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It's Nice to be in Nice!
Nice is at the heart of the French Riviera, one of the most beautiful and stylish beach cities in the world, full of great restaurants and live music bars. Get lost in the old town's amazing food markets in the morning, hit the beach in the afternoon, before dancing on tables into the early hours in one of the old town's many bars. Nice is a laid back place, packed with stunning architecture, great museums, and a stone's throw from Monaco, Cannes, and St.Tropez, with plenty of dazzling beaches along the way.
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
The promenade is one of the most beautiful stretches of beachfront in the world. It stretches for 6km from the port, is packed with yachts and it's a perfect for sunset drinks. It's also a mecca for sports like running, rollerblading and cycling.
2. Old Town (Vieux Nice)
The Old Town is a maze of colourful medieval streets, authentic local restaurants, bars and fantastic gelato. There are 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. Cours Saleya Flower and Vegetable Market
Cours Saleya is a main square in the centre of beautiful Old Nice, just 30 metres from the seafront. Everyday (except monday) there is France's largest outdoor 'fruit and flower market'-- a food market full of the region's best produce with lots of things to snack on. 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.
5. 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.
6. Matisse Museum
Because of its unusual and unique light, french artists have flocked to the French Riviera for centuries. See the Matisse museum set in Matisse's former house and gardens, then stroll down to the Chagall museum close by. The French Riviera also boasts a Renoir museum, Picasso museum, the Foundation Maeght and Modern Art museum (MAMAC) among many
7. Visit Eze Village and Monaco
20 minutes from Nice towards Monaco, there's a perfectly preserved medieval village of Eze. Its stunning panoramic views of the coast and set on a 2000 foot cliff and winding streets are a must-see.
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.
6. Pera Kebab
THE. BEST. KEBAB. EVER. It's a promise. You'll still be dreaming about it in a decade.
Nice's favourite backpacker bar by far, it's been famous for well over 30 years. 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. The Wayne's thing is to dance on tables when the live bands kick in, all night every night. Messy. Very messy.
It's a promise that if you enter this sweaty cave of a dive bar, usually rocking to the best bands in Nice, you won't leave until 4 am. No one else ever has at least. The place to pile into once Wayne's shuts its doors.
For something more relaxed with a little more of that famous Riviera style, Mercado is a fun Nice french cocktail bar with great tapas in the heart of the old town.
4. Etoile nightclub
For a fun nighclub with good DJ's, head here near the hostel, packed till late this is a big venue made for dancing.
5. Blue Whales Pub
This pub is opened till 5 am, it's a great spot for late night drinks and live music. This is often the last stop on a night out, with bands still going until the crack of dawn. The crowd is a good mixture of expats and locals.
- Right off the main square this salsa bar is big, cheap and fun for dancing. It's popular with Nice's student crowd.
Nice is in South of France and it can be reached by flying into Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport or using our Hop-on Hop-off network among other means of transportation.
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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!"