It's Nice to be in Nice!
Nice is the Côte d'Azur's most cosmopolitan city. It's a heady mix of old and new, ethnic and domestic, sunshine and smog: strollers, skaters, beach-bums, and business people jostle for position along the beachfront, while tower blocks and bistros stand side-by-side along the city's traffic-thronged streets.
Did you Know?
- 90% of restaurants in Nice are Italian as it used to be part of Italy
- Nice has evidence of the oldest human settlement in the world, over 400,000 years
- In 1999, Australia defeated France in the Davis Cup final and due to the French public distracting the game, Nice was banned from ever having a Davis Cup match again
1. Promenade des Anglais
Along the waterfront, this striking promenade was commissioned by English tourists who visited Nice regularly in the 19th Century. The construction gave beggars employment rather than bothering the English while they were on holiday there. It’s now the buzzing heart of Nice, with a beautiful walkway adjacent to the beach, cafes and shops.
2. Old Town (Vieux Nice)
Old Town is the place to go for a good time and authentic local restaurants, bars and fantastic gelato. There is also a lot of different souvenir shops selling knick-knacks and clothing needed for your trip to the beach.
3. MAMAC (Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art)
MAMAC is a very cool museum for the art lovers out there. If you’re only going to one museum in town, make this it. The gallery includes some very well-known modern art from the 1960’s including pop art from Andy Warhol. One piece not to miss is Andy Warhol’s ‘Campbell Soup Can’.
4. Chateau de Colline
The Chateau de Colline is a must for anyone visiting Nice. Take the short walk to the top of this hill and you will be rewarded with the most scenic view over the bay and port of Nice. The hill houses the ruins of an old church and fort where locals love to keep fit and exercise in the park grounds. There is a small café at the top where you can grab a light bite to eat.
5. Cours Saleya Flower and Vegetable Market
Cours Saleya is a pedestrianised area in the centre of beautiful Old Nice. The major draw card to the area is the Flower and Vegetable Market that is said to be in the top 100 most picturesque markets in France. At the markets you can try a local specialty called Socca, a type of pancake made from chickpeas that is a very cheap quick bite.
1. L Abbaye
A lovely restaurant with upstairs seating, on a balcony with the most beautiful view over the Old Town Square and clock tower. You can get a few different set menus to try from at great value, including fresh local ingredients. They sell the local dish the Socca pancake here.
2. Fennochio’s Ice Cream
If you’re craving a sweet finish to your meal, stick around the Old Town and hit up the most popular place to get an ice cream. Fennochio’s has over 100 flavours with all the usual favourites, and some for the thrill-seekers such as tomato and basil, avocado, lavender and beer!
This restaurant is a big hit with the locals as well as the tourists that flock to the historic Acchiardo for its simple, tasty food. Beautiful local dishes such as fish soup, basil soup, grilled vegetables or stuffed vegetables as well as some just plain old favourites like lamb chops or a big steak.
4. La Table Alziari
This is a small café off the beaten track run by the Grandson of the Alziari olive oil family. Here you can try local specialities such as morue à la niçoise (cod served with a tomato sauce), daube (fish stew) or grilled goats cheese just to name a few.
5. Lou Pilha Leva
Very authentic, classic street food and the closest thing you’ll get to a fish and chip shop in Nice. This small establishment has a few outdoor wooden tables underneath an awning where you can enjoy the bustling atmosphere. There is an assortment of tarts to enjoy, stuffed veggies, courgette fritters, sugar-beet pie, pesto soup and much more.
A favourite backpacker pub in Nice, Wayne’s is a great place to hang out, meet some fellow travelers and share stories. They play a wide range of music and have live bands each night.
2. Master Home
A French style backpacker pub with just a touch of class, Master Home is a great place to meet other travelers. When ordering drinks you also get a few small dishes of nibbles to go with it.
3. High Club
High Club is the perfect place for dance music lovers with multiple dance floors and top DJ’s playing until the early morning. Some famous names that have played here include Steve Aoki, Lil John and Fat Man Scoop…even Timmy Trumpet!
4. Le Feeling
Le Feeling is a fun filled club with multiple events throughout the week. They have theme nights, RnB nights and even karaoke nights, so make sure to check the program so you know what you’re getting in to!
5. Bull Dog Pompei
The Bull Dog Pompei is a grungy bar that has locals flocking to hear the great rock music that blares out from this crazy venue.
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A fellow Busabouter recommended Nice and I am so glad they did. I even extended my stay from two nights to a week!"