A French Riviera Itinerary: 48 Hours In Nice

Chapter I: The pearl of the Blue Coast.

Between mountain and sea, lies the city of Nice. Nicknamed “Nissa la bella,” you instantly understand why the second you are there. Each year, more than four million tourists come to discover the city’s attractions. Having a rich cultural heritage, museums are embedded in Nice’s genes as well as good cuisine, jazz, and flamboyant events. We guarantee you will fall in love with the capital of La Côte d’Azur.

HOW TO GET THERE

The easiest way to reach Nice is by plane. From Paris Charles-De-Gaulle to Nice Côte d’Azur, it is approximately a 1h30 flight. The airport is located at three kilometers from the city of Nice, so you can either rent a car or take the bus. Since Nice is a fairly dense city, everything can be done by foot. We don’t recommend driving because you will have a hard time parking (especially during the summer as there is an influx of tourists!)

Another option is the train from Paris to Nice. It is a six-hour train ride since you are basically crossing France in its entirety.

DAY 1

Morning: Discovering the Old Nice

What better way to start off the day than by strolling around the historical part of town? Grab a coffee and discover a succession of pastel colors accentuated by the sunlight. The heat can quickly become overpowering – especially during the summer – so Old Nice is a great way to get some fresh air. Admire the typical southern architecture, such as: the louvered shutters. It is also the ideal opportunity to see the open-air markets, and the famous flower market in La Cours Saleya as well as the Sainte-Réparate Cathedral, past La Place Rossetti.

The streets of the Old Nice
The streets of the Old Nice. FACEBOOK Ville de Nice

Lunch: La Merenda

4 Rue Raoul Bosio, 06300 Nice

For lunch, we suggest a cozy little spot in Old Nice: La Merenda. With no website, no phone number, and hidden in the depths of the old town; you have to know it to find it! La Merenda is a small canteen adored by everyone who has ever been there. Chef Le Stanc offers an innovative, yet traditional cuisine, such as: Tripes a la niçoise, daube a la Provençal, and (of course) his famous pesto tagliatelle. Le Merenda mixes simplicity and comfort. This restaurant isn’t for everyone, however if you like the idea of eating elbow to elbow on a bar, in a friendly atmosphere, then this is the address for you!

La Merenda
La Merenda. FACEBOOK La Merenda Nice

Afternoon: Visiting an orthodox cathedral

Av. Nicolas II, 06000 Nice

The Saint-Nicolas Cathedral in Nice is one of the most beautiful sights to see. Listed as a historical monument, this cathedral is considered as one of the most important Russian edifices outside of Russia. Even though it may not be at the top of your list when visiting Nice, it is certainly worth the detour! The interior of the cathedral is richly decorated with murals, statues, sculpted woodwork, and numerous more. Construction began in the 20th century under the patronage of the Tsar Nicolas II, and his mother, the Empress. We recommend taking a guided tour, which lasts approximately 40 minutes, to fully embrace the imposing architecture.

The Saint-Nicolas cathedral in Nice
The Saint-Nicolas cathedral in Nice. FACEBOOK Ville de Nice

Drinks and Dinner: Farago on the Roof

Rooftop de l'AC Hotel by Marriott Nice, Rue Honoré Sauvan, Entrée, 59 Prom. des Anglais, 06000 Nice

The beautiful view from the roof
The beautiful view from the roof. FACEBOOK Farago on the Roof Nice

Located near La Promenade des Anglais on the Marriott Hotel’s roof, this bar is the ideal spot to decompress after a long day of sightseeing. Grab a cocktail, a tapas board, and admire the beautiful view that Farago has to offer. Both acting as a bar and a restaurant, enjoy delicious dishes in a relaxed environment, including: truffle eggs, cheese boards, burrata, and even prime ribs. All the products are fresh and local! The best part? The panoramic view of Nice. Farago is one of the trendiest spots in Nice with its gin bar, lounge, swimming pool, dining room, and Instagrammable interior. Do you wish to dine in a vibrant, upbeat spot with a great drink selection while overlooking the city? Farago it is!

Farago
Farago. FACEBOOK Farago on the Roof Nice

Sleep: Hotel Amour à la plage

3 Av. des Fleurs, 06000 Nice

After conquering Paris, Hotel Amour settled in Nice. Located a few steps away from the Negresco Hotel, in le Quartier des Fleurs, lies this impressive hotel. Do you long for a disconnected vacation? This hotel thought of everything! In the 36 rooms offered, none of them have a television or a telephone. The goal? To ensure that the clients enjoy their stay on the Mediterranean coast without any distractions. Each of the rooms are uniquely decorated with different colors. Hotel Amour à la plage has numerous amenities: a patio with a bar, a restaurant, and a rooftop with a pool. If you prefer the beach, you are in luck! The hotel also boasts a private beach on La Promenades des Anglais, with a waterfront restaurant.