It’s impossible not to be seduced by the city of Nice. I still remember, with prickly pleasure, my very first visit to the capital of the French Riviera, stepping off the plane to be met with the wonderful scent of Provence and warm mistral breeze, coming in from the sea.
And then walking along the most beautiful promenade in the world – the famous “Promenade des Anglais”, where you have the Mediterranean before you and the snow-capped Alps behind you. It always leaves me with a feeling of being in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The sea is pool blue, the breeze is always pleasant and the mixed France-Italian architecture is a joy to look at and admire…Wow, what would I give to have a penthouse here…
Nice is also full of charming and romantic places, particularly in the old historic Nice town centre where you can find superb small restaurants that are fantastic value!
Of course, there is another motivation for visiting Nice…Its fantastic selection of shops and boutiques that have all of the latest summer fashion.
I was recently enjoyed some ‘shopping time’ in this fabulous place. After a sunny day at the beach, there’s nothing better than some shopping. This year, I found the perfect place. It’s a shopping centre called NICETOILE where you can take your time to browse around and enjoy a great variety of shops, with very welcome air-conditioning.
Here are some of the great shops in the mall….Lancel, Desigual, Hollister, Caroll, Naf Naf, Adidas, Fossil, BCBG MaxAzria but also stores dedicated to beauty products such as Sephora, Yves Rocher, The Body Shop, L’Occitane. Everything at your fingertips. There are also several phair dressers like… Frank Provost, Jean Paul Gil Coiffure and Le Bar à Ongles, where you can get your nails done…
There are also the really nice jewellery stores like Pandora, Swarovski, Didier Guerin, Swatch, and for those who are lucky to live there, plenty of decoration and accessories stores like Maisons du Monde, Nature & Découvertes, Habitat, Alice Délice…
NICETOILE shopping centre is very attentive; ensuring that tourists are also well looked after – by allowing them to shop Tax Free. The mall has teamed up with Premier Tax Free to offer a fantastic service of tax refunds for Non EU tourists. Normally, to qualify for a tax refund, tourists need to spend over 175€ in the same shop. But in Nice Etoile, you can shop in several shops to reach this limit…That means that all of your shopping is tax free.
Unfortunately for me, I am now living in Europe, so I could not avail of the tax free service, but that did not stop me from succumbing to the beach swimsuits of Princesse Tam Tam. Beautiful, charming and ‘pin up’ style …
But my biggest discovery was an amazing Store called Tamaris … that sells the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever tried in my life! This is a German brand that you find only here! Definitely a great place with great shoes.
So if you are coming to Nice, go ahead and make an onsite visit to have a look, so you can see all the stores. The mall is even open on Sundays.
- Centre Commercial Nice Etoile
- 30 Avenue Jean Médecin, 06000 Nice, France
- +33 4 92 17 38 17