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There are a ton of fun things to do in Nice: from lazy days spent at beautiful local beaches to a beautiful flower market and hip shops, it is no wonder that the city has inspired many artists over the years. The likes of Yves Klein and Henri Matisse have lived and worked here, so it’s only right that this city on the French Riviera is home to some excellent galleries and museums. It’s not just about aesthetics (although the gorgeous seafront will look great on Instagram)—you’ll also find brilliant bars and restaurants where you can sample Provençal specialities and regional wines. Whether you want to gallery hop, sunbathe on the beach, lounge in a luxury hotel or just mooch along the seafront on the Promenade des Anglais, you can cover all bases in this Côte d'Azur hot spot. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
Ah Nice, the promenade des Anglais, the old town, the sunny kitchen… We could swoon over this beautiful French city all day, especially when delighting in the food served at the best Nice restaurants. The city is most famous for the age-old Niçoise salad and pan bagnats (basically a Niçoise salad in a bread roll), but young chefs are giving the local restaurant scene a gastronomic kick in a creative direction. Whether you’re staying in an Airbnb in the heart of town or by a popular residential district looking for things to do, you’re sure to track down something amazing to eat—from traditional fare to more modern and bolder options. From bistros with moleskine benches to eateries in wine cellars and Michelin-starred joints, plus hotel restaurants and stalls dotting the many beaches, here are all the restaurants you absolutely must dine at while in Nice.
It’s easy to be so blinded by Nice’s sun-drenched beaches and bath-warm waters that you miss out on its tangled streets and the shopping opportunities that lie within. But no visit would be complete without a stroll of those shops, whether you’re hoping to update your wardrobe with the latest high-end fashions, grab some stinky cheese to take home or simply peruse the window displays. As with most major cities, the shopping areas are concentrated around a few key hubs. Kick things off in the Old Town’s Cours Saleya and the Rue François de Paule where many of Nice’s oldest and most atmospheric shops vie for your attention—a stroll through this area is a quintessential thing to do in the city. If you’re feeling flush, the Rue Paradis and surrounding streets of the appropriately named Carré d’Or (Golden Square) will test your bank balance to its limits with the old adage: if you have to ask how much it is you probably can’t afford it. For something a little friendlier to the wallet or purse, the Nice Étoile shopping mall offers everything you’ll need. To save your feet, we’ve trod the hard miles for you and rounded out our pick of the best shopping in the city. Parfait!
If you like luminous seas, long pebble beaches and an endless supply of cocktails, there’s nowhere nicer than Nice. There aren’t many world-class towns where you can stroll the streets, parks and promenades with the salty tang of the sea ever-present. Which makes Nice, resplendent in its coastal setting along a four-mile stretch of the French Riviera, something rather special. That pebble-strewn demi-lune of beach borders the Mediterranean’s Baie de Anges and is tracked its entire length by one of the world’s great city walks along the Promenade des Anglais, dotted with world-class restaurants, top hotels and plenty of shops. But while you could be forgiven for seeing it as one (really, really) long beach, this is the south of France where nothing is ever so simple. In fact, this stretch comprises more than 30 separate beaches, 20 of which are public, 15 private and all with something special to set them apart. Mostly seasonal and open largely between April and October when the sun and crowds are at their most potent, it’s wise to know before you go whether you want cocktails and loungers, gourmet food with price tags to match, or family friendly shores with shallow waters. To help you decide, here are our picks of the best for any occasion.
The French Riviera is Europe’s capital of cool. Also the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department on this cobbled coast, Nice has long been a draw for sun-worshippers, partygoers, artists and holidaymakers alike, looking for unique things to do along the stunning coastline. The result is a city awash with fantastic hotels. From Belle Époque era grand residences and townhouses rich in period detail to minimal modern boutique hotels and eccentric artsy retreats, the choice really is boundless. And as Nice is rumored to have more hotel rooms than any other French city (not to mention top Airbnbs), competition keeps standards high and prices surprisingly low for even the best rooms in the best hotels. Here then are our top picks, confidently striding the full gamut of rooms to select the cream of the crop catering to every possible taste, budget and location. Something for everyone then? Mais oui!
There are several reasons to visit Nice, but let's start with just three: sun, sandy beaches and socca. Capital of the French Riviera, this glamorous southern city has a vista to rival any postcard, thanks to glittering waters, classic architecture and lively streets full of bars, restaurants, and bustling shops. And if you're looking for accommodation, staying at an Airbnb offers an authentic taste of life on the coast that you just can't get at even the top hotels. Got your passport ready? Here's our pick of the best Airbnb venues in Nice, so you can visit in style. Bon voyage!