While we were not in Nice to shop, we did wander down this main shopping street a few times to shop for things, including groceries and wine. It has a lot of small shops, as well as a big shopping center (Nicetoile).
The Avenue was first laid out in 1846, to run down a valley , beginning at Place Massena and ending at Pont Neuf (since removed when the Paillon River was covered). Over time, it has had several names:
- Saint Michel Valley, prior to construction
- Avenue du Prince-Imperial during the Second Empire, named after Louis Napolean, the Prince Imperial
- Avenue de la Gare from 1870, as it was the main street leading to rhe Nice Ville train station
- Avenue de la Victoire from 1918, on Armistice Day, just after the 1st World War
- Avenue Jean Medecin from 1966, named after the man who was mayor of Nice for 33 years in the 20th century.
Shop Till You Drop
Shoppers stroll slowly
down busy Jean Medecin
parcels held tightly.