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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • Nice Observatory

    The oldest one
    The Observatory is situated on the 372-metre high Mont Gros. The Observatoire de Nice dates back to 1879, and is the oldest observatory in Europe. The eye-catching dome was the work of Gustave Eiffel, who also built the Eiffel Tower. The almost 20-metre long telescope, which has a diameter of 76 centimetres, was the biggest in the world in 1888. The apparatus and architecture of the Observatory are open to the public on certain days.
    Boulevard de l'Observatoire
    06300 Nice
    +33 4 92 00 30 11
    oca.eu
  • Baie des Anges

    Beach life
    The Mediterranean flair is all around here! Whether swimming, sunbathing, jet skis or beach volleyball, the beach at Nice offers it all. Some stretches are private, though, and belong to the hotels. The beaches are mainly pebble, and the sea in the Baie des Anges is the most beautiful light blue. There are also a few man-made stretches of beach with sand. The well-known Promenade des Anglais goes around the bay.
    Promenade des Anglais/Quai des Etats-Unis
    06000 Nice
  • Jardin Albert 1er

    Oasis in the city
    This delightful park is one of the oldest in the city. It reaches from the Promenade des Anglais by the sea to the Place Masséna in the Old Town, and is full of various types of palm tree and roses. It’s a lovely spot for a stroll and some time out, and is also the venue for various events and sights. Since the late 19th century, the park has also had a music pavilion and an open-air theatre. At the heart of it is a large fountain.
    2-6, Avenue de Verdun
    06000 Nice
  • Old Town

    Bouquet of impressions
    A visit to the brightly-coloured Old Town is an essential part of any visit to Nice. It is right beside the sea, and has absolutely everything that a town in the Provence should have, including several markets, winding alleys, boutiques, restaurants, bars and sight. It’s worth spending a few hours here, looking for souvenirs or other memorabilia, and treating yourself to a coffee.
    Vieille Ville
    06000 Nice
  • Castle hill

    Best lookout point
    From here there are unique views of the metropolis in the south of France, with its patchwork of differently-coloured rooftops, shining domes, gardens and parks, beaches and all kinds of boats and ships at anchor. The sunset is especially romantic when seen from the castle hill, which is also the perfect spot for a picnic. In fact, it’s almost impossible to get enough of the 360° views. Sadly, all that is left of a castle are a few archaeological remains from its Greek and Roman history. And for those who don’t want to walk up, there is also a lift. The entrance is in the Bellanda Tower.
    Colline du Château
    Quai des Etats-Unis
    06300 Nice
  • Beach promenade

    The main attraction
    The Promenade des Anglais is the best known postcard motif of Nice. It runs along the Baie des Anges for 5 kilometres. Dolce far niente is the watchword on many of the beaches, but excellent food is also served in the numerous restaurants. And needless to say, the hotels in this location, such as the Palais de la Méditerranée, are extremely popular. It got its name from the wealthy English people who spent the winters in Nice in the 18th century. The promenade is lined with palm trees, and the locals make good use of it for their leisure activities.
    Promenade des Anglais
    06000 Nice
  • Nice Etoile

    Everything a heart could desire
    This shopping centre on the Avenue Jean-Médecin has everything to do with fashion, furnishing and leisure. It consists of several levels with restaurants, bistros and a supermarket. The Cinéma Pathé Masséna is linked to the building. It has seven cinemas – and the biggest screen on the Côte d’Azur. The air conditioned mall is a particular blessing on hot days.
    30, Avenue Jean-Médecin
    06000 Nice
    +33 4 92 17 38 17
    nicetoile.com
  • Galeries Lafayette

    A piece of Paris
    This prestigious 19th-century department store in the Bordeaux style is on the Place Masséna and has a red façade. Its biggest and best known counterpart is in Paris. It offers a tremendous selection of fashionable clothing, accessories and cosmetics. It’s the perfect place if you are looking for a gift. A total of more than 600 labels are sold here – and the staff speak many different languages.
    6, Avenue Jean-Médecin
    06000 Nice
    +33 4 92 17 36 36
    galerieslafayette.com
  • Verretige

    Crystal clear
    This studio is right next to the Place Masséna in the middle of Nice. Whether a bangle, necklace, earrings or other jewellery or objects, everything here is made by hand from the finest glass. Murano glass and locally produced items make up the largest part of the offer. It also accepts commissions for individual items of jewellery. The perfect place to find a souvenir to take home with you.
    1, rue Alexandre Mari
    06300 Nice
    +33 4 93 80 03 15
    verretige.fr
  • Avenue Jean-Médecin

    Main axis
    This alley runs from the railway station in the north to the touristic Place Masséna in the south, and it’s an easy tram ride from one end to the other. Branches of well-known French department stores in historic buildings; various banks, two cinemas and the basilica Notre-Dame are some of the delights that fringe the Avenue Jean-Médecin. Essential on any visit to Nice!
    Avenue Jean-Médecin
    06000 Nice
  • Alziari

    Olive oil tradition
    This olive oil producer has been in Nice’s Old Town since 1936, and for a long time was family-run. It is even possible to visit the oil mill, which belongs to Alziari, on the hills around Nice. The olive oil is sold in traditional cans – which are almost collector’s items today. The offer also includes just about anything you can think of that can be made from olive oil.
    14, rue Saint-François de Paule
    06300 Nice
    +33 4 93 85 76 92
    alziari.com.fr
  • Cours Saleya

    Hustle and bustle
    This market is one of the loveliest and best known in France. It is in the Old Town of Nice, just 100 metres from the sea. Under the stripy sun shades are hundreds of flowers, and visitors are instantly enveloped in their fine fragrance to find themselves in a new world. Some 30 flower sellers offer their wares here, and are happy to advise customers. Local fruit and vegetables are also sold here every day. If you find yourself getting a little peckish, there are various specialities from the region, and lots of restaurants and bistros on the edge of the market. In the evenings there is an artists’ market here, where you will find all kinds of curios.
    Cours Saleya
    06300 Nice
  • Astrorama

    Looking into space
    This observatory is situated on a 650-m hill near Nice in Eze. This location is perfect for clear skies. Anyone who has ever wanted to look at the universe and to understand it more clearly can come here and look at the skies through its telescopes. The Astrorama offers a wide range of activities, including the «Ciel Ouvert» evening event. The observatory also includes a small museum of astronomy.
    Route de la Revère
    Eze le Col
    06360 Nice
    +33 4 93 85 85 58
    astrorama.net
  • Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

    New Realists
    The Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC) is near the Old Town, in the middle of the Park Esplanade de la Bourgada. The futuristic building was designed by Yves Bayard and opened in 1990. It contains over 400 works that have been created since the 1960s by artists including Yves Klein, César Arman, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann. The entire collection consists of over 1200 works by 314 artists.
    Place Yves Klein
    06364 Nice
    +33 4 97 13 42 01
    mamac-nice.org
  • Matisse-Museum Nice

    Cultural heritage
    The Musée Matisse is dedicated to the French artist Henri Matisse. Along with Pablo Picasso, he is one of the most significant artists of the Classical Modernists. He lived in Nice from 1917 until 1954. The museum was opened in the Villa des Arènes in 1963. The building dates back to the 17th century. The permanent collection includes numerous works from various periods throughout the artist’s life.
    164, Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez
    06000 Nice
    +33 4 93 81 08 08
    musee-matisse-nice.org
  • Opera Nice

    Varied programme
    This Italian-style opera house is in the middle of the Old Town, and yet not far from the sea. The programme includes operas as well as ballets and concerts. L’Opéra de Nice can seat over 1000 people, and has its own choir and ballet, and is home to the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1881 the opera house burnt to the ground following a gas explosion but was immediately rebuilt.
    4 & 6 rue Saint-François de Paule
    06300 Nice
    +33 4 92 17 40 00
    opera-nice.org
  • Nice Museum of Archaeology

    Nice’s heritage
    The museum is divided into two areas. «Terra Amata» is dedicated to prehistory. Visitors are given a good insight into the daily lives of the first inhabitants of Nice, and it is also the site of the world’s biggest moulding of prehistoric ground. By contrast, the excavation site of Cimiez (Nice) deals with the period from Antiquity to early Christianity.
    160, Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez
    06000 Nice
    +33 4 93 81 59 57
    nice.fr

LOCAL TIP

I can recommend one particular trip to anyone flying to Nice: take the train from Nice to Cap Ferrat and visit the Villa Rothschild, a strikingly beautiful pale pink building. It has the most wonderful gardens – Japanese, Spanish, Italian and French, as well as a rose garden and sculptures. The views of the bay and the yachts are breathtaking. Another must when continuing the train journey is to stop in Monaco and visit the Casino – Lady Luck might just smile on you! And then it’s another half-hour by train to Ventimiglia, which has some fabulous markets. All this can easily be done in a day, and it truly is the most amazing experience.

Annette
Villa Rothschild
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
1 Avenue Ephrussi de Rothschild
06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
+33 4 93 01 33 09
villa-ephrussi.com