I have visited the Cote d’Azur three times already so considering European summer is coming up soon, I felt like sharing my favorite spots in scenic Nice. Nice is the go-to place on the French Riviera as the city has its own airport with flights coming in from all major European cities.
1. Plage Beau Rivage – a Classic Beach Club
This beach club really adds to the traditional Cote d’Azur style with its iconic blue-striped umbrellas and sunbeds. Additionally they offer great food and are relatively cheap: 25€ for one sunlounger a day (Sadly, you can’t make a reservation though, so be there early!).
- Pro Tip: bring some of these water slippers (Do they even have a real name?!) to comfortably walk on the beach. The stones are small but they are really slippery when you are walking into the water.
- Plage Beau Rivage’s website can be found here.
2. Colline du Château – Castle Hill, The Perfect Lookout
This public park on top of a hill is the best place to get some scenic pictures of Nice. The park is spacious considering it’s on top of a hill and the whole facility is well looked after. This little hike is good for an hour or two.
- Pro: the public elevator to gte on top is free!
- Con: there’s only one elevator.
- Pro Tip: Trust me – it’s worth the wait.
3. The Port
Not only is this a really great opportunity for photos and close to the lookout and many restaurants, but also most daytrip cruises depart from here. I really recommend doing some sort of water activity when on the French Riviera and taking a cruise to another hotspot on the Cote d’Azur is definitely the best option.
- Pro Tip: do the Saint Tropez daytrip if possible, simply because all major spots in Saint Tropez can be done in under 5h.
- Trans Cote d’Azur is one of the major daytrip agencies there and we made a great experience with them in 2018.
4. Avenue Jean-Médicine – The Main Shopping Street
This wide promenade is home to all the major shops and department stores of Nice. I honestly did not buy that much of fashion in Nice, simply because the shops and prices are more or less the same all over Europe, but I did enjoy the little artsy boutiques and cafés.
- Avenue Jean Medicine’s TripAdvisor presence can be found here.
- Nice Etoile is the biggest department store in Nice and often has sales going on.
- Pro Tip: this is a looong road, so make use of the tram!
5. Rue Massena – Pedestrian Zone Food Paradise
Basically, this is food heaven for anyone who loves seafood and mediterranean cuisine. This pedestrian zone is home to some of the best restaurants of all of Nice, if not even the whole Cote d’Azur. Let the pictures speak for themselves:
My favorite restaurants around the pedestrian zone were:
- La Pizza Cresci which is famous for their half-moon shaped pizza. Try the one with the mussels!
- La Villa d’Este which has the nicest seafood pasta.
- Boccaccio which is rather upscale and has the freshest oysters.
Anyway, that was my personal Top 5 places in Nice, France! Hope this was helpful and I wish you all the best exploring the Cote d’Azur!
What are your favorite places on the Cote d’Azur?