Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in Nice

Vieux Nice

Getting lost among the dark, narrow, winding alleyways of Nice’s old town is a highlight. The layout has barely changed since the 1700s, and it’s now packed with delis, restaurants, boutiques and bars, but the centr…
Top Choice Architecture in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais

The most famous stretch of seafront in Nice – if not France – is this vast paved promenade, which gets its name from the English expat patrons who paid for it in 1822. It runs for the whole 4km sweep of the Baie des…
Top Choice Park in Vieux Nice

Colline du Château

For the best views over Nice’s red-tiled rooftops, climb the winding staircases up to this wooded outcrop on the eastern edge of the old town. It’s been occupied since ancient times; archaeological digs have reveale…
Top Choice Museum in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

Musée Masséna

Originally built as a holiday home for Prince Victor d’Essling (the grandson of one of Napoléon's favourite generals, Maréchal Massena), this lavish belle époque building is another of the city’s iconic architectura…
Top Choice French in Vieux Nice

Bar des Oiseaux

Hidden down a narrow backstreet, this old-town classic has been in business since 1961, serving as a popular nightclub before reincarnating itself as a restaurant (some of its original saucy murals have survived the…
Top Choice Gallery in Cimiez, Libération & Vernier

Musée Matisse

This museum, 2km north of the city centre in the leafy Cimiez quarter, houses a fascinating assortment of works by Matisse, including oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, tapestries and Matisse’s famous paper cut-ou…
Top Choice Bistro in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

La Femme du Boulanger

This back-alley gem with pavement seating is a vision of French bistro bliss. Mains like duck à l'orange, honey-balsamic glazed lamb shank, or perfect steak au poivre with gratin dauphinois (cheesy potatoes) and per…
Top Choice Seafood in Vieux Nice

Peixes

This chic modern seafood eatery is the latest jewel in the crown of Niçois master restaurateur Armand Crespo. All done up in white-and-turquoise nautical decor, with dangling fish eyeball light fixtures and murals o…
Top Choice Bakery in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

Mama Baker

Great bakeries abound in France, but even here, truly creative artisanal ones stand out. Witness Mama Baker, where organic grains and speciality ingredients go into a host of unique goodies. Don't miss the delectabl…
Top Choice French in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

Franchin

White linen tablecloths give this upmarket brasserie an air of formality, but the friendly service dispels any notions of stuffiness, and the food is simply divine. Don't miss the octopus salad with potatoes and cho…