What to do in Nice for vacation or just for a weekend? We have compiled 20 amazing and remarkable things to do in Nice France to make the most of this beautiful city of Nice and its region.
1.Castle Hill Nice
Unmissable in Nice: climb on the Castle Hill in the late afternoon and immerse your eyes in the big blue. The view of Nice is absolutely sublime. A real moment for yourself, facing the immensity of the city, its walk of the English and its beaches. The most valiant will take the steps, the slackers will fall back on the elevator!
Photo: Tommy Lundberg
2. Nice Beach and Cliffs
At the foot of Castle Hill, just passing Castel Plage, the people of Nice meet to dive and make their somersaults from the rocks.
Photo: Viktor Bakhmutov
3. Rue des Ponchettes
Alongside the Promenade des Anglais, going towards Vieux-Nice and Cours Saleya, is the adorable little rue des Ponchettes. A nod to the fishing village of yesteryear, picturesque to perfection! The gallery of the same name is also a high place of contemporary art in Nice. Tiny but potentially interesting according to the temporary exhibitions.
Photo: Suzi Bianco
4. Civette du Cours
Whether in the morning, at flower market time, or for a drink, the Civette du Cours (2 Cours Saleya) is always full. Favorite place of Nice, go there to gossip, start the evening or leaf through the diary of a corner of the eye while watching Cours Saleya come alive.
5. Best restaurants in Nice, Le Hussard
Close to the Cours Saleya, hides one of the best restaurants in Nice, Le Hussard (1-3 rue St François de Paul). A memorable evening between anecdotes and wonders of greedy. The restaurant’s rooftop terrace and lounge area offer breathtaking views of Old Nice. The cuisine is top: fine, inventive and modern. An excellent restaurant in Nice for romantic dinner.
6. Marc Chagall Museum (36 of Dr. Menard) on the heights of Cimiez
Things to do imperatively in Nice: let yourself be transported by the crazy collection of the Marc Chagall Museum (36 av Dr Menard) on the heights of Cimiez. The museum is incredible, both from a scenographic and artistic point of view. A collection of rare riches!
Photo: Aapo Haapanen
7. MAMAC – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Yves Klein)
Another museum worth visiting in Nice: MAMAC – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Yves Klein). Room devoted to Yves Klein, by the one dedicated to Niki de Saint-Phalle and by Ben’s installations. Three ways to hit contemporary art Three artists to know imperatively! Do not miss it either: Yves Klein’s sculpture garden on the museum terrace, as well as sculptures by Alexander Calder and Niki de St-Phalle on the back esplanade!
Photo: Tonton-Eddy Singharath
8. La Socca
There is a word you can quickly learn in Nice: La Socca. We have to queue at René Socca to understand the extent of the phenomenon. All layers of society find themselves there, the families, the tourists, the old niçois coming to nibble a piece around a table in the street. The socca is this slab of chickpeas, cooked on a cast iron plate and lightly grilled. It is eaten absolutely with a little salt and pepper, with the fingertips. Small warning however: the socca is quite indigestible so do not overdo it and feel free to share! This is how it makes sense. A friendly meal to peck with family or friends for a drink or on the go.
Photo: Port de Nice
9. Palace Belle Epoque, Nice
Change of setting (radically opposed) to Négresco, palace Belle Epoque is iconic to Nice. It is now forbidden for the visitor to enter, a small pirouette still allows to enter these legendary places and walk in the famous hall full of works of art. Just go for a drink or a bite to eat at the Rotonde, the hotel’s bar-brasserie. They serve the best salad of Nice! A pure treat, at the price necessarily a little saltier than elsewhere but the difference in quality – and the frame, is so worth it!
Photo: Fred Romero
10. Visit the churches of old Nice
11. Stroll along the Promenade du Paillon and enjoy its facilities
12. Stroll through the olive gardens of Cimiez and visit his monastery
13. Discover the wonders of the Matisse and Chagall Museum
If you want to get away from Nice for a second you can take a quick train over to Monaco, Monte Carlo. Here you can:
14. Monaco – Climb the Principality’s Rock, stroll through its narrow streets and visit the palace guards
15. Monaco – Make the oceanographic museum
Photo: Vincent Christiaan Alblas
16. Monaco – Have a coffee in the Condamine Market Square
On your way back to Nice(From Monaco, Monte Carlo) make a quick stop in Eze and walk along the coast.
17. Eze – get lost in the alleyways admire and discover a breathtaking view
18. Eze – Stroll through the alleys of the exotic garden and treat yourself to a gourmet meal at the Restaurant de la Chèvre d’Or
19. Stroll on the path of customs in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
21. Visit Villa Ephrussi Rothschild in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
20. Contemplate the bay of Villefranche
Have you done anything extraordinary and noteworthy in Nice France? Have more ideas on things to do in Nice France? Leave a comment below and we will include it in the list!