Forget the mall: 7 interesting 'Old World' street markets

These classic retail centers have great deals and even better atmosphere.

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The Cours Saleya Market in Nice, France The Cours Saleya Market in Nice, France (Photo: Veniamin Kraskov / Shutterstock)

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Cours Saleya

Food and flowers dominate the Cours Saleya Market in the Old Town of the French Rivera hub of Nice. Spices and produce from Southern France overflow out of some stalls, while colorful flowers are featured in others. Like most classic street markets, Cours Saleya is at its best early in the morning. This market is extremely popular with tourists, but most vendors get there at the crack of dawn to set up their stalls. Sightseers are nowhere to be seen between about 6 and 8 a.m., but there is plenty of activity to take in. 

If you come here hoping to make a purchase, be aware that many vendors don't carry change. If you arrive early, you will need to bring plenty of small bills. Also, the regular vendors take the day off on Monday. Their stalls are taken over for the day by dealers selling antiques and curios.  

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