Nice, France Guide - - Hotels, Restaurants, Nightlife - Classic Travel
Nice has a certain air of exclusivity, yet it is the most colorful, accessible and inviting resort city on the French Riviera. The sun shines 300 days a year and the beaches are crowded during the summer months, but leisurely evenings spent at the opera, local cafes and hip nightclubs are the pulse of the city. A stroll along the sea on the Promenade des Anglais is the quintessential Nice experience. Don't miss out on a visit to the quaint Old Town with its maze-like passageways and perfectly restored Baroque churches. The shopping is second to none, with a mix of chic storefronts and colorful outdoor fruit, vegetable and flower markets. There is eye-candy for everyone in this lovely city by the sea.
Whether it's your first or tenth visit to Nice, your trip would not be complete without a leisurely walk through Old Town. The narrow pathways lead to numerous shops selling authentic local wares. Perfectly restored baroque churches are scattered throughout the town, and the quaint atmosphere makes for a perfect relaxing day.
Musée D'Art Moderne et D'Art Contemporainwww.mamac-nice.org
Promenade des Arts
Tel. +33 (0) 49.713.4201
Nice's modern and contemporary art museum hosts the works of avant-garde French and American artists from the 1960's through today.
Promenade des Anglais
Nice's most prominent landmark on the sea is perfect for a scenic stroll, looking out on the many public, pebbly beaches alongside.
384, boulevaard de l'Observatorie
Tel. +33 (0) 49.301.7768
This restaurant serves one of the most classic French cusines in Nice. Its ambiance is very cozy with live fireplace and simple furnishings. The menu features grilled meats and excellent wine list.
La Zucca Magica
4, bis Quai Papacino
Tel. +33 (0) 49.356.2527
Traditional Italian vegetarian cuisine is all the rage here at "The Magic Pumpkin." Roman chef Marco Folicaldi embellishes his expertise in the form of delicious pizzas and grilled vegetables smothered in smoked cheese. Come in the fall when pumpkins arrive from the countryside to be devoured.
Grand Café de Turinwww.cafedeturin.com
5 place Garibaldi
Tel. +33 (0) 49.362.2952
Dine on gigantic platters of fresher than fresh shellfish straight from the sea. All sorts of Mediterranean oysters, clams, sea urchins and more make this a real coastal treat. Order a cold bottle of wine or beer and dig in.
La Colombe d'Or
Pl. Du Generale de Gaulle
St. Paul de Vence
Tel. +33 (0) 49.332.8002
La Colombe d'Or is located 12 miles from Nice in medieval St. Paul de Vence. The town itself is a must see, so having lunch at this famous restaurant is an additional perk. Enjoy fresh fish and other delicacies right under fig and orange trees. Take in the scenery and pay close attention to the surrounding art as you might be sitting next to an original Picasso or Matisse. They both ate here and payed for the meals with their art.
Cours Saleya Market
Nice's popular fruit and vegetable market is a meeting place for the locals and tourists alike. It is known for the flower markets on Sunday and Tuesday mornings, but you’ll also find the fruits and vegetables that make up Nice’s rich cuisine. On Mondays, the flower market closes to make way for the popular flea market and antique fair, making the market worth at least two visits.
Espace HarrochThis four level boutique showcases top designers, including Balenciaga, Yamamoto and DKNY for men and women. It also sells contemporary decorative objects for the home, and has a restaurant and tea room so that don’t have to pause your shopping too long for a little sustenance.
7, rue Paradis
Tel. +33 (0) 49.382.5023
4, rue St-François-de-Paule
Tel. +33 (0) 49.385.7692
Alziari is one of the most famous addresses in the French Riviera for olive oil. Now a traditional grocer’s shop with a long history, it sells local "olive-based" specialties, from seasoned olives to olive-based soaps.
Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azurwww.nice.aeroport.fr
Check on the arrival and departure status of the day’s flights and get all the logistical ground transportation issues solved here.
2, rue Masséna
Tel. +33 (0)49.387.7685
Relax in true Cote D’Azur style, with a glass of wine or an ice cream overlooking a bustling pedestrian area. Karaoke or even professional singers belt out tunes, and the crowd gets more bar-like and less family friendly as the night moves along.
18, rue du Congrès
Tel. +33 (0) 49.388.8887
Be sure to dress smartly for this club. No backpackers here; young elite take center stage at this chic and sophisticated club. A high-tech interior will please the eye, as will the beauties on the dance floor.
2 Rue Bréa
Tel. +33 (0) 49.392.9291
This ornate bar may be a bit over-the-top, but it has been drawing big crowds thanks to its seaside location and hip reputation. You’ll be welcomed by valets and door people, and if you make it past the door, the attentive bartenders and the Baroque interior will wow you. It’s best to book a table so that you’re not left outside like many people are due to the exclusive door policy. Friday and Saturday nights are "Extravaganza Nights" when the managers go all out to keep guests partying into the wee hours of the morning. Guest DJ’s visit on Sundays, and Tuesday nights signal "Surprise Night", so be ready for anything.