Ventimiglia Indoor Market – Via della Repubblica
The Ventimiglia market is a key feature in the town. Indeed for many French visitors it is the town; an essential part of their weekly shop. From Monday to Saturday the stalls that sit within this indoor food haven groan with fresh and tasty seasonal fruits and vegetables. There is a whole section of produce that is either home grown or prepared, such as bottled and pickled foods and artisan speciality cheeses. There are fresh pasta stalls and patisserie counters, delicatessens selling black and white truffles and truffle oils and tapenades, and other authentic Italian food products. The market also has an impressive selection of plants and flowers, both fresh and artificial.
Weekdays the market opens from 7.00 am until about 13.00. All day on Friday and most stalls are open all day on Saturday. Special days such as if Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, the market will be open.
Famous Friday Outdoor Market
Every Friday Ventimiglia holds an outdoor market in the centre of town and along the lungomare (coast). There are around 500 stalls selling everything from clothes to shoes and pans to linens, with a number of food outlets to help you keep up your strength.
The market draws huge crowds, so unless you arrive very early, it is best to avoid taking the car and use the train. The train station is so close to the centre of town and market. See our Reference page.
The atmosphere at the market is wonderful and so worth going to. Like most markets the goods are not high end but the choice is vast. If you spend a little time browsing, there are some amazing purchases to be made. Do bear in mind, though, that unlike similar markets further into Italy the prices tend to be affected by the presence of the border and so many foreign visitors. It is worth taking advantage of the rest of the town to enjoy the many boutiques close by and you may be surprised by the value to find there.
As well as clothing, there is an array of foods to munch on and the delicacies vary from sun-dried tomatoes to salamis and pasta to parmiggiano.
A note to remember, in Italy it is imperative that you take or are given a receipt with everything you buy. The market starts around 8 am and goes non-stop through the day until around 4.30 – 5.00 pm.
Ventimiglia is a great place to go shopping. The town is a comfortable size to walk around with ample places to stop for coffee, to set you back on your shopping journey.
There is an impressive range of boutiques to satisfy the fashion conscious, mostly independent but with a sprinkling of well-known brands.
Beautiful designer boutiques can be found in the pedestrianised area near the indoor market, and close by friendly bars and cafés, in between Via Aprosio and Via Roma. See the map on our home page. The town also has a number of furniture shops, a wedding shop and many shops that specialise in Bomboniere making for all those special occasions.
For the home, there are a number of furniture shops, kitchen and bathroom stores and lighting for the home, plus building suppliers that offer quality materials such as marble, parquet and also bathroom accessories.
In the centre of town apart from the numerous amounts of delicatessens, there are supermarkets full of all the usual products and delicacies.
Carrefour – Via Roma, 22 – Opening 7 days.
Conad – Via Cabagna Baccini, 14
Coop – Centro Commerciale, Corso Limone Piemonte, Roverino’
Lidl – Corso Limone Piemonte, Roverino – Opening 7 days.
Out of town Shopping Centre
Heading out of town towards the motorway, there is a small commercial centre with a couple of department stores, a supermarket and a number of smaller shops. The department store sell a great range of clothing for men, women and children. One also has a cosmetic department and a section for the home.
Corso Limone Piemonte, 15 – Roverino – Ventimiglia. See the map on our home page.
Monday to Saturday: 9.00 – 19.30
Sunday: 9.30-12.30 and 15.30-19.30