Musée Matisse See Matisse masterworks on the hllltop where the artist once lived.

Musée Masséna Take a stroll through the storied past of the Promenade des Anglais.

Musée National Marc Chagall Lose yourself amid Chagall's larger-than-life religious paintings.

Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain Enjoy a close-up perspective on Nice's avant-garde nouveau réalistes.

Musée Archéologique de Nice Wander among Roman baths in a flower-dotted field on the city's edge.

Niçois Food

Socca du Cours Tourte de blettes, pissaladière and other genuine Niçois specialites abound at this humble market stall.

Chez Palmyre Rub elbows with locals over bargain-priced lunch menus at this intimate neighbourhood restaurant.

Acchiardo In the same family for nearly a century, this beloved resto knows traditional Niçois cuisine.

Franchin From warm octopus-and-potato salad to fish soup, everything is divine at this refined brasserie.

Chez Pipo Get your socca (chickpea-flour pancake) hot from the pan at this long-standing Niçois institution.

La Fougasserie For delicious pizza slices on the go, stop by this bustling corner bakery.

Kiosque Chez Tintin Some of the city's finest pan bagnat (Niçois tuna sandwiches) made right before your eyes.

Voyageur Nissart A tried-and-true spot for Niçois classics such as petits farcis (stuffed vegetables) and fresh lemon tart.


Café Paulette Late-night tapas and glasses of wine make this one of Nice's favourite nightspots.

Rosalina Bar Come for after-work cocktails and delectable homemade tapenade, stay for dinner and evening drinks.

Beer District Sixteen new beers on tap every week, from every corner of the globe.

El Merkado Join the youthful crowds at the epicentre of Vieux Nice's nightlife scene.

Comptoir Central Électrique Light up your evening at this former electrical factory turned nightspot.

La Part des Anges Choose by the glass or bottle from the wide-ranging collection at this cosy wine bar.

La Movida For cocktails with a Mediterranean beachfront view, you can't beat the upstairs terrace here.

Le Café Des Chineurs Grab a front-row seat on Nice's buzziest street at this corner bar near place Garibaldi.

Fun in the Sun

Plage Publique des Ponchettes Dive into the Med and soak up the sun at this popular public beach.

Promenade des Anglais Mingle with the summer crowds along Nice's iconic beachfront promenade.

Colline du Château Climb the hill above Vieux Nice to see castle ruins and spectacular views.

Promenade du Paillon Join Niçois families out for a walk, or take your own kids out to play.

Train des Pignes Travel by train through beautiful river gorge and mountain scenery just outside Nice.

Jardin des Arènes de Cimiez Plan a picnic among the olive trees and Roman ruins of this park in Cimiez.


Cours Saleya Flower Market Feast your eyes and your sense of smell at Vieux Nice's most colourful and fragrant market.

Cours Saleya Food Market Plan your perfect salade niçoise at Nice's favourite source for fruit and veggies.

Cours Saleya Flea Market Knick-knacks and bric a brac take over Cours Saleya every Monday.

Marché de la Libération Take a break from tourist Nice in this friendly neighbourhood north of the station.

Live Music

Nice Jazz Festival For six successive summer nights, Nice's parks reverberate with performances by internationally renowned musicians.

Opéra de Nice Settle in for an opera or a classical concert in Nice's elegant 19th-century opera house.

Shapko Hit this place near the cathedral square for its wide-ranging musical mix in cosy surrounds.

Wayne's Embrace the unvarnished drinking and partying scene at Vieux Nice's most popular live-music bar.

Fête du Château Join this two-evening midsummer party on Nice's favourite hilltop for free music by multiple bands.

La Cave Romagnan Catch the Saturday evening jazz sessions at this no-nonsense neighbourhood bar.

Cultural Events

Carnaval de Nice An explosion of colour brightens Nice's wintertime streets, with giant puppet parades and flower-covered floats.

Nice Jazz Festival Nice's verdant central park hosts a stellar live-music lineup during this exuberant summer festival.

Noël à Nice Ice skating, Ferris wheel rides and visits with Father Christmas make for multi-generational family fun.

Les Soirées Estivales Catch a concert in one of the beautiful Alpes-Maritimes villages just beyond Nice's borders.

Nuit Européenne des Musées Discover France's deep love of the arts as museums stay open till midnight.

Lu Festin de Nissa Get a taste of Nice's traditional music, dance and food at this popular spring festival.