Shopping Cote Azur: CAP 3000 versus Polygone Riviera 

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Shopping Cote Azur: Polygone Riviera versus CAP 3000  

CAP 3000

The CAP 3000 shopping center was launched in 1969 and is located by the sea. For a long time they did nothing with that seafront. The back side was almost closed and the official entrances were divided over the immense car park. Until three years ago, when plans were announed of a new competitor in Cagnes-sur-Mer; Polygone Riviera. Barely ten kilometers away and full of ambition.

Since then, CAP 3000 has been working hard in order not to lose the battle for the acquisitive tourist and the local public. At first, a mega new parking garage appeared to solve the long term lack of parking problem. Meanwhile, work on the exterior started to create an extension.

Shopping Cote Azur: Polygone Riviera versus CAP 3000  

New ceilings, new floors and a mega-sized digital screen in the middle of the hall make the whole thing very impressive. The new CAP 3000 is a super design shopping center with 85,000 square meters. Exactly 10,000 square meters more than competitor Polygone, which has already announced that it will build a new zone by a further 25,000 meters of shops. The builders will have enough work for the next years.

Lunch or dinner by the sea

By opening up the rear side, the CAP has an additional trump card with new restaurants with sea views. The parking problem has been solved; capacity has more than doubled so more people can be received simultaneously. During hot summer days, the CAP 3000 is everybody’s favorite because of the air conditioning. Polygone does have a pond, water fountains and fresh air; but on very hot days you stay longer ‘fresh’ in CAP 3000. And if it rains, you can in the CAP 3000 continue shopping without problems. In Polygone large glass panels are provided as roof, but you will need the free umbrellas one shares.

Shopping Cote Azur: Polygone Riviera versus CAP 3000  

Apple Genius Bar

In terms of interesting to visit; the biggest trigger of course Galerie Lafayette. This Parisian department store takes up almost half of the CAP 3000 and is actually a shopping center in itself. Another magnet is the Apple store that features a Genius bar so you are welcome early in the morning for repairs, training or advice. Another special feature is Lafayette Gourmet;tThe name says it all: a supermarket honey. Are you looking for more than twenty kinds of mustard; then Lafayette Gourmet is your friend.

Shopping Cote Azur: Polygone Riviera versus CAP 3000  

 

Polygon Riviera

Shopping on the Côte d’Azur is for many people an integral part of their stay in Southern France. Not surprising because many French high fashion brands have their flag stores to entice international visitors in South France. In Monaco, Nice and Cannes you will find almost all top brands such as Dior, Christiane Lacroix, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and many others.

Shopping Cote Azur: Polygone Riviera versus CAP 3000  

In the field of complete luxury shopping malls, there are two most active and innovative in the battle for the tourist. In Saint Laurent du Var (near Nice) the CAP 3000 and Cagnes sur Mer offers you since 2015 Polygone Riviera. Both are impressionate weekend and have a number of properties that make them almost incomparable. According to the centers; it’s the number of square meters shopping space that counts. But for us, as spoiled shoppers it’s more than that. It’s also about ambiance and style. But that’s so personal, so we’ve made an overview for you to choose from!

Shopping Cote Azur: Polygone Riviera versus CAP 3000  

Polygone Riviera

Polygone Riviera is located on the ‘pungent’; the long access road from Vence to Cagnes-sur-Mer, towards the sea. Long has this been a soulless wasteland, with finally a new Casino in 2012. Then the concrete train started to roll; many square meters were concreated into shops and plazas. Within three years a shopping mall in US-Florida style emerged. About 70,000 square meters offer more than 150 brands, which are divided into four zones. Polygone Riviera was for a while the “Biggest shopping mall in Europe” but that title has been handed over to CAP 3000 (read further!).

Shopping Cote Azur: Polygone Riviera versus CAP 3000  

Entertainment Shopping

The concept of Polygone Riviera can best be translated into ‘shopping entertainment. After you have parked under ground or has used the ‘valet’ service, you enter the ‘themepark’ via the escalators. You will be surprised by that Disneyland feeling. There’s a happy atmosphere because you partly outside, and partly covered shopping. There is (live) music and terraces at French or Italian style cafés invite you for a delicious Café Latte. Polygon has no long galleries with stores CAP 3000, but serves a mix of cozy restaurants interspersed with varied shops. While CAP 3000 offers much of the same kind of fashionable shops, Polygone has opted for diversity in supply.

The concept of Polygon Riviera is divided into four areas;

Le Quartier des Saveurs

The trendsetting place for anyone who loves good Mediterrenean food. In the Dining Plaza, you will find more than twenty great restaurants with reasonable prices. The local audiences and tourists provide a crucible which carry a lively atmosphere and delicious smells of grilled meat and fish.

Le Quartier des Aracades

This is a large square Italian example with shopping arcades which are located under high arches. More than seventy shops, trendy shops as Massimo Duti or Cos and new iconic brands like Tesla. It’s also home for the prestigious Printemps department store.

Shopping Cote Azur: Polygone Riviera versus CAP 3000  

La Promenade des Palmiers

A wide area with more than 40 boutiques ranging from Zara, H & M, Levi’s to Superdry. Also, Forever 21 is finally here. French fans had this go to Paris to buy something fashionable for a small price. And of course, Primark is here; the first on the Cote d’Azur and already the most popular store.

On the Promenade des Palmiers is also room for entertainment; with a casino that offers many shows and a movie theater that is larger than you expect from the outside. Ten cinemas with a ‘state of the art’ sound systems show both French and VO (Original Version) movies. A wonderful day full variety shopping or just plain fun for a night out, that’s Polygone Riviera.

Shopping Cote Azur: Polygone Riviera versus CAP 3000  

Designers Gallery

This angle design mixes with culture. A selection of over twenty exclusive brands, exclusive and trendy as By Collette. There is great attention to art and culture. Not only art in the Designers Gallery;in Polygone Riviera you encounter striking artworks by French and international artists such as Ben, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Daniel Buren, Cesar, Pablo Reinoso and Wang Du. There are also temporary exhibitions in cooperation with local museums.

Polygone Riviera is a so-called four star shopping mall. That means Polygone has to deliver an oustanding service. Such as easy access for all, clear signage, trained staff that speaks three languages and many free services such as Wi-Fi, a free App, a Playzone for smaller children and a free reading room where you can also charge your phone.

 

Shops Polygone Riviera

All stores are open Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 21:0

Shops open on Sunday 11:00 to 19:00

1.2.3. / ANIMA Athletica / BERSHKA / BIALETTI / BOBBI BROWN / BOTANIC / BROOKS BROTHERS / BY COLETTE / CALVIN KLEIN UNDERWEAR / Calzedonia / CAP’CINEMA / CARNET DE VOL / CLAIRE’S / COLUMBUS CAFE / ELEVEN PARIS / EMILIE’S COOKIES & COFFEE SHOP / ETAM / GRAND PLAYGROUND / HAVAIANAS / SEVEN HERO / HISTOIRE D’OR / Hylton / JD SPORTS / JEFF DE BRUGES / Jonak / Jott / KIKO MILANO / LA FEE Maraboutée / LA GRANDE RECRE / LA LANGERIE / LACOSTE / LE SLIP FRANÇAIS / LE TANNEUR / LUSH / Massimo Dutti / MAUBOUSSIN / NIKE / NUE 19:04 / Okaidi / PULL & BEAR / POINT ROMA / pylones / REISS / SAMSONITE / SEPHORA / SKECHERS / SOLARIS / STORY / Suncoo / SUPERDRY / SWATCH / THE NORTH FACE / TIGER / TIMBERLAND / TOUS MES BIJOUX / UNDIZ / VAN’S / YVES ROCHER / ZARA / ZARA HOME

 

Restaurants

Monday to Sunday 7/7 10:00 to 00:00

 

Cinema film line

http://polygone-riviera.fr/cinema

 

POLYGONE RIVIERA

119 AVENUE DES ALPES 06800 CAGNES SUR MER

www.http://polygone-riviera.fr/

 

Summarizing

Both Polygone Riviera and CAP 3000 are worth a visit and can be seen as complementary in terms of major brands such as Fnac vs Apple or Lafayette vs Printemps. Locals frequently navigate to the CAP when it rains or when it is too hot to shop. Polygone is besides a shopping center also a nice place to go out with friends. The CAP 3000 has less variation in terms of supply, like three sports shops next to each other, but makes this up with the luxury ambience and its location by the sea. Let us know what you think about these two largest shopping malls in the South of France!

 

 

All stores in Polygone Riviera

A

ADDICT

AMERICAN VINTAGE

ANIMA ATHLETICA

AUBADE

B

BERSHKA

BIALETTI

BLACKBEARD

BOBBI BROWN

BOTANIC

BROOKS BROTHERS

BY COLETTE

C

CALVIN KLEIN UNDERWEAR

CALZEDONIA

CAP’CINEMA

CARLA

CARNET DE VOL

CASINO TERRAZUR

CLAIRE’S

CLAUDE MAXIME

COS

D

DESIGUAL

E

ELEVEN PARIS

ETAM

F

FNAC

FOREVER 21

G

GEORGES RECH

GIOIA

GRAND OPTICAL

GRAND PLAYGROUND

H

H&M

HARRIS WILSON

HAVAIANAS

HERO SEVEN

HEYRAUD

HISTOIRE D’OR

HYLTON

I

IKKS

J

JD SPORTS

JEFF DE BRUGES

JONAK

JOTT

K

KIKO MILANO

L

LA FEE MARABOUTEE

LA GRANDE RECRE

LA LANGERIE

LA RUE HOPSHOP

LA VILLA CLAUDE MAXIME

LACOSTE

L’ATELIER OPTICIEN

LE BAR A ONGLES

LE TANNEUR

LEVI’S

LINDT

LUSH

M

MAKE UP FOREVER

MANGO

MANGO MAN

MASSIMO DUTTI

MAUBOUSSIN

MINELLI

N

NIKE

NUE 19.04

O

OKAIDI

OLIVIER DESFORGES

ORANGE

ORCANTA

P

PANDORA

PRIMARK

PRINCESSE TAM TAM

PRINTEMPS

PRO COIFFURE ESTHETIQUE

PULL&BEAR

PUNT ROMA

PYLONES

R

REISS

RON ABRAHAM

S

SAMSONITE

SEPHORA

SKECHERS

SLIDE

SOLARIS

STORY

SUNCOO

SUPERDRY

SWAROVSKI

SWATCH

T

TERRITOIRE REDSKINS

TESLA

THE NORTH FACE

TIGER

TIMBERLAND

TOUS MES BIJOUX

U

UNDIZ

UNIQLO

V

VANS

VIOLETA

VOG

Y

YVES ROCHER

Z

ZARA

ZARA HOME

&

& OTHER STORIES

All stores in CAP 3000

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