Flights to Nice (NCE)

Nice’s reputation was largely built on its weather, and its long, hot summers and mild winters make it a perfect destination.
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Nice, France

What to do in Nice

Visit an art gallery

Nice is an outdoorsy place but a visit to one of its art galleries is a must. Above the town on Cimiez Hill is the brilliant Musée Matisse, a fascinating look at the life of this unique French artist. Then there's the Musée des Beaux-Arts, an ornate building that houses Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Kiss.

Musée des Beaux-Arts
33 Avenue des Baumettes
06000
+33 4 9215 2828
musee-beaux-arts-nice.org

Explore the old town

Yes, the tightly-packed streets of Vieux Nice can be a bit crowded with vendors and visitors, but there’s something really exciting and vibrant about stopping for a coffee at one of the many cafes and watching the world go by. Get up early and visit the flower market in the Cours Saleya market, a wonderful assault on the senses.

Marché aux Fleurs
Cours Saleya
06300

Walk the Promenade des Anglais

The Promenade des Anglais is rightly famous, a five-mile curve around the Bay of Angels (Baie des Anges), lined by palm trees, pergolas, restaurants and everyone enjoying the view of a bright blue sea. Taking a stroll along the promenade is the perfect introduction to Nice and all its charms.

Promenade des Anglais
06200

People-watch at the port

Nice is a magnet for the wealthy – and nowhere is it more apparent than the port. Mega-yachts are moored all around the harbour, and it’s fun to stroll past and pick a favourite. Many locals come here to dine, which makes this area all the more intriguing – and real.

Yacht Club Nice
Quai Entrecasteaux
06300
+33 4 93 56 44 31

Find a private beach

Treat yourself to some luxury downtime at one of Nice’s private beaches, with waiters at your service, impressive dining options and, often, hessian-matted walkways to the water. Try the Plage Beau Rivage hotel for the classic luxe experience.

107 Quai des États-Unis
06300
+33 4 92 00 46 80
hotelnicebeaurivage.com

Discover Massena Museum

To get a sense of how Nice built its reputation as an aristocratic honeypot, check out the fascinating Massena Museum, which reveals tales of Nice from the Napoleonic era to the end of the Belle Époque at the onset of the First World War. The building itself is a relic from this era: right next to Hotel Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais, its location tells its own story.

65 Rue de France
06000
+33 4 9391 1910
nice.fr/fr/culture/musees-et-galeries/musee-massena-le-musee

Where to eat in Nice

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Olive et Artichaut (Mediterranean)

Located in Nice’s old town, Olive et Artichaut is a real find: it offers the Cote d’Azur gourmet experience in pleasantly laidback, modern surroundings, with reasonable prices to boot. The menu offers a modern twist on classic Mediterranean cuisine.

6 Rue Sainte-Reparate
06300
+33 4 8914 9751
oliveartichaut.com

Le Chantecler (French)

Michelin-starred Chef Denis Rieubland says the food at this restaurant is “inspired by Provence, with the respect of its products and traditions”. With traditional French haute cuisine served in elegant, chandelier-laden surroundings, this is a great pick for a special occasion.

37 Promenade des Anglais
06000
+33 4 9316 6400
hotel-negresco-nice.com

Le Bistrot du Port (French/Seafood)

Nice’s Michelin-starred restaurants are a big draw, but sometimes you want to enjoy a good meal in a more relaxed setting. Le Bistrot du Port is just the place for that. There's still a wow factor – views of multimillion-dollar yachts in the port – and Chef Jose Orsini uses the day’s catch to make simple but tasty dishes.

28 Quai Lunel
06300
+33 4 9355 2170
www.lebistrotduportdenice.fr

La Pescheria (Italian)

Italy is, of course, just a short distance along the Cote d’Azur, so Giuseppe Mandaradoni’s Italian-infused menu in the stylish yet comfortable surroundings of the Boscolo Exedra Hotel is a good fit. But don’t come expecting simply pizzas and pastas – La Pescheria is very much about fresh food cooked in Italian style, like the orange duck breast with honey, thyme, fennel and grapes.

12 Boulevard Victor Hugo
06000
+33 4 9703 8989
nice.boscolohotels.com/restaurant-and-bar/la-pescheria-restaurant/

Keisuke Matsushima (French/Japanese fusion)

Chef Matsushima has learned the best techniques of French cooking and combined them with his Japanese heritage – so the mille-feuille of beef comes with a wasabi dressing. Such commitment to interesting flavours earned Matsushima a Michelin star in 2006 and he’s never looked back – he also devised the menu at Hi-Hotel’s beach restaurant.

22 Ter Rue de france
06000
+33 4 9382 2606
keisukematsushima.com

Flaveur (French/Asian fusion)

If you’re going to call your restaurant Flaveur, you’d better deliver on that promise. And brothers Gaël and Mickaël Tourteaux certainly do. The menu is a creative masterclass, adding Asian touches to French classics. No wonder the Michelin inspectors awarded them a star.

25 Rue Gubernatis
06000
+33 4 9362 5395
flaveur.net

Places to stay in Nice

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Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée Hotel

With an amazing location right on the seafront and just a short walk to Nice’s other attractions, this is an address worth splashing out on. The 180 Art Deco-accented rooms offer five-star luxury, as do the public areas with terrace, pool and restaurant looking out over the sea.

13 Promenade des Anglais
06000
+33 4 9327 1234
nice.regency.hyatt.com

Hotel Windsor in Nice

Just a short walk from the Promenade des Anglais and the Baie des Anges, the WindsoR has always been an enduring favourite. Today, it's a hub of contemporary art, with a top-notch spa and a tropical garden. If that's not enough, the room rates are a bargain too.

11 Rue Dalpozzo
06000
+33 4 9388 5935
hotelwindsornice.com

Hotel Negresco

This hotel has been a mainstay of Nice for more than 100 years, and its views over the Mediterranean keep travellers coming back. Add to that the brasserie, private beach and two Michelin-starred restaurants, and you might not want to leave.

37 Promenade des Anglais
06000
+33 4 9316 6400
hotel-negresco-nice.com

Hotel La Pérouse

Located at the end of the Promenade des Anglais, the Hotel La Pérouse is slightly removed from the bustle of Nice. There's a magnificent terrace with a breathtaking view over the bay, as well as a gorgeous pool and a great on-site restaurant. Book a Superior or Deluxe room and you get your own private terrace.

11 Quai Rauba Capéu
06300
+33 4 9362 3463
leshotelsduroy.com/en/hotel-la-perouse

Hi-Hotel Eco Spa & Beach

Nice is known for its glamour, but it can do cool and playful, too, most notably at the Hi-Hotel, where each of the 38 rooms has a different style and theme – think bright colours and sleek, minimalist furniture. The hotel also has its own private beach.

3 Avenue des Fleurs
06000
+033 4 9707 2626
hi-hotel.net/en

Boscolo Exedra Nice

Situated on Nice’s central boulevard, this Belle Époque building screams luxury. With rooms and lounges that mix historical charm and modern, design-conscious style, Boscolo Exedra is a fashionable five-star option amid Nice’s many traditional hotels. It has its own private beach as well.

12 Boulevard Victor Hugo
06000
+33 4 9703 8989
nice.boscolohotels.com