Your critical guide to hotels, restaurants and going out in Nice

Written by local experts

Editor's picks

Retro-hip decor and international DJs

Le Smarties

Smarties is populated by the kind of clientele who don't look out of place among the decor of funky divans and 1970s television sets.

A quirky bar with killer cocktails

Les Distilleries Idéales
Bars & pubs

The louche, slightly Gothic decor, suppable beers, nightly happy hour and cocktail menu are the big draws at this corner bar.

Superior seafood and fine wines

Le Bistrot du Port
Restaurants & cafés

Looking out on to the luxury yachts of Nice's old port, this bright yellow bistro has great food and excellent service.

Major attractions

Musée des Beaux-Arts


The building itself is a work of art, and the treasures inside include some fantastic Impressionist paintings and Rodin's sculpture 'The Kiss'.

Cathédrale Saint Nicolas (Eglise Russe)


A striking example of Russian Orthodox architecture, Nice's cathedral captures a lost epoch of Russian splendour.

Musée Matisse


Devoted to Matisse, this wonderful museum exhibits a significant number of the artist's paintings and drawings and an assortment of his sculptures.

What's on in Nice

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Nice's events calendar offers a riot of arts, music and food festivals, plus plenty of messing about in boats.