Promenade des Anglais
1.2 miles from city centre
Scarf, Chanel shades and game-face – check! This 6 km palm-lined coastal promenade has a reputation for glitz. Browse the shops around Cours Saleya, or catch some rays on one of the Mediterranean-facing blue chairs. Then dine at one of Nice’s nicest eateries – Koudou for some colonial chic, Le Méridien for its rooftop terrace, or Le Negresco hotel for Michelin-star cuisine.
Places to stay from £50 per night
Nice Old Town
0.4 miles from city centre
‘Old Town’ has amazing light in every season. It casts shadows of the baroque Cathédrale de Sainte-Réparate, refracts from the ochre-and-harvest coloured houses along its narrow lanes, and swathes in to Place Rossetti. Once here, buy a gelato in classic or new-fangled flavours at Fenocchio, then fan out for dinky boutiques and gourmet eats.
Places to stay from £26 per night
0.7 miles from city centre
Vieux Port is a sepia-toned postcard from the past. European aristocracy came here for getaways during the 19th century and today it's like they've permanently relocated here. Spot the million-dollar yachts, exclusive seaside diners in and around Rue Bonaparte, or shop for curios in the Quartier des Antiquaires ('Antiques Quarter').
Places to stay from £42 per night
Palais des Congres Acropolis
0.8 miles from city centre
An elegant strip within shouting distance of Old Town. The quirky Tête Carrée (‘Blockhead’) sculpture-come-house sets the avant-garde tone for the area. Try the MAMAC (Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art) for its Warhol’s, Klein’s and Lichtenstein’s. The Nice Acropolis satiates the commercial appetite with its constant rotation of trade shows.
Places to stay from £32 per night
Nice City Centre
In the city centre
Centre Ville’s magnificence is best seen from the breezy comfort of a Vélo Bleu bike. Arcaded 17th-century buildings, painted in shades of gold and terracotta, border Place Masséna. Cross the square for a trio of commerce, culture and fine dining, or head to Promenade de Anglais to breath in the real-deal – a vibrantly azure Mediterranean Sea.
Places to stay from £19 per night
1.2 miles from city centre
The biggest draw card of this primarily residential area is the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum). Its small but uplifting collection includes the likes of Fragonard, Monet, Degas and more. For the rest, it’s sweet and sleepy – you’re likely to see mothers push their baby buggies gingerly uphill along streets lined with trees.
Places to stay from £45 per night
3 miles from city centre
Everything in Arenas circles around Park Phoenix’s gravitational pull. The parkland has fabulous manicured gardens, zoological and botanical gardens, containing rare blooms that will enchant even the most seasoned gardener. The Kenzo Tange-designed Museum of Asian Art - filled with treasures from the far east - lies within the park.
Places to stay from £41 per night
0.8 miles from city centre
Gambetta is a sleepy suburb of Nice. Locally referred to as the ‘Russian District’ after the shops here that cater to the community, it’s also home to a handsome Russian Cathedral on Rue Tsarewitch. Lemon-coloured lo-rise apartment blocks, palms swaying in the breeze, and cheerful mums with kids are ubiquitous sights.
Places to stay from £35 per night
0.9 miles from city centre
Riquier is slightly grittier than the suburbs that surround it. However, a recent revitalisation project has injected the area around Palais de L'Esplanade with new life. Sushi shops, no-frills eateries and low-key cafes cater to the large student population. It’s also within easy reach of the centre and the coast.
Places to stay from £40 per night
Located on the scenic shores of the French Riviera, Nice offers something for everyone, thanks to its endless sunshine, sandy beaches and wonderful landscapes. A stroll down the famous Promenade des Anglais is a great way to soak up the best seafront sights, and you can even rent bikes, skates or scooters to explore the four-kilometre stretch.
However, the city's real essence is found in the old town of Vieux Nice. This narrow network of meandering alleyways remains largely unchanged since the 1700s and is full of boutiques, brasseries and bars. The undeniable highlight is the daily flower and food markets of the Cours Saleya, where you can sample local specialities such as pissaladière (onion tarts) and pan bagnat (a bread roll packed with a Nicoise salad filling). On Mondays, a flea market selling furniture and trinkets is held in the square.
Although Nice's coast is mostly made up of pebble beaches, the turquoise waters are still perfect for a swim. If you do prefer a sandy beach, take a jaunt to the nearby towns of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Antibes or Cannes. Offering soaring views over the Baie des Anges and the rest of the city, the Colline du Chateau makes for a great vantage point.
Nice is also renowned for its museums, including Musée Matisse, Musée Masséna and the Museum of Modern Art. For those wishing to experience the glamour of nearby Monte Carlo, you can catch an express train from Nice to Monaco in around 20 minutes.
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|Most popular time to visit||July–September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||€ 10 = £9.04|
|Average weekend price||£117 per night|
|Average weekday price||£124 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
I like the beach area a lot with lots of activitîes going on and can watch beautiful sunset at the beach. Also I like the night street markets in between the buildings from the beach to hotel. The seafood also very fresh with reasonable price.
Nice is a good place to visit also during the winter season with usually nice weather, sunshine and a blue sky. It is a good place also for excursions. The train trip to Italy offers some very beautiful scenary.
Nice is a wonderful city for a weekend city trip: nice old town with plenty of cozy terraces to have food/drink; boulevard by the seaside; castle hill with a panoramic view of the city. Monaco is easy to rich by train (cheap and fast – for couple of hours to walk on Monaco hills – highly recommended).
I like Nice for the fact that it has the liveliness of a city with the sea. The airport is also adjacent so no time wasted with transfers. So many nice restaurants and opportunities to chill on the promenade people watching.
Nice is bigger than expected-we stayed just off Promenade Anglais on Rue de France. Good transport links to other parts of the city-Bus No 12 takes you most places from airport. Restaurant staff were exceptionally friendly. Check out Museum opening times-we found most museums were still on winter opening times (we visited first week in March) which means opening at 11am-many shut on one day a week-check as Tuesday seems to be day many shut so if you're on a short weekday break check in advance. Recommend the 24 hour 5 Euros transport pass valid on bus & tram.
The seafood is fantastic. The crepe is a must-eat food. The people in Nice is friendly, they can speak good English. The scenery, sunset, seaside and castle is worth for you to stay for few days, at least 2 nights. Don’t miss the weekend flea market, I managed to grab some things that I love.
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