The 12 best things to do in Nice: from perfect promenades to divine dining

Apr 29, 2022 • 7 min read

You can't visit Nice without indulging in a leisurely stroll along the stunning Promenade des Anglais

You can't visit Nice without indulging in a leisurely stroll along the stunning Promenade des Anglais © Marco Bottigelli / Getty Images

Famous for its sunny climes, gorgeous beaches and colorful architecture, the newly Unesco-listed French city of Nice is also packed with art, culture and world-class things to see and do.

From strolling along its legendary Promenade des Anglais and exploring every corner of its picturesque old town to delving into its rich art history or sampling top Niçoise cuisine, here are the best experiences in Nice.

Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais

The vast, palm tree-lined Promenade des Anglais is the most iconic stretch of seafront in Nice. It stretches from the airport in the west to the castle headland in the east – 7km (4.3mi) of uninterrupted views of the Baie des Anges – and gets its name from the English expat patrons who funded it in 1822. “La Prom”, as it is known to locals, has a dedicated lane for cyclists and skaters. If you fancy joining them, you can rent skates, scooters and bikes from Roller Station .

Spot the promenade's iconic landmarks along the way, including the pink-domed Hôtel Negresco (built in 1913), the art-deco Palais de la Méditerranée (1929) and Niçoise sculptor Sabine Géraudie’s iron sculpture La Chaise de SAB (2014), which pays homage to the famous blue chairs dotted along the seafront.

People are seated outside a restaurant in the evening in Vieux Nice, France

Explore the narrow streets of Vieux Nice

“Nissart” culture is rooted in a long history, much like its gastronomy, halfway between France and Italy. Immerse yourself in it with a leisurely wander through Nice’s old town . It is in this district you can really see the traces of the city’s Italian past.

Lose yourself in the winding, narrow streets and alleyways and don’t forget to look up to appreciate the colorful facades which are so typical of the area. Admire the architectural gems, including Cathédrale Ste-Réparate and 17th-century Palais Lascaris , before making your way to the lively markets and café terraces of the Cours Saleya .

Climb up the Colline du Château for glorious views

For magnificent views over the rooftops of Nice and the azure blue waters of the Baie des Anges, climb the steps (or get the free lift) leading up to the Colline du Château .

This leafy, wooded park on the eastern edge of the old town used to be the site of a medieval castle and military fortifications that were destroyed by Louis XIV in 1706. Archaeological digs have since revealed Celtic and Roman remains. Today, the Tour Bellanda remains, alongside a lovely garden with play areas, an impressive artificial waterfall and sweeping vistas best enjoyed at sunset.

An overhead view of the market stalls of Cours Saleya in Nice at dusk

Browse the stalls at Cours Saleya market

Dating back to 1861, the rightly popular Cours Saleya marke t is made up of a beautiful flower market and a much-loved fruit and vegetable market . On Mondays, a flea market takes the place of the food and floral displays. There’s also a night market featuring local crafts that runs from May to September.

Surrounded by colorful buildings and a buzzing business district, the food market overflows with seasonal Mediterranean produce from small local producers. Collect picnic supplies like organic tomatoes, zucchini flowers, spices, olives or lemons that come from the neighboring town of Menton. Saturdays and Sundays are the best days to buy cheese from Alpine producers. There are also plenty of street snacks and pastries you can munch on as you browse the stalls.

Taste Niçoise street food specialties

Tuck into socca (chickpea-flour pancakes), pissaladière (caramelized onion and anchovy tart), tourte de blettes (chard, raisin and pine nut pie) and other delicious Niçoise street snacks at local institution Chez Pipo near Port Lympia, or from the Chez Thérésa cart at the Cours Saleya market in Vieux Nice.

Another emblematic local treat is pan bagnat , a round-shaped sandwich filled with tuna, hard-boiled eggs, anchovies, black olives and raw vegetables, and soaked in olive oil. Essentially, a salade niçoise in a bun! Try some of the best in town at Lou Balico in front of the MAMAC museum, Kiosque Chez Tintin next to the Libération market or La Gratta by Port Lympia.

A woman walking along a narrow street in the old town of Nice in France.

Get a modern art fix at the MAMAC

The Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain ( MAMAC ) exhibits a large collection of works from the influential avant-garde École de Nice. Immerse yourself in the powerful blue works of Yves Klein and the worlds of Niki de Saint Phalle, Ben Vautier and Martial Raysse.

This multilevel museum also houses pop art classics from Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as contemporary art exhibitions, all within an impressive modernist building. Head to the rooftop exhibition space for panoramic views of the city.

Delve into the city’s history at Musée Masséna

Originally built between 1898 and 1901 as a second home for Prince Victor d’Essling, the grandson of one of Napoléon's favorite generals, Maréchal André Massena, this sumptuous belle-époque villa now houses a engrossing museum dedicated to the history of Nice and the Riviera.

Musée Masséna is one of the many architectural gems lining the city’s famous Promenade des Anglais and is well worth a visit to delve into Nice’s origins, the history and impact of tourism on the Riviera and the enduring importance of the Carnaval de Nice, which has been delighting locals and visitors alike since 1876.

See some of Matisse's greatest artworks

One of France’s most famous artists, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) lived in Nice for nearly 40 years. See one of the world’s largest collections of his work, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and paper cut-outs, at the Musée Matisse in Cimiez.

The museum is housed in a striking red-ochre Genoese villa surrounded by olive trees, a stone’s throw from the Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez , where Matisse is buried.

People walking and playing among the fountains at Promenade du Paillon in Nice

People-watch on the Promenade du Paillon

After hitting the stores along Avenue Jean-Médecin and taking in the scenic surrounds of Place Masséna, with its hypnotic tilework, stunning baroque-style fountain and 19th-century red-ochre buildings, enjoy a well-earned break with a spot of people-watching on the Promenade du Paillon .

This 1.2km-long (three-quarters of a mile), beautifully landscaped park spans from Place Masséna to the Théâtre National de Nice, with green spaces, wooden benches, water features and children’s play areas aplenty. 

Go bar-hopping in Vieux Nice

If you have to choose one place in Nice for an evening out, make it the Vieux Nice, with its bountiful selection of bars, pubs and restaurants . Start off at Le Bateleur or Café des Amis on the Cours Saleya for a beer or a glass of wine in good company. Watch the sunset – cocktail in hand – from La Movida’s first-floor balcony overlooking the Mediterranean. If an old-school pint is more your thing, head to Les Distilleries Idéale s, a long-running locals’ favorite.

Round off your evening with dinner at Bar des Oiseaux , Olive et Artichaut , Peixes or Le Comptoir du Marché , featuring the best local produce cooked to perfection.

Discover the leafy Cimiez quarter

Perched on a hill, the leafy district of Cimiez is home to elegant villas, two important art museums devoted to the works of Matisse and Chagall , Roman remains and the Musée Archéologique de Nice .

Originally a Roman bastion, Cimiez has transformed over time into an elegant residential area. In the 1890s, Queen Victoria regularly wintered at Le Régina , a monumental palace later converted into apartments, where Matisse lived in the 1940s. Today, visitors can admire the stunning facade while strolling through the neighborhood.

Go hiking in the Parc du Mont Boron

With 11km (6.8mi) of hiking trails, picnic areas and spectacular views, the Parc du Mont Boron offers an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of Nice. The hilltop forest is spread across 57 hectares (141 acres) of Aleppo pines, olive trees and holm oaks.

History buffs can visit the 16th-century military Fort du Mont Alban at the top of the hill, which affords sweeping panoramic views of Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, the Cap-Ferrat peninsula and the Esterel mountains.

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Nice Travel Guide

Nice Travel Guide

Nice offers a perfect blend of a thrilling seaside resort and the richness of a cosmopolitan European city. And if you are looking to experience the distinct blissfulness of the French Riviera, a vacation to its biggest city, Nice is primed for it all.

Boasting of a mild Mediterranean climate, a colorful culture, a vivacious Old Town district, and a flawless shoreline strip of terrific hotels. This Southeastern French city has been a popular travel destination since the 18th century. And though soft, Nice’s intense light, captivating architectural structures, and fanciful market centers have long been appealing to artists from all over the world. Artists like Matisse and Chagall have witnessed Nice’s artistic glory. As an art and history buff, the city will spoil you for choices as no other French city have more museums.

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Nice is a big air transportation hub in Europe. Many low-cost airlines offer flights to the Côte d’Azur (the French part of Riviera) airport from London, Paris, and other places. Fast rail service also operates from Paris to Nice. The city’s public transportation is a tram system, transit service, and ferry service. From budget hotels to deluxe-class seaside resorts, there is a vast range of hotel accommodation available in and around Nice. 

Despite its strong historical profile that dates back to the 4th century BC, modernism is apparently not lost on it at all. There have been efforts to modernize the city’s infrastructure.

Here is a Detailed Travel Guide in this Blog for your Stay in Nice:

Best time to visit nice.

Nice, like most cities in the Mediterranean, experiences warm weather almost year-round with average temperature reaching 80s°F (around 26°C )  in the summer and as low as 40s°F (around 5°C )  in the winter. As such, spring is an excellent time to visit Nice and the Côte d’Azur. The best time to visit will be in late spring and early summer to enjoy Nice. 

Getting Around

You will find many shuttle buses and local bus services to Nice and other Riviera cities, and expensive cabs, to convey you to into the city when you arrive. Traveling by rail, be informed that Nice has three stations, but you will probably arrive in the main terminal at Nice Ville. It is expected that you will be only a few blocks north of the coastline.

In addition, are there many connections from Nice Railway station to other cities in France and to neighboring Italy too. The city’s bus system is called the  Lignes d’Azur , which works, in the city and also to and from the airport and other close towns. The system controls about 130 bus routes in the 49 municipalities that consist of the entire Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur area. 

You can buy a single ticket for a journey, which allows changes within 74 minutes for 1.50 euros. There are many other great value tickets for various lengths of stay. Nothing beats seeing the beautiful landscape of Nice while strolling the city on foot or in a car. As such, you can rent a car to cruise. However, it is good to check with your hotel if they have parking plans for guests and the costs too. 

Parking in Nice can be a challenging task. In the case that you are in Nice from another part of the country by far, consider leaving the car at one of the 5’Parc relais’ or stopover car parks outside the center. It is free to use. 

>> How To Get From Paris To Nice

Tourist Attractions

Cours saleya flower market ( marché aux fleurs cours saleya ).

Take a trip to the Cours Selaya for some fantastic culinary experience. This center is one of the major areas for dining, with restaurants, cafes, and bars all spread throughout the market. The open-air market center that used to be a park for the city’s richest people is shaded by trees and surrounded by 18th-century buildings. Many of these structures now house pubs and restaurants serving Niçois cuisine. At the end of Cours Selaya on Mondays, you will see antiques and collectibles been sold. For seafood lovers, here would particularly be an exciting spot to take on for the brilliant cuisines they would find. 

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Place Massena

This is the cultural hub of Nice, and it is the city’s largest square and the primary gathering place for events and seasonal festivals. 17th-century architecture is ubiquitous in Place Massena, and it connects with Lyon’s commercial district. Also, you will find an art installation whose pieces are made up of sculptures on top of tall pillars scattered around the plaza. There is also a grand fountain that bears an Apollo statue- the square’s centerpiece. 

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Promenade des Anglais

This is a seaside boardwalk that spans along the Baie des Anges was established by the British tourists who first popularized Nice as a vacation destination in the early 18th century. Lined with beach cabanas, cafes, and premium hotels, and palm trees, this area is one of the most well-known seaside promenades you will find on the Mediterranean. Though pricey, the seaside private restaurants/beach is a wonder you must not miss. You can also rent a chaise lounge a few feet from the shore, and let waiters serve you lunch and drinks. Your Riviera experience would not be whole until you completely take a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais.

>> Hotels Near Promenade des Anglais in Nice >> Is Nice Worth Visiting?

Vieux Nice (Nice’s Old Town)

Also known as Old Nice, Vieux Nice is next to the Cours Selaya Flower market. It has narrow streets to can walk while you discover gratifying shopping, dining, and some of Nice’s hippest bars. It spans from the foot of Castle Hill to the Place Massena, which is the city’s main square. Vieux Nice is very much marked with wide promenades, while the medieval quarter reminds of the time when the city was allied with Italian states. It is still one of the best places to taste Nice’s Niçois-style pizzas and pastries. As attractive as this destination is, be careful not to go alone, especially late in the day. Vieux Nice has dark alleys that can be covered for thieves and questionable characters.

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Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain

Established in 1990, the museum of modern and contemporary art was built by architects Yves Bayard and Henri Vidal. It has four towers faced in Carrara marble from quarries in Carrara, an Italian town. The museum’s vast collection consists of a sample of the 60s and 70s fine arts that include minimalists, American abstracts, pop art, and new realism. More imposing works on display are by Nice native, Yves Klein, of the Nouveaux Réalistes movement. The museum shows his work in a room and on the roof terrace; a point that gives captivating views of the beautiful city. 

Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas

Built during the reign of Russia’s Tsar Nicholas, the Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas is said to be one of the most stunning Orthodox churches outside of Russia. The style is inspired by the Moscow’s own and has an incredibly decorated interior that comes in murals, carved woodwork, and ornamental icons. It is a virtual jewel box that has historical and religious objects. These were brought to France from Russia during a previous period of crisis. 

Tourists are allowed to see the structure and worship but are expected to abide by some rules. For example, men are not permitted in bare-chested or in shorts. And for women, miniskirts and shorts are not allowed, and shoulders are expected to be covered. A head covering is also preferred. So be prepared before you set out to visit the cathedral.

Parc de la Colline du Château (Castle Hill Park)

High above the Nice coastline, where the Castle Hill Park rests today was the first place to be inhabited by the Greeks about two thousand years ago. It used to be seen as unconquerable until King Louis XIV destroyed it in 1706. The city designed into a modern park today, and a charmingly simple site. It is a place you should visit for its shady trees, a pleasant oasis of greenery, and rushing waterfalls. 

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Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll and take in the magnificent park views at the Castle Hill. And while having a great time at the park, you can always visit some great restaurants around where you can grab some bite. Other places worth checking out are boutiques and the ruins of two old churches. The Castle Hill Park is lit up with special lighting effects every night. Tourists and other visitors can arrive at the park by foot from the Old Town of Nice or take an Art-Deco lift or escalator from Place Garibaldi. 

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How to Maximize your Stay in Nice

While it is about preference, an organized tour is a way to make the most of your stay in the city as you immerse yourself in its culture; without worrying about finding your way around. Indulging in tour agencies has many other benefits too. You get to save time because some of these tourist outfits include convenient pickup and drop-off at your hotel. Here are some tips for enjoying Nice at affordable prices:

Navigate the popular sites

As earlier mentioned, tours are great ways to see scintillating places in Nice. Tours would stop at top cultural attractions like Promenade des Anglais, the Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, the Russian Orthodox Church, and the Place Garibaldi. Tours also allow experiencing areas of the city that are usually difficult for tourists to add to their itinerary. 

Cycle around the city

You will hardly miss the great scenery on Nice’s streets when you go biking to take on the town. A three-hour trip around would be great as you see locals go hustling and bustling and of course, see the magnificence of the city. Even if you go solo, other tourist cyclists you will meet on the road will also be having an exciting time. 

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Medieval hilltop towns and the glitzes of Cannes and Monaco are only a short trip from Nice, and a day trip tour is a perfect way to see them all. In the mountainous town of Eze, you can check out the excellent local perfumery and relish the breathtaking view of French Riviera. In enticing Monte Carlo, you can navigate the old town and see the palace as well as other top sites.

>> Day Trips From Nice >>

Where To Stay In Nice

Hotels are plenty in Nice for the comfort and luxury of visitors and locals alike. Nothing beats the feeling of having a proper rest after a long day of adventure. Indeed, a good Nice hotel will have comfort, tranquility, and the gratifyingly luscious cuisine to go with the calm. 

Hotel Windsor is a short walk to the beach. Walled with distinct murals, its rooms are gorgeously decorated by brilliant artists. Try to request a room with a balcony. The hotel Negresco is another excellent hotel, and it is probably the city’s most famous one. Magisterial around the Promenade des Anglais and the curving beach of La Baie des Anges, the ambiance of this impressive hotel is what every tourist should experience. And the great thing is, you won’t have to spend a fortune to book a room there. 

Its well-known cocktail bar allures the young people with DJ sets, live jazz and Latino bands performance at night. Even the bar staff make lovely cocktails, like the royal Negresco, with champagne, kirsch and raspberry juice. With a swelling number of hotels in Nice, you have lots to choose from.

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The Perfect 2 to 3 Days in Nice Itinerary

Last Updated on February 5, 2024

by Neota Langley

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Planning a 2 or 3 days in Nice itinerary is a wonderful experience when you consider all there is do in this beautiful city. The gem of the French Riviera , Nice is a vibrant beachfront city with bags of culture around every corner. Just a few kilometres away from Italy and Monaco , Nice is infused with its very own distinctive Mediterranean atmosphere.

France’s 5th largest city is packed full of charm, with a warren of narrow streets and bustling markets to explore. The beating heart of the Cotes d’Azur, Nice is a year-round destination, so grab your sunglasses and unwind to the sound of the lapping waves whilst sampling some of the finest regional Niçoise cuisine.

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How Many Days In Nice?

Known for its gorgeous beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural history, you may be wondering how many days to spend in Nice to make the most of this Mediterranean city.

You will need to spend a minimum of 2 days in Nice which will allow plenty of time to visit the city’s main attractions as well as discovering some hidden gems along the way.

However, why not enjoy Nice in 3 days? If you are lucky enough to have a full 3 days to spend in Nice, you could also take a day trip to visit some of the unique neighbouring towns and villages along the French Riviera .

You may even want to take a day trip to nearby Cannes , famous for the annual Cannes Film Festival. 

View of Nice at dusk

Getting To & Around Nice

Getting to Nice is relatively straightforward, thanks to its excellent transport links. The Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is located just a few kilometres from the city centre.

This airport offers a wide range of domestic and international flights all over the world. From the Nice airport, you can take either a taxi, bus, train or private transfer directly into the heart of the city. 

For those arriving by train, Nice is well connected to other parts of France and Europe. Gare de Nice-Ville is the city’s main train station, located in the heart of the city with regular services to cities such as Paris and Marseille .

There are also high-speed trains that can take you to a variety of major cities across Europe. You can view train schedules here.

Nice has an extensive bus and tram network that makes it easy to get around the city and covers all of the main attractions. Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines or directly from the driver as you board. If public transport isn’t your thing, you will also find several taxi companies including Uber, operating in and around the city.

Nice is a fairly compact city so you can walk from one corner to the other without much trouble. For example, the Old Town to the train station is only a 20-minute walk.

There is no need to hire a car to make the most out of your time in Nice. If you are travelling with a vehicle, there are several park-and-ride car parks along the tram route where you can leave your car for free whilst you explore.

2 to 3-Day Nice Itinerary

Nice is a vibrant and colourful city in the South of France that offers a perfect blend of French and Mediterranean culture. With its stunning seafront location, charming Old Town, and beautiful parks and gardens, Nice is a city that is full of surprises.

Whether you have 2 or 3 days in Nice, you’ll be able to soak in the must see sights as well as discovering some of the city’s hidden gems.

Promenade des Anglais

Day 1 – Promenade des Anglais & Vieux Nice

Promenade des anglais.

Start your first day by taking a leisurely stroll along the iconic Promenade des Anglais.

One of the most famous seafronts in the world, this iconic 7km-long promenade runs along the stunning Mediterranean coastline and the Nice Port and is lined with towering palm trees, grand hotels, and blossoming gardens. Take in the breathtaking views of the glistening azure sea, whilst you soak up the city’s history and architecture.

Walking not your thing? Nice offers a cheap bike hire called Velo Bleu — simply take a bike from one of the many stations throughout the city and return it when you are finished.

Whether you’re looking to go for a walk, a morning jog, enjoy a bike ride, or simply sit and enjoy the views, visiting and strolling along the Promenade des Anglais is one of the most essential things to do in Nice.

Cours Saleya

After your morning stroll, head into the Old Town of Nice (Vieux Nice), a charming and picturesque district with narrow streets and colourful buildings. Explore the Cours Saleya Market, a vibrant hub of activity, with an array of market stalls selling everything from fresh produce to handcrafted souvenirs and antiques. You can also organise a walking tour or food tour here.

For lunch, why not sample a Socca, a pancake made from chickpea flour that is a popular local specialty –  the best Socca stall at the market is Chez Theresa, they use traditional recipes passed down through the generations since 1925 to make delicious Socca.

Cours Saleya is also home to the famous Nice Flower Market, which is open every day except Monday. Here, you can find a dazzling display of flowers and plants, including local blooms such as mimosa, lavender, and sunflowers.

The market is a sensory feast, with the aroma of fresh produce and flowers filling the air. Whether you’re looking for a souvenir, a taste of local produce, or simply an opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of this lively square, Cours Saleya is an essential part of your itinerary for Nice and a lovely place to visit. 

Flea Market of Cours Saleya

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art 

A must-visit destination for art lovers, The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (or MAMAC for short) showcases a diverse range of modern and contemporary art. The museum includes works by artists such as Yves Klein, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol.

A work of art in itself, the museum is a striking modernist design that includes a glass and steel façade. Take in the stunning views of the city and the surrounding landscape alongside the world-class art exhibitions inside.

Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Perhaps one of Nice’s best-kept secrets, hidden off the beaten path, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral is the largest Orthodox cathedral in Europe.

As you round the corner this spectacular cathedral will stop you in your tracks, with six golden cupolas topped by golden crosses, this stunning ecclesiastical building stands out among the traditional Hausmmannian architecture you typically find in and around Nice.

Don’t miss the exquisite iconostasis surrounding the choir, made in Russia by the famous Khlebnikoff workshops. You can enter the cathedral free of charge and the detour from the city centre is well worth doing. If you don’t want to walk, the nearest bus stop is Parc Impérial / Gambetta.

Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Nice

Place Rossetti

Weave your way back through the old town to spend your evening in the Place Rossetti. An evening here is a magical experience, with its beautiful architecture, lively atmosphere, and charming restaurants and cafes.

The bustling square is particularly enchanting when illuminated at night, with street performers and other entertainers putting on shows throughout the evening and the Nice Cathedral overlooking it. Why not try some traditional regional Niçoise cuisine?

The Rossettisserie is an excellent restaurant if you want to try homely regional delights. Try the daube, a rich beef stew, or the salade Niçoise, a classic dish of fresh vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and tuna. Nice’s cuisine pairs simplicity with excellent local ingredients. 

Day 2 – Musée Matisse, Cimiez & Castle Hill

Musée matisse.

Start your second day in Nice with a visit to the Musée Matisse, dedicated to the life and work of the famous French painter, Henri Matisse.

The museum is home to an impressive collection of Matisse’s original paintings, drawings, and sculptures as well as documents that give you a closer look into his life and inspiration.

Perched on Cimiez Hill, the museum is located in a beautiful 17th-century villa that was also once Matisse’s home.


As you leave the museum, take a moment to explore the rest of Cimiez Hill. The Cimiez Monastery, Gardens and Museum of Archaeology are located a stone’s throw from the Musée Matisse.

Built in 1989, The Museum of Archaeology was inaugurated on the site of the remains of the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum. You can find a wide range of artefacts, archaeological evidence of the ancient history of Nice as well as ancient collections from other sites. 

The gardens are the real highlight, a former vegetable garden and orchard with its central well and pergolas completely covered with climbing roses. The paths are dotted with a variety of citrus fruit trees but don’t forget to wander through the vast olives groves that face the monastery.

Made up of thousands of olive trees more than 100 years old. Below lies a small, cosy terrace with a traditional fountain and pools. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Nice and the Paillon valley all the way down to the Mediterranean Sea. 

You could also opt to visit the Marc Chagall National Museum, which is filled with artwork by the eponymous Russian-born French painter.

Gardens on the hill of Cimiez

Castle Hill

Despite the absence of the castle, the hilltop it once occupied remains one of Nice’s most popular destinations.

There are plenty of hiking trails to explore, with the grandest panoramic views over the city, its bay and the coast beyond. On a clear day you can even see whispers of the French Alps in the distance.

Castle Hill is best experienced at sunset when the scenery is at its most spectacular. For a romantic evening, pack a picnic and spend time atop the hill as day turns to night. 

Hotel Negresco 

As you come to the end of your 2nd day in Nice, it’s time to walk in the footsteps of celebrities and even royalty and head to the Hotel Negresco . This magnificent belle-époque building, standing proud on the Promenade des Anglais is instantly recognisable by its pink domed roof. 

Over a century ago, Le Negresco first welcomed guests through its grand doors and it soon became renowned for its unmistakably French art de vivre – and it is certainly one of the more upmarket places to stay in Nice.

Established in 1912 by Henri Negresco, the hotel changed ownership in 1957, when it was acquired by Madame Jeanne Augier. It was under her ownership that the hotel underwent a lavish transformation, with opulent decor and furnishings that continue to enchant guests to this day.

Now classified as a historical monument, you can indulge in a drink indoors or on the terrace and bask in the sophisticated atmosphere. The prices may be high but it’s definitely worth the splurge to embrace yourself in some of the glamour of the 60s Riviera.

If you only have 2 days or a weekend in Nice, this is the perfect way to round off your trip.

Hotel Negresco

Day 3 – Antibes

If you have a full 3 days, why not take a day trip from Nice to the nearby town of Antibes, located just 20 kilometres west of the city?

Antibes is a charming town, typical of the French Riviera. Known for its beautiful beaches and culture, taking 1 day out of your Nice itinerary gives you the perfect amount of time to explore this beautiful town.

Antibes is easily accessible from Nice by either train or bus. Trains depart regularly from Nice’s main train station, Gare de Nice-Ville, and take just 20 minutes.

The bus to Antibes will take a little longer, between 30-40 minutes in total. You can also book a full-day tour that includes Antibes and some other spots on the French Riveria.

Marché Provençal

Start your morning in Antibes with a visit to the Marché Provençal, a bustling market perfectly representing the region of Provence , full of exotic sights and smells. Fresh meats, cheeses and vegetables alongside handmade crafts. The perfect place to pick up a souvenir to take home.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast of croissants and coffee at one of the cafes in the market square.

Musée Picasso

One of the must-see attractions in Antibes is the Musée Picasso, a museum housed in a breathtaking chateau overlooking the sea. In 1946, the iconic artist Pablo Picasso spent a delightful year in Antibes, where he utilised the second floor of this magnificent chateau as his workshop.

At the end of his stay, he gifted several significant works to the city, including 44 drawings and 23 paintings, some of which are now among his most celebrated pieces. During his time in Antibes, Picasso experimented with a limited palette of only 12 colours, using the same paint that the local fishermen employed on their boats!

Visitors can admire the masterpieces he created during his stay and gain a deeper understanding of the artist’s creative process and the inspiration he found in the stunning surroundings of Antibes.

La Gravette

For lunch, head to La Gravette, a small beach just a short walk from the museum. Discreetly tucked away behind the mediaeval ramparts at the end of the port, this beach is perhaps the most beautiful beach in Antibes.

With its wide open sandy shores, La Gravette is the perfect spot to relax and take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Feeling peckish? Grab a table at one of the many seafood restaurants that line the shorefront and enjoy a delicious meal of locally caught grilled fish and crisp white wine. 

Cap d’Antibes

Finish off your day trip with a visit to the Cap d’Antibes, a picturesque peninsula complete with hidden coves and a lighthouse. You can walk the entire peninsula in 1.5 hours but make sure you are wearing suitable footwear as the path can be rocky in places.

Cap d’Antibes is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset before you head back into Nice.

Cap d'Antibes

Where to Stay in Nice

Nice Garden Hotel – A comfortable mid-range hotel located in the centre of Nice, this is a great option. They offer single, double and triple rooms along with a lovely garden so its great for everyone from single travellers to families.

Palais Saleya Boutique hôtel – A modern hotel at the entrance to the old town, this is an excellent luxe option in Nice. There are several chic rooms along with some apartments and an airport shuttle available to guests.

Aparthotel AMMI Vieux Nice – With a great location in the centre of Nice, this aparthotel offers several pet-friendly studios along with daily breakfast and other amenities.

Hostel Meyerbeer Beach – With plenty of dorm and private, this highly-rated hostel is a good choice for those on a tight budget in France . There are also excellent common areas, a cafe and a fantastic location.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Nice hotels!

Whether you discover the delights of Nice in 2 days or spend an extra day exploring more of the Cotes d’Azur, we hope you use this itinerary to make the most of this magnificent Mediterranean city. 

Are you planning a trip to Nice? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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An Essential Guide to Nice, Europe’s Original Resort Town 

By Kelsy Chauvin

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Nice’s standing as the ultimate getaway became official last summer, when it earned UNESCO World Heritage status as the “ winter resort town of the Riviera .” Citing the “exceptional universal value of the architectural, landscape, and urban heritage of Nice,” the designation memorializes the city’s international flair and air of opulence.

For seasoned travelers, the city’s alluring serenity and scenery has been an open secret since the 18th century. Back then, English aristocrats were drawn to the mild winter weather along this French-Mediterranean stretch, building lavish mansions with exotic gardens to suit their annual sojourns. By 1860, those early snowbirds even constructed the seaside walkway known as La Promenade des Anglais—the English Promenade—now an iconic global attraction.

But the real secret of Nice is its accessibility to modern travelers. From Vieux Nice (the old town) up to Cimiez Hill (Queen Victoria’s old neighborhood), visitors can make their way in luxury or on budget, and enjoy the same mesmerizing beauty of the French Riviera .

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What to do in Nice—and where to stay

Enthusiasm for Nice begins with a panoramic descent into Nice Cote d’Azur Airport, which juts out into the crystal-blue Ligurian Sea. From there, a 15-minute taxi or swift tram ride puts you directly into central Nice. On and just off the commercial strip that is Avenue Jean Medecin, you’ll find a range of lodging options, including Hotel Boscolo Nice , which welcomes guests into its artful lobby illuminated by a giant skylight. Rooms are spacious and chic, as are its subterranean spa and two Italian-inspired restaurants. Reserve time for the hotel’s breezy rooftop lounge, where you can dip into the plunge pool by day, and sip cocktails during mellow DJ’ed evenings.

Hotel Boscolo is along Boulevard Victor Hugo, from which much of Nice’s main attractions are a pleasant walk or Vélo Bleu bikeshare ride away. Head down Avenue Medecin toward the Fontaine du Soleil and the giant statue of Apollo, then into Vieux Nice to soak up the city’s history. The 1885 neoclassical Nice Opera House marks the west end of the famous Cours Saleya daily market , with fresh flowers and seasonal produce. Visit the Theresa Socca stand to try the simply divine local snack that is socca, a savory crepe made from chickpea flour.

With so many historic sights in the old town, it’s an interesting turn to visit the decidedly modern Charles Nègre Photography Museum , located beside the market in Place Pierre Gautier. Expect to find a range of temporary photo exhibits housed in neighboring buildings. Better still, €15 buys admission here and at 10 more museums across town, including the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Matisse Museum, and Archaeology Museum of Nice/Cimiez, located on an ancient Roman archaeological site. The museum pass doesn’t include Nice’s splendid Marc Chagall Museum, though it’s well worth a visit.

Pass through the arches to walk along the Quai des États-Unis—the United States Wharf, so named to honor America’s World War I alliance with France. This café-lined boulevard parallels the famous Promenade, where you can hit the beach, or gaze upon it from waterside-terrace restaurants like Plage Beau Rivage . Stroll eastward towards the giant #ILoveNICE selfie spot, and on to the compact Port Lympia to check out the colorful wooden fishing boats docked beside million-dollar mega yachts.

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Sardines on the beach 

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Local Nissarde cuisine

Fans of the Niçoise salad will enjoy diving deeper into unique local Cuisine Nissarde , a notably different style of gastronomy that reflects the region’s Ligurian (Northern Italian) influence. Based on seasonal ingredients that bring fresh salads and fruits in summer, and root vegetables and stews in winter, Nissarde cooking often involves eggs, olives, mushrooms, and deep-sea fish like tuna and sardines.

The Nice Cote d’Azur tourism board lists about two dozen restaurants as traditional “Cuisine Nissarde” establishments, eight of them in or near Vieux Nice. Family-run Chez Acchiardo is one of the oldest, open since 1927 in its stone-walled corner location on Rue Droite. Here’s you’ll be able to sample some of the city’s best traditional dishes, such as daube , beef stew made with red wine and Mediterranean herbs; and trouchia , a tasty frittata layered with baby Swiss chard.

On every Nissarde menu you’ll find merda de can, green gnocchi topped with pistou—pesto made without pine nuts, the Ligurian way. Lou Balico serves one of the best versions, in shareable portions, along with a superb Niçoise salad, made traditionally with anchovies, pickled vegetables, and artichokes, served over greens with fresh tuna, tomato, olives, and boiled egg. On any Nissarde menu you’ll also find pissaladière , a filling, focaccia-like flatbread topped with caramelized onions, anchovies, and olives.

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Along the Cote d’Azur

The 120-mile-long French Riviera stretches from shore to Alps, so it’s well worth a regional tour to explore small towns like Vence, a historic Roman-turned-medieval village about 45 minutes’ drive northwest from Nice. In the town square, dine al fresco at CheZ’elles, serving delicious Armenian food that’s pleasantly mistaken for classic Greek cuisine. Don’t miss a visit to Vence’s Rosary Chapel, commonly called the Matisse Chapel since Henri Matisse personally designed and decorated the bright, modest space during his later years. 

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Take a quick jaunt from Vence to Cagnes-sur-Mer to lodge at Chateau le Cagnard , once a hilltop castle that’s now a luxury hotel with 29 unique guestrooms, many with picture-perfect balconies. Nearby, the serenity of the Renoir House and Museum reveals why many artists were drawn to this lovely, temperate corner of France.

Drive or take a train eastward from Nice to Eze to visit the spectacular Exotic Garden of Eze , a botanical garden perched high on a hill within a medieval fortress, planted with foliage from around the world. Stroll through the fortress’ winding pathways to find unique shops and cafés, and stop into ultra-grand Hotel Chateau de La Chèvre d’Or for an Aperol spritz overlooking the sea. For a delightfully different souvenir, join a fragrance-making class at Eze’s Galimard Maison de Parfums , where you can customize your own scent to bring home, while the studio keeps your recipe on file for future orders.

You can dine or lodge overnight at panoramic (and decidedly modern) Les Terasses d’Eze , or head back to Nice, perhaps via the maritime town of Villefranche-sur-Mer. This former fishing village is prime territory for fresh-caught, French-inspired seafood dishes at open-air spots like Le Cosmo .

That restaurant is located on a plaza that faces the 16th-century Chapel St. Pierre, a modest structure with an eye-catching Romanesque façade. Its interior is even more fascinating, every inch decorated with the original mid-century work of Jean Cocteau, who lived occasionally in the Welcome Hotel in Villefranche. There, Cocteau found both solace and inspiration in the everyday milieu of the Cote d’Azur. It seems the atmospheric nature of the French Riviera was as beguiling to him as it was for centuries of vacationers before him, and for today’s travelers eager to find their own time in the Nice sun.


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Nice, France Travel Guide

Get All the Basic Info on a Riviera Vacation

Nice is a wonderful French Riviera city, and a popular destination for couples, honeymooners, and sun-worshipers. It is a large city, though, and it can be tough mastering it. Find out all the basics of a Nice vacation, including what to do , what to see, where to stay, great day-trips and how to get around.

Getting There 

Nice is well-served by the Nice-Cote d'Azur airport just west of the city. It's an international airport, so there are flights from over 100 destinations, including New York.

Check out my information guide on how to get from London, the UK, Paris, and the U.S.A.

Read my guide to traveling from London to Nice  by train in detail; it is a delightful journey and makes a great start to a holiday on the Cote d'Azur.

Getting Around

There are numerous shuttle buses and local bus services to Nice and other Riviera cities, as well as overpriced taxis, to take you into the city when you arrive. If you are traveling by rail, Nice has three rail stations but you will probably arrive in the main terminal at Nice Ville. This will put you a few blocks north of the coastline.

Train Station and Travel

There are many connections from Nice Railway Station to other cities in France, and also to Italy which is a very short distance away.

The major bus system in NIce is Lignes d'Azur which operates in the city and also to and from the airport and other nearby towns. They also operate over 130 bus routes in the 49 towns that make up the whole Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur area.

There are other regional buses to nearby cities, and most stop at the Gare Routiere just north of Place Massena. There are rail connections to most neighboring cities as well, with the most frequent stops at the Nice Ville station. 

In Nice there is also the Noctambus which operates 5 night time bus routes from 9.10pm to 10.10 am, but they are not very frequent.

There is also the tram. No 1, a 9.2 km line that goes from north to east and passes through the city centre along avenue Jean Medecin and through Place Massena daily from 4.25am to 1.35am. 

Cost of buses

Buy a single ticket for on journey which also allows changes within 74 minutes for 1.50 euros and various other very good value tickets for different lengths of stay. 

More Information

You can obtain a system map and a brochure listing timetables at the tourism office on the Promenade des Anglais , or at the main bus station in the Place Massena.

Nice by Car

You can rent a car, but check first to see if your hotel has parking and what the cost is. It can be quite difficult, if not impossible, to park a car in Nice. If you are in Nice from another part of France by car, then consider leaving the car at one of the 5 'Parc relais' or stop-over car parks outside the centre. It's free to use and you can then take the tram into the city centre. 

Top Nice Attractions

There are countless things to see and do in this city, whether in the heart of town (Nice Centre), beaches , or in the hills that stretch behind the main city ( les collines ). 

Here is a small selection of some favorite places to see and things to do:

  • The Cours Selaya Flower Market is a must-see. This is also one of the main neighborhoods for dining, with restaurants, cafés and bars lining the outdoor market. If you want seafood, this is the spot to hit. There are also several souvenir shops, gourmet shops and other boutiques here.
  • Vieux Nice (or Old Nice) is right next to the market. Wander these narrow streets and discover great shopping, dining and some of the city's most happening bars. This is also a great destination after-hours, but go with a group. Old Nice is filled with dark alleys, and lone wanderers can become a target.
  • Nice Cimiez, about a 15-minute bus ride from Nice Centre up into the hills, has a small concentration of museums and attractions. The Musée Matisse contains a wonderful collection of the great local artist's work. The archeology museum next door is interesting, but what is more fascinating is the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre, public baths and paved streets.
  • The Promenade des Anglais is something anyone visiting Nice is sure to see. Even though they are outrageously overpriced, hit one of the seaside private beach/restaurants at least once during your visit. Rent a chaise lounge a few feet from the shore, and let waiters (usually unbearably slow and inattentive) bring you lunch and drinks.
  • The Pedestrian Zone ( zone pietonne ) is a bit of a tourist trap, but there's a good reason. This is a lovely area for a stroll, as cars are forbidden except for the early morning hours (and the rogues who scoot through here anyway during other times). The shops here are on the tacky-tee-shirt scale in most cases, although there are several great clothing store chains and nice shops like the gourmet boutique Ducs de Gascony. This is the ideal spot to sip a café au lait and watch the world go by.
  • Check out the Top 10 Attractions in Nice  in details

Booking options

  • There are countless hotels in Nice, and an unusually high number of four-star accomodations. But for a treat try the Hotel Windsor, a short walk to the beach and the pedestrian zone, and a slightly longer walk to the Cours Selaya and old town. The rooms are reasonably-priced, and the staff is the most helpful around. The rooms also have their own personality, most decorated by artists and unique murals. Be sure to request a room with a balcony. 
  • The Hotel Negresco is probably Nice's most famous hotel. Almost any photo of the Nice shoreline will be punctuated by the hotel's Art Deco facade. A National Historic Monument, this seafront hotel is the epitome of Nicois elegance.​

There are several great towns and cities near Nice, usually just a few minutes away. Check out the guide to the best day trips from Nice , a fabulous centre for the area. 

Here is a guide to a 3-day itinerary in and around Nice . 

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11 of the best things to do in Nice

By Lanie Goodman

Beach in Nice

Call it a beach town with a dazzlingly rich heritage. Ranked as France ’s fifth largest city and recently anointed the status of a World Heritage Site, Nice is thrumming with new-found energy thanks to a wave of massive renovations. With 10 museums , extensive city bike paths, Baroque and Belle Époque treasures and an abundance of green parks, Nice is also unpretentiously bon enfant and decidedly festive. Its central hub, Place Masséna is watched over by towering illuminated fibreglass figures, mounted on poles like benevolent lollipops, that change colour at night. The sleek tomato-red tram plays sound-designed jingles and showcases contemporary art installations. And there’s plenty to see and do, so without further ado, here are the best things to do in Nice.

1. Uncover Nice's fascinating history

Find out what Riviera life was like 400,000 years ago at seaside museum Musée de Préhistoire Terra Amata , built on an ancient excavation site. Highlights include a reconstituted cave, a human footprint in limestone and elephant and rhino hunting weapons made from beach stones. Then grab a pan bagnat (salade niçoise on a roll) picnic and follow the rocky customs footpath from Coco Beach to the Cap de Nice, alongside deserted turquoise coves.

Market in Nice

2. Try Nice's tastiest spots

Go native and book a personalised Street Food Market Tour with Rosa Jackson , France-based food writer and chef, where you explore the city’s best outdoor morning markets and sample emblematic niçois finger food from socca (a paper-thin chickpea pancake sprinkled with pepper) to pissaladière (caramelised onion tart) washed down with some local rosé. There’s also olive oil and cheese tasting. Or, alternatively, try Rosa’s cooking class where you shop, then whip up the locals’ favourite lunch – stuffed vegetables and a sugar-dusted rum and raisin-spiked Swiss chard torte.

3. Explore the Old Town

Wander through the narrow cobblestone alleys of Old Town for a glimpse at Baroque splendour: begin with jewel box museum Palais Lascaris , a sumptuous Genoese palace awash with ceiling frescoes and a balustraded staircase; light a candle at the ornate church Sainte Rita , Nice’s adored patron saint of lost causes, then head to Saint-Jacques-de-Majeur church for more gilded cherubs and marble stucco. After dark, there’s also a secret courtyard patio bar, Le Bethel , where you sip beer (the give-what-you-want price of drinks is donated to the church) bathed in holy candlelight.

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4. Awe-inspiring architecture

Architecture buffs, rejoice! The hilltop posh residential neighbourhood Cimiez is a treasure trove of Art Deco villas where aristocrats once wintered, but that’s not all. On the ancient site of Cemenelum the Musée d’Archéologie , features fourth-century ruins of Roman public baths, paved streets and a 4000-seat stone amphitheatre. Visit the Musée Matisse , housed in a 17th-century red ochre villa, then cross the street and admire the artist’s former digs at the spectacular Belle Époque Régina Palace . Afterwards, stroll through the olive tree-shaded Cimiez gardens to the neo-Byzantine Franciscan Monastery , edged by a rose garden.

Cote d'Azur Observatory Nice

5. Look to the skies

For a two-hour walk that includes cool scientific facts and a dazzling vista of the coast, spend an afternoon touring the Nice Observatory , perched on the summit of Mont Gros on the winding Grande Corniche in the middle of a forest. Claim to fame: Belle Époque architect Charles Garnier designed the impressive white dome with a giant telescope of this still-functioning astronomy research site, but you won’t be gazing at constellations unless you buy tickets for one of their nocturnal special events. Highlight: a candlelight string quartet concert when the dome opens onto a star-flecked sky.

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Coastal village of Aspremont few kilometers away from Nice

6. Amble through Aspremont

Escape the urban hubbub and head for the hills and cool breezes of Aspremont, a tiny perched medieval village built in concentric circles, only a 15-kilometre drive north from downtown. Expect steps – lots of them – leading to a maze of flower-lined narrow streets with gurgling fountains and sorbet-coloured stone houses. Beyond a smattering of shops, art galleries and a gothic church, the real draw is the mesmerizing panorama that extends to a strip of blue sea. For die-hard hikers, it’s also the starting point for a climb to Mont Chauve, crowned with ruins of a 19th-century fort.

7. Sip on the hillsides

Go west! Visit Nice’s sun-drenched hillsides and take a wine-tasting tour at one of the award-winning Le Bellet vineyards , known for their unique folle noire, a dark full-bodied fruity grape. At Château de Crémat , a turn-of-the-century crenellated brick red castle , perched 300 feet above sea level, there’s an e-bike/tasting tour where you pedal through the vineyards to work up a thirst; Domaine de la Source also holds evening jazz and classical concerts where you sample their tri-colour vintages.

Musée dArt Naïf

8. Get arty

Immerse yourself in the whimsical objects and vibrant trash art of Ben Vautier, Nice’s revered enfant terrible of the Fluxus Movement. After a visit to this jaw-dropping show On est tous fous (“We are all crazy”) at the Musée d’Art Naïf , swing by the MAMAC ’s permanent collection for an eyeful of École de Nice classics – hypnotic deep blue monochromes by Yves Klein, colour-splashed rifle paintings by Niki de Saint Phalle and Pop Art neon works by Martial Rayasse. Contemporary artists prevail at Le 109 ( new blood is a deliberate pun on cent/sang neuf, this slaughterhouse-turned-art-gallery), located in the eastern section of the city.

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9. Listen up

Think music for every taste: held on the terrace of an ancient dungeon-turned-gallery overlooking the port, the weekly free concerts at the Jazz’Art Lympia Festival feature a mix of swing, soul, blues and rock. A younger bronzed and beautiful crowd flocks to Amour Plage, an uber-hip private beach on the Promenade des Anglais where ambience heats up to a throbbing beat with cutting-edge live DJs. Catch some top-notch performances at the recently opened Le Stockfish , a tiny concert hall, located on the St Jean d’Angely campus, or go for the grandiose, at the recently renovated jewel box Opera in Old Town.

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10. Go bargain hunting

Pick up vintage bargains at the weekly Monday flea market, the Marché de la Brocante spread across the Cours Saleya, a joyous jumble of country antiques, rare 1950s travel posters, silver cutlery, Deco mirrors, Bakelite jewellery and grandma’s linens. At the newly opened boutique, Ma Cabane , you may also stumble upon a lovely pair of silver candlesticks, an attic-sale painting or precious porcelain. Aficionados shouldn’t miss a visit to the city’s portside antique district for upscale gems. Best bet: the chestnut tree-lined rue Ségurane, where you’ll also find sleek contemporary-style homeware and furniture at Good Design Store .

a view of Saint Jacques le Majeur through the narrow street Old Twon of Nice Cote d'Azur

11. Find a new favourite pastime

If you’re looking to experience joie de vivre niçois style, try a rigorous rowing or catamaran training class at the Club Nautique at the port ( , five lessons, minimum), the city’s oldest club inaugurated in 1894. A less strenuous option is recharging your magnesium levels with a relaxing organic seaweed marine massage at the Anantara Plaza Nice Spa . Or, for a guaranteed adrenalin rush, book a seat at OGC game , Nice’s beloved football team, and scream your head off with the fans.

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Welcome to Nice, the jewel of the French Riviera where the relaxed Mediterranean vibe effortlessly blends with impressive architecture, palm-lined streets, and expansive sea views.

This beautiful, bucket list city in France has one of the best old towns I’ve ever visited, full of hidden squares, colorful hues, tiny streets, and cafes and restaurants everywhere. The beaches stretch on forever in Nice – kilometer after kilometer of wide open beaches for lounging or sea bathing.

Plus, Nice makes for the perfect home base for exploring the French Riviera – as the trains quickly and easily take you up and down the coast.

I’ve explored Nice on three separate occasions, spending more than two weeks soaking in its unique atmosphere. And while I’ve crisscrossed the French Riviera and explored many regions of France, Nice holds a special place as one of my favorite spots in the whole country.

The city’s laidback ambiance offers a refreshing departure from the bustle of many big cities – the vibes are intoxicating! In this post, I’m sharing the best things to do in Nice, based on my personal experience in the city.

I hope you love it too!

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Travel Resources to Quickly Plan Your Trip

Top Excursions and Activities in Nice:

  • Provencal Specialties Food Tour (sample 20+ local foods, olive oil, and wine)
  • Tour de France Wine Tasting Experience (sample 5+ wines with a guide)
  • Towns of the French Riviera Day Trip (very small group, visit 5+ cities)
  • Private 1 Hour Mediterranean Boat Cruise (can expand to more than 1 hour)

Top Hotel Options in Nice

  • Hotel Albert Premier (centrally located, budget option)
  • Palais Saleya Boutique Hotel (lovely and right in Old Town)
  • Westminster Hotel and Spa Nice (beautiful hotel, right on Mediterranean)

29 Amazing Things to Do in Nice, France

I’m here to help you find the best things to see and do in Nice, including unique experiences, top points of interest, best museums, gardens, churches, and more! This post is really a deep dive into the city, showcasing the varied experiences that await you in Nice.

Top Experiences to Have in Nice

1. provencal food tour of nice.

A plate of assorted cheeses with boxes of tomatoes and grapes/dates to the side. At the foot of the cheese board there is a little circular box of toothpicks.

Food tours have long been one of my favorite types of experiences to have in a city, and this food tour featuring Provencal specialties was no exception. I did this tour on my most recent trip to Nice, and even though I’ve visited Provence multiple times, I was still exposed to many new foods.

We walked around the market and sampled different produce, olives, and prepared goods. We visited a historic candy shop and tried various candied fruits and nuts – traditional for Christmas time.

We stopped by a cheese stand and enjoyed the most delicious charcuterie board, complete with fresh tomatoes and grapes from the market.

A plate of assorted cheeses with boxes of tomatoes and grapes/dates to the side. At the foot of the cheese board there is a little circular box of toothpicks.

We ate unique Nicoise cuisine like tarte de blettes (a pastry made with swiss chard), socca (a chickpea crepe), and petit farcis nicoise (stuffed vegetables). We sampled Provencal olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sipped local white wine and rosé, and tried many other little foods and treats beyond what I can mention here.

A large metal circular baking pan with a thin crispy pancake-like treat on it. A woman is cutting up the socca for customers on a metal oven.

And all this was done with the most delightful guide and in a small group setting, learning about Nice’s history and culture as you eat your way through the city.

It’s seriously a must-do when in Nice.

Check availability and rates for this Nice Foodie Tour here

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2. Enjoy a Wine Tasting

4 glasses of white wine with wine swirling around with lights in the background.

Of course, maybe you’re more interested in French wine than Provencal cuisine, or you just to spend an afternoon sipping some of the best wines in the world (there are over 27,000 wineries scattered all around France , producing over 200 wine varieties!)

If that’s the case, then this French wine tasting is for you! In the back of a wine shop right in Old Town, an expert sommelier guides you through the process of smelling, tasting, and savoring 5 different selections of wine (including red, white, and rosé).

In addition, your sommelier will explain the region the wines come from, notable features, and the production process to grow the grapes and create the wine.

This experience lasts 2 hours, so it’s easy to add to your Nice itinerary.

Check rates and availability for this wine tasting here

3. Private Mediterranean Cruise along the Coast

A beautiful rock half moon open cave with teal-blue water and a small white sailboat floating in the water.

There’s nothing like being out on the azure blue, glistening water of the Mediterranean, and the coastline of the Riviera is gorgeous – filled with rocky coves and inlets to explore, and beautiful villas to admire as you dangle your feet in the sea.

You have a couple of options for private boat tours from Nice:

One Hour Private Tour : This option is a  one-hour, private cruise  in a solar-powered boat. You’ll sail along the coast of France, passing by several quaint villages and expansive villas. Half Day Private Boat Tour : Alternatively, there’s an option for a  half-day boat excursion, for just your own party.  From Nice you’ll sail towards Cannes or Monaco, with time to jump off the back of the boat and swim or snorkel in the Mediterranean waters.

4. French Mediterranean Cooking Class

Zucchini, lemons, asparagus, basil, and eggplant are some of foods that you'll cook with when doing a cooking class in Nice.

While going to local restaurants are fun and delicious, we’ve really, really loved doing cooking classes while we travel. They offer such a unique insight into the regional culture, and you learn some new skills, plus you get to chat with a local, which is so interesting!

This cooking class  in the countryside of Nice is perfect for enjoying a provincial afternoon. Surrounded by olive trees, you’ll pick produce and herbs from the garden as you create a delicious French Mediterranean meal.

Your host, Marie, will guide you through the process of preparing the French dishes, and then you’ll all share the meal together out on her terrace, overlooking the countryside.

Check availability for  this French provincial cooking class

5. Take a Walking Tour of Nice

A cute little alley with yellow, blue, and orange buildings and plants all around.

While I love wandering a city by myself, doing a walking tour with a knowledgeable local is undoubtedly a great way to really learn about the city, its history, and all those interesting hidden gems and tidbits that only a local can tell you about.

This  guided walking tour of Old Nice  is a fantastic option – the tour guide is energetic, engaging, knowledgeable, and really brings the Old City to life with stories and anecdotes (They don’t have over 800 5-star reviews for nothing!)This city tour in Nice will definitely be 2 hours well spent.

Check rates and availability for  this walking tour here

Top Attractions in Nice

6. stroll the promenade des anglais.

A beach seen from the coast of Nice with palm trees looking out towards a sidewalks and deep blue water.

The Promenade des Anglais is one of the most iconic spots in Nice – this extensive promenade stretches for miles along the coastline and is lined by palm trees and beautiful buildings.

The promenade is very wide, with plenty of space to stroll, sit, relax, and indulge in the greatest of all pastimes: people-watching. There’s also a dedicated bike path that is used by many bikers.

A white wood restaurant and gazebo on the beach. The sky is pink, yellow, and blue with reflections on the water.

You can access all the beaches directly from stairs leading down from the promenade – making the area a central hub for seaside enjoyment.

For a more fast-paced experience, hop on a city bike, easily accessible through the Velo Bleu app. Download the app in advance, input your personal details, and then all you need to do is scan the QR code at one of the many bike stations around the city.

Stephanie’s Pro Tip: Go for a leisurely walk or run during the daytime to soak in the sun and stunning sea views, and then come back at night to enjoy the magical hues of a sunset stroll. We usually come to the Promenade multiple times during our visits to Nice!

As you stroll, watch for the iconic Hotel Le Negresco, located right off the Promenade. This historic hotel is almost like a palace, designed with opulent luxury in mind.

Hotel Le Negresco  sits on the corner of a boardwalk with sculpted white and coral wood. It is one of the best things to do in Nice.

Make sure you walk right to the eastern edge of the Promenade, right under Castle Hill. Here, you’ll get an incredible view back over the Promenade, the sea, and the city, and you can snap a picture with the I Love Nice sign.

A red, white, and blue #I love Nice sign on the boardwalk next to the beach.

Walking the promenade is one of my absolute favorite things to do in Nice – there’s just such a great vibe and the views can’t be beat.

7. Castle Hill

Castle Hill is a tall hill that looms over Old Town, on the far eastern edge of the Promenade des Anglais. While the castle itself is long gone, the hill still offers several interesting things to do.

The view of the Nice coastline.with hundreds of colorful buildings, and row of palm trees on the coastline. This coastline is by far one of the best activities to do in Nice.

To start, there are incredible, sweeping views over the Promenade des Anglais on one side and the Port on the other. There’s a waterfall in the middle of the hill, as well as archeological ruins, a children’s playground, walking trails, and a large Christian and Jewish cemetery at the back of the hill.

A rock waterfall with the white water streaming down with a pool of rocks.

There are several access points to Castle Hill, but I’d recommend going up the stairs that are right by the Hotel Suisse, just off the Promenade. Explore the hill as much as you want, and then descend on the opposite side of the hill to the port (more on that next).

The view of coral buildings inside a rectangular port with hundreds of ships and one giant yacht

This map illustrates these two paths:

travelling in nice

8. Port Lympia

A row of rainbow buildings on the coastline next to a sheer rock cliff with green shrubs and a port with around 50 boats.

The Port of Nice, also known as Port Lympia is one of the most important harbors on the French Mediterranean. I love a leisurely stroll through the port – it’s a charming combination of speedboats, fishing boats, sailboats, and larger yachts against the painted background of the colorful buildings surrounding the port.

A row of buildings with lots of windows next to lots of row boats. There are lots of gray clouds in the sky covering the water.

When you finish exploring the port, swing back west via the Promenade and see an impressive war memorial carved into the hill cliff. The Monuments aux Morts (or the Monument of the Dead) is dedicated to the fallen of World War I.

9. Place Massena

A statue of a king with blue horses and water streaming into a pool next to black and white checkered ground and red buildings.

Place Massena is a central square between the Jardin Albert I and Old Town. It boasts gorgeous neoclassical architecture and the prominent Fontaine du Soleil, which features a statue of Apollo.

Red and ochre buildings surround the expansive square, and the ground is adorned with a distinctive black and white checkerboard pattern. It’s a unique and absolutely stunning square!

A red square with black and white checkered floor with railroad tracks and red-yellow buildings all around the square.

10. Relax in the Jardin Albert I and the Promenade du Paillon

Nice has a long street of gardens that runs north from the Promenade des Anglais and separates Old Town from the Carré d’Or neighborhood of New Town.

This area has a little bit of everything and is an absolutely delightful greenspace in Nice.

The Jardin Albert I sits between the sea and Place Massena and has walking paths, manicured lawns, flowers and plants, and several large sculptures.

A shallow pool with multiple tin fountains with the water reflecting the orange yellow sunset.

Just north of Place Massena is the Promenade du Paillon. This part of the park is long and skinny, and has a lot of fun features. Don’t miss the Fontaine Miroir d’Eau – a shallow reflecting “pool” with a grid of fountains that are turned on and off throughout the day. Essentially an elevated splashpad, this area is open for visitors to walk and splash through.

A brown rusty sculpture with green grass and a very skinny sidewalk. There are colorful buildings next to mountains.

We also love the imaginative playground with play structures shaped like sea creatures, and the various sculptures throughout the garden. There is also a wide variety of plants, from flowers to palm trees, both local and exotic, and lots of benches to sit down and relax, or enjoy a picnic lunch.

11. Hit the Beach

A private beach with 15 pinstripe umbrellas and beach chair stations. There is also a small boardwalk leading to the teal blue water. These beaches are one of the best things to do in Nice.

Spending time at the beach is a top activity in Nice no matter when you visit, and Nice has some of the best beaches on the French Riviera.

Of course, the water feels great in the hot summer months, but even in cooler weather, there are always still people enjoying the sunset or evening waves, sharing drinks, or having a picnic.

A white sand beach next to the teal beach with a cobblestone wall leading up to the buildings.

There are miles and miles of beaches to choose from along the coastline, with private beach clubs interspersed with public beach areas. Anyone can rent a sun lounger + umbrella or eat at one of the beachside restaurants at the beach clubs along the shore.

Stephanie’s Pro Tip: Except for one tiny section, the beaches in Nice are rocky – which means that if you want to lay out, a good thick towel is very helpful, and you DEFINITELY need some sturdy sandals or water shoes, even for wading. Those rocks do not feel good on your bare feet, trust me!

12. Explore Old Town

The old town part of Nice with classic colorful building styles leading up the mountain.

Old Town is the soul of Nice – one of the most historic parts of the city, a labyrinth of narrow, winding streets that invite exploration. I love Nice’s old town so, so much. I’ve explored so many old towns in France and Europe in general, and Nice’s is just top-notch – so cute and charming, and actually pretty large.

As you wander, you’ll stumble onto numerous beautiful squares and historic churches. The buildings, painted in golden, orange, pink, and red hues create picture-perfect moments around every corner.

A tiny alley with burnt yellow buildings and tiny boulangeries.

Old Town is also home to many top-rated restaurants and cute boutiques or specialty shops, with small wicker tables spilling out onto the streets, and enticing smells layering in every alley.

A yellow and orange building with a large french flag.

Place Rossetti is my personal favorite of the many charming squares in Old Town – I love the fountain, the little cafes, the regal cathedral (more on this below), and the plethora of delicious gelato stands.

Stephanie’s Pro Tip: Fenocchio has dozens of flavors and is a popular gelato shop at Place Rossetti, (and I do like their gelato), but you can’t miss the creme brulée gelato at Azzurro, just a few steps from the cathedral.

13. The Marché Aux Fleurs Flower and Produce Market

Tons of bouquets of different colored flowers with lots of different wrappings covering the flowers.

This charming flower market was first established to sell flowers to perfume makers in the region, but today has blossomed into a sprawling, bustling market selling all kinds of delectable food products.

The Marché aux Fleurs is located on the Cours Saleya, near the sea in the Old Town, and in addition to flowers, offers fruit, vegetables, and lots of local food specialties.

Think rows of olives, candied flowers, cheese and dried meats, local honey and jam, nougats and candies, and even some hot Provencal dishes prepared for immediate consumption.

The market is popular with locals and tourists alike and is a great place to pick up some local specialties to bring home with you.

Lots of greens separated in different wood boxes.

The market is open every morning except for Mondays. On Mondays, the Cours Saleya hosts an antique market, filled with all sorts of fascinating antiques, old dishes and china, jewelry, art, and cute little French trinkets. The last time I was in Nice, I was absolutely enamored with all the old tea sets!

China teacups and teapots. There are intricate designs of flowers and gardens.

Discover More of the French Riviera

Besides being an engaging city on its own, there are a ton of incredible options for day trips from Nice to unbelievably adorable coastal towns and hill villages nearby. The tiny country of Monaco is also just a short train ride away, and there are also many vineyards where you can go on a wine tour.

You definitely need to take advantage of everything the French Riviera has to offer and go on a day trip or two (or seven!) from Nice.

Here are a few excellent day trip options:

14. Day Trip to Monaco

A large glamorous castle-like building with palm trees and glowing lights.

If you’re interested in all glitz and glam, consider this small group tour to Monaco . You’ll get transportation, plus an in-depth guided tour of some of the most interesting spots in the city, with a lot of behind the scenes information and local tidbits.

Check rates and availability for this day trip here

15. Whirlwind Tour of the French Riviera

A complete stone building with staircases leading up to a oven room

This full day, action-packed, quick hit best of the Riviera tour introduces you to 6 different bucket list cities and villages on the French Riviera.

Enjoy visiting spots in France like Antibes , Cannes , Saint-Paul-de-Vence , Eze , La Turbie and Monaco . You’ll have about an hour in most of these spots (with a longer stop to see more sites in Monaco), plus a few stops between the cities for a photo-op at great views.

Of course, hitting 7 cities in one day means that each stop is more of an overview than a long, lingering exploration of each city, but it’s perfect for anyone who wants to see and experience the variety that southern France has to offer.

I’ve visited all of these spots, and they are all different, yet all so charming in their own way.

Check prices and availability for this day trip here

16. Riviera Villages + Monaco

Several large rocks with a woman in a blue pinstripe dress looking out at the port with hundreds of boats sailing in the water and lots of buildings on the coastline.

Another fantastic option is a combination of small villages and glitzy Monaco. In this day trip, you’ll first visit the village of Eze , a charming hilltop village that overlooks the sea (and is one of my top favorite villages). Then you’ll head to La Turbie, a hidden gem hilltop village known for the insane view over Monaco. Finally, you’ll head down into Monaco , visiting the Prince’s Palace, several sites around Old Town, and ending with a visit to the Monte Carlo Casino .

17. Wine Tour to French Countryside Vineyards

Repeating rows of grapes next to a stone building for pressing the grapes.

During this idyllic wine tour , you’ll explore 3 different vineyards in the vicinity of Nice. Enjoy a behind the scenes look at the intricate process of wine-making, as you tour the vineyards and the wine cellars. Following the tour, you’ll be treated to a wine-tasting session guided by a seasoned sommelier.

You’ll get a long stop for lunch in a nearby quaint village in the middle of the day before continuing on your wine tour. The rural landscapes and vineyards are truly captivating, with spectacular views.

Check availability for this wine tour here

Museums to Visit

Good to Know : If you plan to visit a couple of the museums in Nice, it’s worth purchasing the Nice Museum Pass. this pass costs 15 euro, is valid for four days, and gets you into *most* of the museums and galleries in Nice.

18. Musée Matisse 

A red building in a deserted courtyard

Henri Matisse was a painter and sculptor who was an influential part of the modern art movement. Matisse spent many of his later years working in Nice, and ended up dying in the city.

The Matisse Museum in Nice houses one of the world’s largest collections of Matisse’s works of art. Matisse experimented with many different styles and mediums, and there is a large variety of paintings, sketches, sculptures, and stained glass on display.

I also liked the look into Matisse’s life and the personal touches included in the museum – including a large display map showing Matisse’s travels throughout his life, and Matisse’s actual art cabinet, filled with tubes of paint and various tools.

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  • Hours : 10am-5pm or 6pm (depending on the season), closed Tuesdays
  • Price : 12 euro

19. Chagall Museum

People walk around an art museum with lots of intricate pieces.

Marc Chagall was a Jewish man from Belarus, who ended up spending most of his adult life in France. He generally painted in the modern style, and was a master at using vivid, evocative colors in his works. He lived for a long period at the end of his life in the town of Vence, not far from nice, and is buried in Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

The Chagall Museum in Nice is dedicated to the Biblical series done by the painter. Almost all of the paintings depict Biblical scenes, and are large scale and really beautiful. There are also other mediums displayed – such as stained glass, a painted harpsichord, and a mural on an exterior wall.

I personally really enjoyed this museum and the works of art displayed here – they felt very peaceful and soothing.

A red background piece of art with 10 angels on a bench.

  • Cost : 8 euro (and this museum is not included in the Nice Museum Pass)

20. Villa Massena Museum

A small white shingled museum with an awning surrounded by palm trees.

The Villa Massena is my favorite type of museum – where the building itself is grand and beautiful, and an exhibit in its own right.

André Masséna was born in Nice and became a high-ranking military officer during the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. In fact, he was one of Napoleon’s most trusted commanders throughout his reign.

Villa Massena was purchased by his grandson, and dedicated to the city in remembrance of the famous French commander. The park around the manor is free and open to the public.

A Victorian dining room with light green chairs and a glass chandelier.

The main level is full of opulent and luxurious historical grand rooms. You can walk through the dining room, library, entry hall, as well as a few sitting rooms. Marble columns, chandeliers, large paintings, mosaic floors, carved friezes, decorative accents, and sculptures adorn the rooms

Upstairs is more like a true museum, with several rooms about the nobility of Nice, as well as exhibits about Napoleon and Josephine, including their clothing, death masks, paintings, and some personal items.

There are also some exhibits and a lot of pictures of what Nice used to look like and how it used to function in the 1700-1800’s, which I found fascinating.

The informational signs are only in French, so unless you can read French, this is a good place for Google Translate. 

21. Archeological Museum of Nice Cimiez

The Archeological Museum has inside exhibits with objects, statues, and columns recovered from the Roman occupation of Cimiez.

A rock woman statue on a pedestal in a museum.

Outside, you can walk through the Roman thermal baths that filled this area.

A roman archaeological site with stone ruins.

To be frank, this museum was only so-so for me. I personally wasn’t overly interested in the items displayed inside, and for the most part, the thermal baths outside are in a pretty advanced state of ruin. The picture above is definitely the coolest part of the archeological site.

However, if you’re someone who thinks about the Roman Empire on a regular basis, you probably would be more interested in this museum. And if you’re already up in Cimiez and already have the Nice Museum Pass, then it might be worth some time to pop in and take a look. I want to mention it so you know it’s an option, but I wouldn’t call this a must-do in Nice.

22 . Discover Roman Ruins in the Cimiez Neighborhood

A stone ruin with a overhang and arched windows looking out at the trees.

Cimiez is a beautiful, upscale, and ancient historical neighborhood in the north part of Nice. During Roman times, this area was called Cemenelum and had a number of classic Roman structures.

A couple door stone overhang with lots of trees surrounding it and dirt paths leading in and out.

Today, you can visit the Arènes de Cimiez ,  the ruins of an old Roman amphitheater, and walk through the adjacent gardens, a wild park filled with olive trees and old French men playing petanque .

A gravel and cement path leading through a park with lots of oak trees with light green leaves.

Churches to Visit

Like most of Europe, Nice has no shortage of gorgeous, interesting churches to visit. Even if you’re not religious, I think it’s still worth stopping into some of these churches and cathedrals to admire the beautiful architecture and soaring spaces.

23. Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate

A church with an arched ceiling. There are lots of etchings on the pillars with wooden pews.

Cathedrale Sainte Reparate is located in Nice’s Old Town, in Place Rossetti. The exterior is lovely, with a detached bell tower that gets perfectly framed between the streets leading into the square.

A stone steeple with restaurants all around with colorful buildings everywhere.

Inside, however, will definitely take your breath away. Intricate gold leafing, marble columns and flooring, elaborate friezes, and a tall domed ceiling make this a truly stunning cathedral.

24. Eglise Saint Jacques Le Majeur

A church chapel with paintings surrounding the arched ceiling. There are pillars all around.

Eglise Saint Jacques le Majeur is definitely a hidden gem in Nice . Tucked away on a small side street in Old Town, this church is smaller than the Cathedral Sainte Reparate, but if anything, it’s even more ornate.

Much of the ceiling is painted blue, and intricate sculptures adorn the arches and columns – it’s absolutely lovely.

25. Notre Dame de l’Assomption Church

A very tall and skinny church with triangle arches and one large steeple.There is gold surrounding the entire way.

Notre Dame de l’Assomption of Nice resembles the famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, just at a much smaller scale. While smaller, it is still an impressive and intricate basilica.

It has many of the hallmarks of Gothic architecture, with two towers on the front, beautiful, grandiose stained glass windows, and soaring, pointed arches inside.

  • Hours : 9am-12pm, 4-7pm daily

26. Russian Orthodox Cathedral

A Russian influenced church with multiple steeples ( circular and rectangular)

Also known as the Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas de Nice, this cathedral is an unexpected glimpse of Russia in the heart of Nice. It was built for the sizeable Russian community that had settled in Nice by the beginning of the 20th century (the church was completed in 1912).

travelling in nice

The outside has the striking onion domes associated with the Russian Orthodox churches, and the inside is ornately decorated with colors, gold leafing, and paintings on the walls and ceilings.

27. Monastery of Cimiez

A square triangle ceiling with paintings covering the top and the pews leading up to the podium and microphone.

The Monastery of Cimiez is located just adjacent to the Arenes de Cimiez and the gardens of the Arenes de Cimiez and is a lovely, quiet church in the northern neighborhood of Nice.

A stone marble garden with trees surrounding the entire background.

The monastery ceilings are covered in colorful paintings of religious scenes and there’s a tiny museum in the cloisters just next to the church entrance.

Definitely don’t miss the beautiful Monastery gardens, which are lovely and peaceful. In the very back of the gardens, you can get a fantastic view out over Nice!

A Nice overlook with the city and buildings against the mountains up against the sea reflecting the blue puffy clouds.

28 . Sample Nicoise Cuisine

A salad with hard-boiled eggs, vegetables, assorted greens, and pork in a wood bowl on top of a white napkin and blue tablecloth.

Nicoise cuisine reflects the city’s coastal culture, as well as the historical influence of trading routes, which introduced many foreign ingredients that are now a staple in Nice’s food culture.

A few dishes you absolutely must try in Nice include:

  • Salade Nicoise, a refreshing green salad featuring tuna, olives, and anchovies
  • Socca, a thin savory chickpea pancake, often eaten as street food
  • Pissaladiere, a pizza-like dish with anchovy paste, onions, and olives
  • Pan Bagnat, a sandwich brimming with tuna, vegetables, and a hint of garlic

A crisp pancake like dish with chickpea flour and caramelized sugar.

Beyond these iconic dishes, Nice’s culinary scene heavily involves fresh seafood, aromatic herbs, and locally sourced produce, creating a wide variety of delicious foods to try .

Get aaaalll the details about the foods you need to try and the best restaurants in the city in my guide to what to eat in Nice .

Or, book your spot on my favorite food tour to sample a huge selection of high-quality regional specialties.

29. Swing by Villefranche & Cap Ferrat

A very summer colored buildings with light green plants along an alleyway.

Just outside of Nice is the village of Villefranche-sur-Mer and the peninsula of Cap Ferrat. Villefranche is truly one of the most delightful villages on the Riviera, full of pastel-colored buildings and a quaint waterside walkway. It also has one of the few sandy beaches in the region.

Just next to Villefranche is Cap Ferrat, a peninsula full of gorgeous villas, rocky coves, a teeny tiny village, and a long, coastal walkway.

The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, located on Cap Saint Jean Ferrat, is open to visitors, and offers a beautiful, pink villa with beautiful interior decor and architecture, and 9 different themed gardens.

A stone pathway halfway submerged under the crystal blue water.

Finally, walking the sentier du littoral (coastal walkway) that lines the perimeter of the peninsula is an excellent way to spend an afternoon – it’s about 6 miles/10km to do the whole walkway, and the views are gorgeous!

I would consider all of these places hidden gems near Nice.

Map of Nice Attractions

Where Should You Stay When Visiting Nice?

Choosing where to stay in Nice can influence what type of trip you have in the city, depending on whether you want to be oceanside, right in Old Town, farther away off the tourist track, or if you want to stay at a hotel with a pool in Nice .

Both of these guides (linked in the paragraph above) highlight the best areas and hotels in Nice for all types of travelers.

How Long Should You Spend in Nice?

I think that two full days is a perfect amount of time to hit up all the fun things to do in Nice, although you can see many of the top sites with just one day in Nice. I would plan for another 1-3 more days for day trips to nearby cities and villages! Check out my suggested 3-day in Nice itinerary !

Nice is great any time of year, but each season has its different pros and cons. Read more about the best time to visit the French Riviera .

What to Do In Nice – The Wrap Up

Is Nice worth visiting? My answer is a resounding HECK YES. After traveling extensively through France, Nice and the French Riviera remains one of my favorite places in the country.

Whether you visit for the beaches, the architecture, the food, the laid-back vibe, or the access to other points in Provence, you will not be disappointed with all that Nice has to offer.

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Stephanie is the author of The Unknown Enthusiast. She's visited 21 countries and 37 of the 50 US states (but her first love will always be France). When she's not traveling, she enjoys reading, taking naps, playing games, eating popcorn, and spending time with her husband (Matthew) and 4 daughters. Stephanie lives in Alabama, USA.

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Last Updated: August 9, 2023

A gorgeous aerial view overlooking Nice and its beach and promenade along the French coast

Visiting Nice is, to use the old joke, nice. Located on the French Riviera, it’s the second-biggest tourist destination in the country. I’ve found the city a lovely place to stop on the way to smaller, even quainter Riviera towns. Nice has wonderful hilltop lookouts, restaurants, glamor, tons of scenery, and beautiful beaches.

While not known for its history, settlements here stretch back a whopping 400,000 years (Homo Erectus artifacts have been found here). The city as we know it today was likely established around 350 BCE by the Greeks. That settlement evolved into a large trading hub, which expanded through the Middle Ages into the city we know today.

These days, Nice is known for its upscale atmosphere. The city’s glitz means that there are very few budget options, but it’s worth a night or two to take in the sights and admire the fleet of yachts that usually dot the harbor. After a couple of days, head down to the nearby beach towns of the Cote d’Azur.

This travel guide to Nice can help you plan your trip, save money, and make the most of your time in this gorgeous city!

Table of Contents

  • Things to See and Do
  • Typical Costs
  • Suggested Budget
  • Money-Saving Tips
  • Where to Stay
  • How to Get Around
  • How to Stay Safe
  • Best Places to Book Your Trip
  • Related Blogs on Nice

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Nice

People lying on the beach in front of a palm-tree-lined promenade with the city of Nice, France rising in the background

1. Walk the Promenade des Anglais

This seaside promenade is one of the main hubs of the city. Vendors sell fresh-made crepes and, best of all, there are nice (get it?) restaurants on the beach. Try Le Koudou for seafood or Les Jardins du Capitole for French classics like tartare.

2. Visit the Matisse Museum

Artist Henri Matisse moved to Nice at 48 and remained in the city until his death in 1954. It was during this time that Matisse painted some of his most famous works, including The Sheaf, Nu bleu, Sorrow of the King , and others. Admission is 10 EUR.

3. Relax at the beach

The beaches of Nice aren’t great when compared to the surrounding area but there are still some noteworthy ones to visit. La Réserve is known as one of the best beaches in Nice. Plage Beau Rivage and Coco Beach are both quite nice as well.

4. Wander Vieux Nice

Below the hill of the main city, the old town is a maze of streets and tight alleyways. There are numerous boutiques, markets, crêperies, and cafés. Nice was Italian until the signing of the Treaty of Turin in 1860, so Vieux Nice has a very Italian feel to it.

5. See the Nice Port

Port Lympia is a great spot to watch boats coming and going. In the summer, you can even take a free ferry, called Lou Passagin, across the harbor. Some of the hippest bars are located here as well. Boston Bar and Ma Nolan’s are both excellent choices.

Other Things to See and Do in Nice

1. visit the cours saleya flower market.

Nice is known for its flowers. In 1897, it was the first city in the world to open a wholesale cut flower market. This tradition runs strong to this day, and the market is lined with cafes, shops, and aisles upon aisles of fresh flowers. While the market is known for its flowers, there are also many local produce stands as well. It’s open six days a week from 6am-5:30pm except for Monday and Sunday afternoons when there’s a flea and antique market instead (also cool to visit). Mornings are the best time to visit as the flowers are the freshest and the crowds the smallest.

2. Head to La Colline du Château (Castle Hill)

The Castle of Nice (Château de Nice) was built in the 11th century, remaining an active citadel until the early 18th-century when King Louis XIV commanded that it be destroyed. Today, the area where the Chateau once stood is a popular green space and look-out, with one of the best panoramic views of Nice and the sea. You can take an elevator or hike up the stairs, but it’s a long, long walk. I usually take the elevator up and hike down. You can walk up from the promenade or via the town. (I prefer walking up via the old town as it’s more scenic.)

4. Tour the Museum of Asian Art

Located beside a man-made lake in Phoenix Park, Japanese architect Kenzo Tange designed the museum to be a meeting point between Asian and Western cultures. One of Nice’s newer museums, it opened its doors in 1998 and has a brilliant collection of Indian, Chinese, and Southeast Asian art. The India exhibit is exceptionally good. Entrance is free. There are also paid (10 EUR) weekend workshops on Asian art forms such as Japanese and Chinese calligraphy and origami. A traditional tea ceremony takes place every Sunday at 3pm (10 EUR).

5. Visit the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Opening its doors in 1990, the MAMAC focuses on postwar pieces, with more than 1,300 works of art in its collection. The museum has four connected wings, each featuring modern and contemporary art. There is a great collection of sculptures, conceptual installations, and paintings, as well as temporary rotating exhibitions. Admission is 10 EUR.

6. Take a day trip to Monaco

Monaco is a small city-state known for its luxe atmosphere. Even if you can’t afford to stay in this luxurious city, you can still visit for the day. You can spend the day exploring the casinos, yachts, and chic restaurants lining the water. While you’re here, visit the Palace of Monaco, a castle built in 1191. As it’s the official residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, tourists can only visit seasonally. You can visit the prince’s staterooms (8 EUR), see the royal collection of cars (8 EUR), or meander Monaco’s zoological gardens (6 EUR). The bus takes 45 minutes and costs 1.50 EUR. The train takes 20 minutes with tickets starting as low as 3.50 EUR. The Monaco F1 Grand Prix is held here annually in May or June, attracting thousands of visitors.

7. See St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral

This cathedral is the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe. When one of Tsar Aleksandr II’s sons died in Nice at the beginning of the 20th century after coming down with meningitis, this cathedral was later dedicated to him. Built in the Russian Revival style, the cathedral has teal and green-tiled domes topped with silver crosses. Inside there’s a golden altar and vibrantly painted walls. A dress code is strictly enforced so don’t wear shorts if you want to enter. Cameras are not allowed inside either.

8. Tour the Musée National Marc Chagall

A Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish descent, Chagall is known for his cubism and expressionism pieces. Located north of Vieux-Nice in the neighborhood of Cimiez, Musée National Marc Chagall features the artist’s religious works, particularly pieces depicting the resurrection, the sacrifice of Isaac, Adam, and Eve. The Fiddler and Bella with White Collar are among his more popular pieces. Built in 1973, Chagall was active in the museum up until his death in 1985. Admission is 8 EUR, with free admission on the first Sunday of the month.

9. Visit the Cimiez Hill district

If you visit the Matisse Museum, you’ll find yourself in Cimiez Hill district, located about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from Nice’s Old Town. But there’s even more to explore in this area, including the tranquil Cimiez Monastery Gardens, the Archaeological Museum (5 EUR), and the ruins of a Roman amphitheater.

10. Take the Wonder Train

The Train des Merveilles is a two-hour train journey from Nice to the picturesque mountain village of Tende. On this scenic ride, the train makes its way through the mountains, offering breathtaking views of gorges, valleys, and the sea. Take the 9:15am train so you can arrive by late morning, explore the town, have lunch, see the free museum, and then catch a train back to Nice in the evening. A round-trip ticket is 27 EUR, though there are often special discounted offers in the summer.

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Nice Travel Costs

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Hostel prices – There are several hostels in Nice within walking distance to the beach, starting at 22-26 EUR for a 4-6-bed dorm. A bed in a dorm with 8-12 beds costs around 14-18 EUR per night. Private rooms start at 60 EUR per night. Expect standard amenities like free Wi-Fi and self-catering facilities.

Budget hotel prices – You can find budget hotels located in the city center with free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning starting at 50-65 EUR per night.

On Airbnb, you can find private rooms starting at 40 EUR per night and entire apartments starting at 65 EUR per night (though double or even triple that is more likely if you don’t book in advance).

Food – Food in France has a long history and is intricately intertwined with the culture. Fresh bread (especially baguettes), tasty local cheeses, and plentiful wine may be stereotypical staples of the cuisine, but they really are some of the must-eat foods in the country. Be sure to also try croque monsieur (a hot ham and cheese sandwich), pot-au-feu (beef stew), steak frites (steak and fries), and if you’re really adventurous you can sample traditional delicacies like frog legs, escargot (snails), or foie gras (a fattened duck or goose liver).

If you go out to eat, expect to spend 9-13 EUR for starters, 15-30 EUR for a main dish, 5-10 EUR for desserts, and 4-9 EUR for wine.

To save money eating out, try doing a prix-fixe meal. It’s a set menu that offers you a deal on a 2-3 course meal. It’s the cheapest at lunch at about 15 EUR.

La Rossettisserie in Vieux-Nice is a carnivore’s dream with a menu filled with red meat and poultry dishes, for around 17 EUR. Illia Pasta on rue Droite in Old Nice is also a delicious choice, with dishes under 15 EUR. In the neighborhood of Jean-Médecin, Le Vingt4 is a vibrant Mediterranean and French restaurant with tapas for 9-16 EUR.

Fast food or ready-made sandwiches cost about 6 EUR. A combo meal at McDonald’s costs around 9 EUR.

Beer costs 6-7 EUR while a cappuccino/latte is around 3 EUR. Bottled water is 1 EUR.

If you plan on cooking your own food you can buy a week’s worth of groceries for 50 EUR. This gets you basic staples like pasta, bread, seasonal produce, and some meat or seafood.

Backpacking Nice Suggested Budgets

If you’re backpacking Nice, my suggested budget is 70 EUR per day. This budget covers staying in a hostel dorm, cooking all of your meals, limiting your drinking, taking public transit and walking to get around, and doing most free or cheap activities like enjoying the beach and wandering Vieux Nice.

A mid-range budget of about 140 EUR per day covers staying in a private Airbnb, eating out for a few meals, enjoying a few drinks, taking the occasional taxi to get around, and doing more paid activities like visiting museums and day-tripping outside the city.

For a “luxury” budget of 285 EUR per day or more, you can stay in a hotel, eat out for all your meals, drink as much as you want, take more taxis or rent a car, and do whatever tours and activities you want. This is just the ground floor for luxury though. The sky is the limit!

You can use the chart below to get an idea of how much you need to budget daily. Keep in mind these are daily averages – some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in EUR.

Nice Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

Nice is built for the luxury traveler. Being on the French Riviera and so close to many expensive destinations, it’s a city people visit to spend money. But if you want to lower your costs, here are some ways to save money in Nice:

  • Do free stuff – Take advantage of all of the free sights including the beach, Vieux Nice, Jardin Albert I (the city’s central park), and the Promenade des Anglais, which fills up at night with music and street performers. You can see a lot here without spending a cent!
  • Get a French Riviera Pass – Available at the Nice Tourism offices, the Congress Centre, and various hotels around the city, the French Riviera Pass gives you free access to many of the main museums in Nice and the Côte d’Azur, as well as unlimited travel (including to the airport) during your chosen time frame. Passes are 26-56 EUR for 24, 48, or 72-hour periods. The pass also includes an Old Nice guided tour and Lascaris Palace.
  • Get the set lunch menu – If you eat out, do so at lunch and get the prix-fixe menu. Restaurants throughout town offer this set menu during lunch, and with prices between 10-20 EUR, it’s a way better deal than the regular dinner menu!
  • Take the free walking tours – Free Walking Tour Nice has a free walking that’s a great introduction to the city. Just be sure to tip your guide at the end!
  • Stay with a local – If you want to save money and get some local insight into the city, use Couchsurfing. Staying with a local is the best way to get a feel for the city and learn some insider tips.
  • Bring a water bottle – Since the tap water here is safe to drink you should bring a reusable water bottle to save money and reduce your plastic use. LifeStraw is my go-to brand as their bottles have built-in filters to ensure your water is always clean and safe.

Where to Stay in Nice

There is a handful of hostels in Nice to choose from, most of which are quite close to the city center. Here are my recommended places to stay in Nice:

  • Hostel Meyerbeer
  • Hostel Ozz & Bar By HappyCulture
  • Villa Saint Exupery Beach
  • Antares Hostel

How to Get Around Nice

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Public transportation – A single-fare ticket costs 1.50 EUR and allows for unlimited travel on both bus and travel for 74 minutes. You can also purchase a 10-trip pass for 10 EUR, a day pass for 5 EUR, and 7-day pass for 15 EUR.

There is also a free shuttle bus that goes down Victor Hugo Boulevard and loops around to the promenade and Old Town, before returning to the start. It’s a red electric bus that you just hop on and off.

Nice has several night-time bus routes which run from 9:10 pm to 10:10 am each day, making it easier to get around if you’re out late at night.

Bicycle – Vélobleu is a public bike-sharing system that lets you use bicycles around the city. There are 175 stations in the region and over 1,700 bikes. It is 1.50 EUR for a day pass (3 EUR for an e-bike), with the first 30 minutes free. If you have a bike out for more than 30 minutes, it’s 1 EUR for the second half-hour and 2 EUR for each additional hour.

You can also rent bikes for the entire day from local bike shops, such as Bike Trip or Booking Bikes. Day rentals are 10-20 EUR.

Taxi – Taxis are expensive in Nice, with a base rate of 3.50 EUR plus another 2.08 EUR per kilometer. This rate may increase in the evenings so skip the taxis if you can — they add up fast!

Ridesharing – Uber is available in Nice and is generally cheaper than taxis. For getting around the area (and the country) you can also use the ride-sharing app BlaBlaCar. It is a great way to travel around Europe on a budget.

When to Go to Nice

June-August are the hottest and most popular months to visit Nice. Temperatures average 30°C (86°F) and this is when the south of France is packed with locals and tourists who want to soak up the sun. Prices are also the highest and you’ll need to book well in advance.

The crowds in summer can be quite large at times, especially close to the beaches and in Old Nice. Prices in restaurants and hotels increase as well. To avoid crowds, venture into some of the local neighborhoods, such as Jean-Médecin or Carabacel.

In September and October, the average high temperature is 24°C (75°F). This is an ideal time to visit Nice. The crowds are considerably smaller, making it an ideal time to relax on the beach and wander through the streets of Old Nice and other popular areas.

December to April is considered the winter season and temperatures average around 12°C (55°F). Prices during this time are lower, and the streets are quieter. The exception to lower prices is during the Nice Carnival, which takes place for 14 days each February/March. A tradition since 1873, this is one of the best carnivals in Europe, known for its over-the-top colorful float parades during the day, a parade of lights at night, and beautiful flower parade.

The Nice International Film Festival occurs every May when the city is flooded with celebrities and more glitz and glamor than one can handle. Book in advance if you’re visiting during this time.

How to Stay Safe in Nice

Nice is very safe — even if you’re traveling solo and even as a solo female traveler. The risk of violent crime here is very low.

As in any destination, the standard precautions apply (never leave your drink unattended at the bar, never walk home alone intoxicated, etc.). Avoid walking through unfamiliar areas alone at night and beware of pick-pocketing and petty theft. Pickpocketing is common in markets, on buses and trains, and other crowded areas. Always keep your valuables secure and out of reach just to be safe.

Avoid bringing valuables to the beach, as theft while you’re in the water can occur. Keep your valuables secure when eating out as bag snatching can occur.

The petition scam is quite popular, where someone asks you to sign a paper and while you’re distracted with the clipboard, they’ll pick your pockets or demand a “donation.” Politely decline anyone approaching with a clipboard or papers.

If you’re worried about getting ripped off you can read about common travel scams to avoid here.

If you do experience an emergency, dial 112 for assistance.

Always trust your gut instinct. Avoid isolated areas at night and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID. Forward your itinerary along to loved ones so they’ll know where you are.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past.

Nice Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources

These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • HostelPass – This new card gives you up to 20% off hostels throughout Europe. It’s a great way to save money. They’re constantly adding new hostels too. I’ve always wanted something like this and glad it finallt exists.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • The Man in Seat 61 – This website is the ultimate guide to train travel anywhere in the world. They have the most comprehensive information on routes, times, prices, and train conditions. If you are planning a long train journey or some epic train trip, consult this site.
  • Rome2Rio – This website allows you to see how to get from point A to point B the best and cheapest way possible. It will give you all the bus, train, plane, or boat routes that can get you there as well as how much they cost.
  • FlixBus – Flixbus has routes between 20 European countries with prices starting as low 5 EUR! Their buses include WiFi, electrical outlets, a free checked bag.
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.
  • Top Travel Credit Cards – Points are the best way to cut down travel expenses. Here’s my favorite point earning credit cards so you can get free travel!
  • BlaBlaCar – BlaBlaCar is a ridesharing website that lets you share rides with vetted local drivers by pitching in for gas. You simply request a seat, they approve, and off you go! It’s a cheaper and more interesting way to travel than by bus or train!

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27 best things to do in nice, france.

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Looking for the best things to do in Nice? Well, you are definitely at the right place. (:

I have been living in Nice for over a year and during my time here, I have had the pleasure to explore the city and its surroundings quite well.

In this guide, you will find a comprehensive list of activities in the beautiful city of Nice.

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35 Best things to do in Nice, France

1- walk along promenade des anglais.

The iconic Promenade des Anglais should be the first stop on any visit to Nice. Go for a walk, take in the beautiful sea views, and then stop for a glass of wine at one of my favorite beach clubs in Nice.

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2- Visit Monaco

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The Principality of Monaco, located only a short train journey from Nice on the French Riviera, is definitely worth visiting on a day trip from Nice.

Despite its status as the world’s second-smallest country, Monaco has a lot to offer, from amazing restaurants to interesting cultural activities.

3- Enjoy some delicious Niçoise food

Niçoise cuisine is one of the most famous regional cuisines in France, and it’s a must-try when visiting Nice. From socca, ratatouille, pissaladiere, and other specialties, you can find some of the best dishes here.

For an authentic experience, head to one of the city’s many traditional restaurants like Chez Pipo, La Merenda, and Le Bistrot.

You can also visit the local markets to sample some of the freshest ingredients used in Niçoise cooking or go on a food walking tour (which we highly recommend!).

4- Visit Gordes du Verdon and the lavender fields

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Exploring the Provence region, one cannot overlook the enchanting experience of visiting the Gorges du Verdon and the surrounding lavender fields.

Gorges du Verdon, often referred to as Europe’s answer to the Grand Canyon, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, the area offers activities ranging from kayaking and hiking to simply soaking in the serene beauty of nature.

A short distance from the gorges, the lavender fields of Provence are also a sight to behold. Blooming from June to August, these vibrant fields paint the countryside in shades of purple.

5- Enjoy a day out on a boat

Enjoying a day out on a boat is another activity you should really prioritize on a trip to the French Riviera. You can read about my favorite boat tours from Nice here , or book one of my favorites:

  • Private Boat Tour on a Luxury Day Cruiser
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6- Explore the region’s wineries

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Nice is surrounded by some of France’s best wineries. Take a day trip to explore one of the vineyards and learn about the local wine-making process.

You can read about my favorite wine tours from Nice here.

7- Contemplate art and enjoy the garden at Musée Chagall

Although the Musée Chagal is undoubtedly incredible (it contains an impressive collection of works of art by famous artist Marc Chagall), it’s not just the permanent collection that makes this museum worth a visit.

The grounds themselves are quite beautiful, with a tranquil garden space and a wonderful cafe (which is one of our absolute favorites in Nice !).

8- Visit Castle Hill for panoramic views of Nice

For one of the best views over Nice and its surroundings, head up to Castle Hill (Colline du Château).

This hilltop landmark offers breathtaking views of the city port, Vieux Nice, and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s also a great place to exercise or have a scenic picnic.

9- Explore the Cote d’Azur on a day trip

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The French Riviera (also known as the Cote d’Azur) is one of the most beautiful regions in France. and thankfully the city of Nice is heaven when it comes to day trips.

There are plenty of places to explore nearby, including the charming cities of Cannes , Éze , Monaco , Antibes and Saint-Tropez .

10- Train Experience Through The Alps and Baroque Route

Looking for an epic day trip?

Then go on a unique train journey through the breathtaking Alps and Baroque Route.

During this experience, you will stop in the most picturesque villages, and discover very surprising hidden treasures, being astonished as well by the landscapes, medieval villages & baroque treasures of the Baroque Route.

11- Visit Place Massena, the city’s main square

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Place Massena is the main square of Nice, located in the center of town. It’s a popular meeting point for locals and tourists alike, with Fountain du Soleil at its center.

Surrounding the square are some of the most famous landmarks in Nice, including the Palais de la Prefecture, the Opera de Nice, and the Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate.

The square is also full of restaurants, cafés, bars, and shops for visitors to explore.

12- See Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St Nicolas

The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas is an impressive example of religious architecture in Nice.

This stunning church, located in the neighborhood of Cimiez, was built in 1903.

13- Have lunch at one of the beach clubs

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One of my favorite things to do in Nice on a sunny day is to have lunch at one of the many amazing beach clubs in the city.

Negresco Plage, Bocca Mar, and Le Galet are usually my go-to.

14- Spend a day at Sainte Marguerite Island

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Take a tranquil journey across the Gulf of Cannes and visit Sainte Marguerite Island. The island is home to a stunning national park, as well as some fascinating historical attractions.

Some of the most popular activities on this beautiful island are exploring the remains of the 17th-century Fort Royal, enjoying the beach, visiting Musée du Masque de Fer et du Fort Royal, or going scuba-diving and seeing the underwater sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor.

15- Make your own perfume at Molinard

Molinard is one of Nice’s oldest and most famous perfume makers.

The Molinard store offers visitors the chance to create their own unique fragrance with the help of a professional perfumer.

During the experience, guests learn about the history of perfumes and how they are made. In the end, they can take home a bottle of their personalized scent!

16- Buy fresh produce from Marché aux Fleurs in Cours Saleya

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Cours Saleya is a large open-air market in Nice’s Old Town. Every morning, vendors set up stalls selling fresh produce, flowers, and other local goods.

Wander through the market to take in the vibrant sights and smells of fresh fruits and vegetables.

17- Explore Musée Matisse

Pay a visit to the Musée Matisse, located in Nice’s Cimiez district.

Inside the museum, you’ll find an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures by Matisse as well as other artworks from his contemporaries.

18- See the Nice Cathedral

Nice Cathedral, located in the heart of Nice’s Old Town, is an impressive example of Gothic architecture.

The building was constructed in the 13th century and features a large rose window and an intricately carved facade.

19- Have a drink at the Negresco

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The Negresco is an iconic hotel located on the seafront promenade in Nice. The building has been a landmark since 1913 and is known for its grand Renaissance-style architecture.

Head to Negresco’s bar for a unique experience – you can enjoy creative cocktails surrounded by luxurious decor without breaking the bank.

20- Get lost in Vieux Nice

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Vieux Nice, or Old Nice, is a quaint neighborhood located in the heart of the city. It’s filled with colorful pastel buildings, winding alleyways, and small boutiques to explore.

For a taste of local history, take some time to wander through Vieux Nice and you’re sure to stumble upon a hidden gem or two.

21- Shop at Galeries Lafayette

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Galeries Lafayette is a sophisticated shopping center located within Place Massena. It has several options of stores offering high-end fashion, beauty, and home items.

It is a great place to explore on a lazy afternoon or even a rainy day.

22- Take the ferry to St Tropez

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Take a day trip to the glamorous seaside resort of St Tropez.

Hop on a ferry from Nice ‘s port and cruise around the coast, admiring views of the French Riviera as you go.

Once you arrive in St Tropez, explore its charming harbor, visit pristine beaches, or shop for unique souvenirs at one of its many boutiques.

23- Explore Lascaris Palace

The Palais Lascaris is one of Nice’s most impressive historical landmarks and surprisingly, a bit of a hidden gem.

It was built in 1648 by an Italian noble family who had settled in France at the time. Today, it is open to the public and houses an impressive museum, filled with antiques, musical instruments, and paintings from the 17th century.

24- Visit Musée Massena

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Musée Masséna Museum is a vast and unique history museum that celebrates the life of the city by showcasing a wealth of artifacts and historical treasures in interactive displays and extensive galleries.

25- Hike Sentier du Litoral to Villefranche-sur-Mer

For some of the best coastal views in Nice, take a hike along Sentier du Litoral. The trail runs from Nice to Villefranche-sur-Mer and offers spectacular panoramas of the French Riviera.

The hike is easy and well worth it – you’ll end up in Villefranche-sur-Mer, a charming little town with plenty of restaurants and cafes to explore.

26- Watch a spectacle at the Opera de Nice

If you’re looking for an evening of culture, head to the Opera de Nice. This historic building opened in 1888 and has been entertaining audiences ever since with its world-renowned performances.

From ballets to operas, the Opera de Nice offers something for everyone – make sure to check out their lineup before visiting.

27- Visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

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This absolutely stunning villa is very easy to reach from Nice and is so worth the visit.

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Conclusion: Best things to do in Nice

We hope this guide has answered your questions about the best activities in Nice, France.

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Why Go To Nice

As the largest city on the French Riviera, Nice attracts beachgoers, history buffs and high culture seekers who come to vacation on its Mediterranean shores. There's definitely more to this attractive city than a pebbly waterfront, pastel-colored buildings and palm trees waving in the breeze. Baroque churches surprise you in the maze of the Old Town 's twisted streets; modern sculptures dominate the gardens as you stroll in the Place Masséna ; ancient Roman ruins provide the backdrop for grand art in Cimiez and the candy-colored onion-shaped domes of the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral  are seen from angles across the city. But Nice's cultural charms are often interwoven (and sometimes overshadowed) by its reputation for partying in the summer months. Be sure to leave a little energy for the vibrant nightlife along the Riviera.

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  • # 4 in Best Beaches in France
  • # 10 in Best Places to Visit in France

Best of Nice

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  • # 1 in Hotel Le Negresco
  • # 2 in La Villa Calvi
  • # 3 in Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee

Hotel Le Negresco

Best Things to Do in Nice

  • # 1 in Place Masséna
  • # 2 in Old Town (Vieille Ville)
  • # 3 in Promenade des Anglais (English Walk)

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Nice Travel Tips

Best months to visit.

The best time to visit Nice is in the shoulder season of September to October, or from mid-March to April when you can capitalize on sunny weather, fewer crowds and low room rates. In July and August, the city is extremely busy, especially on its beaches, public transport network and the main tourist streets of Place Masséna  and Old Town . You can take advantage of the Mediterranean weather year-round, but average high temperatures range from the mid-50s in the winter to the low 80s in the summer, and the city sees sunny days roughly 300 days of the year.

Weather in Nice

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

What You Need to Know

The Niçois are friendly France's stereotypically icy attitude regarding tourists seems to thaw in the ever-present sunshine. The Niçois are usually very accommodating to foreigners, especially if you make an attempt to speak French.

The Niçois are fashionable The Niçois dress more formally than Americans, so wearing baseball caps, flip-flops and sneakers will immediately label you as a tourist. Walking around in a swimsuit off the beach is also considered a fashion faux pas.

The Niçois keep 'em covered While topless beaches are common in France, it's a dying practice among the younger generations. Although you most likely won't get into trouble, you can expect to be the object of ogling.

How to Save Money in Nice

Be wary of private beaches Some sections of the beach are cordoned off as private beaches. These spots ban outside food and drink, expecting you to purchase refreshments from their nearby restaurants, as well as charge you upward of 20 euros (around $21.30) for a lounge chair. The public beaches might not come with chairs, but at least they're free.

Book smart Hotel  rates become more affordable from both mid-March to April and September to October. Smaller hotels in the Masséna neighborhood and towards the top end of avenue Jean Médecin tend to be more affordable as well.

Skip the cab Taxis in Nice are expensive. Plus, drivers in Nice are infamous for swindling both tourists and locals alike. Save yourself the hassle and take an Uber, a bus or a tram. Or, rely on your own two feet.

Culture & Customs

It is polite to greet everyone you encounter with a friendly bonjour ("hello") upon arrival, and an au revoir (goodbye) when leaving. Shaking hands is a common way to greet an acquaintance, while it is common amongst friends to double-kiss ( faire la bise ) when saying hello and goodbye. You will find that the French interact physically with close friends in the same way Americans do. If you are directly addressing someone you do not know well, do so formally by referring to them as monsieur or madame until told otherwise.

If you're dining out in Nice, you should note the French eat with both hands on the table and always with utensils. The only time you should use your hands is when you are eating bread (which is generally used to push food onto your fork). Never bite directly from a whole piece of bread, rip off bite-sized pieces instead. You can also use your bread to mop up sauce and wipe your plate clean.

Gratuity is generally included in the bill, but it is customary to round the total up or add an extra 5% for extraordinary service. A 5% tip is also acceptable for taxi drivers. For maid service, a few of euros per night is a sign of appreciation. The official currency in France is the euro, and one euro is equal to approximately $1.06. The euro to U.S. dollar rate often fluctuates, so check the latest exchange rate before you go. If you find yourself short on euros, almost all restaurants and hotels also accept major credit cards.

What to Eat

The food you find in Nice is lighter than in other French cities. Niçois cuisine is a mixture of traditional French ingredients, particularly vegetables – such as peppers, eggplants and zucchinis – and fish and meat but with a twist of Mediterranean flavor. Its location on the coast means that seafood is a staple as seen in the renowned salade niçoise , which combines fresh tomatoes, mixed greens, tuna, anchovies and green beans in a light olive oil dressing. Other local favorites include Italian-inspired pissaladières , small pizzas covered in anchovies and caramelized onions, and socca , a savory pancake made from chickpea flour and olive oil.

You can find the largest number of traditional Niçois restaurants clustered on the small streets of Vieux-Nice ( Old Town ). Some travelers recommend eating at one of the smaller, less expensive pubs or restaurants around the Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate near Place Rossetti in Vieux-Nice.

When you're looking for a restaurant, be sure to explore. There are casual gems hidden in seemingly uninhabited alleyways, while fancier establishments sit along the Promenade des Anglais (Walk of the English).

Similar to many European hot spots, Nice is generally safe but also deals with its fair share of pickpockets. Experts suggest that you not carry anything valuable or difficult to replace in your pockets. Keep an extra watchful eye on your valuables in commonly targeted areas like buses and restaurants.

In recent years, terrorist attacks have become increasingly more common in Western Europe and Nice was the target of an attack in 2016 that took the lives of 86 people. According to the U.S. Department of State, terrorist groups continue to plot attacks, so increased vigilance is required in France. There is also increased risk due to civil unrest. Travelers should stay aware of their surroundings. Consider enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive security messages and following local media to stay informed.

Getting Around Nice

The best way to get around Nice is on foot, especially if you plan on sticking close to the city's center. Like many other French cities, Nice is equipped with a reliable and convenient public transportation system. Buses and trams serve all major tourist attractions as well as the Nice-Ville train station and the Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport (NCE). Ride-hailing services, such as Uber, are also a popular option now because they are much cheaper and more convenient than traditional taxis. If you decide to take a taxi from the airport to the center of Nice, expect to pay a flat rate of 32 euros (around $34). Driving is not recommended as traffic can be frustrating and parking is limited.

Entry & Exit Requirements

A United States passport with at least three months remaining validity beyond your departure from France is required for you to leave the mainland and to re-enter the country. Travelers can enter France for up to 90 days without a visa. If you plan to stay longer, you must obtain the proper visa from one of the French consulates in America prior to departure. For more information concerning entry and exit requirements for France, visit the U.S. State Department's  website .

In 2025, the European Travel Information and Authorisation System , the European Commission's electronic vetting system, comes into operation. United States nationals will have to fill in a pre-arrival online form before traveling to France. Once approved, travelers will be able to stay up to 90 days in any of the 27 Schengen-zone countries. It costs 7 euros (about $7.50).

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Nice travel guide | best things to do in nice, france.

What to see, do, eat and where to stay while visiting Nice, France on a budget.

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It’s easy to see why people flock to Nice. First, the weather is amazing (hello 300 days of sunshine) and we love how the city is a great blend of France and Italy (i.e. lots of great food). Its large beach and cute old town are perfect for people-watching. Nice also has a lot of solid shopping and museums to check out. Additionally, Nice is the perfect home-base for exploring the smaller cities and towns of the French Riveria or if you’re just stopping by as part of a larger tour of France.

In this Nice Travel Guide, we’ll cover the best things to do in Nice and help you find what to do, where to eat, where to stay, and how to get around while traveling on a budget.

How Much To Budget For Nice

Nice Travel Guide | Prices

The words “budget” and “French Riveria” usually don’t go together but Nice can still be a budget destination with a bit of planning.

We recommend budgeting around €35-€60/day if you’re on a backpacker’s budget. You can easily spend more, and you might be able to spend less, but this is a good range for planning purposes. Our Nice, France Travel Price Guide has a more in-depth breakdown of travel costs if you want to learn more.

How Long To Visit Nice

Visiting Nice, France

The highlights of Nice can be seen in about two days but you can easily add a few more days to explore the multiple day-trips from Nice that dot the coast of the French Riveria — like Monaco, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cap Ferrat, and Eze. There are also a number of inland cities that can be easily reached via Nice. A lot of travelers include Nice as part of a bigger trip through Southern France/Provence.

We spent six nights in Nice but traveled at a fairly leisurely pace and explored a few of the surrounding towns. However, if you’re in a hurry, you can explore Nice itself in about two days and then add an extra day or two for the surrounding areas.

The Good and Not-So-Good of Nice

Nice Travel Guide | Good and Bad of Nice

We always like to cover the good and the bad of every city to help give you a quick idea of what you’ll experience when visiting Nice.

  • Weather: Nice gets 300+ days of sunshine.
  • Food: Nice is near Italy so there is a lot of good Italian food as well as good French food. And, of course, there are some tasty local specialties.
  • Nature and Views: One of the main draws to Nice (and the rest of the French Riveria) are the beautiful natural views. There’s a reason so many artists lived and worked in Nice and the French Riviera throughout the years (Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, etc.)
  • Beaches: Nice has a long stretch of beach that draws both tourists and locals.
  • Hiking: The French Riviera offers plenty of leisurely hiking opportunities — most of which don’t require anything other than a sturdy pair of shoes.
  • Gateway To The Riviera: Nice makes an excellent home base to explore the rest of the French Riviera — most of which are easily connected by buses or trains.

The Not-So-Good

  • Summer Crowds: Like most towns in Europe, Nice does get a bit busy during the summer so you might have to fight the crowds. Make sure to make dinner reservations.
  • Rocky Beach: The beach is great but you’ll want shoes/sandals if you plan on walking along the beach. Additionally, the water gets deep quickly so you can’t venture too far from the beach. That said, there are plenty of sandy beaches in the nearby towns.
  • Summer Heat: Nice can get pretty toasty in the middle of summer — which is great for the beach but it not ideal for doing hikes and long walks.
  • Lack Of A/C: The summers can be hot but not all hotels and rental apartments have air conditioning. Furthermore, the Old Town can be a little noisy at night so keeping your windows open can make it hard to sleep.
  • Tourist Prices: Nice’s main industry is tourism so you have to seek out the good deals if you’re traveling on a budget (but that’s what this guide is for).

Get Orientated

Nice, France Travel Guide | Transportation

Here is some practical information to help you plan your trip to Nice.

Getting Into Nice

The Nice-Ville Train Station is located in the northern part of the city. The Nice Tram is about a five-minute walk from the train station — which will take you to the old town and fairly close to the beach. It’s about a 20-minute walk to get to the old town. There will also be taxis or you can call an Uber.

The Nice Airport ( Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur ) is only a few miles from Nice.

  • A taxi ride should be a fixed rate of €32 (including luggage) if you’re going into the city center (be careful of drivers who don’t charge the fixed fare).
  • The #98 and #99 express airport buses  connect the airport to the city center for €6/ticket ( Aéro Ticket ). There are a number of city buses that connect the city with the airport for €1.50/ticket but it’s slower and not super convenient with luggage.
  • Uber is also popular in Nice. Expect to spend around €20-€25.
  • There is currently a tram being constructed from the airport to the city center but delays have pushed back the opening date to sometime in 2019.

Getting Around Nice

The bus and the tram are the main ways to get around Nice via public transportation. Single tickets are €1.50 per ride and you can buy them directly from the diver or automated machines. You can also buy a €5 unlimited day ticket from the machines.

Of course, Nice is a fairly compact city so we pretty much walked everywhere without much trouble. For example, from the Old Town to the beach is about a five-minute walk and the Old Town to the train station was a 20-minute walk.

Taxis and Uber  are also plentiful — although taxis are very expensive. For example, our 10-minute Uber ride from the Old Town to the Chagall Museum was around €10 but a taxi would have been about double.

You won’t want to use a car to get around Nice.

Nice also has a cheap  bike sharing program called  Velo Bleu — simply take a bike from one of the many stations throughout the city. That said, lots of visitors find it difficult to use (especially if you don’t speak French) because of the service’s quirks, finicky stations, and broken bikes.

Where To Stay in Nice (Neighborhoods)

Nice is roughly divided into four main areas — the Old Town (Vieux Nice), City Center, the Beach Front (which spans the Old Town and the City Center), and the Port. Ok, there are a few more neighborhoods but we’ve only listed the ones most popular with visitors. You’ll find a variety of accommodation options in each neighborhood at all price ranges.

Old Town ( Vieux Nice )

Nice Travel Guide - Old Town Neighborhood

Nice’s 16th century Old Town (Vieux Nice) is the cute, largely pedestrian-only part of town that’s packed full of restaurants, bars, cafes, markets, etc. The area is safe and lively so expect a bit of noise as people enjoy these narrow winding streets. You’ll find a handful of small hotels and a plenty of rental apartments in this area. [ See On Google Maps ]

City Center/New Town

Nice Travel Guide | New Town

The area roughly east of the Old Town is considered the City Center. Here you’ll find plenty of modern shopping, wider streets and sidewalks, “newer” buildings (well, when compared to the 16th century Old Town), and plenty of restaurants, cafes, and nightlife. There are a lot of budget-friendly options in the neighborhood but the area around the train station does feel a bit seedier but prices there are more affordable. [ See On Google Maps ]

Beach Front

Nice Neighborhood Guide - Beach

Naturally, the areas close to the beach (i.e. along the  Promenade des Anglais ) tend to mostly be luxury hotels. Most budget travelers probably won’t be staying here but there are still a handful of fairly affordable rental apartments in the area. Luckily Nice is fairly compact so you’re never very far away from the beach. [ See On Google Maps ]

Nice Travel Guide - Port

To the west of Old Town is Nice’s port neighborhood. The port is lively and has plenty of hip bars, restaurants, and nightlife. This area doesn’t attract a ton of tourists so it’s a nice spot if you want to get a more local feel of Nice — plus the accommodation and food is cheaper. That said, getting to the beach is a little more difficult since there is a large hill separating the port and the rest of Nice. [ See On Google Maps ]

Best Hostels In Nice

Best Hostels in Nice, France

Nice only has about 15 hostels but many of them are well-rated and affordable. Nice does get busy in the summer so you might want to book in advance to get the best price. We recommend checking out Hostelworld to see the most current review and rates.

  • Hostel Meyerbeer Beach
  • Villa Saint Exupery Beach
  • Antares Hostel
  • Hostel Baccarat
  • Hostel OZZ By Happyculture

Looking for a budget hotel? We suggest checking out  to see hotel prices for your dates since they’re always changing.

Best Things To Do In Nice

Best things to do in Nice, France

Let’s take a look at some of the top things to do in Nice, France.

Promenade des Anglais

Nice Travel Guide | promenade de anglais

The star of the show in Nice is its long Promenade that winds along its white pebble beach. Enjoy a stroll along this four-mile promenade and get your fill of people watching. The eastern side of the promenade offers some great city views and views of the harbor. Head back at night and listen to the street musicians as you stroll along.

Or rent a bike for a few hours! The promenade has dedicated bike lanes and it’s a pretty easy ride. We got our bikes (€4/hr or €10/day) from a place on promenade called Roller Station . It took us about an hour to bike from end to end and back.

Nice Travel Guide | Beach

You can’t visit Nice without spending some time on its white pebble beaches . Word of caution, the pebbles are painful to walk on so bring sandals or beach shoes. Also, bring a beach towel because are a little painful to sit on and the salty film will rub off on your pants. Also, the water becomes deep very quickly so it’s not ideal for swimming.

All the beaches are open to the public but there are a few private sections with lounge chairs and umbrellas that can be rented for about €20/day (€15 for a half day) — you can also just rent a towel for around €5. These are usually run by hotels but anyone can rent a spot — but you might want to snag one early in the summer. Waiters will also walk around to serve you food/drink.

TIP: Visit the nearby Farmers Market to pick up some goodies for a cheap beach picnic.

Explore Old Town ( Vieux Nice )

Nice Travel Guide | Explore Old Town

Nice’s Old Town dates back to the 16th Century so it’s fun to spend the day wandering its narrow streets. We wouldn’t say there are many “must see” sighs within the Old Town so just explore, get lost, and enjoy the ambiance. Stop at one of the many sidewalk cafes for a drink or stroll around with some gelato. [ See On Google Maps ]

Castle Hill

Nice Travel Guide | Castle Hill

Castle Hill is perched along the eastern edge of the Old Town and towers above Nice so it’s a great place for some amazing views and photo-ops of the city and the port. At the top, you’ll also find a nice park, a waterfall, and the castle cemetery. There is a free elevator to the top or you can walk up its steps [ See On Google Maps ].

Tip: Visit during the sunset.

Farmer’s and Flower Market

Nice Travel guide | Farmers Market

There is a Farmers and Farmer’s market (Cours Saleya Market) every day in Nice’s Old Town — except Monday when its a flea market. It’s full of meat, cheese, fresh produce, and sweets. You can also buy prepared food. Be sure to try the local traditional snack called  Socca (basically a large chickpea pancake) that are served fresh all day — the best Socca stall at the market is Theresa Socca (you can’t miss her). [ See On Google Maps ]

Ave Jean Medecin

Nice Travel Guide | Shopping Avenue

Avenue Jean Medecin is a long boulevard that stretches from the old town to the train station. The avenue is lined with tons of shopping (mostly big name brands) and some restaurants. Note: There is an excellent gelato place on the avenue called  Cesar Milano — it’s 100% worth the walk.

Promenade de Paillon

Nice Travel Guide Walk

The Promenade de Paillon is a long walkway/greenway that essentially separates the Old Town and New Town. It’s a nice stroll and you find lots of children enjoying the water fountain park during warm weather.

Best Museums in Nice

Nice has a few great museums but the best is the Chagall Museum that features the largest public collection of Chagall works. It’s a fairly small museum and we found the audio guide to be very helpful and informative — highly recommended. Tickets are €8 for adults and the audioguide is €2.

The other two popular museums in Nice are the Matisse Museum (the largest collection of Henri Matisse) and the  Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art (which also has great city views from the roof).

Nice also has a number of smaller museums. Check out the  French Riviera Pass as it covers multiple museums and other sighs/attractions in Nice and the surrounding towns. It’s available 1, 2 or 3 days for €26/€38/€56. There is also a Nice Museum Pass that gives 7-day access to municipal museums for €20. Check out the Nice Tourism Office for more information on all of Nice’s museums.

Fort Mount Alban

Nice Travel Guide | Mont Alban

This 16th-century fort is perched in the hills above Nice, Villefranche, & Cap Ferrat. Make your way to the top for gorgeous panoramic views of the towns and the coast. It’s a fairly leisurely hour-long walk from Nice (there are some steep steps/slopes but it’s mostly paved) or you can take the #14 bus. Not many people make the journey so it’s a good way to escape the tourist crowds.

Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Thing To Do In Nice, France | Russian Church

Nice has an impressive Russian Orthodox Cathedral that was completed in 1912. It’s a bit outside the city center but it’s worth a visit if you have the time.

Coastal Walk To Villefranche

Hiking lovers can make the two-hour trek from Nice to Villefranche — which is almost most entirely along the coast. It’s a nice walk if you’re in Nice for more than a few days.

Other Things To Do In Nice

Check out the upscale  Cimiez Neighborhood  in the northern part of Nice as it’s home to Roman ruins, beautiful monastery gardens, thermal baths, and a nice park. It’s also home to a few museums — notably the Musée Matisse and Marc Chagall National  Museum.

Take a cruise around Nice to get a beautifully unique perspective of theCôte d’Azur. Trans Côte d’Azur cruise company offers an hour-long cruise along the coastline for €18. They also offer longer cruises to Monaco, Cannes, ST-Tropez, and a few other locations.

For amazing views of Nice , we suggest Castle Hill, the rooftop of the Modern Art Museum, and the Nice Observatory (two-hour walk or an hour bus ride).

Looking for something a bit bizarre? Check out Cunégonde et Malabar — home of conceptual artist Ben Vautier. He decorated the outside of this home in signs, gnomes, toilets, and other found objects. That said, it’s not the easiest place to get to [ See On Google Maps ]. Here are his directions to his place.

Tours and Activities

There are a number of tours and other activities available in Nice and in the area. Check out Viator  to book a wide range of activities. Here are a few highlights:

  • Nice City Bike Tour
  • French Riviera Electric Bike Tour from Nice
  • Half-Day E-Bike Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting from Nice
  • Small-Group Nice Food Tour: Provencal Specialties
  • Nice Segway Tour
  • Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip

French Riveria Pass & Nice Museum Pass

Nice Travel Guide | French Rivera Pass

Looking to fill your days while visiting the French Riviera? Take a look at the newly introduced  French Riviera Pass as it includes admission to multiple museums and activities in Nice and the neighboring towns. The pass comes in three versions 24h(€26), 48h(€38), and 72h(€56). So take a look to see if this pass could save you money on the sites you were probably going to see anyways.

A few of the highlights are:

  • Oceanographic Museum in Monaco
  • Picasso Museum
  • Museum of Modern Art (MAMAC)
  • Marc Chagall Museum
  • Renoir Museum
  • Rothschild Villa and Gardens
  • Double-Decker Bus Tour
  • Segway Tour
  • Bike Rental
  • 1-Hour Ocean Cruise

There is also a Nice Museum Pass that gives 7-day access to municipal museums for €20. Check out the Nice Tourism Office for more information on all of Nice’s museums.

Where & What To Eat In Nice

Where to eat Nice, France

Since Nice is so close to Italy you’ll find that a lot of the food is a mix of French and Italian (there’s plenty of international food as well). Tourism is the main industry in Nice so food prices tend to be a bit on the high side. Luckily, there are still a handful of places serving up quality meals for a fair price but you’ll want to do your research — furthermore, the budget-friendly places fill up quickly so reservations are highly recommended.

Traditional   Cuisine

Nice Travel Guide - Traditional Food

Want to try traditional Nicoise cuisine ? Look for restaurants that have earned the certification Cuisine Nissarde . These restaurants will have an official sticker posted on their window to let you know they use traditional local recipes made with fresh ingredients. Here’s the official list of the fewer than 30  Cuisine Nissarde Certifies  Restaurants in Nice.

Local Dishes

Nice Travel Guide - Food

  • Socca: Socca is essentially a thin, slightly crispy chickpea pancake. This traditional street food is a popular on-the-go snack and is often consumed with a cold beer on a sidewalk cafe. You can find Socca at the Nice Farmers Market (the best is  Chez Thérésa ) or at a few restaurants around town (we recommend  Chez Pipo ).
  • La Daube Niçoise:  This hearty tradition beef stew is made from red wine, bacon, tomatoes, carrots, mushroom, onions, garlic, and celery and is traditionally served over gnocchi.
  • Ravioli Niçois: You can often find the Daube Niçoise in ravioli form as well.
  • Salade Niçoise: This traditional Nice salad has lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, tuna, tomatoes, olives, anchovies, and olive oil.
  • Le Pan Bagnat: This is basically a Salade Niçoise on a sandwich. This is a nice takeaway food.
  • Ratatouille: This classic French vegetable dish was invented in Nice.
  • Pissaladière: Caramelized onion tart that is often topped with anchovy.
  • Petits Farcis: Vegetables (usually eggplant, tomatoes or zucchini) stuffed with meat and vegetables.
  • Panisse: Fries made of chickpea flour.
  • Tourte de Blettes:  This dessert dish is a bit unusual but it was actually very tasty. It’s made of Swiss chard (a leafy green kind of like spinach), apples, raisins, pine nuts, and brown sugar in a pie crust. Then it’s all topped with powdered sugar. We know, it sounds weird but it was pretty good.

Budget-Friendly Restaurants & Street Food

There are a number of takeaway restaurants where you can order a sandwich, panini, pizza, or other simple street foods. Additionally, you can also find a handful of affordable sit-down restaurants throughout the city — we always recommend making a reservation if possible. And of course, there are a number of grocery stores (like Monoprix ) throughout the city.

Places to Checkout:

Illia Pasta : It’s a small barebones restaurant but the owner/chef serves up fresh, affordable, and tasty pasta. There isn’t much ambiance inside so snag one of the outdoor tables for some lovely al fresco dining. You can also get your pasta to go. Great Old Town location.

Chez Palmyre : An excellent place to get a traditional, home-style French cooking. We recommend their €18 three-course menu. Reservations encouraged.

Creperie Le Trimaran : A nice little crepes place. You can get a savory and dessert crepe for under €10.

L’Atelier de Julien : Friendly pizza joint but it’s a bit outside Old Town.

Made in Sud Pizzeria : Neopolitian pizza place near the Port.

Chez Pipo : The most popular place to get socca.

A Buteghinn : A small restaurant in the middle of Old Town serving up traditional “ certification Cuisine Nissarde” dishes. The restaurant is run/owned by three sweet French women. Mostly outdoor seating. They also have preprepared takeaway food if you’re on the go. Reservations recommended. Cash only.

Lou Pilha Leva : Outdoor picnic style seating at this takeaway restaurant in the heart of Old Town. Stop by for a quick traditional snack and cold beer. The chicken and fries for €8.50 is a solid deal.

Chez Rene Socca : A chaotic and no-frills place in Old Town that serves up local street food at affordable prices. There are tables outside available but you’re required to buy a drink. There is always a line but service is quick.

Badaboom Bistro And BeJuice Bar : Hip hole-in-the-wall restaurant serving organic vegan food and juices. Nice owners. It’s a bit expensive but the quality is solid.

Tartine et Galinette : Another fairly barebones spot serving up cheap but tasty pizza, sandwiches, and other simple meals.

Le Falafel : An authentic family-run middle eastern restaurant serving up fresh falafel and shawarma dishes. Quick and friendly service.

Oliviera : Ok, Oliviera is slightly too expensive to be considered “budget” but the food gets rave reviews and the jovial owner is super welcoming and passionate about olive oil. Everything is homemade by the owner and his wife. Located in the Old Town. Open for lunch only. Reservations strongly suggested.

Farmers Market : The Farmers Market is a great place to get all kinds of fresh produce and prepared food — from cheese and bread to bruschetta and fruit. Open every day, from 6 am to 5.30 pm except Mondays, Sunday afternoons and public holidays.

L’Autre Part : This hip and welcoming wine bar run by a nice couple is a great place to escape the tourist crowds. They serve organic wines as well as excellent charcuterie and cheese. Located in the Port neighborhood.

Ice Cream and Gelato

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There are quite a few gelato/ice cream places around Nice but our friend from Nice (she’s Italian so she knows her gelato) gave us a few of her favorite spots.

Cesar Milano: Our friend’s favorite gelato place in Nice was easily Cesar Milano in the New Town. We literally tried about 10 different flavors — each was excellent. The owner/chef is usually on-site and he’s happy to suggest flavor pairings. He makes both classic and a few more creative flavors so don’t be shy about asking to sample a flavor you might normally shy away from.

Oui, Jelato : Our friend also recommended Oui, Jelato in the Old Town. They have mostly classic flavor offerings. We both enjoyed our gelato.

Fenocchio Glacier : Fenocchio is easily the most popular ice cream shop in Nice — there is always a crowd of people jostling for a spot to get their scoops. They have a ton of flavors. We both got ice cream here and enjoyed it. Located in the Old Town.

Nice Day Trips

Nice Day Trips

Nice is surrounded by a number of small cities and towns which make great day trips. Even better, each is easily connected to Nice via bus or train — both of which are very inexpensive. You can also take a ferry from Nice to a few of the towns (it’s a bit more expensive but the views are priceless).

French Riveria Seaside Towns

Below is a list of the most popular cities to visit from Nice — each is located along the coast of the French Riveria.

To the east of Nice , there’s Villefranche-sur-Mer , St. Jean  Cap Ferrat , Eze-le-Village , Monaco , and Menton . To the west of Nice , there’s Antibes and Cannes . There are a few other small towns but these are the most popular destinations.

Villefranche-sur-Mer and Cap Ferrat

Nice Day Trip | Villefranche and Cap-Ferrat

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a laid-back port town that’s less than a 10-minute train or a 20-minute bus ride (#81 or #100 / €1.50) from Nice. A separate village, Cap Ferrat, is a short bus ride away and are often seen on the same day.

Day Trips From Nice | Villefranche

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a small seaside postcard-perfect French fishing village with a picturesque port. The cute old town is very small so it takes less than an hour to wander through all its tiny streets (maybe a little more if you get a drink down by the harbor). Perched above the city is an old citadel with thick, imposing walls that you’re free to explore. But the harbor is Villefranche-sur-Mer’s main attraction. Its super deep waters make it a favorite parking spot for mega-yachts. There are a number of restaurants along the port so it’s a great place to have a quiet drink or bite to eat.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a 45min-60min hike up to F ort   du   Mont – Alban — an old fortification that has great views of Nice, Villefranche and the rest of the Cote d’Azur. You can also take a bus/uber if you’re feeling lazy.

Nice Day Trips | Cap Ferrat & The Rothschild Mansion

From Villefranche-sur-Mer, you can take a 15-minute bus ride (Bus #81 / €1.50) to the peninsula of  Cap Ferrat . There isn’t too much to see in the town of St. Jean Cap Ferrat. That said, there are a few fun seasides walks around the peninsula — a walk around the entire peninsula will take a little under 3 hours or a smaller walk (which we took) will take about an hour at a leisurely pace.

The main reason for most people visit is to see the impressive Rothschild Mansion and Gardens . Some people go straight from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Rothschild Mansion (~10minute via bus from Villefranche) and skip the town. The grounds of the Rothschild Mansion are very beautiful and it’s easy to spend a few hours soaking in the views.


Nice Day Trips | Eze

Eze is actually separated into two parts — Eze-le-Village and Eze-Bord-de-Mer. We only visited Eze-le-Village (which is perched high in the hills over the ocean) because we were told Eze-Bord-de-Mer (which is located along the coast) doesn’t offer much to see.

From Nice, take bus #82 or #112 and enjoy the views on this 30-minute ride (sit on the righthand side of the bus) to Eze-le-Village. Be sure to check the bus schedule. There is supposed to be one or two buses every hour but for us, it was only once every two hours — which was kind of annoying (maybe since we went off-season).

In Eze-le-Village head up to the Old Town of the village — specifically the Eze Gardens. The views from gardens are well worth the €6 entrance fees. There is a super expensive restaurant/bar (Chateau Eza) with world-class Cote d’Azur views or there are a few cheaper options as well.

There isn’t much more to see in Eze-le-Village (other than two touristy perfume shops) so after getting a quick bite we hopped on the quick bus ride to Monaco.

Nice Day Trips | Monaco

Monaco is the playground to the ultra, ultra-wealthy so spend a little time looking at the megayachts and fancy cars. From Nice, it’s a quick and cheap 20-minute train ride to Monaco. You can also take the bus but the train is easier, faster, and only a bit more expensive.

Monaco is basically split up into three parts — the Palace Square, the Old Town/Port, and the Monte Carlos Casino. The country is tiny so all the neighborhoods are within walking distance (but there is also a city bus).

  • Palace Square:   The palace/Palace Square overlooks the Port and Old Town. The neighborhood also has a nice cliffside garden. The famous Monaco Oceanographic Museum is also in the area.
  • Old Town/Port: This is the place to do a little shopping or get something to eat/drink at one of the many sidewalk cafes. Take a look at the yachts.
  • Monte Carlos Casino: Blow all your cash for your entire vacation at the Monte Carlos Casino… or win a ton of money and never stop traveling. After 7 pm you probably won’t get into the casino unless your we’ll dressed — i.e. blazer and dress pants for guys. From 2-7pm normal-dressed people can walk around the atrium free-of-charge but it’s a pretty quick visit.

Nice Day Trips | Menton

To the east of Monaco is the lovely French seaside town of Menton (which is near the border of Italy). Not many tourists venture to Menton so the town feels much less commercialized than many of the other towns. Spend an hour exploring the pastel buildings of the hilly, medieval Old Town. Have a drink at a quiet sidewalk cafe. The  Jardin botanique exotique du Val Rahmeh is a lovely exotic garden that’s worth a wander. Menton also has a nice sandy beach.

Menton, thanks to its close proximity to Italy, offers quite a few restaurants serving up quality Italian food.

Monton a quick bus or train ride from Monaco and it also has frequent trains to Nice.

Antibes and Cannes

Nice Day Trips | Antibes

Antibes and Cannes are both located to the west of Nice. It’s a quick 20-minute train to Antibes and a 30-minute train ride to Cannes. There is also a bus but it takes quite a bit longer so the train is recommended.

Antibes has a number of beaches — everything from soft sand to painful pebbles. The beaches can get pretty crowded during the summer. Most of the beaches are public there are a few private beaches if you’re looking for a little more luxe experience.

After you soak in the sun, head to Antibes’ charming Old Town and stroll around the city’s 16th-century ramparts that offer amazing views of the sea. Many people check out the Picasso Museum (€6). Don’t forget to check out Port Vauban — the largest port in the Mediterranian and home to many of the biggest yachts in the world.

If you’re rich and famous then feel free to visit Cannes — otherwise, we suggest skipping it. It’s expensive and there isn’t a huge amount to experience if you don’t have deep pockets.

How To Visit These Seaside Towns

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All these cities are located very close to each other and are well-connected via public transportation and tickets are cheap — although it can be a bit tricky since there are multiple bus lines. You can easily visit 1-3 towns in a day.

Via Car/Bus (Corniche Roads)

There are three beautiful scenic “Corniche” cliff-roads that run along the coast from Nice to Monaco/Menton. Bus routes connect the cities (listed below) but they’re less frequent than the train and they take a little longer — but you get beautiful coastal views (if you’re on the righthand side of the bus). That said, the Nice to Monaco bus (which is essentially the longest route) will take about an hour.

Note: All bus tickets cost €1.50 and can be purchased on the bus.  Check the bus schedules since they can change. The Nice Tourism Office should have up-to-date schedules. For example, when were visited, the #82 & #112 bus from Nice to Eze toMonacoo was only running once every two hours.

  • The Lower Corniche (Inférieure Corniche) runs along the coast but doesn’t offer great views and is often congested with traffic. It’s served by #81 and #100 bus.
  • The Middle Corniche (Moyenne Corniche) has beautiful views of the cliffs/ocean and it’s connected via the #82 and #112 bus.
  • The Higher   Corniche (Grande Corniche) is considered one of the most beautiful roads in Europe — which is best explored via car since public transportation isn’t really available.

The train is the easiest/fastest way to get from town to town but you miss out on most of the French Riviera views. For example, the train from Nice to Monaco takes 20 minutes and costs around €4. Also, not all the towns are accessible by train (so you may have to transfer from train to bus for some locations).

More Nice Travel Tips

Nice, France travel tips

Trésors Publics is a fun concept store in the Old Town that only sells products made in France. They put a little label on each product to show where in France its made. It’s not exactly budget-friendly but it’s still a fun place to pick up some unique gifts. [ See On Google Maps ]

Head to  La Maison Auer to feed your sweet tooth. This confectionery and chocolate shop has been serving up goodies since 1820. We highly recommend the caramels. And chocolate. And everything else. Located in the Old Town. [ See On Google Maps ]

Take a Free Walking Tour of Nice . The company Beach Riviera Bar Crawl and Tours offers 11:00 am tours every Tuesday till Saturday morning from March 1st to September 30th. Don’t forget that the tour guides work on tips. See their Tripadvisor Reviews .

Meet the locals . Nice is full of friendly locals who are proud of their town and there are a few local volunteers who are happy to show visitors around for two or three hours. Simply request at least a week before arrival and they’ll do their best to pair you up with someone depending on availability. Visit for more information.

Visit the Nice Tourist Office  for city maps, bus times, and brochures on things to do & see in Nice — plus they have free wifi. The Nice Tourism Website also has a lot of information what’s going on in Nice.

The  Negresco Hotel is Nice’s most high-end hotel and it has a beautiful cocktail bar with authentic walnut woodwork dating back to 1913. The drinks are expensive (€20 for cocktails, ouch) but it’s still a fun way to pretend like you’re living the jet-setter lifestyle for an hour.

The Best Time To Visit  Nice is probably March/Mid-May or September/October as the weather is still nice but the crowds are smaller. The summers can get pretty hot but that’s perfect if you’re spending most of your time at the beach.

For a less-touristy beach experience , we recommend checking out La Réserve or Coco Beach. They’re both a bit outside of town (20-minute walk or a short bus ride). Again, these are rocky beaches so bring proper footwear.

A big breakfast isn’t really a thing in Nice so do like the locals do and head to a boulangerie for croissants, pain aux chocolate, and coffee .

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  • We’re big fans of Travel Guidebooks and we highly suggest both Rick Steves’ Provance and French Riveria Guidebook & Lonely Planet Provence & the Cote d’Azur . We found that both books had a lot of great information and self-guided walking tours.
  • Traveling Europe by train ? Check out our guides to Train Travel In France and Train Travel in Italy .
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20 of the best things to do in Nice

The colourful sunshine capital of france works equally well as an artistically minded city break and an indulgent coastal escape. here are the must-sees.

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T he French Riviera has drawn artists and aristocrats for the best part of two centuries, and with a stay in Nice, you can keep those heady associations while adding a genuine city vibe as well. Nikaia, Nizza, Nice — this is a place that has reinvented itself several times over, from historic fishing port to playground of sun-seekers and marketplace of artistic ideas. With the Italian border just 14 miles away, this is a place always on the blurred line between cultures, as you’ll see in the architecture, taste in the cuisine, and perhaps hear in snatches of the traditional dialect. Make time, too, for out-of-town activities in a hinterland of old hilltop villages and seaside resorts with the ritziest of villas.

Main picture: the Promenade des Anglais (Alamy)

The Palais Lascaris (Alamy)

1. Unlock old town secrets

Vieux Nice is the city’s old town from before its 19th-century boom: a close-set triangle no more than half a mile from end to end. Its colourfully painted but shady streets are easily explored, yet often feel guarded compared to effusive belle époque Nice . A walking tour helps to pick out the history behind the baroque churches and mansions, such as the Palais Lascaris. Nice Creative Tours runs both a shorter option that includes the castle hill, and a longer one taking in surprises such as a cave inhabited in Neanderthal times, but there are plenty of other superb leg-stretching options.

Resistance, Resurrection, Liberation at the Musée National Marc Chagall (Alamy)

2. Admire the works of two modern masters

Among the many artists who loved the French Riviera, two have namesake museums in Nice’s leafy district of Cimiez. Start a mini art tour at the Musée Matisse, in a hilltop villa overlooking Roman ruins, where you’ll see the progression of Henri Matisse (1869–1954) from Fauvism to colourful cut-outs. A mile away downhill is the Musée National Marc Chagall, which houses works of mainly religious inspiration by the Belarusian-born painter (1887–1985). As Picasso once said: “When Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is.”

Try a pan bagnat from Tintin at Place General de Gaulle (Alamy)

3. Sample classic Niçois cuisine

International fame has come to the salade niçoise (of a kind — to many locals, adding green beans or potatoes is heresy). Other less heralded local specialities are the focus of No Diet Club’s leisurely lunchtime food tour around Vieux Nice, though you will get to try salade niçoise’s sandwich-based near-equivalent: pan bagnat. Also competing for your tastebuds’ attention are the archetypal city snack socca (chickpea-flour pancake), pissaladière (anchovy and onion tart), petits farcis niçois (Mediterranean vegetables stuffed with minced meat) and macarons scented with Menton lemons and Grasse lavender.


The daily market in Cours Saleya (Alamy)

4. Browse the most colourful market square

Long and narrow Cours Saleya separates Vieux Nice from the seafront, and is a daily hub of activity. Most famous is the flower market, whose origins go back over a century to when Nice was a European flower-trade hub. Together with a fruit and vegetable market, it’s open every day except Sunday afternoons, and Mondays when it’s replaced by a flea market. An evening market also runs in summer. Even if you’re not looking to fill a flower vase, highlights include glacé fruits and stalls selling slices of socca.

The Promenade des Anglais (Alamy)

5. Jog along the seafront promenade

Back when Nice was still called Nizza, British winter escapees helped to fund the building of a seafront path. Since the city’s handover from Savoy to France in 1860, it has been known as the Promenade des Anglais. Together with its eastern extension, the Quai des États-Unis, it runs the three-mile length of the Baie des Anges. It’s where Nice goes to parade itself, architecturally and athletically. Depending on the warmth of the hour, you’ll find legions of seaside strollers, runners and cyclists passing showpiece buildings such as Le Negresco hotel.

Why not hop over to Monaco on your visit to Nice? (Getty Images)

6. Make a scenic day-trip to Monaco

Nice and Monaco are less than eight miles apart in a straight line, but the mountainous coast between them throws in a few curves alongside panoramic views. The three celebrated Corniche roads run in parallel: Petite, Moyenne and Grande in rising order from seashore to near mountain crest, with the median route skirting the medieval hilltop town of Èze, and the higher one passing a triumphant Roman monument at La Turbie. Whichever loop you take, a stop in Monaco adds another country to your travel tally — all two miles of it.

The Molinard perfume museum and factory in Grasse (Alamy)

7. Compose your signature scent

Grasse, the perfume capital of France, is an hour’s drive west of Nice, but you can also play the heady notes of a “scent organ” without leaving the city. The Molinard perfume house runs a timed variety of workshops, including some for children, where aspiring master perfumers are guided through the subtle science of building up a fragrance — base, heart and top notes — from an assembled array of anywhere between 18 and 100 essences. Lavender is everyone’s scent idea of Provence, but jasmine and tuberose are just as valued.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (Alamy)

8. Glimpse the grand villa lifestyle

A villa on the French Riviera has been a status symbol for everyone from Gianni Agnelli to Coco Chanel, and although most have stayed in the hands of the super-rich, a few are now open to the public. Head out of town beyond Villefranche-sur-Mer to find two of the best. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a pastel-pink concoction set in bountiful gardens, and decorated inside in the Rothschild dynasty’s opulent 18th-century tastes. Nearby, the smaller Villa Kérylos evokes an ancient Greek sanctuary by the sea, with polychrome marble and mosaic floors.

The vineyards of Saint Roman de Bellet (Alamy)

9. Tour vineyards by e-bike

Among the smallest wine appellations in France, and the only one whose vineyards all lie within city limits, Bellet AOC is rarely encountered outside the Nice area, but was appreciated three centuries ago by Louis XIV. A half-day guided tour by electric bike (which takes some of the sting out of the climbs) is a great way to discover this half-forgotten miniature region of terraces wound around green hillsides on the city’s outskirts. A visit and tasting at Domaine du Fogolar winery is followed by a BYO picnic lunch among the vines.

Parasailing at the Bay of Angels (Alamy)

10. Parasail above a dazzling bay

To enjoy bird’s-eye views over this captivating coast, you can book the helicopter shuttle from Nice airport to Monaco, or — for a similar time in the air at rather less cost — a parasailing excursion. Departing from Villefranche-sur-Mer, in the next bay along from Nice, thrill-seekers are harnessed in to a parachute that is lifted skywards in the wake of a speedboat for up to ten minutes in total. Rides can be solo or for up to four people, and for an extra charge it’s filmed with an attached camera.

The Beau Rivage beach (Getty Images)

11. Settle in at a private beach

The Nice area has 15 private beaches and 20 public ones to pick from, most lined up along the Promenade des Anglais. Note that “private” doesn’t mean all the way down to sea: French law reserves five metres for public access between the high-tide mark and any exclusive-use deckchairs. What you pay for at Blue Beach, Castel, Beau Rivage, Ruhl Plage and others is a lounger or even double mattress with parasol on the shingles, use of showers and lockers, and a restaurant and bar for lingering until evening.

12. Dine with a local at home

The 340,000 inhabitants of Nice are the heirs of a culinary tradition that straddles the borders of France and Italy. You can share some of their expertise by searching for local cooking classes and home meals through online platform Eatwith. One of the most regular hosts is Marie-Christine, who guides guests through simple dishes such as gnocchi with Provençal tomato sauce, or cooks up barbecues alongside a stickler-for-standards salade niçoise, all enjoyed on her terrace looking out over the green hills of suburban Nice, dotted with olive trees.

The Loch Ness Monster sculpture and fountain at the Modern Art Museum (Alamy)

13. Take in the boldest contemporary art

The monumental, enigmatic Tête Carrée (Square Head) is a taster of what to expect nearby in the Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain, MAMAC for short. Opened in 1990, this museum picks up the story of art in the region and beyond from the 1950s, as Matisse and Picasso were handing over to a new generation. The collection is particularly strong on the signature ultramarine works of local-born Yves Klein, and the trippy sculptures of Niki de Saint Phalle — both part of the 1960s Nouveau Réalisme movement.

14. Practise yoga beside Nice’s top view

The unrivalled view of city and sea comes from the hilltop Parc de la Colline du Château. Climb steps or take the small lift to reach this tree-shaded park where Nice’s castle once stood, until it was razed by the army of Louis XIV in 1706 after a siege of what was then a part of Savoy. Thoughts of war will seem very far off, however, when joining yoga instructor Cecilia for a two-hour morning class, followed by vegan cookies and ginger tea against a turquoise-and-sapphire Mediterranean backdrop.

A hibiscus flower inside the Glasshouse at Parc Phoenix (Alamy)

15. Travel to the tropics without leaving town

With the sunniest climate in mainland France, Nice is already a garden-in-waiting for all kinds of exotic plants. It’s little surprise that Mediterranean citrus trees and date palms thrive in the seven-hectare grounds of Parc Phoenix, but a giant greenhouse gives extra assistance to tropical greenery such as coconut palms, pandanus and plumeria. This park and zoo, on the western outskirts near the airport, is free for under-12s, and is home to some 70 animal species, including lemurs and marmosets, small-clawed otters, wallabies, crocodiles, flamingos, parrots and kookaburras.

16. Taste rosé by the sea

The third way in wine is often the first choice on the Côte d’Azur — and there’s no denying a glass of rosé looks especially radiant in the southern light. You’ll see this to full effect at a rosé tasting with appetisers at outside tables on the Promenade des Anglais, overlooking the Baie des Anges. Hosted over the course of an hour by qualified wine distributor Chun, guests look to their notecards for prompts to describe the complexities of a selection of rosés: is that a hint of peach, or tomato?

Get the scoop: flavours of Fenocchio (Getty Images)

17. Pick from almost 100 ice cream flavours

At the heart of the old town is Place Rossetti, with its classical fountain in front of the compact-sized cathedral of Sainte Réparate. Almost equalling the width of the façade is the display counter outside Fenocchio, an ice-cream shop on the square since 1966. The official repertoire runs to 94 flavours, including fig, lavender, rosemary, olive and other Provençal aromas, exotica such as cactus, and riskier bets: beer sorbet, anyone? If the queue looks daunting, Gelatiera Azzurro just past the cathedral also has its partisans, and a hefty selection.

18. Go snorkelling at sunset

The peninsula of Cap Ferrat, like a hand with elongated thumb outstretched, is home to some of the most luxurious villas along the coast. It’s also easily reached by boat from Nice, with the promise of small coves in dazzling Côte d’Azur blue fringed by white rocks and Mediterranean pines. Black Tenders’ 12-seater RIBs make a 90-minute round trip in the evening to an underwater nature trail, marked out with information board, where snorkellers may spot wrasse, seabream and other fish gliding among the seagrass meadows, before returning to sunset views.

A glass factory and shop in Biot (Alamy)

19. Blow glass in Biot

The hilltop town of Biot, about half an hour’s drive west of Nice towards Antibes, is famous for its colourful glassware — bubble glass in particular. One workshop lets visitors take the experience to the next level with a chance to blow a piece of glass themselves, with next-day pick-up. For the truly serious, there are also two-day courses going further into the mechanics of this high-temperature art. Before you copy the pros, it may be worth trying to get the most out of your lung capacity with a rubber balloon.

20. Paint freely on the beach

Inspiration strikes unevenly, but enough great artists have lived in Nice to suggest that there must be a concentration of creative forces here. You can see if you, too, are susceptible on a two-and-a-half-hour intuitive painting session, hosted by abstract expressionist artist Viviane. Your studio will be the shingles of Castel beach, at the eastern end of the Baie des Anges, and after a short meditation that may help to focus your theme and colour choices, you’ll spend the morning working with acrylic paint on canvas, going where impulse takes you.

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48 hours in Nice – A 2 day Itinerary

Home to the Cannes Film Festival, beaches that look like the Maldives and fresh, French-prepared seafood, France’s seaside city, Nice, is so much more than its name suggests. Instead, think exquisite, wondrous and stunning.

NICE, FRANCE - Tourists enjoy the good weather at the beach in Nice, France. The beach and the waterfront avenue, Promenade des Anglais, are full almost all the year.

Nice is a city located on the French Riviera in South-Eastern France. Throughout this 2 day itinerary for Nice, you can expect to spend your days wandering the streets like Audrey Hepburn, sipping chilled champagne on seaview terraces and embracing the finer things in life.

After all, that’s what the French do best. Nice also serves as a gateway to the picturesque towns and villages of the French Riviera, such as Cannes , Monaco, and Saint-Tropez . 

Known for its coastal city summer retreat vibes, Vieux Nice is a neighborhood filled with restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s an excellent choice for those seeking a lively environment.

Promenade des Anglais is an iconic waterfront promenade that stretches along the coast and offers mesmerizing views of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a desirable location for beach lovers and those looking for luxury hotels with easy access to the beach.

Situated in the city center, Carré d’Or is a chic and upscale neighborhood known for its high-end boutiques, elegant architecture, and fashionable restaurants. This is a great choice for those who appreciate a sophisticated atmosphere and proximity to shopping and dining options.

Located near the harbor, Port Lympia offers a more tranquil and picturesque setting. It’s a good area for those who want a quieter ambiance while still being within walking distance of the city center.

Cityscape with the hotel Negresco. Negresco is the famous luxury hotel on Promenade des Anglais in Nice, baie des Anges, symbol of the Cote d'Azur or French Riviera

Situated on a hill above the city, Cimiez is a peaceful and residential neighborhood. It’s known for its beautiful gardens, museums (such as the Matisse Museum and the Chagall Museum), and Roman ruins.

The best time to visit Nice is during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and fall (September to October). During these months, the weather is generally pleasant with mild temperatures and fewer tourists compared to the peak summer season.

Springtime in Nice brings blooming flowers, including the famous lavender fields in the surrounding region. The temperatures are comfortable, ranging from around 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F), and the city is less crowded, allowing you to explore its attractions more peacefully.

In the fall, Nice enjoys warm temperatures ranging from 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), making it perfect for beach visits and outdoor activities. The sea is still warm, and you can experience pleasant evenings along the promenade.

If you’re wondering how many days in Nice is ideal or how many days in Nice is enough? Well it all depends on what your plans are? You could easily spend 2 weeks in Nice or 2 months and still not see or do everything.

Below is a great guide on what to do in Nice for 2 days because sometimes 2 days in Nice is all you have, especially if you’re spending a weekend in Nice France or you’re travelling to Nice on short stop over trip and want to be able to tour some of the main areas within Nice.

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Day 1 in nice, cours saleya flower market, painter henri matisse, national marc chagall.

  • Sunset From a Viewpoint

Day 2 in Nice

Promenade des anglais, place massena, the gorges du verdon.

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The saying goes, “Wake up and smell the roses” and that’s exactly what you’ll be doing for your first morning in Nice.

Lets kick off the start of two days in Nice with a visit to the Cours Saleya Flower Market, which is one of the most iconic and vibrant attractions in Nice . Located in the heart of the city’s Old Town (Vieux Nice), it is a colorful flower market that offers a delightful sensory experience. Once you leave, you’re bound to smell like a perfumery.

The market is open every day except Monday when it transforms into an enticing flower market. As you stroll through the market, you’ll be greeted by a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors and fragrant scents.

The stalls are filled with a wide variety of flowers, plants, and bouquets, ranging from locally grown blooms to exotic species. Roses, lilies, sunflowers, orchids, and many other types of flowers can be found here, catering to all tastes and preferences.

In addition to flowers, the Cours Saleya Flower Market also features an array of other products. You’ll find stalls selling fresh fruits and vegetables, locally produced honey, aromatic herbs, spices, olive oils, cheeses, and traditional Provençal specialties. It’s a fantastic place to explore and sample the flavors of the region.

The market’s vibrant atmosphere is enhanced by the bustling activity and the friendly interactions between vendors and visitors.

As you wander around, you’ll likely encounter enthusiastic sellers offering samples, sharing stories, and providing recommendations. The market is not only a place to shop but also a cultural gathering spot where locals and tourists mingle.

Beyond the market itself, the surrounding area of Cours Saleya is worth exploring. It is lined with charming cafes, restaurants, and shops, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll or a refreshing break.

The adjacent Place Saint-François hosts a fish market, adding to the diverse culinary offerings in the vicinity.

 Cours Saleya morning flower Market in the old town

In Nice, there are several places where you can learn more about the renowned painter Henri Matisse and explore his artistic legacy or gain some inspiration for your next artwork.

Located in the leafy neighborhood of Cimiez, the Musée Matisse is dedicated to the life and work of Henri Matisse. Housed in a 17th-century Genoese villa, the museum showcases an extensive collection of Matisse’s paintings, sculptures, drawings, and personal belongings.

It provides insights into the artist’s evolution and showcases his innovative use of color and form. The museum also holds temporary exhibitions related to Matisse and other artists.

The Villa des Arènes, situated in the Cimiez neighborhood, was Matisse’s home from 1918 until his death in 1954.

While the villa is not open to the public, you can visit the nearby Parc des Arènes de Cimiez and walk through the tranquil gardens where Matisse found inspiration. The park also houses the Roman ruins of Cemenelum, adding historical significance to the area.

Although not in Nice itself, the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence is a short distance away and provides a unique opportunity to experience Matisse’s artistic vision.

Matisse designed and decorated this chapel in the hilltop town of Vence as a personal artistic endeavor. The chapel features his stained glass windows, murals, and other artworks, creating a harmonious interplay of light, color, and spirituality.

 While not solely dedicated to Matisse, the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC) in Nice houses an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, including some of Matisse’s works.

You can find a variety of paintings, sculptures, and installations by Matisse and other influential artists, providing a broader context for Matisse’s artistic contributions.

If today doesn’t inspire you to become the next Matisse, perhaps this next artist will…

Musée Matisse is a municipal museum devoted to the work of French painter Henri Matisse

Sticking with the arts, you’ll dive into another historical museum for the afternoon. The National Marc Chagall Museum , located in Nice, is a significant cultural institution dedicated to the life and works of the renowned Russian-French artist Marc Chagall.

The museum is situated in the peaceful neighborhood of Cimiez, near other notable attractions such as the Matisse Museum and the Roman ruins of Cemenelum.

The museum itself is housed in a purpose-built building designed by architect André Hermant. Its construction was personally supervised by Chagall, who wanted to create a space that would showcase his art in a harmonious and contemplative setting.

The architecture and layout of the museum reflect Chagall’s vision and artistic sensibilities.

Inside the museum, you’ll get to explore an impressive collection of Chagall’s works, spanning various periods of his career. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, and lithographs, offering a comprehensive representation of his artistic output.

Chagall’s signature themes, such as biblical scenes, folklore, dream-like imagery, and vibrant colors, are prominently featured throughout the collection.

The museum’s permanent collection is thoughtfully curated and displayed in a chronological manner, allowing visitors to witness the evolution of Chagall’s artistic style and thematic exploration.

The artworks are accompanied by informative descriptions that provide insight into Chagall’s inspirations, techniques, and personal history.

In addition to the permanent collection, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions that focus on Chagall’s work or explore related topics and artists.

These exhibitions provide a dynamic and ever-changing experience for visitors, offering new perspectives on Chagall’s art and its broader artistic context.

This is a perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon in Nice, in the most French way possible.

 Tourists look at the paintings by Marc Chagall in Marc Chagall Museum Nice France.

Sunset from a Viewpoint

Just like that, day 1 has come to an end. But there’s one more thing you’ll need to tick off your Nice bucket list, and that’s to visit one of the many splendid viewpoints dotting the Mediterranean coastline of Nice.

Would you look at that, you’re just in time for the sunset too!

Colline du Château is located on a historic hilltop just East of the Old Town and offers breathtaking views of Nice and its coastline.

Although there is no longer an actual castle on the hill, the remnants of its fortress walls remain. You can reach the top by climbing stairs or taking the elevator and can enjoy views of the city, the Promenade des Anglais, and the sparkling sea.

Situated on a forested hill in Eastern Nice, Mont Boron is a natural park that provides stunning views of the city, the Port of Nice, and the surrounding coastline. The winding roads and hiking trails within the park offer various vantage points from which to admire the picturesque landscapes.

Castle Hill (Parc de la Colline du Château) offers panoramic views of Nice and its surroundings. It features lush greenery, waterfalls, and shaded paths, providing a peaceful setting to enjoy the scenery. From the top, visitors can take in sweeping views of the city, the azure waters, and the distant mountains.

Picturesque scenic view of Nice, France on sunset. Mediterranean Sea waves surging on the beach, people are relaxing on the beach, cars driving the road. Nice, France

After awakening to the sound of gulls and the waves gently lapping the shoreline, it’s time to hit the ground running… Literally. Go for a morning jog (or walk if that’s more your thing) along the Promenade Des Anglais.

The promenade’s history dates back to the early 19th century when British visitors began flocking to Nice for its mild climate and picturesque setting.

It was the English community that initiated the construction of the promenade to provide a leisurely waterfront pathway. Over the years, it has become a symbol of the city and a gathering place for locals and tourists alike.

One of the main attractions of the Promenade des Anglais is its beautiful beaches. The pebbly shores provide a perfect spot for sunbathing, swimming, or simply enjoying the Mediterranean ambiance.

The beaches are well-equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas, and beachside amenities, making it a popular destination for relaxation and leisure activities.

The promenade is also dotted with numerous cafés, restaurants, and bars where you can take a break, grab a coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice, or indulge in a delicious croissant.

Many of these establishments offer outdoor seating, allowing you to soak up the vibrant atmosphere while enjoying the sea breeze. Name a better way to start your day…

Along the promenade, you’ll encounter various landmarks and points of interest. The iconic Hôtel Negresco , a grand Belle Époque hotel, stands as a symbol of luxury and elegance.

The picturesque Albert I Garden, with its fountains and statues, provides a tranquil green oasis amidst the bustling promenade. The Jardin des Palmiers (Palm Tree Garden) offers shade and a serene atmosphere.

The Promenade des Anglais is also a venue for cultural events and festivities throughout the year. It hosts various sports activities, such as rollerblading races and cycling events. Fireworks displays, concerts, and street performances often take place here, adding to the ambiance.

City of Nice Promenade des Anglais and waterfront aerial view, French riviera, Alpes Maritimes department of France

After a calming start, you’ll be prepared to head to the Old Town. One of the defining features of the Old Town is its architectural character.

The buildings are predominantly painted in warm pastel hues, giving the area a distinctive Mediterranean look. As you wander through the maze-like streets, you’ll encounter quaint squares, picturesque alleys, and charming hidden courtyards.

The architecture reflects a mix of influences, including Italian and Provençal styles, with narrow facades and tall buildings that add to the unique atmosphere.

It’s a wonderful way to observe the local life of Nice as you’re bound to see washing hanging from windows, locals sipping their morning coffee or smoking on their colorful terraces amongst overflowing house plants.

Exploring the narrow streets of Old Town, you’ll come across numerous boutiques, art galleries, and traditional shops selling local products such as olive oil, lavender, and soap.

The area is known for its craftsmanship, and you can find artisans working on their creations, from ceramics and jewelry to traditional Provencal textiles.

Old Town is also home to several noteworthy landmarks. The Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate , a Baroque-style cathedral dedicated to Nice’s patron saint, is a prominent sight with its ornate façade and beautiful interior.

Place Rossetti, a picturesque square, is dominated by the stunning Cathédrale and surrounded by charming cafes and ice cream parlors. The square is famous for its gelato, and enjoying a scoop while admiring the surroundings is a quintessential experience.

As you explore Old Town, you’ll discover an abundance of restaurants and cafes that offer a range of culinary delights.

From traditional Nicoise cuisine to international flavors, there are plenty of options to satisfy every palate. Enjoy lunch on a terrace, accompanied by a glass of local rosé.

NICE, FRANCE - Narrow street in old tourist part of Nice - fifth most populous city and one of the most visited cities in France, receiving 4 million tourists every year.

After lunch, make your way to Place Massena, which is a central gathering spot for many locals and tourists. The square underwent a major transformation in the late 20th century and was redesigned by Spanish architect Juan Andres.

The renovation resulted in a pedestrian-friendly space that combines classic and contemporary elements, creating a unique and visually stunning environment.

One of the most striking features of Place Massena is its colorful architecture. The buildings surrounding the square showcase a blend of architectural styles, including neo-Classical and Belle Époque influences.

The facades are painted in shades of red, ochre, and yellow, providing a backdrop that contrasts with the clear blue skies of the French Riviera.

At the center of the square stands the iconic Fontaine du Soleil (Fountain of the Sun). The fountain features a statue of Apollo, the sun god, surrounded by allegorical figures representing the four seasons.

The fountain’s water displays and lighting effects add to the allure of the square, particularly at night when it becomes a focal point.

Adjacent to Place Massena is Avenue Jean Médecin, one of Nice’s main shopping streets. This bustling avenue is home to an array of boutiques, department stores, and shops, offering a wide range of retail options for visitors to explore.

Place Massena is also known for its captivating artwork and sculptures. Prominent among them is the Conversation à Nice (Conversation in Nice), a series of seven statues representing human figures engaged in conversation.

The statues are colorful and eye-catching, adding a contemporary touch to the square’s aesthetic.

The strategic location of Place Massena makes it an ideal starting point for exploring other parts of the city. It is within walking distance of the Old Town, the Promenade des Anglais, and other significant landmarks and attractions. Which means that you can easily access and explore the surrounding areas.

Place Massena also plays a significant role in various events and celebrations throughout the year. It serves as a venue for concerts, festivals, and cultural performances. The square comes alive during major festivities, including the Nice Carnival .

Aerial view of Place Massena square with red buildings  and fountain in Nice, France

This activity is further out from Nice’s city center (around 2.5 hours), but if you have the time, it’s a stunning place to visit.

The Gorges du Verdon is a breathtaking natural wonder located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of South-Eastern France. Often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of Europe,” it is one of the most spectacular river canyons in the world.

With its towering limestone cliffs, turquoise waters, and stunning landscapes, the Gorges du Verdon attracts nature enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and those seeking awe-inspiring scenery.

Carved by the Verdon River over millions of years, the gorge stretches for about 25 kilometers and reaches depths of up to 700 meters in some places. The contrast between the vibrant blue-green waters of the river and the imposing limestone walls creates a visually striking and captivating sight.

The Gorges du Verdon offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. Hiking is a popular way to explore the area, with several well-marked trails that lead you through the stunning scenery. The Sentier Martel is one of the most famous hiking routes, taking you along the edge of the gorge.

Water activities are also a highlight of the Gorges du Verdon experience. Kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding allow you to navigate the pristine waters and venture deeper into the canyon.

Renting a boat or taking a guided boat tour provides another perspective, as you can witness the towering cliffs and hidden caves from the water.

In addition to its natural beauty, the Gorges du Verdon is home to several picturesque villages that dot the surrounding countryside.

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, perched on a hillside, is one of the most charming villages in the region. It is known for its distinctive star-shaped hanging above the town, as well as its traditional pottery craftsmanship.

The Verdon Regional Natural Park encompasses the Gorges du Verdon and its surrounding areas. The park is dedicated to preserving the exceptional natural heritage of the region and offers various visitor centers and educational exhibits to learn more about the geology, flora, and fauna of the area.

Whether you’re seeking adventure, tranquility, or simply the opportunity to immerse yourself in breathtaking natural beauty, the Gorges du Verdon is an unforgettable destination. The Gorges du Verdon makes for a great full day activity if you have the time for it.

Gorges Du Verdon lake of Sainte Croix, Provence, France, blue green lake with boats in France

Nice is a piece of France that blends luxury with everyday essentials. The city focuses on providing quality in everything.

From the food to the landscapes to the activities, Nice commits to providing its visitors with beautiful experiences. Most of all, it focuses on turning the simple pleasures of life into extraordinary, unforgettable memories.

In 2 days in Nice France, you’ve relaxed on beaches, walked along promenades, seen historic castles, had the chance to perfect a bit of French, eaten like a King living in Versailles and enjoyed the sweetness of taking things slow. Through Nice, you’ve discovered what slow, meaningful, travel is all about.

Recommended tours in Nice

  • French Riviera in One Day from Nice
  • Molinard Perfume Workshop in Nice
  • The Best of the Riviera Small group Guided full Day Tour
  • Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting
  • Nice Local Vineyards Small Group Half Day E-Bike Tour with Wine Tasting
  • Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
  • Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour
  • Half Day Afternoon Walking Food Tour with Dinner

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Visit Nice, French Riviera

Nice is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in France and I am sure you will love it. It is located on the French Riviera in Southern France, bathed by the Mediterranean Sea.

There’s no bad time to visit Nice, and you will enjoy the city all year round. Summer in Nice is beach time, ice cream, and apéritifs in rooftop bars, while winter in Nice comes with mild temperatures, the famous Carnival of Nice, and quirky festivals in the neighboring towns.

Nice is one of the  2024 Summer Olympics cities , so it’s the perfect excuse to discover or re-discover the city. If you are wondering what to do in Nice, go on reading. This article lists the best things to do in Nice, France, and our best tips for your sightseeing in Nice.

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What to Do in Nice, France

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There are many things to do in Nice to keep you busy for a while. Nice is also a great base for exploring more of the French Riviera on day trips. Because of its international airport, Nice is also a good starting point for a fun French Riviera road trip .

From glamourous beaches to traditional markets, this Nice things-to-do list has something for every traveler. Stay two days in Nice to visit the main sites and enjoy the beach, and more days if you plan to visit other places nearby on day trips.

1. Enjoy the Views from La Colline du Château

Castle Hill - Nice

La Colline du Château (Castle Hill) is a rocky hill located on the Eastern side of Promenade des Anglais, overlooking Old Nice and the Port. This hill is one of the best things to see in Nice, and it offers incredible views of Nice, the  Baie des Anges , and the Alps in the distance.

In the 11th century, a citadel occupied this hill, but King Louis XIV’s soldiers entirely dismantled it in the 18th century. Today, it is a beautiful park great for a stroll and one of the best places to visit in Nice for its impressive views.

The access to La Colline du Chateau is through the stairs. There’s also a free elevator located at the end of the Promenade des Anglais. Don’t miss the archaeological remains and its surprising waterfall!

2. Visit the Old Port

Harbor Nice

The Old Port , located in Old Nice, is another of the best places to see in Nice and a wonderful place for a stroll. Nice’s Old Port is a colorful and busy place, with about ten quays and various markets selling local products.

Built in the 18th century, this port is one of the French Riviera’s main infrastructural hubs. It accommodates both the ships operated by ferry companies and private yachts for tourists.

3. Get Lost in Nice’s Old Town

Place Rosetti and Cathedral - Nice

Exploring the Old Town is one of the top things to do in Nice, France. Vieux Nice is the city’s historic district, an ensemble of narrow streets, colorful architecture, and picturesque piazzas.

In Vieux Nice, you will also find cultural venues, beautiful Baroque churches, and many shopping opportunities and restaurants.

The list of beautiful places to visit in Nice’s Old Town includes the Cathedral Sainte Reparate on Place Rossetti, the notable museums of Lascaris Palace and Galleries des Pochettes , and the Opera of Nice.

On Place Rossetti, you will also find Fenocchio – one of the best ice creams in Nice. However, its popularity (and long lines) is pushing locals to other great alternatives, like Azzurro in Rue Sainte Reparate.

4. Visit Cours Saleya’s Markets

Flower Market - Nice

Located in the historic district, Cours Saleya is the largest pedestrian area in Vieux Nice and one of the few places that still keeps its local and traditional charm. The place is great for a stroll, and it is well known for its colorful flower stalls (my favorite part), but there are also stalls selling antiques and local food.

This market opens from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8 am to 12.30 approx, and is a must-see in Nice, France. Here, you can also get the best socca in town (a local staple similar to Italian farinata) at Chez Theresa, a colorful (and always busy) stand. The socca is made in their bakery at 28 Rue Droite in Old Nice, and a boy brings it to the stand in Cours Saleya on a black bike.

5. Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais

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A stroll along the Promenade des Anglais is one of the best things to do in Nice. This seaside promenade is Nice’s main landmark, famous beyond the French borders.

The name of this promenade honors the English aristocracy, who, in the 19th century, acquired a taste for vacationing in Nice in winter to escape England’s coldest months and had the idea of building this 7-kilometer avenue by the sea.

Along the Promenade des Anglais, you will find Nice’s beaches with their legendary blue lounge chairs, the Museum of Asian Arts , the Palais de la Méditerranée, and the equally iconic Hotel Négresco .

The Promenade des Anglais is also used to host popular city events like the Prom Classic or the Carnival of Nice .

6. Lazy Day at the Beach

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If you are wondering what to do in Nice, France, for a relaxing day, consider one of the beaches in Nice . The city’s seafront is bordered by pebbled beaches, public and private, and they are a great place for a lazy day sunbathing and a couple of dips.

To avoid contact with the stones, the beaches are fitted with lounge chairs, and it is highly recommended to use special shoes to walk on the beach or take a bath.

The public beaches offer limited facilities, while the private beaches have luxurious amenities (changing cabins, towels) and bars and restaurants with seaside service. Some of these private beaches, like Blue Beach and Beau Rivage , are amongst the most glamorous beaches on the French Riviera .

7. Take a Boat Tour from Nice

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Explore Nice and the French Riviera from another perspective, from the water!

Do you need to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing? Then, book this sunset boat tour that departs from Nice and explores Villefranche-sur-Mer and the preserved nature of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat under a beautiful orange light. During the boat tour, you will be able to snorkel and taste delicious Nice specialties in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere – Click here to book this sunset boat tour from Nice

If you prefer to sail during the day, this guided boat tour explores the French Riviera’s coastline from Nice to Monaco. Admire Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Eze, and Cap d’Ail from the water, with some stops for swimming or snorkeling – Click here to book this morning boat tour from Nice

8. Or Rent a Boat in Nice

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Why follow other tourists if you can craft your own boat tour with your family or friends? Rent a boat in Nice , with or without a skipper, and plan a day out admiring the city from the water or visiting places like Cap Ferrat and Cap d’Ail. With its azure waters, colorful towns, and natural wonders, the French Riviera is the ideal destination for sailing.

The boating season in the French Riviera runs from April to October. Given that Nice is a very popular holiday destination, there are plenty of boats available to rent. Keep in mind, however, that during the high season in the summer, there are many tourists in the city, so I recommend booking well in advance to find the perfect boat for you. And if you don’t have a boat permit, don’t hesitate to ask for the services of a professional skipper – Click here to rent a boat in Nice

9. Visit the Museums of Cimiez Hill

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If you are looking for a cultural day in Nice, what to do? I suggest visiting Cimiez Hill , a calm neighborhood on the hills of Nice with a serene atmosphere far from the Old Town’s hustle and bustle.

Located 2km north of Vieux Nice, Cimiez is a beautiful place for a stroll. It also has some Nice tourist attractions, like the Cimiez Monastery , Nice’s Archaeological Site and Archaeological Museum , the Chagall Museum , and the Matisse Museum . The historical monuments of Valrose Castle and Regina Palace are also located in Cimiez.

Cimiez also hosts popular city events like the Gourd Festival or the Nice Jazz Festival .

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10. Take a Food Tour

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A food tour is a great way to learn about food in Nice and taste some specialties. During my last trip to Nice, I took this top-rated Nice food tour that explores the market of Cours Saleya and some gourmet shops (olive oil, truffles, candied fruits,…), with tastings along the way.

Lara, our guide, was great. She told us a lot of things about Nice’s food and culture in general and adapted her explanations to our interests. The tour ended with a picnic on Castle Hill, where we tasted some musts of Nice, like pissaladière, pan bagnat, socca, cheese, and cold cuts washed down with local wines – Click here to book this food tour in Nice

Adrenaline-Packed Things to Do in Nice, France

This list of fun and adrenaline-packed activities in Nice is ideal for those who want to see Nice from another point of view.

11. Explore the Underwater World in Nice

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Discover the superb seabed of the French Riviera from Nice! Explore appreciated diving sites of the Mediterranean Sea, such as the Grande Baie or the Coral Cave .

If this is your first time, join this diving school in the port of Nice for an unforgettable first dive. You will leave by boat from the port of Nice for a half-day group session and take turns diving. Being in the company of other trainee divers, you will have time before or after your first dive to snorkel or simply enjoy the sun on board the boat.

The second part of the dive is dedicated to the underwater walk and the exploration of the surrounding sea bed – Click here to book your first dive from Nice

If you want to get your SSI Open Water Diver certification to become an autonomous diver and be able to dive down to 20 meters deep, then book this Scuba Diving SSI Course , which includes theoretical lessons and 8 dives in a protected environment.

12. Fly Over the Baie des Anges

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Discover the Angels Bay, one of the world’s most beautiful views, from the air!

Embark on a parasailing flight to take height and admire the beautiful city and its famous Bay as you have never seen it before. You will fly in front of the Old Nice and will be able to admire from above the bays of Villefranche and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a magic moment to live alone, in a duo, or in a trio!

The tour of the Bay of the Angels takes off from the Beau Rivage beach and is about 2 km long. It takes around 10 minutes, enough to fill up with sensations! – Click here to book a parasailing flight

Things to Do in Nice for Long Stays

If you decide to stay in Nice for more than two days, consider taking a day trip or a guided tour to explore other beautiful places in the French Riviera .

13. Take a Day Trip from Nice

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Nice is an excellent base for exploring other beautiful places on the French Riviera on day trips. The list of beautiful day trips from Nice includes Villefranche-sur-Mer – a picturesque Old Town and beach with pebbles on the small side –, Éze-Village , Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat , Menton , or Monaco .

Discover the Côte d’Azur on this guided driving tour of the French Riviera . Visit the village of Èze, and explore Monaco, Monte Carlo, and Antibes.

Further on the west, Cannes and Antibes are two beautiful cities on the French Riviera worth exploring, and they are easy to reach by regional train.

If you prefer to explore inland, this Provence Countryside guided tour visits lovely towns like Grasse , Gourdon, and Saint-Paul-de-Vence and has excellent reviews.

14. Take a Wine Tour

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The Côtes de Provence Appellation is very extensive. You will, of course, discover in this appellation producers of rosé wine (90% of the wine production) but also of fruity and quite full-bodied red wines and aromatic and fruity whites.

If you have a car, I recommend exploring the vineyards of Bellet AOC , planted on the steep slopes of the hills around Nice. Bellet has excellent red wines (assemblies from Braquet, Folle Noire, Cinsault, and Grenache Noir grape varieties) and white wines (assemblies from Vermentino, Chardonnay, Clairette, Blanqueiron, and Bourboulenc grape varieties). The Bellet AOC wine production is not big (around 50 Ha only) so it is rare to find these wines out of Nice. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste and buy these great wines!

In Bellet, Château de Bellet and Domaine de la Source offer different visits with tastings in French and English. Book in advance!  

If you don’t have a car, this full-day Côtes de Provence wine tour from Nice visits three award-winning wineries in the Provence Wine Region, where you can taste a variety of fine wines.

And there you have it: what to see in Nice, things to do, and top tips for a wonderful stay in the capital of the French Riviera. So, what are you waiting for?! Book your trip to Nice today!

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What to do with a few days in Nice, France

TikTok isn’t lying to you; the water off the coast of Nice, France, really is that blue.

I also came to find that the hype surrounding the French Riviera was not misplaced. Maybe I had rose-colored glasses on and not a Slack message in sight, but there was something magical about the southern French city.

While I’d like to be able to lay out a whole itinerary of my visit (that I, of course, planned beforehand), I can only admit to a penchant for a good stroll, during which I will find the principal of my daily activities.

Besides my internal desire to lead my own walking tours that take me into museums named after people I don’t know of and still won’t understand upon leaving, I have it on good authority that the best way to explore a city is to walk it.

Of course, you can take alternate transportation if you need to speed up your exploration or require other accommodations to make the most of your trip.

With a few days at your disposal, here’s how to get the most out of your visit to Nice.

Visit a museum or two

Now, this likely isn’t news to anyone who’s traveled to Europe before. Museums are probably on a majority of travelers’ lists, but believe it or not, I have specific reasons for including them here that aren’t just about seeing art. If you’re anything like me during my visit to Nice, you have a passable understanding of written French, less so of the spoken language. Museums are an easy way to practice both skills with the abundance of signs (that often have English translations) and docents that will speak to you in French regarding the art and your trip. I conversed in French for an excruciatingly long minute about where I was visiting from and why I was in Nice. Besides the language aspect, walking around a museum can give you a look into Nice’s past as well as the important figures in its history, while also posing a cool reprieve from walking around in the hot sun.

Museums to visit in Nice include:

  • Le Musée Masséna : Located just off the Promenade des Anglais, this museum displays the history of the city and artifacts related to Napoleon. Housed in an authentic villa, the museum’s wares are on display for visitors daily, except on Tuesdays.
  • Musée National Marc Chagall : Further from the coast, this museum’s offerings are slimmer, though the gallery is more than worth a visit. It traces Marc Chagall’s art and his spiritual/religious journey in tandem.

Dedicate time to multiple neighborhoods

One of the biggest mistakes you could make in Nice is confining yourself to one neighborhood. I wouldn’t go so far as to suggest trying to see as much as possible, but giving yourself a variety of sites allows you to get a better understanding of the city and, of course, more to love.

Due to my haphazard planning style and desire to explore, I made it a priority to see as much of the city as I could.

With only a few days, you are limited, so I’d recommend picking a few areas to spend time in over the course of your trip. For me, that was Le Musiciens, Jean-Médecin, Vieux Nice, Le Port and The Promenade.

Don’t skip the beach

If you’re going to Nice, you’ve probably clocked the beaches already, especially if you’re visiting in the height of summer. This may sound less pleasant, though, to travelers visiting in colder seasons, but I’d argue that there’s still much to appreciate about Nice’s beaches in cooler weather. The water is magically blue (which came as a bit of a shock to this native Californian), the reading on the beach potential is endless and people watching is always entertaining. Even if you aren’t planning on a swim, there’s nothing like bringing a baguette or pastry down to the rocks and watching the water ebb and flow when you’re on vacation. It’s part of the French Riviera experience.

Get that croissant (and then do it again)

One of the best parts about being in France is the access to high quality food, specifically decadent pastries. I am not embarrassed to admit that my pain aux chocolat counter hit 10 (over a nine-day trip), and my chaussons aux pommes counter hit three. On that note, I implore all travelers heading to France in general to find and order chaussons aux pommes. It’s the French version of an apple turnover, but each one I had beat every American apple turnover I’ve tasted by a mile. They say calories don’t count on vacation, but if they did I’d still recommend multiple trips to the boulangerie.

Take a day trip

There’s plenty to do in Nice, but I’d guess a day trip will only enrich your experience. The ideal cities for a day trip include Eze, Menton, Marseille, Monte-Carlo, Antibes and Cannes, though there are various other options. I, for example, made a new acquaintance and walked from Vieux Nice to Villefranche-sur-Mer, a small neighboring town. In the high season, this town would have been bustling with tourists, but early November saw small crowds and an easy walk. The unwalkable day trips are made possible by a robust public transit system, which can be used to plan months in advance or the day of, so spontaneous day trips aren’t out of the question.

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Strong Taiwan Quake Kills 9, Injures Hundreds

The earthquake was the most powerful to hit the island in 25 years. Dozens of people remained trapped, and many buildings were damaged, with the worst centered in the city of Hualien.

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Here’s what you need to know about the earthquake.

Taiwan was rocked Wednesday morning by the island’s strongest earthquake in a quarter century, a magnitude 7.4 tremor that killed at least nine people, injured more than 800 others and trapped dozens of people.

The heaviest damage was in Hualien County on the island’s east coast, a sleepy, scenic area prone to earthquakes. Footage from the aftermath showed a 10-story building there partially collapsed and leaning heavily to one side, from which residents emerged through windows and climbed down ladders, assisted by rescuers. Three hikers were killed after being hit by falling rocks on a hiking trail in Taroko National Park, according to the county government.

By late afternoon, officials said rescue efforts were underway to try to rescue 127 people who were trapped, many of them on hiking trails in Hualien.

One building in Changhua County, on the island’s west coast, collapsed entirely. The quake was felt throughout Taiwan and set off at least nine landslides, sending rocks tumbling onto Suhua Highway in Hualien, according to local media reports. Rail services were halted at one point across the island.

The earthquake, with an epicenter off Taiwan’s east coast, struck during the morning commute, shortly before 8 a.m. Taiwanese authorities said by 3 p.m., more than 100 aftershocks, many of them stronger than magnitude 5, had rumbled through the area.

In the capital, Taipei, buildings shook for over a minute from the initial quake. Taiwan is at the intersection of the Philippine Sea tectonic plate and the Eurasian plate, making it vulnerable to seismic activity. Hualien sits on multiple active faults, and 17 people died in a quake there in 2018.

Here is the latest:

The earthquake hit Taiwan as many people there were preparing to travel for Tomb Sweeping Day, a holiday across the Chinese-speaking world when people mourn the dead and make offerings at their graves. Officials warned the public to stay away from visiting tombs in mountain areas as a precaution, especially because rain was forecast in the coming days.

TSMC, the world’s biggest maker of advanced semiconductors, briefly evacuated workers from its factories but said a few hours later that they were returning to work. Chip production is highly precise, and even short shutdowns can cost millions of dollars.

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Lai Ching-te, Taiwan’s vice president, who is also its president-elect, visited the city of Hualien this afternoon to assess the destruction and the rescue efforts, a government announcement said. Mr. Lai, who will become president in May, said the most urgent tasks were rescuing trapped residents and providing medical care. Next, Mr. Lai said, public services must be restored, including transportation, water and power. He said Taiwan Railway’s eastern line could be reopened by Thursday night.

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Taiwan’s fire department has updated its figures, reporting that nine people have died and 934 others have been injured in the quake. Fifty-six people in Hualien County remain trapped.

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Taiwan’s fire department reports that nine people have died and 882 others have been injured in Taiwan. In Hualien County, 131 people remain trapped.

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Footage shows rocks tumbling down one side of Guishan Island, a popular spot for hiking known as Turtle Island, off the northeast coast of Taiwan. Officials said no fishermen or tourists were injured after the landslide.

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The death toll has risen to nine, according to Taiwan government statistics.

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Officials in Taiwan warned residents to not visit their relatives' tombs, especially in the mountains, this weekend during the holiday, known as Ching Ming, meant to honor them. There had already been 100 aftershocks and the forecast called for rain, which could make travel conditions on damaged roads more treacherous.

Crews are working to reach people trapped on blocked roads. As of 1 p.m. local time, roads were impassable due to damage and fallen rock in 19 places, according to the Ministry of Transportation. At least 77 people remain trapped. A bridge before Daqingshui Tunnel appeared to have completely collapsed.

Taiwan’s worst rail disaster in decades — a train derailment in 2021 that killed 49 people — took place on the first day of the Tomb Sweeping holiday period that year, in the same region as the earthquake.

The earthquake hit Taiwan as many people here were preparing to travel for Tomb Sweeping Day, or Ching Ming, a day across the Chinese-speaking world when people mourn their dead, especially by making offerings at their graves. Now those plans will be disrupted for many Taiwanese.

The holiday weekend would typically see a spike in travel as people visit family across Taiwan. Currently, both rail transport and highways are blocked in parts of Hualien, said Transport Minister Wang Guo-cai. Work is underway to restore rail transportation in Hualien, and two-way traffic is expected to be restored at noon on Thursday, he said.

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Taiwan’s preparedness has evolved in response to past quakes.

Taiwan’s earthquake preparedness has evolved over the past few decades in response to some of the island’s largest and most destructive quakes .

In the years after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in central Taiwan killed nearly 2,500 people in 1999, the authorities established an urban search-and-rescue team and opened several emergency medical operation centers, among other measures .

And in 2018, after a quake in the eastern coastal city of Hualien killed 17 people and caused several buildings to partially collapse, the government ordered a wave of building inspections .

Taiwan has also been improving its early warning system for earthquakes since the 1980s. And two years ago, it rolled out new building codes that, among other things, require owners of vulnerable buildings to install ad-hoc structural reinforcements.

So how well prepared was Taiwan when a 7.4 magnitude quake struck near Hualien on Wednesday morning, killing at least seven people and injuring hundreds more?

Across the island, one building collapsed entirely, 15 others were in a state of partial collapse and another 67 were damaged, the island’s fire department said on Wednesday afternoon . Structural engineers could not immediately be reached for comment to assess that damage, or the extent to which building codes and other regulations might have either contributed to it or prevented worse destruction.

As for search-and-rescue preparedness, Taiwan is generally in very good shape, said Steve Glassey, an expert in disaster response who lives in New Zealand.

“ The skill sets, the capabilities, the equipment, the training is second to none,” said Dr. Glassey, who worked with Taipei’s urban search-and-rescue team during the response to a devastating 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. “They’re a very sharp operation.”

But even the best urban search-and-rescue team will be stretched thin if an earthquake causes multiple buildings to collapse, Dr. Glassey said.

Taiwan has options for requesting international help with search-and-rescue efforts. It could directly ask another country, or countries, to send personnel. And if multiple teams were to get involved, it could ask the United Nations to help coordinate them, as it did after the 1999 earthquake.

Pierre Peron, a spokesman for the United Nations, said on Wednesday afternoon that no such request had yet been made as a result of the latest earthquake.

Meaghan Tobin contributed reporting.

At least seven people have died and 736 have been injured as a result of the earthquake, according to Taiwan’s fire department. Another 77 people remained trapped in Hualien County, many of them on hiking trails. Search and rescue operations are underway, said the fire department.

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Aftershocks of magnitudes between 6.5 and 7 were likely to occur over the next three or four days, said Wu Chien-fu, director of the Taiwanese Central Weather Administration’s Seismology Center, at a news conference.

As of 2 p.m., 711 people had been injured across Taiwan, the fire department said, and 77 people in Hualien County remained trapped. The four who were known to have died were in Hualien.

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Hualien County is a quiet and scenic tourist destination.

Hualien County on Taiwan’s east coast is a scenic, sleepy tourist area tucked away from the island’s urban centers, with a famous gorge and aquamarine waters. It also happens to sit on several active faults , making it prone to earthquakes.

The county has a population of about 300,000, according to the 2020 census, about a third of whom live in the coastal city of Hualien, the county seat. It is one of the most sparsely populated parts of Taiwan. About three hours by train from the capital, Taipei, the city describes itself as the first place on the island that’s touched by the sun.

Hualien County is home to Taroko National Park, one of Taiwan’s most popular scenic areas. Visitors come to explore the Taroko Gorge, a striated marble canyon carved by the Liwu River, which cuts through mountains that rise steeply from the coast. The city of Hualien is a popular destination as a gateway to the national park.

According to the state-owned Central News Agency, three hikers were trapped on a trail near the entrance to the gorge on Wednesday, after the quake sent rocks falling. Two of them were found dead, the news agency said. Administrators said many roads within the park had been cut off by the earthquake, potentially trapping hikers, according to the report.

Earthquakes have rattled Hualien with some regularity. In 2018, 17 people were killed and hundreds of others injured when a magnitude 6.5 quake struck just before midnight, its epicenter a short distance northeast of the city of Hualien.

Many of the victims in that quake were in a 12-story building that was severely tilted, the first four floors of which were largely crushed, according to news reports from the time. The next year, the area was shaken by a 6.1-magnitude earthquake that injured 17 people.

The area has some of the highest concentrations of Taiwan’s aboriginal population, with several of the island’s Indigenous tribes calling the county home .

The county government in Hualien released a list of people that had been hospitalized with injuries, which stood at 118 people as of midday Wednesday.

Across Taiwan, one building fell down entirely, in Changhua County on the west coast, and 15 buildings partially collapsed, Taiwan’s fire department said. Another 67 buildings were damaged. One of the partially collapsed structures was a warehouse in New Taipei City where four people were rescued, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency. Another 12 were rescued at a separate New Taipei City building where the foundation sank into the ground.

Peggy Jiang, who manages The Good Kid, a children’s bookstore down the street from the partially collapsed Uranus Building in Hualien, said it was a good thing they had yet to open when the quake struck. The area is now blocked off by police and rescue vehicles. “Most people in Hualien are used to earthquakes,” she said. “But this one was particularly scary, many people ran in the street immediately afterward.”

Lin Jung, 36, who manages a shop selling sneakers in Hualien, said he had been at home getting ready to take his 16-month-old baby to a medical appointment when the earthquake struck. He said it felt at first like a series of small shocks, then “suddenly it turned to an intense earthquake shaking up and down.” The glass cover of a ceiling lamp fell and shattered. “All I could do was protect my baby.”

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The earthquake damaged buildings and a highway in Hualien.

The magnitude 7.4 earthquake that struck Taiwan on Wednesday damaged many buildings and a major highway in Hualien, a city on the eastern coast, and it knocked out power as it rocked the island.

Across Taiwan, the quake and its aftershocks caused one building to completely collapse and 15 others to partially collapse, according to Taiwan’s fire department. Sixty-seven other buildings sustained damage.

Two tall buildings in Hualien that sustained particularly extensive damage were at the center of the rescue efforts there. Most damage across the city was not life-threatening, said Huang Hsuan-wan, a reporter for a local news site.

Where buildings were reported damaged in Hualien City

“A lot of roads were blocked off. There are a lot of walls toppled over onto cars,” Derik du Plessis, 44, a South African resident of Hualien, said shortly after the earthquake. He described people rushing around the city to check on their houses and pick up their children. One of his friends lost her house, he said.

One of the damaged buildings in Hualien, a 10-story structure called the Uranus Building that housed a mix of homes and shops, was tilted over and appeared to be on the verge of collapse. Many of its residents managed to flee, but some were missing, said Sunny Wang, a journalist based in the city. Rescuers were trying to reach the basement, concerned that people might be trapped there.

Photographs of the initial damage in Hualien showed another building, a five-story structure, leaning to one side, with crushed motorcycles visible at the ground-floor level. Bricks had fallen off another high-rise, leaving cracks and holes in the walls.

The quake also set off at least nine landslides on Suhua Highway in Hualien, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, which said part of the road had collapsed.

Taiwan’s fire department said four people had been killed in the earthquake.

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Across Taiwan, 40 flights have been canceled or delayed because of the earthquake, according to Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center.

President Tsai Ing-wen visited Taiwan’s national emergency response center this morning, where she was briefed about the response efforts underway by members of the ministries of defense, transportation, economic affairs and agriculture, as well as the fire department.

A look at Taiwan’s strongest earthquakes.

The magnitude 7.4 earthquake that hit Taiwan on Wednesday morning was the strongest in 25 years, the island’s Central Weather Administration said.

At least four people died after the quake struck off Taiwan’s east coast, officials said.

Here’s a look back at some of the major earthquakes in modern Taiwanese history:

Taichung, 1935

Taiwan’s deadliest quake registered a magnitude of 7.1 and struck near the island’s west coast in April 1935, killing more than 3,200 people, according to the Central Weather Administration. More than 12,000 others were injured and more than 50,000 homes were destroyed or damaged.

Tainan, 1941

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake in December 1941, which struck southwestern Taiwan, caused several hundred deaths, the United States Geological Survey said.

Chi-Chi, 1999

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake in central Taiwan killed nearly 2,500 people in September 1999. The quake, which struck about 90 miles south-southwest of Taipei, was the second-deadliest in the island’s history, according to the U.S.G.S. and the Central Weather Administration. More than 10,000 people were injured and more than 100,000 homes were destroyed or damaged.

Yujing, 2016

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake in February 2016 caused a 17-story apartment complex in southwestern Taiwan to collapse, killing at least 114 people . The U.S.G.S. later said that 90 earthquakes of that scale or greater had occurred within 250 kilometers, or 155 miles, of that quake’s location over the previous 100 years.


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Lynda Carter “I have a lot of sneakers . Because the Vince ones are just slip-on, I find that I wear those more than anything. They’re my go-to easy slip-on shoes, and they’re really comfortable. For Thanksgiving, I wore some oversize sequined pants with Vince sneakers, a T-shirt, and a white Stella McCartney jacket. I wear them as often as I can.” — December 2023

New Balance 530

Anna Cathcart “My dad told me that my granddad used to wear these shoes. He was like, What is fashion these days? He ironically got them for me for Christmas and I am obsessed with them. They’re very Grandpa-core for sure, but they go with way more outfits than you’d think. They’re chunky, which I think goes with a lot of the pants and shorts that I wear, but they even go with skirts or dresses if they’re more casual or made out of an athletic material. They were originally meant for running, so they’re super-comfy. I’ll wear them to school or set or on the airplane — they’re definitely my new everyday shoe.” — June 2023

New Balance 990v5 Sneakers

Tina Barney “In the winter I wear black; in the summer I wear gray. I have bad feet and have to use orthotics, so I need a good support shoe. I used to go to a store, Enslow, on the Upper East Side, and that’s where I first got them. Other shoes, even with high soles, don’t give me the support I need like these.” — May 2023

New Balance Unisex 550

Macklemore “I don’t know what it is about the 550s, but they’re just easy. I can wear them with anything. The white ones are very similar to wearing a white Air Force 1 to me. They’re super-comfortable — great arch support. It’s a design that reminds me of the ’80s, and I love that era. It’s a classic dad shoe, but I don’t really think of the 550 as a dad shoe. Like maybe dads in the ’80s were wearing this, but no dads are busting out the 550s these days. They’re busting out them Velcros and getting on that lawn and starting up that mower.” — March 2023

New Balance MADE in USA 993 Core

John Varvatos “These are kind of a hot fashion thing now, but I’ve been wearing these for maybe ten years, maybe longer. They were recommended to me by someone at a sneaker store, and they’ve been like my good friend in the closet ever since. I have flat feet and some back issues, and these are supportive enough for me to feel comfortable wearing them all day. I own them in multiple colorways and keep them in the city and in my home upstate. They’re great for working out and hiking. I’m not someone who wears sneakers with jeans to work, but the all-black ones make me feel like I can.” — February 2023

Adidas Samba Classic

Jeremy Denk “It probably goes back to high school; there’s this guy I had a crush on who probably wore Sambas. But they’re literally the most comfortable shoes for me, and I don’t need any others. I have my black patent-leather concert shoes, and I bring these shoes, too, and they do well for rehearsals or for working out. You never have to tie them; you can slip in and out of them. (I have a whole, like, childhood problem with shoelaces .) Infinitely comfortable and easily walkable. They also seem to go with every pair of pants. I’m usually very uncomfortable in my concert clothes. If I could wear my Sambas onstage, I would. I have them in black and white — I’m boring. You know, traditionalist.” — November 2023

adidas Ultraboost 21

Adriene Mishler “I probably don’t go a day without wearing these. I’ve been really loving them for walks and runs. Yes, they look cool and are hip, but they feel good, too. I’ll wear them casually as well. It’s nice to have a shoe I can wear for everything.” —  April 2021

Balenciaga Triple S Clear Sole Mesh, Nubuck and Leather Sneakers

T-Pain “I think they’re called Triple S because they’re made up of three shoes. They’re big as hell, but man, they are comfortable as shit. I can’t really walk downstairs with them because they’re too big to fit on one step, but if I’m on level ground and I can just walk around, they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever had. I don’t know how many I have, but I got a whole Triple S section in the closet. I’m trying to get every color that they drop.” — October 2022

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi

Jenna Ortega “If you saw my pair of Chucks, they’re almost embarrassing. They could walk themselves, as my mom would say. My classic black Chuck Taylors are just so comfortable. And I like when things are a bit lived-in — these have been through a lot.” —  March 2022

Women's Nike In-Season TR 9 Training Shoes

Ashley Greene “I’ve been a Nike fan forever. Their shoes fit me really well and always give me the right amount of support, but the pair that I have I love because they’re all black so I can travel with them. I feel like you can wear them through the airport, you can wear them obviously to work out, but I can also wear them on a casual day out. I love doing HIIT workouts, so having something that l can move in and be agile was important.” — December 2021

Nike Air Max 90

Brit Bennett “Growing up, I always had one pair of shoes that I got at the beginning of the school year and just wore. But my sister is a huge sneakerhead; she got me really into sneakers and pointed me toward the Air Max 90s, which are now my favorites. It’s a classic sneaker that comes in lots of fun colorways and is just comfortable. Mine are a sort of teal and blue; I bought them so long ago I don’t remember where I got them from. In New York, you spend a lot of time looking at people’s feet because you’re walking places or you’re on the train looking at someone’s shoes. God forbid you’re making eye contact.” — November 2020

Nike Air Force 1 ’07 Sneaker

Noah Schnapp  “It’s kind of a trend right now and everyone has them. I have them in white so they go with any outfit. They’re comfortable so I wear them everywhere. I feel like everyone, at least all teenagers these days, wears Air Force 1s or Converse. But I would much rather have Air Force 1s over Converse for sure. I think Air Force 1s are cooler, and they’re more comfortable.” — February 2020

Keke Palmer “I’m always wearing my Air Force 1s. They’re the most comfortable, the most classic, the most stylish shoe. They’re a go-to thing in my closet.” — September 2019

Nike Classic Cortez Sneaker

Chris Bosh “You know, they’re a classic. I’ve got three pairs: black and white, white and red, and blue and white. I’m a dad, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to start wearing loafers all the time. I’m a sneaker guy. But you can dress these up or down. And they’re comfortable — no-frills, nothing crazy, super-simple — you just can put them on and go. Plus they’re recognizable — they bring back memories for people.” — May 2019

Nike Free RN Flyknit

Glenn Howerton “These are just so damn comfortable. I have a weirdly shaped foot. I wear orthotics, and I think that’s what they’re good for, but it’s also why I love these sneakers. They’re just like wearing socks.” — February 2019

Vans Classic Slip-on Core Classics

Nick Jonas “I like to take a classic approach to my style but with a little bit of an edge — pops of colors or something vibrant. That way, that classy tailored feel is always there, even when I’m just wearing jeans and a T-shirt (or a T-shirt with a suit, which is a cool move because it also has that edge). For my everyday wardrobe, I wear these Vans a lot. I own two or three pairs right now because they’re so easy to throw on and pair with anything. It adds a nice punch to any outfit, but they’re also comfortable. They’re in my bag every single time I travel.” — October 2021

Taran Killam “I’ve owned a pair of these since second grade. (Different sizes, obviously.) They’re the most comfortable shoes in the world. They’re great for travel, especially through security, as not only are they slip-on shoes but they have a secret, secondary slip-off function.” — August 2018

APL Men's TechLoom Breeze

Shangela Laquifa Wadley “I’m wearing a pair right now. These sneakers come in really cool colors and styles, but they’re also very comfortable. I have red ones, neon-yellow ones, gray ones, and a pair that’s like a mauve-pink color. I just love them.” — June 2020

Karhu Men’s Aria Suede Lace-Up Sneakers

Gary Shteyngart “I bought these sneakers at Alife on Rivington. The salespeople there are so cool. One of them said to me, ‘These sneakers make you look like a drug dealer.’ I was like, ‘I’ll take 20 pairs, please.’ But they just make me feel super comfortable, like I’m walking on panna cotta.” — September 2018

The Greats Royale Sneakers

Jason Wu “I love these sneakers so much. I met the co-founder Ryan Babenzien through a mutual friend years ago, and I’ve been wearing these sneakers ever since. They’re comfortable and made in Italy — I’m on my feet all day, every day, so I need comfortable sneakers.” —  September 2017

Sandals and slides

Nike Victori One Women's Slides

Paulina Alexis “These are my everyday shoes. They’re comfortable, durable, and easy to slide on and off any time I want. I even wear them in the middle of winter in the snow. If I’m running to the store, I just slap on my slides. I wore mine to a fitting for Reservation Dogs , and the costume department even suggested I wear them for some of my scenes. I personally like the regular black-and-white ones because they go with anything.” — August 2023

Suicoke Moto Cab

Baz Luhrmann “I know these are kind of hip, but I love that they are the perfect travel footwear. One, they’re amazingly comfortable. Two, they’re easy to kick off. I travel so much, and if there’s one thing that drives me crazy, it’s taking my shoes off in the TSA line. I can even kick these up and catch them. Because I’m known to wear these, friends and family often gift them to me for birthdays. I have an almost embarrassing array of them, but the midnight blue ones are my standard fit.” — June 2023

Hoka Ora Recovery Slide 3

Amna Nawaz “My husband’s a runner, and he got turned on to these Recovery Slides. This is another thing I picked up from him. I don’t train nearly as hard as he does, but after a long run or at the end of a long day wearing heels, these shoes feel like pillows under my feet. They’re not the most attractive things — I wouldn’t necessarily wear them walking around outside the house — but you cannot beat the comfort.” — May 2023

FitFlop TRAKK-II Thong Sandal

Samantha Irby “I was doing let’s say research, scrolling, and saw these that have some special ‘wobbleboard technology’ that keeps you from tipping over. I wear them all the time. I buy one pair a year and wear the shit out of it. Then I recycle them and get another pair. It’s the least sexy piece of footwear you could ever put on your feet. My body is at a point of decomposition where this outfit also needs to help me. This shoe needs to push up my flat foot. This underwear needs to come up and compress my belly a little bit. I’m fully in that stage of life, and you know what? I’m into it. There’s nothing in my life that I want badly enough to be uncomfortable while doing it.” — May 2023

Fit Flops Lulu Toe-Post Sandals

Julia Quinn “I found out about these from my mom during a trip to Europe, I think, back around 2011. A little while after, I saw a sports-medicine doctor for an issue with one of my heels, and he described what would be the perfect shoe for me: something backless with a supportive, thick sole. I was like, ‘Oh, like these?’ And pulled up the Fit Flops on my phone. He was like, ‘Yeah, pretty much.’ I bought a pair for myself and now live in them. I have them in four colors strewn around my house so I can put them on at any moment. I even wear them on the elliptical.” — May 2023

Birkenstock Arizona Sandals

Elvira “It’s funny, I used to always call Birkenstocks ‘lesbian shoes.’ But now I wear them all the time, and I’m a lesbian. I don’t know if they turned me into a lesbian or what. I use them for slippers in my house, I use them for walking and hiking, and to wear them around town because they look awesome. I get compliments all the time. If you’ve worn high heels for 50 years, like I have, your feet are screwed. These are just about the only shoe I can wear now that feel comfortable, and they have arch support. I have them in gold, bronze, and I just bought some new ones in a beautiful brown.” — October 2022

Jamie Chung “The most comfortable sandals . I’m from San Francisco, so we’re quite granola there. Birkenstock has always been a staple. I wear these year-round, even with socks. I have a pair with shearling for winter and the rubber ones for the beach.” — August 2021

Maggie Holladay “I used to make fun of everybody who wore them. Now I’ve had a pair for five years and they’ve completely molded to my feet. They’re so comfortable. I love to wear mine with socks and Levi’s.” — February 2021

Birkenstock Arizona Birko-Flor Sandal

Whoopi Goldberg “They’re not the most attractive, but boy do they make your feet feel good. My feet even look like Birkenstocks when I’m not wearing them. I try to find unique Birks — I wore them in my 20s and 30s, and now I’ve come back to them in my 50s and 60s, so it’s full circle. Let me tell you, they’re great for your back. I have really flat feet, so if you want to know about comfort, I’m all about comfort. I’m wearing the black ones right now, but I have red ones with cats and Darth Vader ones and orange ones and silvery ones.” — November 2017

Rainbow Sandals

Andrew McMahon “Rainbow Sandals is based in my hometown of San Clemente, California, and they are like a part of your uniform out here. Everybody wears them. They’re incredible handmade leather sandals. I’ve gone as many as five or six years on a single pair of Rainbows. It’s a bit of a badge of honor how long you can hang on to a pair before having to refresh and get a new one. Hysterically, I used to wear them onstage when I played with Something Corporate back in the day. Eventually, I decided shoes might be more suitable in the long run. But when I’m hanging out and the weather is decent, these are pretty much the only thing that I put on my feet.” — October 2021

APL Women’s Big Logo TechLoom Slide

Kristin Cavallari “I live in these things. I call them my house shoes, but I find that I wear them all the time. There are two layers on the top; the upper top layer is a kind of meshy material that’s a little stretchy, which is nice for a perfect fit. The footbed is kind of squishy — not foam, but definitely really soft and just so comfortable.” — October 2020

Teva Women's Universal Wedge Sandal

Sasheer Zamata “I can’t even remember when I started wearing Tevas, but I feel like it’s been years. My friend Nicole makes fun of me and calls me a hippie witch. Which I am. But I also want to be comfortable. I’m always looking for shoes that have good arch support, and Tevas do. I feel like I can walk forever in them. Plus, you know, you get your toes aired out. I’m a big fan. I’ll wear my Tevas with anything.” — August 2020

Roxy Women's Vista Sandal Flip-Flop

Angela Kinsey “If I could only wear one shoe for the rest of my life, it’d be flip-flops. Because I’m a dork, sometimes I’ll even wear socks with them. My daughter hates that and rolls her eyes, but whatever — they’re functional. The Roxy ones are comfortable, and I like how I look in them. I have a really small foot — I’m like a lady’s size five — and these fit me really well.” — March 2020

Adidas Adilette Comfort Slide Sandal

Maddie Ziegler “I’d always wanted a pair of slides. I actually had a pair of Fenty x Puma ones, which I love, but aren’t really an everyday thing. And then when we went on tour, our wardrobe backstage is really just about walking around in slides because walking barefoot backstage is not a good idea. So they gave us these robes and Adidas slides to wear with our leotards. Now they just remind me of being on tour, which is a nice memory. Of course, they’re really comfortable and stylish too.” — March 2017

Charles Clinkard Grecian Mens Leather Slippers

Phillip Lim “They’re my early-summer-to-late-fall slippers . I wear them for dinners, I wear them with shorts, I wear them with sweatpants. I even wear them on the red carpet sometimes. There’s something about the lack of weight — when you slip into this, it’s super-comfortable. It’s good for your feet too, because it’s really the closest thing you get to your actual foot being on the ground, but with a layer of protection. I love the shape — they just look great, the proportions.” — February 2024

Stubbs & Wootton Slipper

Carson Kressley “These are a preppy classic. They’re little velvet slippers that you can wear out of the house, but they call them slippers. They’re super-comfortable and have a lot of flair. They’re pricey, but they don’t cost a fortune. I actually collect them now, too, so besides being a shoe, they’re a hobby, which is very dangerous. I have about 30 pairs. I went to a formal thing over the holidays and wore a black velvet pair. I have linen ones that I wear when I go to Palm Beach or L.A. I just got ones with carriages on them, and then I got fox heads because I love foxes. They can be kind of saucy, too. Like, you’ll have a screw on one and a ‘U’ on the other.” — January 2023

Glerups Wool Slip-On Rubber Outsole

Marcel Dzama “These slippers were a Christmas gift that my wife or maybe my son picked out. It was probably my wife, but I think he got the credit for them as a gift. They remind me of something my grandfather would have brought with him from Ukraine. They have a real homemade, old-world style, and they actually keep my feet warm in the winter. I wish I would’ve had them when I lived in Winnipeg, Canada. They almost look like they could be made out of the same industrial felted wool Joseph Beuys used to make his felt suits. I forget I’m wearing them sometimes when I go outside. So it’s nice that they have a waterproof sole. I had the leather ones, and they got worn out much faster. They are so comfortable that I have even forgotten I’m wearing them and made it all the way to the studio not realizing I didn’t switch into shoes.” — October 2023

Glerups Unisex Slipper

Lisa Lucas  “These German boiled-wool high-top slippers are the most comfortable things. They have tread on the bottom, and because I am a grubby person, I regularly wear them outside of my home, like to the bodega — which is disgraceful, but also one of my great joys. I’m basically in for any ugly-but-comfortable shoe trend, and I’m happy to stay with that ugly-but-comfortable shoe trend well beyond the moment where it’s acceptable, or cute, or ironic. The Glerups are mildly attractive if a little slipper-looking, and the thing about boiled wool is that it keeps your feet really warm. I do a lot of reading at home, and curling up in a chair and having warm feet and a blanket and a good book is really important. I’m constantly trying to life-hack the best way to be the most comfortable while sitting and reading a book.” — November 2019

Charvét Suede Slippers

Alex Eagle “I’ve worn Charvet slippers for about ten years; they’re so comfortable and they last for ages. My husband bought me my first pair, and I’ve lived in them ever since. I put them on as soon as I get in the house, and I’ve got a pair at my cottage as well. I travel with them — you can wear them instead of flip-flops or sandals because they’re so comfy. And they have great classic colors. I’ve gotten a bit braver with the shades. I got a really beautiful kind of bubblegum pink last time I was in Paris for Fashion Week. But I live in my red ones — they’re just a perfect, deep, bright red.” — August 2019

Editor’s note: Alex’s red pair is no longer available, but we found the slippers in black. 

Gardenheir Italian Garden Clogs

Phillip Lim “I have four pairs. I have them in this royal blue. I have them in clementine, which is the orange. I have white ones that are super-chic, but they’re sold out constantly. And I have a pair of navy ones that I’m literally wearing right now. What’s incredible about them is the way they’re built: it’s a full rubber-injection construction, and then there’s a removable cork insole. So when it gets dirty, you remove the cork insole and rinse it down and it looks brand-new. I do everything in these clogs, from gardening to traveling to walking around the city. They’re amazing for airports because you just slide them off, no unlacing involved. It’s heavy-duty, so it protects your toes from potential accidents. The shape is really great for dressing up as well. Everyone wears those chunky Bottega rubber mules — these are the Italian clog version, but for $78.” — February 2024

Crocs Men's and Women's Classic Clog

Kelis “On the farm, I live in Crocs. At this point it’s become Jordans onstage, Crocs on the farm. I’ve got winter Crocs, rainbow Crocs, tie-dye Crocs, I have them all. My kids wear them, too. We’re a Crocs family to the point where I’m like, we have farm Crocs and leaving-the-farm Crocs. They’re not the same.” — September 2023

Ben Baller “They are so damn comfortable. At my age, everything becomes about that. There’s a reason so many doctors wear them: They are not only comfortable but so easy to clean and breathable, and they can be worn with or without socks and as a clog or with the strap on the back. It’s just an all-access shoe. My two pairs are collaborations with Takashi Murakami, one of the greatest contemporary artists of our time.” — March 2021

Crocs Classic Platform Clog

Ally Maki “Who knew I’d be in my 30s rocking Crocs? But they’re just so comfortable. You can’t get them off my feet. It started because I shot this movie called Shortcomings , which was directed by Randall Park. We shot in New York during the blazing-hot summer and in between scenes, our amazing costume designer, Ava Yuriko Hama, had Crocs for everyone. Normally for comfort shoes I would just wear slippers or something, but I said, ‘Okay, I’ll give it a try.’ The minute I put them on, it was like Cinderella and the glass slipper. So I got my own pair, these funky tie-dye ones.” — May 2023

Nicole Scherzinger “I was so stoked when Crocs came back in style. You kind of feel like you’re getting a massage while walking in these. And they’re super-light so they’re easy to travel with. It’s just a smart shoe. I specifically like tie-dye because the colors go with a lot. I put together cute travelling outfits wearing these.” — October 2022

Birkenstocks Tokio Super Grip Clogs

Buddha Lo “The comfortability comes from the cork. You’re standing on your feet. I remember one time I bought new Birkenstocks for a restaurant with Gordon Ramsay. I managed to break them in within a day. Usually takes a week, and I’m like, Oh my God, I just got these today, and I’ve already broken them in. But once they’re broken in, they’re the most comfortable shoes. These are kind of like my everyday shoes now. I wear them pretty much everywhere. When I’m at work, I wear them. When I’m out having a casual day, I’m wearing them.” — March 2023

Florsheim Berkley Penny Loafer, Burgundy

Eric Adams “The more you wear them, the more comfortable they become. Florsheim is a throwback. The shoes are made well and I can wear them with different things. Burgundy is a universal color. It goes with black suits, cream khakis, blue slacks. It gives you that versatility. I walk parades in them, knock on doors.” — June 2021

Gucci Leather Driver With Horsebit

Rumaan Alam “I bought my first pair of these probably eight years ago. I’m about to buy my fourth pair. They last a long time. They are extremely handsome, in my opinion. They’re very straightforward and incredibly comfortable and really, really well-made. They’re a very comfy thing to wear ambling around the city, and if we were traveling, you could also wear them on the plane and feel good. Mine are always brown, and they have to be the driver, not the loafer. They look like what a really rich person would wear to feel comfortable, and that works a particular kind of magic on me.” — October 2020

Gucci Brixton Leather Loafer

Phillip Picardi  “I’m wearing these right now. I’ve always been a sneaker guy in Common Projects or Stan Smiths, but I got tired of the white sneakers, and I gravitated toward these over the summer. The back of the shoes can actually fold in or out, which is just so great. If you’re in a suit, you can be more dressed up, but if you’re not, they’re like a slipper. They’re even more comfortable than sneakers. They’re polished enough that you can wear them with jeans or trousers, and your outfits will be equally elevated in either scenario.” — October 2018

Sabah Blue Loafers

Myriam Badault  “Last winter, I was staying at the Standard in Miami, and Sabah had a pop-up in the hotel. They were selling these shoes, so I bought some there. They’re so comfortable and easy to wear. I got the blue ones, and then a gold pair. They’re made in a special workshop, so sometimes you don’t have all of the colors available at one time. I like that they don’t overproduce.” — November 2019

G.H. Bass & Co. Women’s Whitney Penny Loafer

Morgan Parker “Another very classic Morgan situation. Loafers and a blazer. I’ve worn loafers at the beach, at a pool, in the woods. I remember I was at a residency once in the woods. Everyone’s shoes were out by the door, and another writer was like, ‘Whose fucking loafers are these!?’ And I was like, ‘Who do you think?! I don’t have the right shoes for this. I have loafers and they’re comfortable.’ So yeah, I have quite a few pairs of loafers. The Bass are classic; those are the ones I’ve had since I was a teenager. I have black, I have brown — I actually put pennies in those. I have ones with tassels. I have the patent ones — those are fun especially in winter. Having a shiny shoe really spices things up. I love them with socks, without socks; I think they go with everything.” —  February 2019

Hunter Men's Play Mid-Height Rain Boots

John Derian “We’re in the woods a lot on the Cape. There’s a lot of cranberry bogs and things of that nature, and I can just waltz through it in these rain boots . Mine are green. They make me feel like a little kid, and they make me feel indestructible. I’ll also wear them in New York City in the snow, and I’ll throw them on just to run across the street. They’re comfy. I’m not really one to dress up. For shoes, I like a slip-on — can’t bother with laces — and I like that these boots aren’t too heavy or very stiff. If I could wear them all the time, I would.” — May 2023

Doc Martens Chesney Leather Flared Heel Lace Up Boots

Tomás Mato “My friend told me, ‘If someone were to make a portrait of you, you’d be wearing these shoes.’ They’re not wrong. These replaced other Doc heels I had that got discontinued, but I ended up liking these more because the platform makes them more comfortable. I can actually pump in these, so it’s my everyday New York City pumping shoe. I literally just bought an extra pair of them and haven’t worn them yet because I want a painted pair of DIY Docs — I just don’t know what to get on them yet.” — August 2022

Dr. Martens Jadon 8-Eye Boot

Emma Chamberlain “I don’t really have a specific style. Like, the other day I was wearing a full black-leather look and tomorrow I might wear a pink miniskirt. I’m truly all over the place. But Doc Martens are such a staple for me. They give me a rockstar feeling, like I could stop on a drum set with my boots if I wanted to. My first pair was shorter; I don’t know what I was thinking because these platform ones are life-changing. I only wear platforms now. They’re so comfortable, too, once you break them in. They take every outfit from ‘That’s cool’ to ‘Whoa, look at her.’” — November 2020

Dove Cameron “When I did Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , they dressed me in all these kinds of combat-esque clothes because I was a villain. When I was done filming, I wanted to order all the stuff I wore for one outfit I was in for a lot of the time. The character was just so sexy and badass, and I felt amazing. So I gave my mom the link to the Doc Martens — I don’t remember why she helped me order them — and I guess I gave her a link to the men’s version, and told her the wrong size too? I don’t really know what happened, but now I have these oversize men’s Doc Marten boots. I’m usually a six and a half or seven in women’s shoes, and these are like an eight in men’s. They’re huge, but I think that’s what makes them extremely comfortable. I really like that they kind of drag on the ground and feel a bit heavy. This sounds so funny, but they don’t look like clown shoes, trust me.” — November 2020

Dr. Martens Molly Quad Retro Boots

Debby Ryan “I seriously couldn’t live without black boots . I have a bunch that I’m obsessed with, but I probably wear my stacked Docs the most: They’re super-easy and go with everything. I feel the most like myself in black boots. I can climb a tree or skateboard in them, or run to a train, or defend myself. They make me stand a little bit taller if I’m walking to my car on a dark street or whatever. I like to replace the shoelaces with ribbons to soften the boots and give them a masculine but still cute and chic look. I think that really describes me all-around: A black military boot with a feminine satin ribbon is very much my aesthetic.” —  January 2020

UGG Women's Classic Short Boot

Brenda Song “I love UGG boots for winter, UGG slides for summer, and UGG slippers at home. I, of course, started wearing them in the early aughts, when they were hip. I know people hate them, but I love them. I travel in them. They’re so comfy, and they last forever. I’ve had my UGG boots for a concerning amount of years, and I probably should get a new pair, but they’re just so good. The more you wear them, the more comfortable they are.” —  July 2022

Kiernan Shipka “I think Uggs are iconic for a reason. I remember when I was filming Mad Men when I was like 6 or 7 or 8, when January Jones would come to work, she would always wear Uggs. All the ladies on set would wear Uggs with all of the wonderful clothes when their feet weren’t seen. I just remember becoming so obsessed and wanting Uggs and then getting them, and they’ve just stuck with me. They’re as easy as a slide. I wear them on set. I wear them in my everyday life.” — April 2022

Pepa (née Cheryl James) “I have every color of Uggs — blue, beige, black — in tall and short. But I prefer the short ones because I travel all over the world and they’re easy to take off and on in the airport. They’re the most comfortable shoes, whether I’m going to the airport or the supermarket. If I’m running around, I just throw my Uggs on. I wear them instead of sneakers because they fit so well and they’re warm.” — March 2020

Prada Leather Zip Pocket Combat Booties

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We had plenty of sunshine and warmth for the solar eclipse today! Temperatures managed to reach the mid 60s this afternoon, about 10 degrees above our normal high. We’ll stay dry and seasonable overnight with mostly clear skies at sunrise.


The home opener at Fenway Tuesday looks great too. An easterly wind will keep the coast a little cooler tomorrow with temperatures in the 50s while inland towns and cities make it to the 60s again. I’m expecting low-mid 50s at Fenway for the game under partly to mostly sunny skies.


Unsettled weather is set to return Wednesday to Friday. Showers look scattered Wednesday, more widespread Thursday, and heaviest Friday. A fresh 1-2″ rainfall in southern New England will probably cause rivers to rise again. A few may reach minor flooding status. Let’s also keep an eye on the coast for minor coastal flooding and gusts 50-55 mph in spots (Friday).

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A spotty shower is possible overnight, but by and large we’ll stay dry and mild as temperatures only settle into the upper 50s and lower 60s by Tuesday morning.

After a quiet and cloudy start, showers and thunderstorms take over the region by midday. Despite the rounds of rain we’ll reach the 60s tomorrow afternoon.

Rain and a few storms remain in the forecast for Tuesday night. With the continued rain and southerly winds, expect lows in the 50s once again.

Periods of rain and thunder will be around at times again on Wednesday. Rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the 60s during the afternoon.

Waves of rain continue through Thursday and possibly into Friday.

When all is said and done, 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected this week. This may lead to some flooding issues by the weekend.

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