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Côte d'Azur shopping

The Côte d'Azur's shopping scene lacks Paris's designer ateliers and Provence's authenticity and revolves mainly around conspicuous consumption at luxury boutiques. But there's another side: older establishments on back streets unaffected by seafront real-estate prices. As is true in most things, Cannes is flashier than Nice, with the usual suspects (Prada, Chanel, Dior, et al.) lined up on the Croisette, many in tentlike additions to the hotels, or on the Rue d'Antibes, a few streets in from the beach. Nice is more of a boutique-searcher's town, especially in Vieux Nice south of the Place Masséna. It's quite possible to wander for hours among the narrow, crowded streets, where kitschy postcard shops give way to more artisanal offerings. In the smaller towns, notable shops are rare; Èze and La Turbie offer more of interest than do their neighbors but little that's worth a special shopping expedition. Of course, there's always Monaco, which feels like an enormous stage-facade luxury emporium. Those in the market for a Ferrari or jewel-encrusted watch need look no further.

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Berluti, Cannes

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...more

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Cave Bianchi, Nice

This wine store, which dates to 1860, specializes in local and Provençal specialties, including many hard-to-find properties and varietals. There is an...more

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Courrieu, Cogolin

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...more

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Maison Auer, Nice

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...more

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Martine Foubet, Cannes

Local interior-design legend Madame Foubet is often on site to advise clients at this duplex space filled with pieces from contemporary heavyweights like...more

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Perry De La Rosa, Nice

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...more

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