Although sometimes overlooked by other sparkling cities along the French Riviera like Monaco, Cannes or St-Tropez, Nice is a place full of unique surprises. The once sleepy grande dame of the Côte d’Azur now finds itself as a vibrant cultural and artistic hub filled to the brim with trendy bars, fine dining establishments and dynamic art galleries. The city is known for its stunning coastline and remarkable natural landscapes, while the architecture ranges from Roman remains to the grand villas built during the Belle Époque. With its Italian-influenced culture, easygoing charm and old-world opulence, Nice is Mediterranean magnificence at its finest.
Promenade des Anglais
Named after English expats who paid for it in 1822, the Promenade des Anglais stretches along the coastline from the airport in the west of the city for over seven kilometers to the Castle Hill in the east. Lined with palm trees and grand hotels, “La Prom” is the heartbeat of the city where artists, buskers, skaters, ramblers and locals come to meet. With stunning views of the Mediterranean waters and signature rocky beaches, it’s one of France’s most iconic seafronts.
This Majorelle Cactus Top and matching Majorelle X Revolve Cactus Skirt is the perfect look for strolling down the breezy promenade on a sunny day. 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.
Washing down from the Var and Paillon rivers are the smooth pebbles that have come to characterize the coastline of Nice. While they can be scalding on your feet on a hot day, these rocky beaches are truly some of the most spectacular and unique beaches in the world. La Reserve is a popular public beach that’s often filled with cheerful locals and thrill-seeking teenagers who use the old diving board to launch themselves into the waters below. For a more tranquil and relaxing experience, there are a number of private beaches, often attached to hotels and have a restaurant, which cater to an upscale clientele.
Whichever beach you find yourself at, opt for this Stella McCartney Fluo Swimsuit which features a cheeky cutout on the side. The one-piece really shows off your confidence with an effortless, natural and feminine design, topped off with a playful twist. The shocking hot pink is the icing on top of the cake for a swimsuit that strikes a nice mix between trendy and classic.
It’s no secret that the most important thing to pack during any trip to Nice is your appetite. Located along the beachfront, the two Michelin-starred Le Chantecler Restaurant at Hotel Negresco is the epitome of fine dining, specializing in traditional French cuisine. On the other end of the spectrum, Le Vingt4 is a stylish and modern culinary experience that takes traditional local dishes and incorporates a refreshing global twist. Whatever you’re feeling, the impressive restaurants of Nice has something for you.
This Iorane Pleated Ruffle Dress in a beautiful and light rosé color dips just below the knee for a traditional and elegant look. While Nice is certainly a fashionable city, it’s not about all-out glamour like Cannes and St-Tropez, so this dress perfectly embodies the easygoing attitude of the city.
Colline du Château
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.
This Derek Rose Henry 9 Carbon-Brushed T-Shirt is cut from unbelievably soft carbon-brushed cotton that make it a luxuriously comfortable fit. The Henry 9 features a Japanese-themed graphic of endless waves for a simple and subtle design, while the Derek Rose Linen Shorts were made for walking and enjoying nature in a cool and comfortable manner. Finish off the look with a pair of Nike Free RN Mesh Sneakers that will round out a smart-casual look and keep you comfortable as you stroll the area.
The tiny pedestrian-friendly triangle of Vieux Nice is a charming and intimate experience that packs in enough bars, bistros, markets and boutiques to keep you busy for an entire afternoon. The sinuous winding lanes and scattered architectural gems transport you back to the 1700s, a time in which many European aristocrats made opted to make Nice their second home. The city seems to maintain an enchantment as one that is lost in the times and charmingly oblivious to the trends of the 21st century.
It seems there may be no better way to tackle this seasons trip down nostalgia lane to the 70s than with this CMMN SWDN Wes Striped Knitted Shirt that borrows a distinctly retro palette with a loose-fitting cut. Pair with these Salle Privée Gehry Chinos in a classic white and these Moscot Jared Round-Frame Sunglasses for a complete cool retro French Riviera look.
Once you experience the famous Nice sunset, it will be quite hard to appreciate the sunset anywhere else in the world. The magnificent rocky beaches, Belle Époque architecture set against the azure waters and lush hills make for a postcard-ready backdrop as the sky turns a deep purple. There are a number of places to take in the sunset, but do as the Niçois do with a drink in hand. Located within the heart of the Old Town, Cave de la Tour wine bar is one of the oldest of its kind, while many hotel bars offer an experience that is more elegant and modern.
With its unstructured tailoring and Italian craftsmanship, this Boglioli Beige Suit lends a classic look that possesses an unparalleled level of sophistication. The lightweight cotton and linen blend is perfect for those summer evenings. Don’t be afraid to dress it down a little – ditch the dress shirt and opt for a neutral tee instead, while a pair of low-tops such as these Valentino Garavani Flycrew Leather-Panelled Suede Sneakers will have you looking equally as cool.