Friday Outdoor Market
The best day to visit Ventimiglia is on Friday, when the market for which the town is famous is held. Over five hundred stalls in the city center and along the sea promenade are selling everything from clothes to shoes, leather accessories to handbags, linen, jewelry, household items and local art. The choice is huge and the quality can vary as expected on any market. Take your time going through the goods and you might end up with some interesting stuff.
The food stalls sell olive oils, homemade salamis, sausages, Parmesan, pastas, tapenades, pestos and other amazing and tasty stuff.
Fake brands can be purchased too, if it is your thing, and those sellers are opened to haggling. Just be quick as they are always on the move trying to avoid the glimpse of the local police (not that we support such a behavior but it is a part of this market).
Please don’t forget to take a receipt from everything you buy and keep it (except of the fake stuff, you’ll never get a receipt for that) as if the police stops you and you are not in possession of these recipes you might get a fine and your shopping gets confiscated.
The market is only a short walk from the train station (just walk straight ahead towards the sea). It starts every Friday at 8.00 and goes on till about 16.00.
Indoor Market & Shopping
On the way from the train station, you are going to pass a lively indoor market on Via Della Republica. It offers an impressive selection of fresh fruit, vegetables and amazing home produce such as truffle oils, tapenades, fresh pastas, pickled stuff and sauces.
It is open on weekdays between 7.00 and 13.00 and all day on Friday and Saturday.
On almost every corner you will find Eurodrink, a liquor store chain selling spirits, wine and other products for amazing value comparing to the other side of the border where the taxes are higher.
The mixture of shops and boutiques in Ventimiglia is not the usual outlets and high street brands but you can get some fantastic value on purchases such as Italian leather shoes, handbags and even tailored suits fixed within the same day.