What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?
The Riviera is very cosmopolitan so most food items that you are used to in your homeland can be found here. There are quite a few shops that specialize in British foodstuffs, where you can buy anything you would need or like if you are British, Canadian or American. Also many of the local supermarkets tend to have an "International" section where you can buy British, Indian or Mexican specialties.
Compared to the US, sporting goods can be quite expensive, so if you have the opportunity to bring over your bicycles and skiing equipment, then it is advisable.
Please note that the Europeans are in Region 2 for DVDs, which means that Region 1 DVDs cannot be read in a regular DVD player. So if you are bringing over your collection of DVDs, you will have to buy a multi-regional DVD player once you arrive in Europe.
Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?
No. The Riviera is very well stocked with clothes for all shapes and sizes.
What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?
There are many different grocery stores you can shop at here, whether you are an expat or not. The main ones are listed below.
Centre Commercial de Fontvieille
Centre Commercial de Fontvieille in Monaco has a Carrefour supermarket surrounded by 36 shops - selling technology, fashion, music, home furnishings - and restaurants. There is also a petrol station.
Open: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m - 10:00 p.m. Saturdays
Centre Commercial Carrefour
The large Centre Commercial Carrefour in Antibes has a Carrefour supermarket that is very busy at all times of the day. Shops and services around the supermarket include a hairdresser, a chemist, fashion shops, shoe shops, photo development, dry cleaners, key cutters and shoe repair, florists, opticians, cafés and restaurants (including McDonalds), an Orange store for phone services and a petrol station.
Open: 8:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturdays
Centre Commercial Nice Lingostière
Located on the outskirts of Nice, this Centre Commercial has a Carrefour supermarket surrounded by 49 shops and services, including fashion shops, jewelers, chemists, opticians, luggage stores, a movie theatre, a laser game centre and many other services.
Open: 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p. m. Monday to Friday and 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday
Centre Commercial Leclerc – Grasse
Centre Commercial Leclerc in Grasse has a Leclerc supermarket with other small shops including a petrol station, a hairdresser, opticians and a cafeteria.
Open: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday
Centre Commercial Auchan – Grasse
Auchan supermarket centre has shops and services including jewelers, photo development, home furnishings, fashion, dry cleaners, and a newsagent.
Open: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday
Géant Casino – Mandelieu
This large Centre Commercial is close to Castorama DIY store. It has a Géant Casino supermarket, shops and services including a newsagent, a jewelers, photo shop, petrol station and cafeteria.
Open: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday
Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?
The Côte d'Azur has few indoor shopping centers, or malls. Instead there are many pedestrians-only blocks in town centers, with many small, independent boutiques.
There are numerous commercial centers (Centres Commerciaux) with shops and services available
alongside the supermarkets.
What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?
Many shops and shopping malls/centers are not open on Sundays.
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