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Promenade des Anglais
1.1 miles from downtown
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 $62 a night
Nice Old Town
0.4 miles from downtown
‘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 $38 a night
0.7 miles from downtown
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 $44 a night
Palais des Congres Acropolis
0.8 miles from downtown
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 $39 a night
Nice 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 $21 a night
1.2 miles from downtown
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 $50 a night
3 miles from downtown
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 $46 a night
0.7 miles from downtown
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 $42 a night
0.9 miles from downtown
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 $39 a night
Nice has something for everyone, thanks to the French Riviera's warm sun, pristine beaches, and beautiful landscapes. Walking down the famous Promenade des Anglais is a great way to check out the best coastal sights. You can even rent bikes, skates or scooters to explore the 2.5-mile stretch even quicker.
The city's true essence is in the old town of Vieux Nice. This network of narrow alleyways has remained largely unchanged since the 18th century, and is full of boutiques, brasseries, and bars. The highlight is the daily flower and food markets of the Cours Saleya, where you can try local specialities like pissaladière (onion tarts) and pan bagnat (a bread roll packed with Nicoise salad). On Mondays, the square turns into a flea market selling furniture and unique sourvenirs.
Although Nice's coast consists mostly of pebble beaches, the turquoise waters are perfect for a swim. If you're looking for a sandy beach, head to the nearby towns of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Antibes, or Cannes. The Colline du Chateau is a great vantage point for panoramic views over the Baie des Anges and the rest of the city.
Nice is also famous for its museums like the Musée Matisse, Musée Masséna, and Museum of Modern Art. And for visitors who want a touch of some Monte Carlo glamor, there's an express train from Nice to Monaco that takes about 20 minutes.
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|Most popular time to visit||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.12|
|Average weekend price||$160 per night|
|Average weekday price||$161 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
I have been going to Nice for many years; this time I was back after a while and I noticed a big improvement in the center. More walking areas, nice street art, old buildings refreshed. In winter there is less crowd and is pleasant to walk around. Plenty of restaurants for each price level..
Nice was very beautiful but the beach was very hard to walk on due to the large rocks. I spent one day here on 1/1/20 and because it was New Year's Day, everything was closed. :( I'd like to try returning at a warmer weather time. Very beautiful small city with a fantastic cathedral (built as a gift from Czar Nicholas of Russia so lots of history there) and a pretty promenade along the waterfront. I spent about 2 hours just sitting on the promenade watching the planes take off from the airport which was actually pretty cool. The trams are wonderful and cheap. Great way to get around town and I highly recommend you research them to use as transportation when you come. Way, way cheaper than using taxis.
I go in and out of Nice on my way to Italy. Much better place than flying into Milan. The promenade is nice and if you go in the summer the beach is rocky but the water is warm and the people watching great. And of course the baguettes and French food. Nice to take train or bus to Antibes and walk to old town and up to Castle Hill park, "PARC DE LA COLLINE DU CHATEAU" has fabulous views of Nice and on the other side of the port.
Traffic is a random nightmare in whole heavily urbanized part of "Alpes Maritimes" department. It could take you 30 minutes highway to go to the airport like it could take 2 hours... If you don't want to miss your plane (when no strike...), plan your trip carefully... For walkers, there are plenty of restaurants and bars in Nice where you can appreciate an art of living which is just fantastic. Food, housing, accommodations prices aren't cheap, VAT is 23% in France, except on some basic food (not in restaurants) where it can be 5,5%
I traveled to Nice during December. The weather was beautiful, the water was gorgeous, the Christmas market was fun....lots of shopping, entertainment, etc. and much more welcoming than other French cities I have been too.
Beautiful Nice anywhere you walk. The people are kind and helpful. Each person I asked was eager to tell me in which direction I should be walking when looking for a tourist attraction. The shopping malls are very nice. Lots of cafes and restaurants to choose all serving delicious food and pastries. I enjoyed each day of the seven days I was there. Lots of things to see and do. I was there the first week of December the weather was sunny but on the cold side.
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