With its peach-coloured façades, azure waters and gorgeous weather, Nice has a rosy, always-on-holiday glow.
Known as the capital of the French Riviera, the coastal city is home to world-class art museums, bustling markets and pretty hiking trails. The best way to experience Nice’s many delights is to slow right down and enjoy them at a leisurely pace.
Food and drink
Gastronomic Nice has much more to offer than its eponymous salad. Try delicate courgette flowers, stuffed and lightly fried. A humbler speciality is socca, a street food-style pancake made with chickpea flour and olive oil – ideal with a cheap-and-cheerful plastic cup of cold rosé.
To taste authentic Provençal cuisine head straight to the source: the farmer’s market. Nice is surrounded by some of the most fruitful farmland in France, and its produce is on full display at the Cours Saleya, open every morning except Mondays. For a truly local lunch stock up on cheese, fruit, olives and a baguette and head up Castle Hill for a picnic under a leafy tree.
Nice is also home to some world-class haute cuisine, with a handful of Michelin stars scattered throughout the old city. Among the most famous restaurants in Nice are le Chantecler, housed in the historic Negresco hotel, and la Petite Maison, a celebrity favourite that now has outposts around the world.