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URBAN GUIDE

Looking for good ideas and places? With exhibitions, festivals, concerts, shops, capsule collections, restaurants, bars and more, our Urban Guide pages tell you what's on and what's just opened on the Côte d’Azur. A great way to discover all the richness and diversity of the Côte d'Azur's culture, shopping, food and drink, from Saint-Tropez to Monaco. Local creators also have their say in these pages.

December 2021

Le Corso

  • Heading for luxury
  • The Cap 3000 shopping centre’s new premium mall dedicated to designers, luxury goods and gourmet names stretches over 8,000 m2 with more than 40 shops and restaurants. How about trying something new?
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The project’s genesis dates back to 2015 when Julien Delzeux, Deputy Commercial Director of Altarea’s property portfolio, conceived the ambitious idea of creating a separate space within Cap 3000 dedicated to “accessible” luxury. With its unrivalled geographical location and impressive reputation, the existing shopping centre’s potential was already apparent. Brands not found in the region, or even France, are starting to come to Cap 3000. The creation of IT Villaggio, the arrival of the Metropolitan Club and numerous American brands, including Victoria’s Secret and Urban Outfitters, are due to it. Then, in 2019, the completion of this seafront commercial platform—unique in Europe! brought together a myriad of luxury shops. Le Corso was born! Organised on the seaward side as a “parade” of shop windows, each more beautiful than the next. This Corso—referring to the Corso in Milan, the luxury brand golden square—is concentrated along a single artery. It reinvents the spirit of luxury, from accessible to ultimate, with 40 prêt-à-porter, Joaillerie and Haute Horlogerie, leather goods and accessories, beauty and perfume, decoration, lifestyle boutiques… and elegant eateries. “The initial idea was to integrate this premium luxury space within the Cap 3000 shopping centre itself, but with its own surprisingly large-scale architecture—windows are sometimes 10m high! and materials”, recalls Julien Delzeux. This latest project, conceived and created by international design agency Jouin Manku, unfolds in supple, undulating forms, reminiscent of the nearby shoreline. A truly luminous setting, Le Corso combines beautiful materials: Murano glass, black granite, and brass slats… You can find international brand names there alongside Nice and Monegasque labels, all thoroughly familiar with the local market and clientele on the Côte d’Azur.” Le Corso is also visionary in terms of shopping. Concrete proofs are the two concept stores, Corso Collector and Capsule, one dedicated to luxury vintage, the other to all manner of design. “It’s a bit like the typical capital city ‘department store’shopping experience but inside the shopping centre,” says Felipe Goncalves, Managing Director of Cap 3000. “There’s a variety of proposals and temptations: a cutting-edge Market Place, concept stores with rare or revolutionary objects, and a stylish gastronomic offer. Not to mention that the companies that have joined us will energise the place with events around jewellery, cars, gastronomy… It’s a “seamless” visitor-shopper journey: flexible, free, limitless, and unexpected. With Le Corso, Cap 3000 will become the essential life centre on the Côte d’Azur, an exclusive meeting place for a demanding By Laurence Jacquet

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