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“Fun but avoid the crowd and street performers if you can” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Place Massena

Place Massena
Place Massena, 06000 Nice, France (Centre)
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Nice City Bike Tour
Ranked #7 of 107 Attractions in Nice
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Owner description: A picturesque city square in Nice's historic quarter.
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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“Fun but avoid the crowd and street performers if you can”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

It is a must see for first timers to Nice but it can get too crowded with all the hangers-on and street performers. Go there in the evening to watch the sitting statues on stilts change colour! When the renovation of the 'Central Park' is finished it will be even better!

Visited July 2013
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“the square at the end of the main shopping area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

very colourful lots going on where people congregate to sit at cafes and people watch. the tram system runs through here very quietly and adds to the scene

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“busy core of Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Hordes of summer tourists overwhelmed our first impression of Place Massena. The 2013 Tour de France had just passed by two days ago brought in people from all walks of life. This square is a fantastic open area for local pedestrians and sightsee-ers, and under the cool shade of arched passageways. The rich Mediterranean colors on the ornate buidlings that surround this square adds to its grandiose effect. Not only is this square pretty to look at, it is a functional hub of public transport as well. It is easy to enter old town Nice (Vieille Ville) as the northwestern part of old town borders Place Massena, as well as the world renowned Promenade des Anglais, just a block away. If you're looking for a cozy place to sit and relax with a cuppa joe, this is not the place for you. It is a fast-paced busy area that serves more as a crossroad than a cool respite. However lush Albert I gardens is just off this plaza, I recommend that instead. Be wary at nights though, it also served as a slumbering quarter for the city's vagrants.

Visited July 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Where the old and new come together”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

The buildings surrounding the square has been there for ages but its how the modern world has been integrated that is most interesting! Starting with the weird looking humanoid figures that sit on top of the tall poles. They are lighted in the evening. Plus the city tram or monorail runs right thru the square. Completing the look is the checkerboard flooring that gives this place its signature look. There are shops and restaurants all around also.

Visited May 2013
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“Good vibe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

a lot of restaurants to choose from and a very good vibe. Was very crowded when we were there however no problem getting a table

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