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Top Choice Historic Site in 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 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 Gardens in Vieux Nice

Parc 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 houses a fascinating assortment of works by Matisse, including oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, tapestries and Matisse’s famous paper cut-outs. The permanent collection is displayed in a red-ochre 17…
Top Choice Bistro in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

La Femme du Boulanger

This back-alley gem with sidewalk 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 cru…
Top Choice Provencal in Vieux Nice

Olive et Artichaut

There’s barely enough room to swing a pan in this tiny street bistro, especially when it’s full of diners (as it often is), but it doesn’t seem to faze young Niçois chef Thomas Hubert and his friendly team. He sourc…
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 specialty ingredients go into a host of unique goodies. Don't miss the delectable…