Nice - the capitol of Côte d'Azur


Nice is a lot of things

Vieux Nice, Flower Square, Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena, carnival, museums, lots of restaurants, cafes, bistros, etc.

Nice has many qualities and we could keep up with it. But we have fallen for the special mood that exists in the city. An intermediate between a mood of a big city and of small local and cozy enclaves. Let's start with the old town of Vieux Nice, which is charming and lively to live in. Very touristy, yes, but also with a special atmosphere. Lots of shops, many of them are clean tourist shops. But in fact you can actually find a proper store. We have succeded to buy Ray-Ban sunglasses in Vieux Nice at the city's cheapest price. The Flower Square, Cours Saleya, located on the outskirts of the old town, just behind the seafront, is also to be experienced. Here are lots of people and lots of life. Flower and food market every day except Monday where antiques take over.

Let us also mention one of the other districts in town, Liberation. Go to Av. Jean Medicin (where the trams go) and continue for more a couple of kilometers, passing Le Gare de Nice Ville and under the motorroad. After that some hundred meters more and you are at Place de General de Gaulle. That is the center of district Liberation - and here there is a huge market every day, except Monday - and a lot of shops, restaurants etc.

 

The Mediterranean

Promenade des Anglais, "La Prom", one of the world's most famous seaside promenades. Several kilometers long with lots of life. An experience in itself.

Nice is the capital of the Côte d'Azur. We love the city incredibly much and come there as often as possible. But of course, you should be aware that in the hot summer months it is really hot in a big city, so also in Nice. However, with its location next to the water, it even goes. In the summer we can recommend a few days in the city and so for the rest of the money the rest of Provence.

When you're in town, you can not help spending much time at the promenade. Take a trip from town to west. There are 5-6 kilometers before arriving at the airport. Take a break along the way. Either on one of the many famous blue chairs set along the way - or on one of the beach bars that appear on a regular basis. Here the colours of the umbrellas and the furniture in many cases are also blue - because we are at the blue Mediterranean Sea
 

The nice Nice squares

The famous places, Massena, Garibaldi, Rossetti and others are gathering points in the city and they testify to a long-term affiliation with Italy. Nice was Italian until the 1860s and it is not to be overlooked. Go to Place Massena, where the typical Italian-inspired building style in Nice is seen most clearly. The site is considered to be the center of Nice, and it is truly a pretty impressive sight. There is always a lot of life on the square, along the Promenade Paillon or on the square, which the tram cuts through.

In Vieux Nice there are a few smaller sqares, and especially Place Rosetti must be experienced. Here there is always plenty of life - and there is also the icebath with the almost 100 variants (see below in tips for Nice).

The latest addition to the squares is Promenade Paillon. In fact, it is originally more places that are now connected. As it now cuts through the city from La Prom and all the way to the Musée d'Art Moderne, it has really become a wonderful landmark for the city.
 

Promenade Paillon                                                       Rue Bonaparte                                                                La Prom

Restauranter og cafeer

In Nice there are plenty of places to eat (Tripadvisor says more than 1,600 of the kind) but maybe not so many that are in top of the top of French restaurants (we never go to the top rstaurants anyway, so for us it is ok). However, we have certainly found some pieces we can recommend.

Let us start in Vieux Nice: If you want to eat at Cours Saleya we have experienced that there are a number of tourist traps, but those we have found of this kind have primarily been on the side towards the water. On the opposite side we can assimilate two. They are neighbors, and it is Le Safari and La Storia. In both places we have eaten a couple of times and it has been quite good and determined for the price. Nobody falls in water here. We have also had excellent food at the Italian La Voglia, right next to Saleya (it is on the water side but is an exception).

We highly recommend a few restaurants in Rue du Marché. They are just opposite each other, a few meters from one of our rental apartments, so there is a lot of good things to say about Rue du Marché. We are talking about Comptoir du Marché (CdM) and Caruso.

First CdM: traditional French food, but in the absolute better end. Large a la carte program, which is regularly replaced. We have eaten there four times, there has not been many disappointments. Order a table in good time, there are rifts around the seats, although there are many of them, because there is the local seen from Rue du Marché - and then there is more behind. We would recommend that you try to get a seat in the back room. It's cozy (the acoustics are not amazing), and this is where the big open kitchen is. It's fun to keep a little eye on life at the frying panes - they are busy out there. Areaally, it is not a big kitchen, yet there are still seven to eight people out there. All in all, tip top and very friendly service.

There are always many guests at CdM and they have two sittings in the evening. Kl. 19 and 21.15.

The owners of CdM also own another restaurant a few blocks away, namely the Bar des Oiseaux in Rue Saint Vincent. We have eaten there many years ago, we think it was among other owners - but now the place is praised as much as CdM.

The other restaurant in Rue du Marché is Caruso. Genuine Italian cuisine - the quality in top of both pizzas, pasta, risotto and everything else they try out. The waiter we met there speaks Italian - and we have also heard him speak Italian with some of the guests, so we guess it's a place even the Italians in Nice arelooking for if they want good Italian food.

Many tourist guides recommend the small restaurant Acchiardo in Rue Droite, which serves traditional Provencemad. Nice place, nice food. However, order either a table at Acchiardo in good time, or come relatively late from around 21.30, where first teams of tourists have finished. In the same street is Palmyre, which we have not managed to get on board yet. Very small place with 15-16 seats, but after all, very good food. Same problem: order a table in good time.

Finally a little tip more to Vieux Nice: Le Hall in rue Collet, the street closest to Promenade Paillon. The restaurant is now made up to serve Asian food - when we ate there, it was typically French. It turned out that they also own the sushi bix just across the narrow street, here you get all-you-can-eat-sushi for 20 Euro, including a small drink.

If you are to oyster and other seafood, you should of course pass by the famous Café Turin at Place Garibaldi. But there are also many other places to eat oysters and seafood. Especially in the neighborhood around Rue de Massena and Rue de France there are (cheaper) alternatives to Turin.

Then there is the neighborhood around Rue Bonaparte, called Le petit Marais. Naturally because it is cozy like the Marais in Paris, but also because there are several gay bars in the area. It rarely adversely affects the quality, and the street is filled with nice and good restaurants. Rue Bonaparte is located just behind Place Garibaldi, a short distance down Rue Cassini.

Another good "restaurant street" is Rue Chauvin. It is located close to Place Massena, on the opposite side of Promenade Paillon compared to the old town, and is one of the side streets down to Av. Felix Faure. Here are at least two good restaurants. Our friends have eaten at the Italian Luna Rossa in number 3 several times, while we can warmly recommend Bistrot Chaud Vin to No. 6. During our last visit we each composed a three course menu from a la carte and we drank a couple of good half bottles of wine, among them a rewarding Pessac-Leognan 2012, one of our favorite red Bordeaux. We paid 114 Euro for two people, and it was worth all the money.

Carneval in february

Culture and experiences 


There is a lot going on in Nice, also on the cultural front. The year's first big event is the carnival in February. It lasts for 15 days with full music in the city, lots of parades and a true flower sea.

Year-round there are lots of events, festivals, different performances, big and small. Especially at Place Massena and in Promenade Paillon, with gardens like Jardin Albert 1, a lot of things happen almost daily. Great facility that binds the city very well together.

In April there is a half marathon in the city, and the local football team plays in League 1, so here is the opportunity to see some of the top players in soccer every now and then.

The museums are worth mentioning here, some of them indded very exciting. Musée Matisse, Musée Mark Chagall, MAMAC (Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain), Musée d'Archeologie de Nice, Musée des Beaux Arts, Musée des Arts d'Asiqueique, Musée Internationale d'Art and so is few more pieces. A mention of them can not be done here, but if you are interested in (pictured) art, Nice is certainly not the worst place to travel.

Let's also mention the Russian church, worth a visit, and a tour of the Vieux Nice Opera can indeed be recommended.

Et small picturegallery for inspiration

Villefranche-sur-Mer

The climate, of course, helps to draw many tourists to Nice. Not only to Nice but also to the other cities on Cote d'Azur. As shown by our inspiration guide, we have not spent awful much time in so many of the other coastal towns. But when we are in the section around Nice, we must mention Villefranche-sur-Mer, located 5-6 km east of Nice. Take, if necessary, bus out there or simply alk along the coast. A walk of 75-90 minutes  in the hillside, but a nice walk. Villefranche is, according to our and other Danish friends, the most beautiful of all the smaller coastal towns. As it lies in the bay overlooking the multi-millionaires residents' residence, Cap Ferrat, it looks great. Although there are a lot of tourists, especially when the big cruise ships add, it has retained it's charm.

I Villefranche bliver man automatisk draget ned mod havnen. Her er flot, masser af liv og masser af restauranter. Flot er det at sidde på en af dem og indtage sin mad med udsigt over vandet - og her vil vi klart anbefale Les Palmiers, som serverer glimrende og flotte salater. Hvis man vil spise et godt måltid i lidt mere autentiske omgivelser, så kan vi anbefale restaurant Le Serre, nogle trappetrin og et par gader oppe i byen. Den ligger i 16, Rue May. Lille sted, hyggelig og uformel atmosfære og rigtig god mad. Og så er det ikke uvæsentligt, at også priserne er gode.

    Small tips to your visit in Nice

  • When arriving at the airport, the easiest (and cheapest) transport to the city center is the bus. Take line 98, it runs along the water and the Promenade into the city. When you get out of customs at Terminal 1, go left down the end of the terminal, here are the bus stops. The price is 6 Euro, one can pay with the driver.
     
  • There is a lot going on in Vieux Nice. Here are lots of tourists, lots of leben and lots of shops. For some get, like us, it goes in the blood, others think it's too much. But no matter what: when you're there, just go to Place Rossetti and visit Gelateria Fenoccio, the famous ice cream bar. Here there are 100 different flavors, there are usually many people in the queue, the service is not always friendly - but the ice is superb! If the queue has become too long, they have an extra business further down towards the water at 6, rue de la Poissonnerie.
     
  • Are the teenagers with you on holiday - or are you just for big portions when the food comes on the table? Then we recommend a restaurant that does not appear in many tour guides. Go to Le Felix Faure on the opposite side of Promenade Paillon compared to the old town. Lots of locals eat here - the food is super good and there is a guarantee of being sour, the portions are tres, tres grandes.
     


 

    Small tips to your visit in Nice

  • Walk along the water at the Promenade. You can have a great time to there and you can relax on the blue chairs, or on one of the many beach restaurants. Here's lots of life, you're never alone, in the morning, noon or evening. Go from the city west to the airport, a good long stroll, it is 5-6 km each way. Or go from town to east, around or up to the catsle and to Old Port.
     
  • Hotel tip: Hotel Regence in Rue Massena. Nice room (a little tip in the tip: choose a Superieure twin, it turns into a large double bed) at a reasonable price in the middle of the most central Nice (we gave 85 Euro). But the smartest thing is that you can also buy a parking place for 15 Euro per night. There are not many places that can be done.
  • Parking places in Vieux Nice: do not go to Place de Justice, here the space is very narrow.
    Go to Cours Saleya. Fine and spaceful.
     
  • As you can see elsewhere on our website, we have two fantastic apartments in Vieux Nice. The best 2-persons in town, situated in Rue du Marché and the other for up to 8 persons right on Cours Saleya with a roof terrasse with sea-view.