Parks in Nice

When you’re not exploring the coast line, visiting museums, or dining on gourmet cuisine at one of Nice’s Michelin starred restaurants, you may want to relax a bit in one of its many parks. Here’s our recommendations:

La Place Massena

This park can also be called Esplanade du Paillon and is situated right in the hear of Nice. An extensive garden surrounds the square and overlooks picturesque red brick buildings. Visitors are always astounded at the sharp and beautiful contrast the Massena gardens have with its surrounding architecture, and the park furthermore makes a great relaxing pit stop while gallavanting through the city.

Le Parc Phoenix

This park is a perfect spot for nature lovers. Situated on the western end of Nice and just steps from the Mediterranean coast, this park has a very large variety of flora and fauna – some 2,500 different plants. Some of the plants are very rare and carry a unique and exotic beauty. Birds and insects also play a big role at the park, as well as giant aquariums they have available for viewing.

Le Parc du Chateau

Not only does this park feature a beautiful castle and quiet (and romantic) walking paths, but there are also plenty of play areas for young children. Some of the best views of the Mediterranean can also be seen from this park.

Parc Forestier du Mont-Boron

Heavily wooded, serene, and a perfect place to take a long stroll. Mount Boron is also located within this park, and is about 190 meters high and offers excellent views of the city. The views one can get in this park are also unique in that you can see the Southern Alps, Mediterranean Sea, and two different cities quite well from within the park.

Les Jardins Suspendus du Paillon

The name of this park literally translates to “the hanging gardens of Paillon”, referring to the Paillon river. This park is situated in the heart of Nice and always carries a nice breeze in from the Mediterranean, which is just a few steps away. The garden is based on the mythical gardens of Babylon, and is truly a sight to behold. It covers about 12,000 square meters and has pine trees, Phoenix palms, Mexican and Asian vegetation, Camellias, Azaleas, and rhododendrons. The garden tends to have a magically isolated feel as well, as it is barricaded from view with a dense wall of trees, thus making the park the perfect tranquil getaway.

Michelin Star Restaurants in Nice

When a restaurant is awarded the coveted Michelin star by one of its critics, it says a lot about that restaurant. It says the food is phenomenal, creative, and perfectly cooked. It says the staff is attentive, timely, and pleasant. It says the chefs are well trained, gourmet, and inventive with their menus. Nice happens to have several Michelin starred restaurants – that’s how loaded with gourmet cuisine this beautiful French city is. Today, we’d like to show you a couple of our favorites.

L’Aromate

LAromate

Michelin Star: 1

This restaurant is small, quaint, and run by a couple that really knows food. The chef/owner was trained in some of the best restaurants in the world, and it shows in his cooking. You won’t walk out of there without spending about 70 Euros per person, but it’s well worth it. Try the citrus sea bass, or perhaps the stunning pea soup (not as simple as it sounds). Very creative cuisine.

Flaveur

flaveur restaurant

Michelin Star: 1

This charming restaurant is run by 3 friends – 2 are brothers and 1 a family friend. Here you can enjoy no frill classic French cuisine at its best – finding a hint of exotic hidden within every meal. One big key to this restaurant’s success is their strict use of only the freshest ingredients. With this restaurant as well you won’t walk out of there without spending at least 70 euros per person, but again it’s well worth it. Try the fish cooked in duck sauce, or the Croustillant Rose-Litchis for dessert.

L’Univers-Christian Plumail

L'Univers-Christian Plumail

Michelin Stars: 1

This restaurant is far renowned for its delicious Nicoise type cuisine. You’ll definitely need to pre-book your meal, as people come from far and wide just to sample a dish. It’s known to creatively tease the palate with its smoked salmon, or anchovy mousse, or smoked eel filled with sea urchin. The prices are about 15 euros less than the previous two restaurants we’ve listed, but it seems as if it should be more. Book a table, dress nice, and enjoy a delicious evening at L’Univers-Christian Plumail.

5 of the Best Restaurants in Nice

Restaurants are always bustling and thriving in Nice, and new restaurants and bistros are always popping up. There’s hundreds of them, and a good majority of them feature unique menus and inspired gourmet chefs. Try some classical French food, or something with a modern twist, or maybe a bite inspired from another country. While we can’t pick a favorite with so many great eateries, we can definitely tell you about some of our favorites.

Restaurant L’Âne Rouge

Restaurant L'Âne Rouge

Address: 7, Quai des Deux-Emmanuel
06300 Nice

Choose from a variety of inspired fish dishes – all fresh and all paired beautifully with seasonings and the freshest of produce. Or perhaps give the duck a try, or a melt-in-your-mouth lobster. You can’t go wrong with a single thing you choose of the menu. And, the desserts are perfection – all made with fresh fruits.

Aphrodite

aphrodite restaurant

Address:  10 bd. Dubouchage

This trendy restaurant features a Michelin star chef, and some of the most creative food you’ll ever find. The restaurant is rather expensive, such as ordering off their Revolution menu is 99€ per person, but you get quite a unique food experience. You can sip a cocktail over dry ice, enjoy a ‘search of the lost oyster, and finish it off with a lemon iced green buubly lollipop. Sound intriguing enough?

Sapore

sapore

Address: 19, r Bonaparte

If tapas are what you seek, Sapore is the place to go. The young chef, Anthony Riou has worked in the best restaurants, and Sapore is the outcome of him opening his first restaurant. He keeps the menu small, with 8 very unique tapas dishes being offered, and uses only the freshest ingredients. Finish off your meal with a creme brulee.

Chantecler

Chantecler

Address: 37 Promenade des Anglais

This restaurant is located within the gorgeous Negresco Hotel, and you won’t believe the pricing on the meals – such a deal for such great food! The food can be considered even more of a steal when you consider that the chef won ‘Best Craftsman of France’ in 2007, and the Auguste Escoffier Trophy Normandy in 2005. You can order off the menu Plasir, or a seasonal menu, and pair great wine with any meal.

Les Viviers

Les Viviers

Address: 22, rue Alphonse-Karr

If you’re looking for the freshest and tastiest seafood – Les Viviers is it! There’s a restaurant on one side and a bistro on the other, with menus focusing on fish and other fresh seafood. All the dishes are simply elegant and original in presentation. Make a reservation if possible, as this little restaurant fills up fast!

 

Nice, France: Nice, the Beautiful

Nice France

Nice is a stunning city along the coast of France, and is second only to Paris in vacationing popularity. Located in the south east coast of France, and right along the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the 5th most populated city in France with a population of about 1 million inhabitants. Appropriately, Nice La Bella (the city’s full name) translates into Nice the Beautiful. 

This coastal beauty is actually believed to be one of the oldest human settlements in Europe, with one of the archaeological sites displaying what looks like evidence of a very early fire. Originally, the Greeks founded a settlement here in 350 BC and named it Nikaia. Nice continued to change ownership over the years, before finally becoming a part of France between the years of 1792 and 1815. Nice being a highly desirable vacation spot, however, was discovered very early on – with even the English upper class  valuing it as a vacation destination since the mid 18th century. The city’s warm and moderate climate, 6 months of summer, tranquil views, broad and extensive cultural beauty is what draws thousands every year to this day.

nice france 2

Nice consists of two very large bays, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Aeroport de Cote d’Azur. Moving from the beach further inland, the terrain gently slopes into hills, and eventually into the Ligurian Alps mountain range. The city itself is laid out in multiple squares, each housing a multitude of sights, sounds, and beautiful architecture – five squares to be exact. The Place Massena is the main square of Nice. It’s lined with palm trees, boasts a tramline, and hosts most of the cities main events, such as concerts and festivals. The Place Garibaldi is well known for its beautiful historical architecture, including the House of Savoy. The Place Rossetti is home to the Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, many gourmet restaurants, musical events, and some very unique night lighting. The Cours Saleya has a flower market and other markets, Nicoise cuisine restaurants, pubs, and the Palais des Rois Sardes (Palace of the Kings of Sardinia). The Place du Palais contains the Palais de la Justice (court house), a city clock, and stages many concerts, film viewings, and other public events.

Place Masséna

Nice has a very unique culture, filled with immigrants from Asia, Western African colonies, Spain, Portugal and other countries. This contributes to its vibrant scene and colorful festivals, including the Carnaval de Nice and the Nice Jazz Festival. Also, quite a few notable museums can be found here: Musee Marc Chagall, Musee Matisse, Musee des Beaux-Arts Jules Cheret, Musee International d’Art naif Anatole Jakovksy, Musee Terra-Amata, Museum of Asian Art, and many others. This cultural blend also contributes to a wide variety of specialty cuisine, with the majority of cuisine falling in the Nicois regional specialty. Popular Nicois dishes that can be found at many restaurants may include: Ratatouille, Pichade, Socca, Daube, Salade Nicoise, and Soupe au pistou. Many of the local dishes feature, sheep, fresh fish, sea urchins, anchovies, and mullets.

ratatouille