Old Town
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This historic part of Nice feels like a medieval village with narrow streets curving between old buildings with red-tile roofs, small restaurants and open-markets.
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  • Joasi23
    South Yorkshire, United Kingdom1,426 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favourite place
    Our favourite part of Nice, it’s so beautiful and atmospheric. We ate there two nights , out on the old pavement’s, lots and lots of choice . Hard to beat sitting with a glass or two of good French wine surrounded by impressive historic architecture. Very easy to get lost though, we did, and spent a while orientating ourselves ,, as long as you know which way the sea is you will be fine !
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 3, 2023
  • jaybeeFL
    Palm Harbor, Florida3,377 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Lot To See
    Our 4 hour cruise ship excursion in Nice was limited but we seem to have made the most of it by concentrating our tour in the old town. Walked the promenade, shopped the open markets and colorful Marche aux Fleurs, viewed the ornate opera house and other beautifully restored buildings (Governor's palace and Palais de Prefecture) and dined at a wonderful French restaurant. I'd say we packed a lot in, in a very short time!!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Tim J
    Montclair, Virginia605 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
    Beautiful area! Put on your walking shoes. There is so much to see. The narrow streets, tall building, street side restaurants and everything else is amazing. Make sure you look up, the architecture of the buildings are incredible.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 7, 2023
  • MumbaiRiders
    Mumbai, India1,686 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Town Nice
    Time had stood still in Vieux Nice(Old Town) in comparison to the plush sea facing edifices of Promenade des Anglais.The Old Town of Nice is made up of tall tenement houses lined up along narrow and shadowed streets. The ground floors are occupied by restaurants, shops, and the galleries of local artists. You can buy everything here, from Provencal spices to hand-made jewelry and cosmetics
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • JJJC_Family
    810 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to saunter in Nice
    If you like strolling through historic areas, then this will your cup of tea. Is it overwhelming? Honestly, no. Is it pleasant? Yes. Relaxing? Yes. Are there lots of restaurants to have a meal? Yes. Are the Cathedral or the Lescaris Museum spectacular and must dos? No. Will you do it if you visit Nice? Absolutely. No question about it. It’s like asking whether you will walk along the coastal pathway, the Promenade Anglais. Of course, you will. It’s par for the course. What makes Nice special is that the overall package is remarkably appealing. Old Town is an integral part of that package.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,712 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love these old towns in Europe
    Very nice old town in Nice, really enjoyed the vibe and atmosphere of area. Beautiful buildings with different types of building some with a lovely yellow, orange. Along with the narrow street, laneways, shops. Restaurants and bars makes it a must old town to explore.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Marilyn C
    Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A mixture of the old and the new!
    We have been to Nice several times and have new experiences each time. Just walking in the old town is fascinating. Going into the churches and small museums that are often overlooked is wonderful. People are friendly and the food is French fantastic!
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Betsy L
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    BEAUTIFUL MILD TORTURE
    The "Old City" is one of the main reasons to visit beautiful Nice, which is VERY hilly. One should bring along their legs of steel ! For those who love swimming or the Mediterranean, PLEASE know this : there is NO SAND ! That, to me, and many others, is something to consider. While usually smooth, these pebbles continue into the water of course. Many "locals" buy special shoes for the beach or swimming. It is , however, great to look at. Just be aware. Many beaches in Europe are like this. For those of us who love the smooth feel of sand, as it is present in SO many other places, this can feel like a form of mild torture !
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Christophe B
    Quebec City, Canada571 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in Nice regardless of the # of tourists
    Absolutely beautiful area of Nice. Lots of charm and many good restaurants... but also many tourist traps so be aware. I can't give it a 5 stars rating because it is INCREDIBLY crowded. People walk on each other in the summer. Still, it's a must in Nice.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • 436Mimi
    London, United Kingdom137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to spend the day
    Nice market in the old town and the Little train that runs from the promenade to the top of the hill is well worth a visit. This quaint little market has so much to offer and is great for browsing. The Little train is a great way to see Nice as it takes you along the picturesque promenade up to the highest point (900m) above Nice from the old fort. At the top there is a cafe and opportunity for photos.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 18, 2023
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RamblingSpots
Milan, Italy25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The Old Town is the perfect place for a nice walk in the evening. If travelling with children, we do not recommend a late visit, as people start gathering in bars and clubs (and outside) creating scenarios that might be disturbing for kids. On the other hand, if you're not traveling with kids, this place might be ideal for a night of fun. You can have a nice dinner, drink and dance in one of the many restaurants, pubs and clubs of the Old Town.
Overall, we recommend a visit to this lovely place.
Written March 10, 2021
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Global_Soph
Lisbon, Portugal41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
The charming old town well make you want to live some type of Disney fairy tale character scene. The cute and charming narrow streets are extremely colorful with a restaurant in every direction and an Icecream shop in every corner. It’s incredible how many flavors they have. Tons of cute gift shops, the very beautiful Saleya Street Market and a long peaceful beach down the French Riviera near it all.
Written January 6, 2020
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ShellyLeon
Little Canfield, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We went to Nice for the Xmas Market. It was my first time visiting this area of France and I was not disappointed. The Old City is Beautiful and a great base to explore. We visited Monaco on a day trip, we took the coastal route by bus which took about an hour and cost 1 Euro 50 Cents! The Xmas Market was not as big as we imagined, however the City has so much to do and see you will be kept more than occupied! I would love to return in the summer!
Written December 20, 2022
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AEXCELL
Sydney, Australia449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Vieux Nice is the city’s vibrant old town, with narrow cobblestone streets and pastel-hued buildings where shops sell Niçoise soaps and Provençal textiles, plus meats and cheeses. A daily market on pedestrian street Cours Saleya offers produce and flowers, and busy pubs and outdoor eateries serving specialties like socca crepes dot the area. Leafy, hilltop Parc de la Colline du Château has grand city and sea views
Written April 21, 2021
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Aquarius
San Jose, CA23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
Lovely charming old town that one can get lost wandering for hours. There is a hike on top that offers the panoramic views with blue ocean and red roof houses that look like postcards. The town has a very relaxing vibes with small French pastries shops. Feel like time standing still or going back in time when in Nice. The name suits the town perfectly. Highly recommended this part of France.
Written August 13, 2021
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Allan H
Lutterworth, UK2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Parking near Nice Old Town. We parked at Parkazur at 66 Rue de Roquebilliere, 06300. You don’t get a ticket as you drive in, you pay at the machine on the ground floor. It was 3 euros for parking!, and 5 euros each for an all day tram/ bus pass. Tram line one outside the garage to Garibaldi then we walked a short walk down to the port. Left at the statue. When you return,you exit by inserting the tram ticket, not the car park ticket. Otherwise great.
Written November 10, 2021
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TredaTraveller
Dublin, Ireland25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The narrow cobblestone streets and pastel-hued buildings, little shops that sell Nicoise soaps, straw hats and souvenirs, colourful market and wonderfull churches and cafe restuarants all set against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains gives this place it's DNA. Just gorgeous. Loved it!
Written September 7, 2021
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dvorac4
USA722 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
One asepct of Nice's old town that makes it particularly special is that it is authentic - real people live and work here. It's not just a medieval museum of windy streets and tiny alleys and old architecture and amazing churches. It's replete with history and is a delight through which to walk, especially when the tourists are not yet there and when they have left for the day. By day, it's very different than in the evening. During the day, shops are open with displays of product in the pedestrian street areas; at night, when shops are closed, they are barricaded shut and you would never know anything at all was there - no glass shop windows that just go dark after closing time. It can be like two different worlds - and navigation then is a bit more challenging! There are so many little hidden bars that you only find late in the evening. Find your way everywhere and explore.
Written January 24, 2020
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RachelleCM
Rome, Italy47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The old section of the city is somewhat small, but packed with all kinds of shops where you can find whatever you like – clothes, jewelry, pottery, local sweets, wines, coffee, herbs and spices…you name it! There are churches, the Palais Lascaris Museum (a 17th century building with portraits and more than 500 musical instruments – the second largest collection in France), a flower market, bars and restaurants of all kinds, and lovely rust and ochre colored buildings that wind around, leading to the Nice Cathedral. And it’s within easy walking distance of Castle Hill, a park with a waterfall and fantastic views. It is a must-see if you’re in the city.
Written February 20, 2022
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dw82199
Positano, Italy11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The old town has to be visited it's full of places to eat and drink and chill out and the range of shops is amazing. You can buy fresh food, spices meat, fish everything. There are some terrific bars and restaurants. AS it is the "old" town the buildings are tall and the streets narrow so it's pleasantly cool even when it's a hot day.
Written June 13, 2022
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