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City Break – Nice

View from the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France

Where to Stay

Whether it’s your first or your fiftieth time in Nice, the place you stay is always important. You want somewhere you feel comfortable and can relax after a long day of sightseeing. We stayed at Hotel Brice Garden and I can honestly say, I would happily stay there every time I visit. Situated in the centre of Nice, it’s just a few streets away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city.

Although it’s part of the Best Western chain of hotels, it still feels very individual and unique. We stayed in a roof room, that whilst is one of the smallest rooms they offer, has the amazing addition of a private terrace. The rooms are fitted with everything you could ever need (hello waterfall shower) and being able to sit in the sun with a lovely cuppa was absolutely heaven.

View out of Hotel Brice Garden, Nice, France

What to Do

In a way, it would probably be easier to mention what you can’t do in Nice, as the options are endless. Just a couple streets south of the hotel and you reach the Promenade Anglais. A lovely place to have a stroll along the seafront, with beautiful views of blue sea, rustic villas and mountains in the distance. I loved visiting the Old Town, with endless market rows of delicious looking food and the gorgeous flowers at the Marché aux fleurs. The old town is filled with traditional french boulangeries and the prettiest little macaron shop, The delicacies of angea, that is perfect to get your sweet fix.

A short… ok full day was spent shopping at the Galerie Lafayette, the French equivalent of Selfridges. So many amazing designer collections, as well as Galerie Lafayette’s own clothing range where I managed to pick up some lovely pieces at a much more affordable price!

Visiting the Musée Matisse is a must and is only a fifteen minute No.15 bus ride away. For just €20 you can buy a seven day pass that allows you to enter many of the popular museums and municipal galleries in Nice. My particular favourite was the Museum of Photography Charles Nègre which had an exhibition by Franco Fontana who has such a unique and imaginative style, I could have stayed there all day looking at his photos.

The main train station is not far from the town and is the best way to travel if you want to venture outside of Nice. We went for a day trip to Menton and if it’s a beach day you’re after then the Plage des Sablettes is for you. The water is so clear you can actually see small fish swimming whilst you go for a dip. Even in early September, the sea is beautifully warm you won’t want to get out.

musee de la photographie charles negre, Nice, France
Wearing a yellow floral Culture Vintage dress in front of the Musee Matisse, Nice, France
Ocean View in Nice, France

Where to Eat

I’m slightly embarrassed to say, I have zero photos of food as I scoffed everything so quickly, by the time I remembered my camera it was too late. 11ème art, Mama Delices and L’octopussy (insert Bond joke here) are all great restaurants for an affordable evening meal. I also highly recommend Le Bistro Dalpozzo for fantastic french cuisine. The fish soup starter was so fresh and flavourful, I could have eaten just that and been very happy. The main of steak was cooked just how I like and the dessert was a melt in the mouth apple tarte that I’ve thought about every day since then.

A special shout out to Amorino on Rue Massena does the best ice cream I’ve ever tried.

What to Wear

You can read all about how I pack for a holiday here and essentially when it comes to clothing, the easier to wear the better. I like light materials and bold colours. Kaftans are an absolute life saviour for me, especially after a day on the beach. The rest of my trip was spent mostly in dresses. A summer dream in yellow (Next), to a more daring red and blue striped maxi, a cheeky new purchase from Galerie Lafayette. Most importantly though, was my footwear. With so many places to see, comfortable shoes are an absolute must and Hotter UK never fail me. My leopard print sandals provided support for my feet and ankles whilst still looking modern and not like I’ve borrowed a pair of my nan’s shoes. Sorry nan!

Ada Gatti kaftan in Menton, France

I had an amazing time visiting Nice. My mum and I went for six days, which was a great length of time to stay but there was so much to do and see, another trip is definitely required. The September sun reached nearly 30 degrees, so it was hot. Perfect if you want a tan to make your friends back home jealous just don’t forget your suncream!        B x

Old Town, Nice, France
having a cuppa wearing a red and blue Galerie Lafayette dress at the Hotel Brice Garden, Nice, France
Olives at the Old Town Market, Nice, France
Pink roses at the marche aux fleurs, Nice, France
Menton, france
promenade de anglais, Nice, France
Menton Lemon fragrances, France
Cakes from a patisserie in Nice, France
wearing a red and blue Galerie Lafayette dress, Nice, France
View out of Hotel Brice Garden, Nice, France
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10 Comments

  1. October 2, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    I went to Nice in May and I wish you have written this before I went, you have so many good recommendations. I went on a hen party and we really struggled to find somewhere to eat actual French food.

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      October 3, 2018 / 10:02 am

      Ahh that’s always the way isn’t it! It really isn’t easy to find places to eat that tastes great but isn’t stupidly expensive when it’s a place you’re not used to. It actually stresses me out a bit haha. If you ever go again, I really do recommend the last one, really lovely. x

  2. October 3, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    You’ve completely sold it to me. I’m so bummed I have no plans to go on any more holidays this year!
    Rosoe

  3. October 5, 2018 / 6:08 pm

    I love Nice, it’s such a beautiful place to spend some lazy sunny days for a break away x

  4. October 6, 2018 / 8:41 am

    these photos are so so beautiful! made me want to go and book a flight somewhere sunny!

  5. October 8, 2018 / 10:28 am

    What beautiful photos, I’ve never even had Nice on my radar but now I’m going to look into it xx

  6. October 10, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    This has really made me want to visit! Gorgeous photos!

    Alicia

  7. October 11, 2018 / 9:20 am

    This looks like you had an amazing time! I’m desperate for a holiday! xx

  8. October 22, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    Wow! I’ve never been to Nice before but I always hear such lovely things and this post is so handy for people who are going on holiday to Nice because everything you need is here!

    Katie x

  9. October 24, 2018 / 8:00 am

    This looks beautiful, very jealous. Your outfits are gorgeous, summer vibes all the way x

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