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Things to do in Nice, France : discover 10 hidden gems !

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Things to do in Nice the Mediterranean Sea and the beautiful beach of Nice
The Mediterranean Sea and the beautiful beach of Nice, view from Castle Hill, photo by courtesy of Hgp01 Creative Commons license

What if we talked about our beautiful city and the things to do in Nice during your future stay with us?

There are some hidden gems in our city that often go unnoticed by tourists who love the Mediterranean Sea and the sun on the Côte d'Azur.

From the discovery of the mythical Promenade des Anglais or the Old Nice with its picturesque markets, through its museums and its "street art", there are endless attractions that will make your visit to Nice truly unique. We will not forget either the small typical restaurants that will delight you with delicious Nice cuisine when you return from your outdoor sports sessions, from the Phoenix Park or from your excursions around Nice.

Follow the guide to discover the 10 activities not to be missed in Nice and get ready to discover the hidden gems that will make your trip to the Baie des Anges an unforgettable experience.

First of all things to do in Nice: the Promenade des Anglais

The Promenade des Anglais, with its palm trees and mythical blue chairs, is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic attractions of Nice.

This famous seaside promenade stretches for almost 7 kilometers and offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Stroll along the promenade, admire the magnificent Belle Epoque hotels and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Do not miss the Hotel Negresco or the Palais de la Méditerranée in Art Deco style that are the pride of the city.

Whether you want to go cycling, roller skateboarding, jogging or simply relaxing on one of the many beaches, the Promenade des Anglais is a must-see in Nice.

Activities in Nice France palm trees, the Mediterranean Sea and people cyling
The Promenade des Anglais, photo by courtesy of Office du Tourisme Métropolitain de Nice Côte d'Azur

The Old Town, a labyrinth of narrow streets and colorful buildings

The Old Town of Nice, also known as Old Nice (Vieux Nice), is a real maze of narrow streets and colorful buildings.

Stroll through its cobbled streets and discover the timeless charm of its colorful facades weathered by the years.

Things to do in Nice France The Old Town 2 houses in a narrow street and a church
The Old Town (Vieux Nice), photo by courtesy of Office du Tourisme Métropolitain Nice Côte d'Azur

Admire the baroque architecture of Sainte-Réparate Cathedral, explore local artisan shops, and stop at one of the many quaint cafes for a cup of coffee.

Stroll through the flower market of Cours Saleya to enjoy its authentic charm, without forgetting to visit the Chapel of Mercy (Chapelle de a Miséricorde) with its beautiful yellow facade.

Activities in Nice France photo of Cours Saleya and the chapelle de la Miséricorde
Cours Saleya with the Chapel of Mercy, photo by courtesy of Dalbera Creative Commons License

Do not miss the Rossetti Place, with its fountain and its many restaurants as well as the unmissable Fenocchio ice cream parlour, an institution in Nice.

The Old Town of Nice is a real hidden gem not to be missed during your visit.

Castle Hill and the Port of Nice

The Castle Hill (la Colline du Château) offers breathtaking panoramic views of Nice, its marina and the Côte d'Azur.

Climb to the top of the hill. You can reach it on foot, by taking the stairs or the elevator or by using a small tourist train. Discover the ruins of an ancient castle, as well as beautiful gardens and picturesque waterfalls.

Relax in this peaceful place and admire the surrounding landscapes. The Castle Hill is a haven of peace in the heart of Nice.

Going down the hill, take the opportunity to stroll along the port of Nice and admire the fishing boats, the pleasure boats and the luxury yachts. Enjoy this pleasant maritime atmosphere and stop at one of the restaurants to taste fresh seafood specialties right out of the Mediterranean Sea.

Things to do in Nice France, the port with fishing boats, pleasure boats and ol houses
The Port of Nice, photo by courtesy of Office du Tourisme Métropolitain Nice Côte d'Azur

The Liberation Fruit and Vegetable Market, a lively local market

The Liberation Market (Marché de la Libération) is a bustling local market where Nice locals go to buy fresh produce, colourful flowers and local delicacies.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the market, sample fresh produce and chat with local traders.

Whether you're looking for ingredients to prepare a delicious meal or simply to soak up the local vibe, the Liberation Market is a must-see in Nice.

Museums and art galleries, cultural treasures of Nice

Nice is home to a multitude of museums and art galleries that will delight culture lovers.

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC), for example, features works by renowned artists such as Yves Klein and Niki de Saint Phalle. You'll never forget « Klein blue » when you meet it. Don't miss this museum !

The Matisse Museum is another must-see, housing an impressive collection of works by this famous painter. It is located close to the Cimiez bullring, an ancient Roman amphitheater and the monastery of Cimiez, surrounded by its gorgeous garden, looking so magnificent at the time of the flowering of the roses.

The Marc Chagall National Museum houses not only the paintings, drawings and prints but also all the other artistic achievements of the creator.

Whether you are interested in modern art, local history or photography, you will find the museum or gallery that will captivate you in Nice.

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The Matisse Museum, photo by courtesy of Office du Tourisme Métropolitain Nice Côte d'Azur

Street art in Nice - a walk through urban art

Nice is also known for its thriving urban art scene.

One of the things to do in Nice that is really special is to wander the streets with your nose up to discover the many colorful frescoes that adorn the walls !

Activities in Nice France, photo of a wall drawing with the head of a man
Work by OTOM, photo by courtesy of Léa, a photographer from Nice

Local and international artists have left their mark in the districts of Nice, creating a real open-air gallery. Discover the fresco "Gaïa and the butterflies" by the artist OTOM in the Fabron district or the wall of free expression of the Avenue du XVème Corps.

Let yourself be surprised by these unique works of street art that add a touch of creativity to the city.

Nice cuisine, dishes and unmissable restaurants

The cuisine of Nice is renowned for its simplicity and delicious flavors. Don't leave Nice without tasting some of the region's iconic dishes.

The authentic « salade niçoise », the « pan bagnat », the « petits farçis » and the « socca » or the sweet chard pie are some of the essential dishes to try.

Also taste black and green olives and olive oil coming straight from the hinterland. They are a must-taste !

Discover the many typical restaurants that highlight fresh and local products. And if you're looking for an activity to do in Nice tonight, why not go for dinner at Pipo, one of the best restaurants for socca, in the port area ?

Whether you want to enjoy a traditional dish in a local bistro or feast in a starred establishment, the gastronomy of Nice will seduce you.

Things to do in Nice France a photo of a dish called socca
Chez Pipo, a delicious socca, photo by courtesy of the owner of the restaurant

Phoenix Park

Discover Phoenix Park, a botanical and zoological garden with lush vegetation labeled "Remarkable Garden" and "Family Plus" in the heart of a 7-hectare enclosure in the city and facing the sea.

In its 25-meter-high pyramidal greenhouse, nicknamed "the Diamond", you will find a wide variety of plants and flowers.

Things to do in Nice France, a greenhouse with palm trees
The greenhouse, photo by courtesy of Phoenix Park

Things to do in Nice France a photo of a small pond and a bridge
The pond and the bridge, photo by courtesy of Phoenix Park

In the park you can meet more than 2000 animals, including exotic birds, turtles and fish.

If you are doing family tourism on the French Riviera, the Phoenix Park is a exciting activity to do in Nice for young people.

A day trip from Nice

Nice is also an ideal starting point to discover the surroundings.

Take advantage of your stay in Nice to take a day trip to nearby cities such as Cannes, Monaco or Antibes to discover the breathtaking landscapes of the French Riviera. Spend a relaxing day on their sandy beaches or have fun in the glamorous and hectic casinos of our Côte d'Azur.

You can also choose an excursion to Grasse to visit the workshops of renowned perfumers (like Fragonard) or browse the alleys of the wonderful medieval village of Eze perched on a hill facing the Mediterranean Sea.

If you want to stay closer to the center of the city, you can decide to visit the Gairaut waterfall (Cascade de Gairaut), north of Nice, an artificial waterfall in a charming and refreshing place, almost unknown to tourists.

Day trips from Nice are easy to organize and offer you a multitude of possibilities.

Things to do in Nice France a waterfall
The Gairaut waterfall, photo by courtesy of Lodja Wikimedia Commons

Outdoor activities: hiking, biking, water sports, baseball and softball playing

Nice also offers many opportunities for outdoor activities.

Whether you want to hike in the surrounding hills, cycle along the coast or enjoy water sports, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained in Nice.

End your tour of Nice at Charles Ehrmann Stadium by taking a softball class or by attending a baseball game. Enjoy the sporting atmosphere and cheer on the CAVIGAL Softball Baseball players in an exciting game. Here is another perfect and original activity to do in Nice for young people.

Enjoy the fresh air, mild weather and beautiful Mediterranean scenery while indulging in your favorite activity.

Things to do in Nice France a baseball match with players
A baseball match at the CAVIGAL Softball Baseball Club, photo by courtesy of Sylvain Buvat


Nice is a city full of hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.

From the charming old town to outdoor activities or to the rich cultural scene, Nice offers something for everyone.

Whether you are a history buff, a food enthusiast or simply looking for relaxation, Nice is a destination that will not disappoint you.

So, get ready to discover the hidden treasures that will make your trip to Nice an unforgettable experience.

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