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What can I do in Nice? Have you ever been there?

Hello everybody,

This topic is written to people who knows anything about Nice, in France. I am going to there, I know nothing about that place. Me and two of my friends have decided to go there for the long weekend.
Is there any good restaurant to eat a dinner there? (not so expensive)
And who know a good club, pub, or something with music?
When you were there, what did you do?

Any information is interesting...

Thanks in advance
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Re: What can I do in Nice? Have you ever been there?

it is basically like Montreux but nices. VERY VERY touristy and prices reflect that. There really is not much to see besides that it is real pretty. You can go to Monaco (30min) which is worth seeing once in a lifetime. MIght be superbusy still from the cleanup of the race that was just there, but you might be lucky and get to see all the nice boats that are still there.

you should take the car if you can. You can stop everywhere as the drive there is very cool (alps, and then the coastlines)
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Re: What can I do in Nice? Have you ever been there?

Nice is a great place to visit, there are so many beautiful places to visit in the surrounding area.
If the weather is good, you may just want to chill out on the beach. There is a huge choice of restaurants that you will stumble on whilst waliking around. The shopping is great and the lovely flower market is worth a visit.

You can take a helicopter ride to Monte Carlo, or visit one of the many beautiful places in the area such as Eze, St Paul de-vence, Grasse, Mougin, etc. There is also St. Tropez to check out if you like people watching.

If you are visiting only for the weekend, there is plenty to keep you happy for that amount of time.

Have fun!!!
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Re: What can I do in Nice? Have you ever been there?

The Cote D' Azur is a nice Place, but not cheap at all .
Hotels in Summer are really expensive, aswell the restaurants.
Switzerland is also very expensive, but Holiday cost a fortune at the Cote D'Azur, so if you saved enough money and don't cry about the money you are spending at the Cote D'AZur, go there.
If you don't have enough ,go there by a night train, refill your stocks at the local supermarket (in monaco) and leave in the evening for your home country(by another night train). Visit Monaco, Cannes and Nice in one day, so you have seen a lot of the cote D' Azur.
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Re: What can I do in Nice? Have you ever been there?

It's total crap, dirty and drab city centre, tourist hoards, expensive without class or quality. There are many amazing places to visit near Nice though, and it's each to their own, you might like the city itself. Go to Villefranche and that sort of area - pretty towns with good views and cafe culture. Oh and stay away from Monaco - it's like Vegas without the fun.
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Re: What can I do in Nice? Have you ever been there?

If you hire a car, try St Paul de Vence, which is incredibly quaint and picturesque with great cafes etc. Also Grasse is a bit further afield but also worth a visit.
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Re: What can I do in Nice? Have you ever been there?

Best time to visit the cote d'azur is autum (september-october), august is a no go because of the school holidays in france
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Re: What can I do in Nice? Have you ever been there?

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Hello everybody,

This topic is written to people who knows anything about Nice, in France. I am going to there, I know nothing about that place. Me and two of my friends have decided to go there for the long weekend.
Is there any good restaurant to eat a dinner there? (not so expensive)
And who know a good club, pub, or something with music?
When you were there, what did you do?

Any information is interesting...

Thanks in advance
There are lots to do in Nice, and surrounding areas. You should be aware that there was a freak storm a few weeks ago that destroyed most of the restaurants and private beaches (see attached picture).

It's nice to wander around the Cours Saleya on a Saturday morning, where they have the flower market and regular market as well. You can easily buy food for a picnic lunch. If you want to try local foods, there are many options: fougasse, pissaladiere, socca, tarte au citron, and tourte/tarte aux blettes are all local specialties. You will find these at the market, or in any patisserie around the Vieux Nice. Once great place for socca and pissaladiere is Chez Rene Socca, on 1 rue Pairoliere, close to Place Garibaldi. There is usually a very long line, but it's worth the wait. You can also get nice petits farcis, and beignets de courgettes there.

There are lots of restaurants to choose from. I'd stay away from those on Cours Saleya, and wander inside the Vieux Nice instead. Avoid the ones that have huge menus in English - they are usually tourist traps. For affordable options, one of my friends told me about this place, and this one, but I haven't tried them. I lived right on place du Gesu, so when we were lazy, we'd eat at Le Gesu, which serves simple Nicois food, but there is often a long wait.

If you like ice cream, Fenocchio is an institution, and there are several shops in the Vieux Nice as well, the main one being on Place Rosetti. It's slightly overpriced (but then, this is the Cote d'Azur!) but there are quite unusual flavors. There are also Fenocchio look-alikes which are just as nice.

There should be live band venues in the Vieux Nice - I have just seen that the one I was going to suggest closed last August Once you're there, just ask around. As long as you say 'Bonjour' and look like you're trying to speak a bit of French, people will make the effort to help you out.

If it's a nice, clear day, you can get a great view from the 'chateau' (the castle is no longer there!) and also from the pool at the Meridien hotel. If you want to go swimming, there are sandy beaches in Antibes and Cannes - it's all pebbles in Nice.

I don't know if you'll have a car, but there are now cheap bus links to many of the cities along the coast, as well as to Vence, St-Paul, and Grasse. Antibes, Eze and Menton are also nice destinations.

If you like museums, many of the ones in Nice are free, including the musee d'art moderne et d'art contemporain (mamac), the musee Matisee, the musee des beaux arts, the musee des arts asiatiques, among others. You can also check the anglo-info guide to see what events are on when you go (it's not the most user-friendly website).

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Best time to visit the cote d'azur is autum (september-october), august is a no go because of the school holidays in france
Actually, May and June are good as well. Not too many tourists (compared to the peak July/August months), and the weather is usually great!

Have fun!
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It's total crap, dirty and drab city centre, tourist hoards, expensive without class or quality. There are many amazing places to visit near Nice though, and it's each to their own, you might like the city itself. Go to Villefranche and that sort of area - pretty towns with good views and cafe culture. Oh and stay away from Monaco - it's like Vegas without the fun.
Maybe a tad harsh, but basically that's "Nail on the Head" in my book.

Yeah, I thought Nice was overrated.
But I love the South of France e.g. Grasse only 1 hour away inland from Nice.

Edited: 3 people have mentioned Grasse in this thread. So you have to go now!

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Re: What can I do in Nice? Have you ever been there?

I was there a few years ago. I really liked Nice. We walked around the city. Here comes my recommendations:

- Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa (http://www.villa-ephrussi.com/en/ephrussi/) by bus from Nice. They have a big beautiful garden. If you go there around lunch time, you can also enjoy their small pretty restaurant (warning: not cheap).
- if you like Matisse and Chagall, you must go to the Matisse Museum and Musee Chagall.(http://nicefrance.ca/attractions/museematisse.html). Both can easy to access by bus.
- We also went to the museum/factory of perfume, which was a bit far from Nice and we went there by train and bus. I cannot remember the name of the place but probably you can ask local people.
- I won't recommend walking along on the main seaside promenade in the late evening. We saw lots of ladies (with long hair, very short tight skirt and boots).

We did not speak French at all, but enjoyed a wonderful weekend in Nice. Have a great weekend in Nice.
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It's total crap, dirty and drab city centre, tourist hoards, expensive without class or quality. There are many amazing places to visit near Nice though, and it's each to their own, you might like the city itself. Go to Villefranche and that sort of area - pretty towns with good views and cafe culture. Oh and stay away from Monaco - it's like Vegas without the fun.
erm...depending on how many days one is spending at the cote...you are right.
i loved the matisse museum. but thats was it about Nice. the beach is ok, but nothing compared with Eze, Cap Antibes, Theoule Sur Mer or Saint-Claire. in all 3 places i parked very outside of the villages and i walked around and found some quieter beach places to relax...beach n water quality was very good.

if youre for a weekend there...its ok.

you might go n see Grasse, Antibes, Eze, Monaco, Grimaud, Cogolin, Cannes, St.Raphael...if you spend more days there go n see Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Nimes and of course Avignon...
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- We also went to the museum/factory of perfume, which was a bit far from Nice and we went there by train and bus. I cannot remember the name of the place but probably you can ask local people.
its Grasse
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