Nissa la bella

Nice is a city of a thousand colors, with many Italian influences. A great destination for a family weekend, the city is easily accessible by plane or train. You can visit it on foot and under the sun, which shines 127 days a year. Don't forget your towels and bathing suits!

A perfect day in Nice

After a good breakfast at Marinette's, a gourmet delight in the heart of old Nice, we head for Cours Saleya and its famous flower market. Around 11 a.m., we stop for a drink at La Civette to enjoy the atmosphere, then take a trip to L'Atelier des jouets (rue de l'ancien Senat) to find some child-friendly wonders. 

When your tummy starts rumbling, there's nothing better than a socca and a tourte aux blettes, specialties of Nice, bought from the triporteur "Chez Thérèse" (28 Rue Droite). Go early, as there are often long queues from midday onwards. Eat on the beach, as the famous Promenade des Anglais is just a few meters away. 

Marie's tip: bring a towel to sit on, as the pebbles hurt your bottom!

After an obligatory stop at Fenochio, the city's best ice cream parlour, which offers almost 100 flavours - from the most classic to the most original, including thyme, rosemary, violet, lavender, etc. (Note that there are two of them, so opt for the one in Place Rossetti with its fountain and the beautiful Cathedral of Sainte Réparate, a listed historic monument), it's time to stretch the legs of the little ones!

Head for the unmissable Parc de la Colline du Château. The castle has long since disappeared, but you'll have a breathtaking view from the top of a verdant hill. For the more adventurous, climb the vertiginous staircase. For those of you with children and baby carriages, don't worry - there's an elevator (for a fee)! At the top, you'll find a children's playground, a little guinguette if you're thirsty (and only thirsty - anything else is to be avoided!) and, above all, an incredible view of the port of Nice. 

Go down to the Port side and stroll through this new district of Nice, brimming with attractive addresses. Then make your way up to Place Garibaldi via Place du Pin, nicknamed "Le petit marais niçois". A ride on an old-fashioned merry-go-round will delight your children. 

 

The addresses of a true Niçoise mama

Eating out in Nice

Bocca Nissa
On the menu: tapas on a small rooftop with a decor as beautiful as the view.
>BoccaNissa, 3 Rue Saint-François de Paule, 06300 Nice

Le Safari
An unpretentious classic with a reputation for making the best pizza in town, as well as mouth-watering little stuffings. Great with kids!
> La Safari, 1 cours Saleya, 06300 Nice

La Merenda
A former Michelin-starred chef has opened a small shop serving specialties from Nice. The whole town runs there. A must with children ready to try something new... and without a stroller, as the place is tiny.
> La Merenda4 Rue Raoul Bosio, 06300 Nice

Marie's tip: reservations are mandatory in all restaurants, especially as soon as the warm weather arrives!

Les Agitateurs
More chic, the brilliant bistronomic restaurant Les Agitateurs, on rue Bonaparte. Best enjoyed with your partner if you've found a babysitter. The young, inventive, Michelin-starred chef Samuel Victori will delight you with a unique menu in every sense of the word.
> Les Agitateurs, 24 Rue Bonaparte, 06300 Nice

 

L'hôtel Amour
If you're looking for a meal overlooking the beach, the Hôtel Amour has opened its own restaurant, with a great atmosphere and a simple but effective menu. You can eat in peace while the kids play in the pebbles (ah, there's a bright side too!). 😋

Marie's tip: reservations are mandatory at all restaurants, especially as soon as the warm weather arrives! 

 

A little culture...

MAMAC
Le Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain is located in the heart of the city. It's easily accessible on foot or by streetcar. You'll find works by Klein, Ben and Nikki de St Phalle. I promise, the kids will love it! The icing on the cake: you can climb up to the roof for a great photo of the city from above.
> Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (MAMAC), Place Yves Klein, 06000 Nice

The Matisse Museum
The Matisse Museum will appeal to the whole family. It features over 500 works by the artist, many of them inspired by the city of Nice. It is set in a beautiful park, Les Arènes de Cimiez, where you can picnic in the shade of the olive trees.
> Musée Matisse, 164 Av. des Arènes de Cimiez, 06000 Nice

Charles Nègre Museum of Photography
A small, friendly place. Perfect for those looking for a quick museum.
> Charles Nègre Photography Museum, 1 Pl. Pierre Gautier, 06300 Nice

Where to sleep?

L'hôtel Amour Nice
The little brother of the now legendary Hôtel Amour has opened on avenue des Fleurs, in Nice! With its Mediterranean decor, nods to Cocteau, rooftop pool and Instagrammable bar, this numberbis has it all!
> Hôtel Amour Nice, 3 Av. des Fleurs, 06000 Nice

Palais Saleya
If you're traveling with the kids, perhaps you'd prefer a small kitchenette? In that case, book the Palais Saleya. More sober, but superbly located, it's a great place to explore.
> Hôtel Palais Saleya, 21 Rue du Marché, 06300 Nice

Enjoy your stay in Nice! 

Marie and the Charlie Crane team