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Nice, France

Vibrant nightlife | Undiscovered paths | Lazy harbours

The French Riviera is synonymous with yachting, events and sunny seasons; it fuses captivating coastal towns with designer shopping and exotic cuisines, whilst providing the option to escape to the medieval villages and dramatic hilltops.

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Welcoming Visitors to Nice, France


Live like a local when holidaying in Nice

Cycle the Promenade: Velos blues are popular in Nice, there are nearly 2000 of them to hire, and 175 bike stations. You needn’t be a cycling pro, as the promenade provides a flat and enjoyable cycle! Here’s a tip- the first 30 minutes are free, so unlock it and return it back to a stand half an hour later and get another one out!

Don’t miss the boat: We can’t recommend enough the experience of a day trip for a well-rounded experience of the Riviera. A ferry service is available from Nice Port to a number of destinations including: St Tropez; La Corniche d’Or (between Cannes/St Raphael); San Remo (Italy); Various ports in Corsica. We can particularly recommend the 1 ½ hour boat trip around Villefranche bay which leaves from the Cote d’azur office at Nice Port and also the Lerin Island/corniche trip which leaves at 9 am and returns at 7pm. Anchor between the islands in the midst of glittering turquoise waters and enjoy a refreshing dip before an al fresco lunch.

Visitor Information Centre: A small tourist information office is situated near the fountain at Place Massena, and another on the Promenade des Anglais next to the Casino (http://www.nice-tourism.com/en/tourist-information-offices-in-nice.html).

Evening Entertainment:

Nice Opera is within walking distance, and several of the cinemas in Nice show the latest releases of films in English Language (look for VO version). For a sundowner head, to Hotel Meridien for panoramic views of the bay, or for a more lively night, Wayne’s bar is full of a younger crowd each night. A few train stops down the coast lead you to Cannes, which is brimming with a vast array of bars and clubs, or push the boat out and head to Monaco to try your hand in the casino.


Nice Opera


Local shops: Most importantly, where can you get your breakfast croissant from! When you step out the apartment there are several epiceries, boulangeries to get essentials; or head up the high street by tram or foot to Monoprix, the supermarket. In Place St Francois the daily fish market sells fresh catches and finishes as the fishmonger’s energy levels deplete, or Cours Saleya is the place for fresh fruit, veg and traditional nibbles, every day until about 1.30pm except Monday when it is a flea market.




local restaurants:

Nice boasts an impressive list of places to eat, these are our favourites:

Chez Palmyre Restaurant

Chez Palmyre

5 Rue Droite, Old Town (round corner from flat – same road as Acchiardo)

Tel 04 93 85 72 32

Voyageur Nissart Restaurant

Voyageur Nissart

19 Rue Alsace Lorraine (near Gare SNCF stop –Rue Jean Medecin)

Tel 04 93 82 19 60

Try the 15.90 euro 3 course fixed price menu – fantastic value!


Rossettisserie Restaurant

Rossettisserie Restaurant

8 Rue Mascoinat (a couple of mins from flat through the cathedral square/place Rossetti)

Tel: 04 93 76 18 80

Really enjoyable! Choice of four roast meats roasted over spit


Cafe Restaurant De La Bourse

Café Restaurant de la Bourse

Rue Pairoliere, Nice, France

Tel 04 93 62 38 39

Opposite the Place St Francois fishmarket – seats outside and upstairs inside. Lots of locals eat here for the 13 Euro 3 course menu. Only open for lunch.

Le Bistrot De La Veille

Le Bistrot de la Veille

8 Rue St Vincent

Tel 04 89 22 68 98

Wine bar with outdoor seating and serving food – near St Francois fish market – old town. Highly recommended by others.

Bistrot D'Antoine

Bistrot d’Antoine

27 rue de la prefecture (2nd restaurant turning left from flat)

Tel 04 93 85 29 57

Traditional French menu – literally around the corner opposite wine shop

Le Bistro Du Fromager

Le Bistro du Fromager

29 Rue Benoit Bunico (round the corner from the flat)

Tel 04 93 13 07 83

Every cheese dish you can imagine!

Oliviera Restaurant


8 bis rue du Collet, 06300 Nice, France (Old Town / Vieux Nice)

Tel 04 93 13 06 45

Great place to eat – lovely! Currently no 1 on trip adviser..

Taverne Massena

Taverne Massena

25 Rue Massena (pedestrian zone)

Tel 04 93 87 77 57

Traditional tavern – lovely inside & terrace; local dishes and pizzas cooked over wood fire


Restaurant Acchiardo

Restaurant Acchiardo

38 Rue Droite, 06300 Vieux Nice (round the corner from flat)

Tel 04 93 85 51 16

Excellent; Run by a family – Veal and steak dishes/pasta; very Italian influenced. (Closed Saturday and Sunday)

Le Bistrot Du Port

Le Bistrot du Port

28 Quai Lunel

Tel 04 93 55 21 70

Apparently a foodie favourite – freshly caught fish; we haven’t been yet; Terrace and outside seating

Cafe De Turin

Café de Turin

5 Place Garibaldi (Get tram to Place Garibaldi – direction port)

Tel 04 93 62 29 52

Mainly shellfish – renowned


Les Deux Canailles Restaurant

Les Deux Canailles

6 Rue Chauvain

Tel 04 93 01 84 83

3 course menu €45 in the Michelin Guide 2012; Recommended by our foodie taxi driver!

Le Rendezvous Des Amis Restaurant

Le Rendezvous des Amis

176 Avenue de Rimiez

Tel: 33 (0) 4 93 84 49 66

e-mail: [email protected]

Recommended by foodie nicoise taxi driver! Take the No 25 bus there – 20/30 min bus ride (stop “l’aire st Michael”)– it is on Nice outskirts; we haven’t tried yet but apparently great food not charging city centre prices..

Le Local Bistro

Le Local

4 Rue Rusca, Nice Port

Tel 04 93 14 08 29

Delicatessin/bistro; Known for its antipasti, pasta, cured meats, cheeses and tirimasu

Les Amourex Pizzeria

Les Amoureux

Tel 33 (0) 4 93 07 59 73

Tram: Garibaldi (near port) Rated best Pizza in Nice!

Open Mon – Sat evening; closed Sunday

Place Rosseti Ice Cream Bar

Place Rossetti

The ice-cream bars are open until at least midnight if not later with many opting to have their pudding here rather than in a restaurant.

Gelateria Azzurro

Les Distilleries Ideales Bar

Les Distilleries Ideales

24 Rue de la Prefecture

Possibly the most beautiful bar in Nice – a selection of beers in a distillery setting just around the corner from the flat. If you want a bite to eat they offer a plate of cheese on a slate slab (5 euro) or a plate of meat (5 euro).

Master Home Cafe/Bar

Master Home

11 Rue de la Prefecture

Upmarket place for drinks – Free snacks and live music 7 nights a week

Recommended for Breakfast

Le Coin Quotidien Cafe

Le Coin Quotidien

3 Rue Louis Gassin, 06300 Nice

Tel 04 93 62 94 32

Just at end of Cours Saleya…Good for breakfast! Delicious fresh breads..

Menton Area

Menton Area

You need to walk up a residential alley in the old town – it looks unlikely there is a restaurant there and then you come to it. Its fantastic and well worth the walk.

A Braijade Meridiounale

66 Rue Longue, 06500 Menton

Tel 04 93 35 65 65


Nice attractions

We highly recommend the following things to do in and around Nice, France:

Waynes Bar

Waynes Bar

In the heart of the Old Town Wayne’s Bar is a busy bar that plays live music. 15 Rue de la Préfecture, 06300 Nice, France Tel+33 4 93 13 46 99

Nice Harbour

Nice Harbour

A glamourous harbour with small fishing boats, yachts and large ships sharing the port.


Grande Roue De Nice

Grande Roue de Nice

A beautiful area perfect for holiday pictures. Traditional buildings surrounding the Fountain du Soleil.


Visitor Information Centre

Visitor Information Centre

A tourist information centre next to the Hard Rock Cafe.

Promenade Du Paillion

Promenade du Paillion

A public street garden area with modern water features and parks.

Musee Du Palais Lascaris

Musee du Palais Lascaris

A 17th century Baroque palace. Traditional frescoed ceilings inside with tapestries and antique musical instruments filling the rooms.


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