Sights

With its colourful tangle of streets spreading from the slopes of Colline du Château down to the Mediterranean, Vieux Nice is an attraction in and of itself, and aimless wandering is the best way to experience it. For essential sights, you can't go wrong with Vieux Nice's markets and historic churches, the beachfront and the hilltop Colline du Château. All Vieux Nice sights are within a short walk of either of the old town's two tram stops, Opéra-Vieille Ville and Cathédrale-Vieille Ville.

Sleeping

Hotel accommodation is limited and expensive in Vieux Nice; a popular alternative is to rent an apartment through one of the usual home sharing services. You'll also find a wealth of hotels, hostels and other accommodation options in adjoining parts of Nice's New Town.

Eating

Eating in Vieux Nice is one of the highlights of any trip to the Côte d'Azur. The narrow alleyways of the old town are packed with eateries for every budget, from humble socca stands to trendy top-end bistros. Meanwhile, the cours Saleya market sells all the picnic ingredients you could possibly want.

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Drinking & Nightlife

Vieux Nice is nightlife central, with a nearly unbroken series of bars running parallel to the waterfront along rue St-François de Paule and cours Saleya. Other good bar-hopping streets include rue de la Préfecture, rue Benoît Bunico and rue Rossetti.

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Shopping

Vieux Nice is a window-shopper's delight, jam-packed with boutiques selling everything from food and wine to jewellery, crafts, perfume and clothing. It's hard to walk a few paces in the old town's narrow alleys without stumbling onto something interesting. Factor in the fabulous range of markets lining cours Saleya and you've got the city's top shopping destination.

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