Vintage and Thrift Store Shopping in Nice

Caprice mannequin holding 'open' signIf vintage, discount designer labels, and second-hand chic is your thing, you’ve come to the right place!

The Golden Ring of Vintage Shopping in Old Nice

If you like vintage glamour, second-hand chic, discount designer duds and unique fashion finds, put on your shopping shoes and head to Old Nice.  Here is a circuit over just a couple of blocks where bargain hunters will find their bonheur in boutiques ranging from vintage to retro thrift stores.  Tram stop Cathédrale.

Start at 12 rue Droite, Caprice Vintage, the number one vintage shopping address in all of Nice, with two floors of glamour and eclectic selections from the 1920’s through the 80’s. Caprice is sought out by retro-loving fashionistas worldwide, hoping to find a unique piece of French chic to take home… in fact, 80% of her clientele is foreign!  Madame Caprice selects each piece personally, focusing on the 1920’s through the 50’s, and looks for unique or eccentric items of quality, not just luxury labels.  She loves the magic of an item with a story, can tell you the fabulous history behind every piece in the store!

Continue on rue Droite another block until you get to rue Rossetti, and look left to see La Fraperie, with one-of-a-kind wares spilling out on the sidewalk.  Inside it’s a flea-market free-for-all, with a good men’s section to boot.  7 rue Rossetti

Come back down and continue on rue Droite until you get to the church, then look right: La Belle Epoque Vintage consignment store is tucked into the square, Place du Gesu, with a nice balance between stylish modern and vintage fashion finds.  Sanela speaks better English and German than she does French, and opened the store years ago to feed her passion for vintage fashion finds.  1 place du Gesu

Back to rue Droite and continue towards Cours Saleya.  Rue Droite turns into rue Jules Gilly for the last block, and it is here, on the right where you will find the tiny but mighty Opus Frippery.  It is not always open, but if it is be sure to take a peek.

You are not at Cours Saleya where you take a right, then another right on rue de la Poissonnerie, to find Vide Dressing des Copines, an upscale designer label consignment boutique whose motto is ‘Big Labels for Tiny Prices’.  5 rue de la Poissonnerie

This street turns into rue Benoit Bunico; just keep going until you see the sidewalk sales racks beckoning you in to O’Chineur, the bargain hunter’.  It may be tiny but it lives up to its name, as Laure keeps it stocked with lots of well-chosen variety.  What sets her apart?  The price!  Afternoons only.  8 rue Benoit Bunico

And finally, at the end of rue Benoit Bunico, the finish line:  Step into a time warp at the trippy Hippy Market for one big hilarious flashback from the 60’s and 70’s.  With music and memories to match, the clothes are a blast from the past: cut off jeans, peasant blouses, bell bottoms, Keds high tops, vintage aloha shirts, macramé purses, tie dye… it goes on and on, just like the summer of love.  3 rue Benoit Bunico

And poof, you’re back where you started!

Ready for a little break or maybe even some lunch?  To keep in the theme, head to Café des Chineurs just off Place Garibaldi at the tip of rue Bonaparte and rue Cassini, for a fun café designed by die-hard vintage/retro aficionados, fully decorated with their antique market finds and full of beautiful mismatched place settings.  The cuisine is French tapas, so you can have a snack, lunch or just a coffee or glass of wine.

Port area

Just off Place Garibaldi down rue Cassini, Frip’n the City trades in second-hand chic and funky fashion collectibles.  A thrift store mainstay in the hip Petit Marais neighborhood for over 10 years, Laure’s motto is “Frip is chic!”   10 rue Cassini, tram stop Garibaldi

au bonheur des cocottesAn adorable boudoir of style, Au Bonheur des Cocottes mixes fab one-of-a-kind dresses and accessoires among the furnishings and curios, creating displays that are little works of art in themselves.  It’s worth going to her website for her gallery of photos alone! Pure inspiration. They lost their lease, so are saddly going to close their doors by the end of 2021, so get there fast… this is one of the best in Nice!  19 rue Lascaris, tram stop Port Lympia

Downtown Nice

Downtown Nice, the fashion gets serious, with several resell boutiques that only deal in the best of the best.  These prices for second hand clothes might shock the uninitiated, but are absolute steals for those that love designer labels. Clientele: mostly French.

Andrea T Luxe is an impeccably run modern consignment boutique, that deals exclusively in top-end in-style designer duds.   I brought in a Calvin Klein black sheath cocktail dress from the 80’s, and they turned it down! 2 rue Blacas, tram stop Jean Médecin.

Pomme Glamour  More high-end modern designer labels with matching high-end discounted prices… but locals can pay in 4 payments with no interest.  Check out their latest acquisitions on their blog or like their Facebook page for updates.   37 bis rue Marechal Joffre.

Mademoiselle is a mix of modern classics and retro-glamour, specializing in vintage and designer deluxe.  41 rue de France behind the Negresco and the Musee Massena.

From high-brow back down (way down) to low-brow…

Abi 06 run by Secours Catholique (The Catholic Aid Society) behind Nice Etoile Shopping Center is like the French Goodwill.  It looks and smells like a normal thrift store, but since many good Catholics donate their designer cast-offs to help the poor, you can sometimes find amazing designer treasures for a pittance. 2 Ter Rue Spitalieri, tram stop Jean Médecin.

Chez Vega  is a neighborhood second-hand store with 35 years of history; Louise is the real deal and was doing vintage way before it was even cool. 13 rue Biscarra, behind Nice Etoile, tram stop Jean Médecin.

Here are a few with a decent section for Men:

Exterior of military surplus storeSurplus Marceau is stocked to the rafters with French military surplus!  Lots of cool finds here if you are into the offbeat. 29 Rue Marceau, tram stop Gare Thiers or Liberation.

Very Bad Frip Vintage Shop focuses on American and British retro finds, with a pretty good men’s section.  9bis Rue de Lépante, tram stop Jean Médecin.

Bozar Vintage specializes in denim and Americana, and is one of the few that has a decent selection for men. 2 rue Niepce, tram stops Gare Thiers or Jean Médecin.

And finally… Monaco!

It is a well-kept secret that a second-hand shop exists in Monaco… in fact it is so successful, that now there are two!  With consignments from Monaco’s socialites, you can only imagine the eccentricities, excesses and designer delirium that you will find at Le Dressing 2 rue des Orangers +37797 70 45 60 and 1 rue Princesse Florestine.

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