Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Nice

Vieux 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...

Top ChoiceArchitecture in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

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...

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Colline du Château

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...

Top ChoiceMuseum in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

Musée Masséna

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...

Top ChoiceFrench 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...

Top ChoiceGallery in Cimiez, Libération & Vernier

Musée Matisse

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...

Top ChoiceBistro 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 (pepper steak) with gratin dauphinois (cheesy...

Top ChoiceBakery 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...

Top ChoiceSeafood 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...

Top ChoiceFrench 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...

Top ChoiceCafe in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

La Ronronnerie

Kitties rule the roost at this one-of-a-kind cafe, an absolute must for cat-lovers. Five free-range felines roam about the tables, seeking the right lap to sit in, yawning and stretching on plush pedestals or...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

La Part des Anges

The focus at this classy wine shop–bar is organic wines – a few are sold by the glass, but the best selection is available by the bottle, served with homemade tapenades and charcuterie platters. The name means...

Top ChoiceMarket in Cimiez, Libération & Vernier

Marché de la Libération

After the Cours Selaya produce market, this is Nice's largest outdoor display of fresh fruit and veggies – and an authentically local experience. When it's in full swing, its dozens of stalls fill several city...

Top ChoiceFrench in Vieux Nice

Chez Palmyre

Look no further for authentic Niçois cooking than this packed, cramped, convivial little space in the heart of the old town. The menu is very meat-heavy, with plenty of tripe, veal, pot-cooked chicken and the...

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Maison Auer

With its gilded counters and mirrors, this opulent shop – run by the same family for five generations – looks more like a 19th-century boutique than a sweets shop, but this is where discerning Niçois have been...

Top ChoiceGallery in Le Port-Garibaldi

Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain

Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain

European and American avant-garde works from the 1950s to the present are the focus of this sprawling multilevel museum. Highlights include many works by Christo and Nice’s neorealists: Niki de Saint Phalle,...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Le Port-Garibaldi

Beer District

One of Nice's coolest new nightspots, Beer District pours a regularly rotating line-up of 16 draught microbrews and 50 bottled beers from all over the world. The vibe is chilled and friendly, with free tastes...

Top ChoiceCarnival in Nice

Carnaval de Nice

Carnaval de Nice

Held over a two-week period in late February and early March since 1294. Highlights include the batailles de fleurs (battles of flowers) and the ceremonial burning of the carnival king on Promenade des Anglais,...

Top ChoiceFrench in Vieux Nice

La Rossettisserie

Roast meat is the order of the day here: make your choice from beef, chicken, veal or lamb, and pair it with a choice of mashed or sautéed potatoes, ratatouille or salad. Simple and sumptuous, with cosy, rustic...

Top ChoiceMarket in Vieux Nice

Cours Saleya Markets

Cours Saleya Markets

Split between its beautiful flower market and rightly famous food market. On Mondays, flowers and food make way for a flea market.