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Best Things To Do in Nice

The world-famous shoreline is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Nice. The city boasts many museums, churches and ruins to keep history enthusiasts entertained for days. There are also plenty of opportunities to spend some money: an array of shopping opportunities abound in Place Masséna, while the Cours Saleya offers everything from freshly cut flowers to brocante (flea market) stalls. Just make sure to save some energy for after sundown, as Nice has one of the hottest nightlife scenes in the Riviera.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated May 3, 2018

  • #1
    Things to do in Nice
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    #1 in Nice
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    Vieille Ville, or Old Town, is a nook of a neighborhood enjoyed by both travelers and locals alike. There are the usual tourist traps, but you can also find some authentic French restaurants and shops, not to mention theCours Saleyaflower and fruit market. 

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    Place Masséna
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    #2 in Nice
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    You'll likely pass by Place Masséna, the city's main square, several times while in Nice thanks to its central location. With theseafrontto the south, the shopping streetAvenue Jean Médecinjutting off to the north, and the lovely Albert I and Massena gardens surrounding it, you can walk to it from virtually

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  • #3
    Promenade des Anglais (English Walk)
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    #3 in Nice
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    The Promenade des Anglais (English Walk) runs parallel to the pebbly shore of Nice's beachfront, stretching for more than 2 miles along Baie des Anges. Locals simply refer to this world-famous stretch of road as the Promenade or La Prom. Recent travelers said that it's not only a beautiful place

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    Castle Hill (Colline du Chateau)
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    #4 in Nice
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    Castle Hill (Colline du Chateau) is more of an impressive hill than a castle. Even though most of the original Chateau de Nice structure has crumbled away, travelers still recommend climbing the hundreds of steps to reach the stellar view from its peak. 

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    Beaches
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    One of the main draws to a vacation in Nice is the beach, which is punctuated by the French Riviera sun, the rolling Mediterranean waves and the legendary blue chairs. However, there are some things to note. First, about 15 private (and costly) beaches break up the 20 public beaches,

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  • #6
    Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya)
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    Shopping, Free
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    This fruit, veggie and flower market makes for a colorful and aromatic experience. Located inOld Town(Vieille Ville) off thePromenade des Anglaisas it turns into the Quai des Etats-Unis, the Cours Saleya is open nearly every morning, but an antique market takes the place of the produce on Mondays.

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    Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain)
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    The popularMusée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain(Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, or MAMAC for short) is a fabulous place to beat the heat, especially if you're traveling in the summertime. The museum features a wide array of Nice-based modern artists, most notably Yves Klein. Keep in mind that recent travelers

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  • #8
    St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral (Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St. Nicolas)
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    #8 in Nice
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    Tsar Nicholas II, the head of the tragic Romanov family, commissioned the building of the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in the early 20th century to accommodate the religious needs of the city's growing Russian population. The church's onion domes, bright colors and detailed ornamentation are hard to miss from

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    Avenue Jean Médecin
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    For some retail therapy, travelers ought to stroll Avenue Jean Médecin, which begins its upward ascent atPlace Masséna. There are international chains, but you'll also find the Galeries Lafayette department store and the Nice Etoile shopping mall, as well as a number of French boutiques and cafes. If you've shopped

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    Garden of the Cimiez Monastery (Jardin du Monastère de Cimiez)
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    #10 in Nice
    Churches/Religious Sites, Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Parks and Gardens, Free
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    The layout of Garden of the Cimiez Monastery (Jardin du Monastère de Cimiez) has not changed since its original construction in 1546, when it was used by the monks as their orchard and vegetable garden. Among the various flora and fauna, the garden boasts beautiful climbing roses and a stellar

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    Parc du Mont Boron
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    For a free retreat from the city and a breath of fresh air, travelers recommend taking a hike in Parc du Mont Boron (located in east Nice). With about 7 miles of hiking trails, you can work up quite a sweat and perhaps burn off some calories from the previous

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    Palais Lascaris
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    The baroque Palais Lascaris is another of Nice's cheap attractions and might make for an interesting peruse on a rainy day. Built in the 17th century, the palace was home to one of the first noble families of Nice. The property was bought by the city of Nice in 1942,

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    Chagall Museum (Musée Marc Chagall)
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    Many travelers recommend making the Chagall Museum (think stained glass and colorful, surreal artwork) a part of your itinerary. But they insist that you come prepared by bringing your passport (or driver's license if you're a French citizen) for admittance. Like theMatisse Museum, this surreal arthouse is located in Cimiez

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    Musée Matisse
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    Museums
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    Visitors primarily appreciate the aesthetics of Musée Matisse, an airy 17th-century villa, as well as the works it houses. Though the museum is small, it offers a dynamic overview of the artist's early works, according to past visitors. Here you'll find drawings, prints, sculptures and other personal artifacts that once

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  • Nice Cycle Tours
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