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Top 10 things to do in Nice!

The greatest thing about owning a property in Nice is that it really gives you time to explore all that the city and its surroundings has to offer. So, now that you’ve bought your apartment in Nice here are team Attika’s top 10 things to do in the area!

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1. Have morning coffee in the Cours Saleya (the Old Town’s flower market) and watch the hustle and bustle of Nice’s oldest market square. On Mondays the Cours Saleya hosts the antiques market where you can pick up some truly unusual bargains, and every other day it hosts the colourful flower market. Here you can also buy local cuisine, we recommend that you try the fougasse! All of the outdoor cafés are superb on a sunny day but our favourite for breakfast has to be Le Pain Quotidien on the corner of the square. For lunchtimes in the sun, Safari is a must! Have a look at our blog on Nice Old Town restaurants for more inspiration!

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2. Splash out and hire a bed on one of the private beaches for the day – tan in comfort! Castel plage is the closest to Nice Old Town and is very popular. Lido and Beau Rivage are nearby and have good restaurants. Hi beach is a little further along and is a very popular gay beach; it also has a superb restaurant and is probably one of the best beach lunches in the city!

3. A visit to Cimiez is a must! Here you can visit the ruins of the old Roman settlement as well as the Matisse museum. Queen Victoria also famously stayed in this part of Nice, notably in a gorgeous building called ‘Le Regina’ where you can now own an apartment! There is also a famous cemetery in Cimiez called as well as a monastery whose gardens are well worth a visit for a leisurely walk. It’s a residential area and there are some gorgeous villas hidden away up there!

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4. The Port is an obvious choice but is well worth a visit. Take a look at the glamourous yachts moored there as well as the brightly painted fisherman’s boats! There are plenty of restaurants and bars nearby to sit outside and enjoy a drink in the lovely surroundings – Paloma Cantine is currently on our hot list and if you’re there in the summer, the champagne bar on the roof top of the Reserve is a great spot with stunning views.

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5. Why not take a trip to the famous Negresco hotel situated on the world famous Promenade des Anglais? Go inside and have a hot chocolate on a cold day so you can admire the inside of Nice’s most famous hotel – it oozes grace and style as well as history! In summertime it’s a great spot to enjoy a glass of champagne outside on the terrace. There are jazz nights on the first Thursday of every month so be sure to book a table and enjoy a cocktail or two with friends in these opulent surroundings!

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6. For a cheap and cheerful day out take a leisurely stroll along the world famous Promenade des Anglais and take up the Mediterranean pastime of people watching! From here you can enjoy the sunshine, beautiful views of the sea and the gorgeous Baie des Anges. The Prom stretches for 7km right along the coastline and in the summer is packed with people taking a stroll, riding their bikes or rollerblading. You can hire rollerblades near the Old Town from Rollerstation, and on rue Halevy you can rent a segway which is an unusual way to see the Prom! At the very end of the promenade is the collines du château and you can climb the many steps (or take the lift!) to admire the gorgeous views! There are two cafés, a playground and some lovely walks to be enjoyed at the top, so why not take a picnic and make an afternoon of it! This is where the city of Nice first began, and you can still see the vestiges of the fort, which is why it is called the Château. A great spot for a lazy summer’s day!

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7. Place Garibaldi is one of the largest squares in Nice and is named after the general and Italian politician Giuseppe Garibaldi who was born in Nice. It is located on the edge of the Old Town on the way to the port. The tram passes through here and the square is bordered by charming shops, cafés and restaurants. A market is held here on the third Saturday of each month, where you can stumble across all manner of treasures from vintage Chanel handbags to old magazines and antique furniture. Seafood lovers, the café de Turin on the edge of the square is a must!

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8. Eat some of the local cuisine! Socca is Nice’s most famous dish. It is almost like a pancake, made from chickpeas and eaten hot – best with plenty of pepper! Some of the best places to get socca are, of course, in Nice’s Old Town. Other specialities include stuffed vegetables (farcis), pissadilière and Salade Niçoise! Take a look at our blog on Niçois food for more on this!

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9. Spend an afternoon in the winding streets of Nice Old Town with its artisan shops, cafés, bars and markets. Place Saint François is famous for its fish market and there are plenty of places to pick up a cute and well prices present for friends and relatives! Place Rossetti is home to the gorgeous Cathedrale Saine Reparate which you really should see and for children young and old the ice cream parlour in the same square (Fennochio’s) is a must!! You will see flavours here that you won’t find anywhere else! Rue Droite has a plethora of artist’s shops where you can pick up some superb paintings and sculptures, and further along on rue Pairolière you can pick up some wonderful herbs and spices, as well as delicious olives for the food-lovers amongst you!

10. Nice’s stunning Russian Orthodox Cathedral was built in 1912 and is a very impressive piece of architecture! It was the first church to be designated a Russian Orthodox cathedral outside of Russia! It was funded by Tsar Nicolas II shortly before the Russian Revolution and stands as a reminder of pre-revolutionary Russia on the Côte d’Azur. It stands as the largest orthodox cathedral in Western Europe. In the mid-19th century, Russian nobility visited Nice and the Riviera, following the fashion established decades earlier by the English upper class and nobility. In 1864, immediately after the railway reached Nice, Tsar Alexander II visited by train and was attracted to the climate. This began an association between the Russians and the Côte d’Azur which continues to this day!

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