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Valbonne is a popular place for locals shopping in the backcountry. The old village is dotted with interior design shops where you'll find everything from Provençal quilts to leather cushions. La Gourmandine, 17 bis rue Emile Pourcel (tel. 04-93-42-19-69), is the place to buy well-priced wine, champagne, and spirits chosen by wine expert and ex-sommelier Thierry. La Malle à Jouets, 17 rue Eugène Giraud (tel. 04-93-12- 25-94), is a kids' toy shop filled to the gills with puzzles and traditional wooden toys. The English Book Center, 12 rue Alexis Julien (tel. 04-93-12-21-42; www.englishbookcentre.com), sells English books, DVDs, and kids' games. Up next to the parking lot (to the west of the village center near the bus station), you'll find everything from a pharmacy and a news agent to a butcher shop, bakery, delicatessen, and greengrocer.

You can stock up on British favorites at Brittain's Home Stores, Forum roundabout, 1913 rte. de Cannes, on the outskirts of Valbonne (tel. 04- 93-42-01-70; www.brittains-stores.com), set up by the eponymous John and Caroline Brittain in 2004. Heinz baked beans, steak-and-onion pasties, peanut butter, curries, and classic ale can all be found here. They've even opened a restaurant nearby where you can enjoy a full English breakfast, cream tea with scones, and fish and chips.

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