Our guidebook, for you

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Our guidebook, for you

Neighbourhoods
Vieux Nice - the Old Town - is the heart and soul of the City dating back millennia. Most of the current buildings date from the late 18th century when the County of Nice was not part of France, hence the quarter's Italian look and feel. The Old Town is where many young professionals and older people choose to live, as well as being a popular choice for visitors. It's not hard to see why with hundreds of cafés restaurants and boutique shops.
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old nice
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Vieux Nice - the Old Town - is the heart and soul of the City dating back millennia. Most of the current buildings date from the late 18th century when the County of Nice was not part of France, hence the quarter's Italian look and feel. The Old Town is where many young professionals and older people choose to live, as well as being a popular choice for visitors. It's not hard to see why with hundreds of cafés restaurants and boutique shops.
Cimiez was originally established as a Roman hilltop town and you can still see extensive ruins, as well as a largely intact amphitheatre still used for concerts. In the late 19th century a number of wealthy Europeans began to spend the Winter in Nice and many grand palace hotels were built, including the Excelsior Regina where the British Queen Victoria stayed. From the 1950s onwards a number of stylish apartment buildings were constructed epitomising the mid-century glamour of the French Riviera. Today the area is a largely a residential quarter with a number of popular cultural attractions, and great for wandering round. Stopping off for a glass of rosé or an ice cream of course. Cimiez is where you'll find the Matisse and Chagall museums.
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Cimiez
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Cimiez was originally established as a Roman hilltop town and you can still see extensive ruins, as well as a largely intact amphitheatre still used for concerts. In the late 19th century a number of wealthy Europeans began to spend the Winter in Nice and many grand palace hotels were built, including the Excelsior Regina where the British Queen Victoria stayed. From the 1950s onwards a number of stylish apartment buildings were constructed epitomising the mid-century glamour of the French Riviera. Today the area is a largely a residential quarter with a number of popular cultural attractions, and great for wandering round. Stopping off for a glass of rosé or an ice cream of course. Cimiez is where you'll find the Matisse and Chagall museums.
Although most visitors will visit the Cours Saleya, arguably the best market in Nice is at Libération (easily reached by tram). After wandering round the market, perhaps have a bite to eat in the one of the surrounding cafés on Place du Général de Gaulle - or in the new food hall inside the refurbished former Gare du Sud. A few minutes away (walk north) is the striking concrete Église Sainte-Jeanne d’Arc completed in 1934 - and still controversial!
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Liberation
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Although most visitors will visit the Cours Saleya, arguably the best market in Nice is at Libération (easily reached by tram). After wandering round the market, perhaps have a bite to eat in the one of the surrounding cafés on Place du Général de Gaulle - or in the new food hall inside the refurbished former Gare du Sud. A few minutes away (walk north) is the striking concrete Église Sainte-Jeanne d’Arc completed in 1934 - and still controversial!
City/town information
Take a bus to this attractive town near Nice for lunch, and perhaps a walk round Cap Ferrat which has a good coastal footpath.
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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
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Take a bus to this attractive town near Nice for lunch, and perhaps a walk round Cap Ferrat which has a good coastal footpath.
One of our favourite day trips from Nice, easily reached by train. We often take the train one way and walk to/from Monte-Carlo along the really good coastal footpath. Menton has a lovely sandy beach as well as great restaurants, museums and gardens.
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Menton
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One of our favourite day trips from Nice, easily reached by train. We often take the train one way and walk to/from Monte-Carlo along the really good coastal footpath. Menton has a lovely sandy beach as well as great restaurants, museums and gardens.
Hilltop Monaco-Ville is worth a visit, especially for its amazing Oceanographic Museum. Facing Monaco-Ville is the other hill of Monte-Carlo with its famous Casino. The train station is between the two, a 20 minute journey from Nice.
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Monaco
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Hilltop Monaco-Ville is worth a visit, especially for its amazing Oceanographic Museum. Facing Monaco-Ville is the other hill of Monte-Carlo with its famous Casino. The train station is between the two, a 20 minute journey from Nice.
Beautiful hilltop village with great restaurants and boutique shops, and fab views towards the coast and mountains. Can be reached by bus from the city centre.
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Saint Paul de Vence
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Beautiful hilltop village with great restaurants and boutique shops, and fab views towards the coast and mountains. Can be reached by bus from the city centre.
One of the many spectacular hilltop villages around Nice, Eze is easily reached by bus. Or, if you’re feeling fit, take the train to Eze-sur-Mer and walk up the ancient steps to the village.
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Èze
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One of the many spectacular hilltop villages around Nice, Eze is easily reached by bus. Or, if you’re feeling fit, take the train to Eze-sur-Mer and walk up the ancient steps to the village.
Food scene
One of our favourite places to eat, but you will need to make a reservation (which can be done online).
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Olive&Artichaut
6 Rue Sainte-Reparate
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One of our favourite places to eat, but you will need to make a reservation (which can be done online).
A foodie heaven. Innovative, modern French cooking with a twist. We love it. Reservations needed.
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Les Agitateurs
24 Rue Bonaparte
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A foodie heaven. Innovative, modern French cooking with a twist. We love it. Reservations needed.
Favourite Cafés
Funky café-bar on Rue Bonaparte. Great cocktails.
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Comptoir Central Électrique
10 Rue Bonaparte
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Funky café-bar on Rue Bonaparte. Great cocktails.
Sightseeing
Fabulous Belle Époque villa with spectacular gardens built for one of the Rothschild banking family members. There’s a good multilingual app and once you’ve finished wandering round, the terrace cafe is great place to chill. Take the bus to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the driver will stop at the foot of the drive. Or, take the train to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and follow the coastal path and signs.
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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
1 Avenue Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Fabulous Belle Époque villa with spectacular gardens built for one of the Rothschild banking family members. There’s a good multilingual app and once you’ve finished wandering round, the terrace cafe is great place to chill. Take the bus to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the driver will stop at the foot of the drive. Or, take the train to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and follow the coastal path and signs.
One of our favourite places to chill, very close to our Rue Neuve apartment. The château itself is ruined but there are lots of places to walk, sit or sunbathe . There are a couple of snack bars open every day, and in the summer there are often evening concerts and plays. The château hill is definitely the place to go for the best views of Nice.
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Castle of Nice
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One of our favourite places to chill, very close to our Rue Neuve apartment. The château itself is ruined but there are lots of places to walk, sit or sunbathe . There are a couple of snack bars open every day, and in the summer there are often evening concerts and plays. The château hill is definitely the place to go for the best views of Nice.
A few minute’s walk from our Le Lesseps apartment in lower Cimiez is the Chagall Museum, one of France’s national galleries. The museum also has a lovely lavender and olive tree garden with an indoor/outdoor bistro that’s great for lunch. Top tip - access to the garden and bistro is free!
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Marc Chagall National Museum
36 Avenue Dr Ménard
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A few minute’s walk from our Le Lesseps apartment in lower Cimiez is the Chagall Museum, one of France’s national galleries. The museum also has a lovely lavender and olive tree garden with an indoor/outdoor bistro that’s great for lunch. Top tip - access to the garden and bistro is free!
Further up the hill of Cimiez from our Le Lesseps is another of our favourite places to chill. The Parc des Arènes de Cimiez has a beautiful olive grove with a snack bar and a pétanque court. You can also visit the remains of the Roman town , the Matisse Museum and the Monastery of Cimiez with its own beautiful gardens. Enough to do for at least half a day! If you’re staying in our apartment at Le Lesseps it’s a 20 minute stroll uphill, otherwise it’s on several bus routes.
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Musée Matisse
164 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez
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Further up the hill of Cimiez from our Le Lesseps is another of our favourite places to chill. The Parc des Arènes de Cimiez has a beautiful olive grove with a snack bar and a pétanque court. You can also visit the remains of the Roman town , the Matisse Museum and the Monastery of Cimiez with its own beautiful gardens. Enough to do for at least half a day! If you’re staying in our apartment at Le Lesseps it’s a 20 minute stroll uphill, otherwise it’s on several bus routes.

Lokalne preporuke

Kretanje gradom
Nice has an excellent tram, bus and train network.
There are two tram lines and tickets are valid for a journey of 74 minutes which includes switching to a bus and vice versa. Best option is to buy a 10 journey ticket or if think you'll make a lot of trips, a day or weekly pass is best.
Što ne smijete propustiti
Walking along the Promenade at sunset
Do as the Niçois do and take an evening stroll along the Promenade des Anglais.
Kretanje gradom
Download the Lignes d’Azur app for real time bus information
The Lignes d’Azur app can be used in French or English to plan routes and advise you when the next bus is due.
Kako možete uštedjeti
Ligne d’Azur buses and trams
Rather than pay €1.50 for each bus or tram ride, a 10 journey ticket costs €10 and can be used by more than one person. A weekly pass giving unlimited travel makes sense if you’re planning to visit lots of places in and around Nice.
Kako možete uštedjeti
Pass Isabelle - regional trains
The Pass Isabelle costs €35 and gives unlimited rail travel for up to 2 adults and up to 2 children (under 16) for a day. Great for a trip to slightly farther away places like Tende, Menton, Cannes, Marseilles or the perfume city of Grasse. Not valid on the TGV.