Packed with trendy bars, old-world opulence and a vibrant street life, Nice finds itself as the sophisticated cultural hub of the French Riviera. Set against lush hills and azure waters, this cherished Mediterranean city draws plenty of sun-seekers with its magnificent rocky beaches and remarkable natural landscapes, while the architecture ranges from Roman remains to the grand villas built during the Belle Époque. The atmospheric old city effortlessly blends Italian and French flavors through its narrow laneways to create an intoxicating recipe all its own. Scenic walks along the beachfront promenade, beautiful squares, world-class museums and leisurely meals by the seaside bring out the easygoing charms of this jet-set hotspot.
Where to Stay
Nestled along the iconic Promenade des Anglais, the magical Hotel Le Negresco has been synonymous with the French Riviera playground of Nice for over a century. Settled in the pages of the history books, these ornate walls boast countless stories of celebrity tangled love affairs, antiques seemingly taken from Louis XIII’s own stash and a bar where Richard Burton lingered over his drinks. From Marilyn Monroe to Elton John and Madonna, anyone who is anyone has passed through these doors.
Beautifully blending the old world with the new, the 94 rooms and 31 suites maintain a feeling of pomp and perfection throughout. Technology reigns behind the scenes in this grand beachfront hotel, and the rooms even adapt on cue to your personal preferences for bath water temperature, lighting and other touches that make you feel completely at home. The bar is another jewel in the crown of Negresco, where the walnut paneling and passion for cocktails make for an enticing environment where you can reflect upon the history of one of France’s most illustrious hotels.
Take a look at our breakdown of the Hotel Le Negresco for a look in further detail.
Where to Dine
Conveniently positioned along the beachfront overlooking the deep blues of the Mediterranean, La Terrasse delivers one of the most elegant dining spaces in all of Nice. The indoor part is soaked in natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, incorporating warm wooden surfaces and modern décor, whereas the outdoor terrace allows you to enjoy the very best in alfresco dining.
The menu offers a creative and contemporary take on international plates with Mediterranean flavors. Starters like organic risotto carnaroli with white grated truffle from Alba or cream of pumpkin soup with royal-style chestnut, caramelized onions, espuma with argan oil, crunchy chestnut pancake are imaginative and leave a remarkable impression.
What to Do
The traffic-free zone of Vieux Nice is a charming and intimate experience that packs in enough bars, bistros, markets and boutiques to keep you busy for a while. The sinuous winding lanes and scattered architectural gems transport you back a few centuries to a time in which many European aristocrats opted to make Nice their second home. Stretching along the marvelous coastline, the Promenade des Anglais is lined with palm trees and grand hotels and it remains the heartbeat of the city where artists, buskers, skaters, ramblers and locals converge.
With stunning views of the Mediterranean waters and signature rocky beaches, it’s truly one of France’s most iconic sights. On the eastern edge of the Old Town lies a winding wooden staircase that leads up Castle Hill to a park that has been occupied since the times of the Celts and Romans. At the top lays the maze of greenery that is the Colline du Château, a wonderful place for strolling as it offers unmissable views of the Baie des Anges, Old Nice and the Port. In the evening, there is spectacular lighting that makes for one of the most romantic scenes in Europe.
There’s no better place to absorb the Cote d’Azur lifestyle than at Le Spa 27. The beautiful space has a number of facilities for use, including a relaxation area with a salt wall, sauna, steam room and counter-current pool with two aquabikes. For a more personalized experience, opt for the exquisite Sothys and Thalgo treatments, which will whisk you away to a blissful state of rejuvenation.
What to Pack
As the largest city in the region, Nice really embodies the glamour and sophistication we’ve come to associate with the French Riviera. Between soaking up the culture, enjoying world-class meals with a view and taking in the magnificent sunset, preparing your wardrobe isn’t something that should be taken lightly.
These Oliver Peoples Georgica Sunglasses are perfect for strolling down the sunny promenade on a summer’s day. Designed in an oversized cat-eye silhouette, the pair lends a minimalist-luxe look that will suit you across all occasions. Nice is a place that’s known for its enchanting natural landscapes and overall calm demeanor and this set perfectly embodies that carefree sense of elegance. Further embellish the outfit alongside simple statement accessories such as this APM Monaco Silver Necklace.
The men can opt for these Alexander McQueen Metal Sunglasses. The solid black color and stylish round frames add a powerful edge to every look along the French Riviera – from lazy beach afternoons to rooftop meals. We’re also looking towards this NOMOS Glashütte Tangente Stainless Steel Watch as the ideal wristwear companion throughout the duration of your stay. The sleek minimalist style makes a subtle statement with any outfits, making it a classic choice for life under the French Riviera sun.