The Cote d’Azur is, arguably, the best place to go shopping. Full stop. Period. I have so much love for everything that the Cote d’Azur has to offer, namely, in the shoppable goods section. And when it comes to bringing things home for your self and your friends, here are my top souvenirs to stash in your suitcase before you leave!
What Souvenirs to Bring Home from the Cote d’Azur
- Something Wicker: The number one thing I wanted to bring home from the Cote d’Azur was a wicker or straw tote. I picked up a beautiful handwoven tote from Nice for my sister and scored this fun round shoulder bag for myself. It worked perfectly as an impromptu camera bag and a nice going out piece for dinners out.
- Fragonard Fragrances: In our house, we had a book of things to do locally, one of them was to visit Fragonard, a famous French fragrance producer that creates beautiful, unique perfumes and scents. After spending a few hours in one of their stores and smelling all of the scents, I decided to bring home Reine des Couers for myself and Diamant for my mom. I wear this scent every day and it immediately brings back the feeling of being in the Cote d’Azur.
- A Unique Piece of Clothing: My favorite traveling tradition is to go shopping one day at a retailer who I can’t get back home. When we were in Cannes, I stumbled into Carrol Paris and immediately fell in love with this dress and wore it while we were in Menton. The best part is, I know that no one back home will have it and it’s completely unique to me.
- Canned Sardines: Here me out, they are delicious. The French create their own tinned fish that is mixed with different flavors (like lemon, olive, tomato, and more) and store it in beautiful dishes. Our favorite way to eat it is with a little smattering of creamy cows cheese on a fresh baguette.
- Fresh Herbs: This tarragon came right off the shelves of the local grocery store we shopped at, but it was still too pretty of a bottle and the tarragon was so richly perfumed, I couldn’t see it go to waste. Other great dried herbs to bring home are herbs de Provence, thyme, and rosemary.
- Unique Spreads & Jams from Maison Brem0nd 1830: This store was in Vieux Nice and it had a beautiful collection of jams, spreads, and toppings all artfully arranged in an apothecary-esque setting. I came home with an olive tapenade and a cherry and champagne filling. The olive tapenade was delicious and paired excellently with the sardines.
- Giclee Prints of Old Wine & Spirits Ads: One of the coolest things we stumbled upon in the open-air antique market in Cannes was the vendor who had giclee prints of the old wine & spirit ads. I pulled the trigger on a few of them which I currently am getting framed so we can put it in our new kitchen.
- Postcards: Our favorite tradition while traveling is sending our friends postcards from where we’re at. We typically pick up a couple of funny and super touristy ones and then follow it up with a more serious and pretty one. Memories are typically my favorite souvenir and it’s fun to involve your friends and family on your journeys.
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