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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 Napoleon’s favourite generals, Maréchal Massena), this lavish belle-époque building is another of the city’s iconic architectura…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Vieux Nice

Fenocchio

There’s no shortage of ice-cream sellers in the old town, but this maître glacier (master ice-cream maker) has been king of the scoops since 1966. The array of flavours is mind-boggling – olive, tomato, fig, beer, l…
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 Modern French in Vieux Nice

Le Bistrot d’Antoine

A quintessential French bistro, right down to the checked tablecloths, streetside tables and impeccable service – not to mention the handwritten blackboard, loaded with classic dishes such as rabbit pâté, pot-cooked…
Top Choice Gallery in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

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 museum. Highlights include many works by Christo and Nice’s New Realists: Niki de Saint Phalle, César, Arman and Yves Klein…
Top Choice French 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 and ratatouille or salad. Simple and sumptuous, and the vaulted cel…
French in Vieux Nice

Bar des Oiseaux

An old town classic, in business since 1961 on a corner of a shady backstreet (expect to get lost en route). It’s been various things down the years, including a bar and nightclub, and still has a few of its origina…