With its own unique history and culture, Nice is a French destination that is more than just a city. The capital of the French Riviera on the Cote d’Azur, Nice is the hub of the South of France’s yachting culture and millionaire lifestyle. For decades the city has been the top destination for Europe’s elite, with its stunning beaches, constant sunshine and vibrant bars and restaurants. The city also offers visitors an insight into its cultural past and present through its array of intriguing markets, museums and art galleries.
Nice Sightseeing Tips
Renowned for its food, marina and culture, see what you can by walking along the famous pedestrian streets and promenades, or taking public transport. You can also sign up for a museum pass to save time and money while sightseeing.
French Riviera Pass – For guests traveling across the region, the French Riviera Pass gives you free access to the city’s major museums and galleries. The pass is available for 24, 48, 72 hours and longer and group passes can be organized.
Walk the City by Foot – The city may be large, but its Old Town and tourist sites are easily accessible on foot.
Attractions in Nice
Nice has a whirlwind of top sights and attractions that are not to be missed while visiting the seaside city. Delve into the heart of the city’s holiday spots – including the world-famous Promenade des Anglais and the city’s historic Old Town.
Be sure to check out these must-see sights during your time in Nice:
Colline du Chateau
While there may not be much left of this ruined castle, the Colline du Chateau offers some of the best views in the city, including of the Baie des Anges and the harbor. Climb the stairs to the top to really take in the views, there is also an elevator if you can’t manage the climb.
Promenade des Anglais
The palm-tree lined paved Promenade des Anglais is probably one of the most famous pavements in the city. Stretching for 7 km along the seafront from the airport, the famous walkway dates back to the early 19th century and the arrival of the English aristocracy.
Located on the Promenade des Anglais, the Parc Phoenix is a beautiful botanical gardens open daily, with a tropical glass house and animals.
Nice is today a modern and eclectic city, but to really get a feel for its incredible past, head to the city’s spectacular Old Town. Explore the winding streets and tiny alleys where you will discover beautiful homes, boutique stores and the fantastic local market of Cours Saleya.
Nice is a seaside town, but its beaches are pebble beaches, and so they are not ideal for sunbathing unless you have something cushioned. They are, however, ideal for swimming and enjoy views of the ocean.
Shopping in Nice, France
Nice is one of the French Riviera’s top destinations for shopping. The large city has a wide variety of shops and markets for the choosing – from colorful flower markets to one-of-a-kind boutiques.
The famous flower market on the Promenade des Anglais is definitely worth a second mention – with an exceptional array of scents and sounds. Even if you don’t want to buy the flowers yourself, the market is still worth looking around and flowers can be bought here and sent back home.
The Carre d’Or (or Golden Square) is home to some of the city’s finest designer boutiques and stores. High end and high fashion, the square is ideal for big spenders looking for an investment purchase.
Avenue Jean Medecin
For high street stores and mid-range shops head to Avenue Jean Medecin – here you can not only find internationally recognized stores but also large shopping malls.
Rue Catherine Segurane
The Rue Catherine Segurane is the antique capital of the city – with a number of antique shops to explore at your leisure. Located near the port, the area is great for bargain hunters and investors alike.
Morning Fish Market
In Old Nice you can find the Morning Fish Market – a historic market filled with fresh fish and plenty of seagulls. Located at the Place Saint-Francoise, it’s the perfect place to buy a spot of local dinner and meet the locals.
The high-flying culinary capital of France, Nice is known for having a number of Michelin-starred restaurants to cater to its wealthy visitors as well as some delicious bistros serving local and unique dishes, including Niçoise cooking. Enjoy haute-cuisine and traditional-style flavors in this array of eating establishments:
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One of the city’s most famous institutions, the small bistro Les Viviers takes its influence from 1900s Art Deco styling. The restaurant sells all of the high-end dishes you would expect, including scallop carpaccio with truffles, but also offers a set menu to keep the prices down.
Small, local and very popular, La Merenda does everything old school, including its menu which changes by the day. Dishes are, however, cooked by famed chef Dominique le Stanc so you can expect high quality fare, even if you are squished up next to someone you don’t know – it’s all part of the Nice experience.
From the traditional French wine they store in barrels to the relaxed and friendly atmosphere, L’Acchiardo is one of he most traditional bistros in the Old Town. Opened back in 1927, the restaurant serves hearty regional classics perfect for lunch.
La Cantine de Lulu
Located on the sleek streets of the new town, La Cantine de Lulu is a small bistro with a loyal local following, serving up plenty of tasty homecooked food to keep visitors coming back for more. With an electric atmosphere most evenings, the restaurant is nearly always busy.
Le Bistrot d’Antoine
Enjoy the exciting cuisine of top chefs at the revamped old-fashioned bistro, Le Bistrot d’Antoine. The restaurant is perfect in the winter when you can enjoy tasty dishes in the cosy dining room, or in summer when the terrace is bustling and fun.
For spectacular views of the incredible superyachts that line the marina and views of the Parc du Chateau head to L’Ane Rouge. The Michelin-starred restaurant serves impressive ever-changing dishes with an extensive wine list that includes local vintages.
Hotels in Nice, France
The city offers a range of hotels from small self-catering rooms to large and luxurious accommodations. Stay in the center of the city and enjoy close proximity to the city’s main attractions, including the cathedral and churches.
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The stunning Negresco hotel on the seafront is probably the most impressive hotel in the city. With stunning sea views from its breathtaking location on the Promenade des Anglais, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and a spectacular terrace, this is the place to stay if you are looking for unrivaled luxury and the best location in Nice.
The palatial Boscolo Exedra is a five-star hotel with a difference. With a bright white reception and unique fittings and fixtures, the downtown hotel is located on one of the most desirable streets in Nice. With modern finishes inside a historic building, the hotel is mix of the old and new inspired by the city’s great artists with large open-plan rooms.
The chic Hi Hotel Eco Spa & Beach is an out-of-the-ordinary hotel featuring everything from DJ sets to an impressive canteen and rooftop terrace. Just 200 meters from the beach, the hotel has its own strip of beach with sun loungers, a bar, and a restaurant. The eight-story building also includes a large bar and rooms that are fun with their own concepts and themes.
The stunning gardens of the beautiful townhouse hotel Villa Victoria make it one of the best four-star hotels in the city. Located on one of the city’s finest streets, the hotel is also just a ten minute walk from the Old Town and five minutes from the seafront. The rooms are comfortable and cozy, and some offer pretty garden views.
The warm and welcoming rooms and reception of family-owned Hotel Nice Riviera adds to its charm. Located in the center of the city, its modernist exterior doesn’t reflect its charming inside. The hotel’s central location is one of its best assets, just minutes from the Place Messena and the Old Town.
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