Cours Saleya market tour, cooking class & lunch
Learn to shop like a true Niçois.
Our day begins at 9.30am at the Cours Saleya market, while there is still a fresh morning breeze. The narrow maze of centuries-old streets that is the Vieux Nice opens up onto this splendid space lined with bars, cafés and fish restaurants on either side and market stalls down the center.
Locals and visitors converge on the terraces at lunch, but early in the day you will join the shoppers strolling through the market and admiring the vivid displays of seasonal produce, spices, candied fruit and flowers.
Though the bigger stalls are the most dazzling thanks to their array of colors, what really interests us is the small producers’ stalls. The fruit and vegetables are not as uniformly shaped and the variety not as great, but every ingredient we’ll find here is firmly rooted in the region and much of it is organic.
We will select the the best meat and fish for your choice of menu – perhaps lamb from the nearby Alpes de Haute-Provence or Mediterranean sea bass. No matter what the main ingredient of our meal, we will not forget the wine and selection of cheeses.
Around 11am, we will make our way to the Petits Farcis cooking studio, where everyone will play a role in preparing the meal. Tucked away in rue St-Joseph, one of the most charming streets in the Old Town, this light-bathed studio has a large granite-topped island with built-in gas burners and a separate dining table that seats ten.
No need to worry if you are a beginner cook, the atmosphere is relaxed! A couple of hours later we will sit down to an authentic Niçois meal and toast our efforts with a glass of rosé (or, if you prefer, an intriguing local red or white wine). By 3pm, we will have finished our meal and you may choose to explore nearby Castle Hill or head to the beach!
“….we enjoyed very much cooking and even more so eating the results -” — Bernard Starkmann
Cooking and pastry classes have resumed at Les Petits Farcis! We are now taking bookings for the next nine months.
Under the new guidelines, we can hold classes for up to four people booking separately or six in a private group.
As the government guidelines evolve, we will adapt our class sizes.
Email us now to learn more about this and other foodie tours/classes .
This will be fun and tasty!!