The South of France is full of charming farmers’ markets selling fresh local products beautifully arranged in their stalls. Now look closely at the prices: you might have been caught in a Tourist Trap.
Where do I go shopping for fresh products? At the Supermarket!
These are my 6 favorites places listed, with +plus and -minus:
- Country village Supermarket serving local products to an international clientele
- Perfect for every week if you live in the area and do not want to venture in the crowded coast, especially during the summer months.
- Very good quality and vast variety of products considering its small size.
- Fantastic butcher.
- MarcheU brand is often good quality ( see chicken nuggets and Nespresso alternaitves).
- Very good fresh vegetables at a reasonable price.
- Very friendly staff!
- Prices are not always the lowest.
- As with most French shops, they are closed for lunch from 12:30 till 15:30 (check for summer hours)
- Excellent combination of quality, variety and price.
- You can find anything at the best quality/value for money.
- The fish counter is fantastic and has the lowest prices in the region.
- Close to the Auto-route exit.
- It is always crowded.
- You can easily waste an entire day shopping, it is immense.
- Depending on where you live, it is the closest fresh fish counter you can trust, second to Carrefour only for prices.
- Large selection of products.
- Very handy if you plan a last minute picnic at the beach in Villeneuf Loubet Plage.
- It can be crowded especially in the summer.
- Same positives as Carrefour Antibes, but not at the same up market level.
Probably the sophisticated clientele in Antibes keeps the standard very high.
- It is always crowded, probably even more than Antibes
- Good Carrefour quality and high standards as in Antibes, though not always in the winter months when Monaco population reduces dramatically.
- Worth stopping for food shopping if you are in Monaco.
- Very good wine selection and fresh seafood.
- Prices can be higher due to the Monaco location
- If you are in the area it is definitely a must, always open from 7am to 9pm, even on Sundays.
- You cannot go wrong. Fantastic Italian products at amazing prices compared to French supermarket.
- No matter when you go, it is always crowded!!
If you like Asian food there are several Asian supermarkets in the French Riviera, but I always buy Asian food online from the UK as they have a fantastic selection, they deliver to your home overseas and prices are lower than the Supermarket, yes even Carrefour.
Now that the Sterling is stronger versus the Euro, the price convenience might have disappeared.
I will probably make a trip to the local Asian market sooner than later. I will keep you posted!