Côte d'Azur Shopping
29 Rue du Commandant André
Tel: 33 4 93 38 48 48
Pablo Picasso wore sandals from this century-old Parisian leather house, which opened its Cannes location in 2007. The sandals are still done in the trademark Venezia leatheroil-tanned and infused with spectacular color and patina that looks like it came straight from an old oil painting. The shop also carries briefcases as well as loafers and oxfords, for when you have to go back to the boardroom. The staff is thoroughly knowledgeable and eager to please, but be sure to walk in with a thick wallet: Sandals start at about $850 and shoes at about $1,275.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm.
7 Rue Raoul Bosio
Tel: 33 4 93 85 65 79
This wine store, which dates to 1860, specializes in local and Provençal specialties, including many hard-to-find properties and varietals. There is an extensive selection of rosés as well as the usual grands crus from Bordeaux and Burgundyall at some of the best prices around. The location in Vieux Nice is just a few blocks from the Place Masséna in one direction and the Mediterranean in the other.
Open Sundays through Thursdays from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 9:30 am to 11:30 pm.
42-58 Avenue Georges Clemenceau
Tel: 33 4 94 54 63 82
Just outside of town, Cogolin has been famous for pipemaking for several centuries. The craft has a long tradition here due to the high-quality briar root—the heart of any fine pipe—that grows in the nearby Maure forest. The top-of-the-line at Courrieu is the simple Provence collection, handcarved from briar roots that are as old as 100 years. They make a fine gift, even for someone who doesn't smoke.
Open daily 9 am to noon and 2 to 6 pm.
7 Rue St. François de Paule
Tel: 33 4 93 85 77 98
Handmade chocolates are for sale in the back, but the windows of this old-fashioned candy store feature even more alluring candied and preserved fruits in intense, sticky-looking reds, yellows, and greens. The shop itself is a blur of Provençal tiles and rococo carved wood and is packed with locals and visitors of all ages buying expensive treats that are all made in-house.
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 am to 1:30 pm and 2:30 to 6 pm.
135 Rue d'Antibes
Tel: 33 4 93 38 54 40
Local interior-design legend Madame Foubet is often on site to advise clients at this duplex space filled with pieces from contemporary heavyweights like Kartell, Cappellini, and Flos. Ask her which would look best in your (imaginary) château: the modern metal wicker chairs from Ito or the vintage red-leather Knoll chaise longue?
Open Mondays through Saturdays 9 am to 12:30 pm and 3 to 7 pm.
5 Rue Alphonse Karr
Tel: 33 4 93 85 35 19
This shop is like a culling of the best Parisian flea markets, brought down south. Silk wallpaper lines the narrow space, a perfect backdrop for the vintage luxury objects on display: antique jewels, picture frames in beaten silver, and used-but-pedigreed watches retrofitted in-house (and guaranteed). The service is friendly and immediate, befitting a store so small you can barely turn around.
Open daily 10 am to 7 pm.