, a boulangerie and a few specialty counters selling Italian imports, fresh eggs and cured meats.
After filling your shopping bags, choose one of the dozens of restaurants lining the tramway for a lunch of hand made gnocchi, or freshly shucked oysters.