Completed in 1990, the MAMAC is installed in the heart of the city and has succeeded in integrating a bold architecture in to the surrounding urban plan. The “Ecole de Nice” is of course particularly well represented, with Ben and Venet. Christo, Yves Klein and Niki de Saint-Phalle have their own rooms.

Musée d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain (MAMAC)

Promenade des Arts – 04 97 13 42 01

Culture

Barale

7 rue Sainte-Réparate – 04 93 85 63 08 – www.barale-raviolis.com

Each room of this charming hotel and spa in the heart of Nice was decorated by a different artist, making for as many different creative spaces, and a voyage of discovery, with as a bonus, a rotating exhibits in the lobby, currently dedicated to Elodie Lecat and Guy Rottier. A truly unique hotel.

 

Credit where credit is due. The famous waterfront palace hotel underwent major renovations in 2010, returning its ranking to today’s highest standards. A youthful spirit now inhabits this mythical establishment, an immaculate ship facing the Mediterranean. The dream has even become affordable, with special rates in low season.

Hôtel WindsoR***

11 rue Dalpozzo – 04 93 88 59 35

www.hotelwindsornice.com

Rooms between 79 € and 190 €

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holiday destination. For a long time caricatured as the favorite city of retired people, Nice is rather a city of sharp contrasts, which very quickly proves itself endearing. A week-end is not enough to appreciate all its charms; so much the better, we’ll be back!

Weekend

By Jean-Dominique Dalloz - Photos José Nicolas / Jean-Dominique Dalloz - April 13, 2012

A pearl set at the end of the Bay of Angels, Nice reveals a thousand and one faces to those who take the time to get acquainted with it. From the Promenade des Anglais and its 5 star hotels to Old Nice with its bustling food stores, a visit reveals a multicolored and luminous city.

Nice

For a long time, Italy tried to pull its boot on from here, to the point of naming it Nizza when the city belonged to the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont. From this Italian presence Nice conserved a very special lifestyle, between the colored facades of its old buildings. The English and the Russians took over at the turn of the 20th century, making of this coastal city with its sweet climate a very popular

Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur

4-6 rue Saint-François-de-Paule

04 92 17 40 79 – www.opera-nice.org

 

Inaugurated in 1885, the Nice Opera offers to the sea side a façade that doesn’t really differ from the surrounding buildings. In fact you enter by a street opposite to discover a décor that at the time responded to the demands of a cosmopolitan audience. The 2011-2012 season programs “Tristan and Isolde” and “Il Tigrane”, without forgetting symphony concerts, chamber music and ballets…

Shopping

Smarin

32 avenue Henri Dunant – 04 93 52 89 26 www.smarin.net

Smarin has been producing since 2004 furniture and decorative objects by developing an independent design philosophy, a responsible approach to ecological development, and partially integrated production, entirely made in France. This Nice studio combines artisanal expertise, industrial reflection, and creative research resulting in upmarket products.

Attimi

10 place Masséna – 04 93 62 00 22

www.attimi.fr

Mains from 10,50 €

Barale is an institution in Nice. Created in 1892, it’s a temple to fresh pasta, where one finds the best raviolis in the world! The gnocchi aren’t bad either, and while you’re in the queue, you’ll be drooling at the thought of enjoying them with a touch of cream, some Parmesan and a few rocket leaves.

 

Food

“Art in the City” with the streetcar

Office du tourisme – 5 Promenade des Anglais – 08 92 70 74 07 – www.nicetourisme.com

 

 

At the end of the vast Place Massena, installed at the foot of a building that the tramway silently brushes past, Attimi attests to the eternal charm of Italian cuisine. “Acqua, farina, calore”, and that’s all. Pizzas and pasta are prepared and served in the traditional way, and the terrace is one of the city’s trendiest spots right now.

Le Comptoir du Marché

8 rue du Marché – 04 93 13 45 01

Entrees from 7€, mains from 13€, desserts from 6€

 

Here’s a restaurant just the way we like it, with a bistro spirit that’s neither cheap nor chic. The old counter, the doors of the gas stove and refrigerator are in a warm 1950s vintage style, making the animated open kitchen the spot to which all eyes turn. In return, the kitchen and waiting staff are attentive, making for a simple and tasty pleasure.

 

Lou Pilha Leva

10-13 rue Collet – 06300 Nice – 04 93 13 99 08 - Set price menus from 10 €

Old Nice contains narrow alleyways where little designer stores sit next to food stores, established for decades. Strolling from one to the next can take some time, and it’s a pleasure to stop for a quick bite at Lou Pilha Leva. Soccas and pizzas vie for attention with beet pies, stuffed vegetables and other Nice specialties like deep-fried zucchini. Those in a hurry can take away; others can find a spot to sit on one of the benches outside.

 

 

Insolite

All along the 9km or so of the streetcar route, a collection of over 200 artworks by 14 major international artists lights up Nice’s urban landscape. And each Friday at 7pm the tourist office organizes a guided tour.

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Hôtel Negresco*****

 37 Promenade des Anglais – 04 93 16 64 00 – www.hotel-negresco-nice.com

Rooms from 150 € during low season

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