Nice

  • Central & Prestigious
  • Zone Piétonne (pedestrian zones)
  • Beach, Bay & the Promenade des Anglais
  • Designer Shops, Galleries & Boutiques
  • Bars & Bistrots (see full list below)

Carré d'Or map

The prestigious Carré d'Or (or Golden Square if you’re struggling with your high school French) sits ‘squarely’ in the centre of Nice and is an excellent spot from which to base your next holiday on the Côte d’Azur. The architecture is a splendid mix of Bourgeois, Art Deco, Edwardian, Niçois, and Belle Époque (the wonderful Negresco Hotel sits in this ‘quartier’). Consequently your holiday rental apartment in the Carré d'Or will not only be close to everything, but more than likely situated in an elegant, historical building featuring parquet floors, decorative ceilings, and Juliette balconies with ornate wrought iron. And your neighbours will be some of the more affluent Niçois. Naturally haut couture abounds, however because it’s still very much a residential area, so do boulangeries, delicatessens, and neighbourhood bistrots – always an important consideration for your holiday rental apartment.

At the Northern end of the Carré d’Or is the leafy boulevard Victor Hugo lined with grand buildings. At the Southern end is the celebrated Promenade des Anglais where our holiday rental apartments have the added appeal of glorious sea views. In the centre of the Carré d’Or are the pretty streets of rue Longchamp, rue Alphonse Karr, and the ‘zone piétonne’ (a pedestrian section incorporating the boutique and restaurant lined rue Massena and rue de France). For the ‘grand marques’ such as Louis Vuitton, Channel, Bally, Christian Dior, Hermes . . . head to the appropriately named rue Paradis and avenue Verdun where you can give your credit card a serious workout. Naturally, for such a swanky area some of the most prestigious restaurants and hotels are to be found in the Carré d’Or and the Promenade des Anglais. What’s more should you select a holiday apartment to let in this quarter you are likely to have a property which includes the added comforts of air conditioning and lifts - great after a hard day’s shopping!

Within the Carré d’Or is the beautiful Villa Massena used to host important dignitaries but open to the public in between these times; and to the Northwest it’s an easy walk to the splendid Russian Church and the Musée des Beaux Arts. Whilst there may not be a great deal of ‘sights’ in the Carré d’Or, its centrality and elegance makes it such an attractive prospect for our guests wanting a chic base for their holiday rental property. Getting around Nice from the Carré d'Or is simple, as it’s serviced by numerous bus lines, as well as the tram that runs through Place Massena bordering the quarter. Furthermore, both the central Nice-Ville train station and Old Town are an easy 10 minute walk away. And did we mention that the beach is at your doorstep?

Promenade des Anglais

This famous and beautiful palm tree lined promenade built by the English aristocracy that runs along the coast. Great for a stroll anytime of the day or evening. You may even see some of the more fit members of the Sunlight Properties team out for an early morning jog here!

Villa Massena

An impressive mansion constructed at the end of the 19th century and inspired by the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. This was the winter residence of European aristocracy until it was given to the city of Nice. 65 rue de France. Open Wed-Mon: 10am–6pm. Free Entry. www.nice.fr/Culture/Musees-et-expositions/Villa-Massena

Hotel Negresco

This exquisite Belle Époque building is an icon on the Côte d’Azur. We recommend our Guests to enjoy an ‘apero’ at one of their famous bars (see details below). 37 Promenade des Anglais. www.hotel-negresco-nice.com

Place Massena

This striking central square in the centre of Nice bordered by some fine examples of Genoan architecture, painted in watermelon red, mustard yellow and eggshell blue.

Further North & West:

Cathedral St. Nicolas

Cathedral St. Nicolas was built with funding from Tsar Nicholas II to serve the large expat community of Russian nobility who settled in Nice at the end of the 19th century. This trend was started by Tsar Alexander II, who visited Nice via the newly created rail connection in 1864, and naturally fell in love with the place. It is the largest Russian orthodox church outside of Russia and is striking with its gorgeous colours and onion shaped domes; completely incongruous with its surroundings, but truly beautiful nonetheless. 17 blvd du Tzarevitch. Open Daily: 9am-12pm & 2.30pm- 6pm. Entry €3.

Musée des Beaux Arts

Musée des Beaux Arts built in 1878 as the private home of a Ukrainian princess, this villa now contains an eclectic collection going back three centuries, and includes: Impressionists and Post Impressionists such as Bonnard, Sisley, Monet, and Vuillard; an excellent series of paintings from the French fauvist painter Raoul Dufy, who spent much time in Nice and is in fact buried in Nice near Matisse; as well as the lesser known but no less interesting French symbolist painter and Nice native Gustav Adolf Mossa whose finely detailed graphical works are exquisite. 33 ave des Baumettes. Open Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm. Entry Free. www.musee-beaux-arts-nice.org

MobilBoard

MobilBoard a range of guided Segway tours and rental options available. A fun, quiet, eco friendly way to get to know Nice. 2 rue Halevy. Tel: 04 93 80 21 27 www.mobilboard.com

Matarasso

Matarasso unique shop offering first edition books, prints, and sculptures from 1900 to the present day. We love this place! It has been an institution in Nice since WWII and it’s still as avant-garde as ever! 2 rue Longchamp. Open Tue-Sat: 10am- 12.30pm & 4pm-17.30pm. www.laure-matarasso.com

Natura Design

Natura Design this store showcases eco design products. 4 rue du Congrès. Open Mon: 2.30pm-7pm; Tue-Sat: 10am-1pm & 2.30pm-7pm. www.naturadesign.fr

Mis en Scene

Mis en Scene superb examples of high quality objects and furniture from the 1930s and 40s. 3 passage Victor Hugo. www.mis-en-scene.fr

Anesidora

Anesidora designer objects for the home, plus jewellery and accessories. 11 rue Marechal. Open Mon: 2pm-7pm; Tue-Sat: 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-7pm. www.anesidora-deco.fr

Aquilon Scandinavian

Aquilon Scandinavian decorative objects, glassware, watches and jewellery. 5 rue Alphonse Karr.

Mademoiselle chic

Mademoiselle chic, French designer vintage clothing. 41 rue de France.

L’Une & L’Autre

L’Une & L’Autre unique, exclusive clothes with one garment only for each size and style. 3 rue Alphonse Karr.

Cotèlac stylish

Cotèlac stylish, funky clothes.12 rue Alphonse Karr.

Perry de la Rosa

Perry de la Rosa unique jewellery inspired by the Renaissance and Middle Ages. 1 rue Alphonse Karr. www.delarosa.fr

Poles

Poles modern lines from chic designers like: Ter et Bantine, Yamamoto, Humanoid, etc. 16 rue Marechal Joffre.

Desert clothes

Desert clothes with personality. 1 & 9 rue Alphonse Karr.

Albert Arts

Albert Artstimeless casual and formal men’s clothing and shoes. 5 Promenade des Anglais.

Lysa Couture

Lysa Couture clothes with the latest trends but always with an elegant twist. 8 rue de France. www.lysacouture.com

Galerie Ferrero

Galerie Ferrero contemporary gallery with artworks from lithography to museum pieces for sale. 2 rue du Congrès. www.galerieferrero.com

Au Bio Marche

Au Bio Marche large choice of organic produce plus natural beauty products, food, and vitamins. 2 Rue de la Buffa.

Les Nereides

Les Nereides sells exquisitely detailed jewellery, perfect for every occasion. 12 rue Paradis. www.lesnereides.com

Satellite Paris

Satellite Paris a famous Parisian brand now available in Nice. Satellite sells ethnic, baroque and modern designs in jewellery. 4 rue Massena. www.satelliteparis.com

Le Chantecler

Le Chantecler probably the most prestigious restaurant in Nice, located in the most renowned hotel in Nice; dress up for a special occasion. 37 Promenade des Anglais. Tel: 04 93 16 64 00. Dinner Wed-Sat; Lunch Sun only www.hotel-negresco-nice.com

Yuzu cosy

Yuzu cosy, authentic Japanese restaurant with sushi bar so you can watch the maestro at work. 35 rue du Marechal Joffre. Tel: 04 93 85 79 87. Open Wed-Sun for Dinner; Sun only for Lunch. www.yuzu-sushi.com

La Cave de l’Origine

La Cave de l’Origine great spot for a glass of wine or for a top notch dinner. 3 rue Dalpozzo. Tel: 04 83 50 09 60. Open Lunch & Dinner: Tue-Sun.

Keisuke Matsushima

Keisuke Matsushima French fusion food with Japanese attention to quality and presentation, Michelin star restaurant and award winning chef. 22 rue de France. Tel: 04 93 82 26 06. Open Tue-Fri for Lunch & Mon-Sat for Dinner. www.keisukematsushima.com

Luc Salsedo

Luc Salsedo award winning chef serving some of the best food in Nice. 14 rue Maccarani. Tel: 04 93 82 24 12. Open Thu-Tue for Dinner, Open for Lunch Fri & Sun-Tue. www.restaurant-salsedo.com

11ème Art

11ème Art fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere with great staff. This is a perennial favourite with the Sunlight properties team. 11 rue Meyerbeer. Tel: 04 93 87 57 15. Open Tue-Sun for Dinner & Wed-Sun for Lunch.

Seizieme de Soupir

Seizieme de Soupir baroque style teashop and patisserie. 7 rue Longchamp. Tel: 04 93 01 35 35. Open Mon-Sat: 9am-7.30pm & Sun: 9.30am-1pm. www.seiziemedesoupir.com

Castel Plage

Castel Plage a restaurant set right on the Eastern end of the beach – super atmosphere. 8 quai des Etats Unis. Tel: 04 93 85 22 66. Open for lunch and dinner from Spring to Autumn, closed in Winter. www.castelplage.com

L’Aromate

L’Aromate fine dining, intimate setting and elegant creative cuisine. The food is delicately flavoured and visually stunning. 20 ave Marechal Foch. Tel: 04 93 62 98 24. Open Tue-Sat Dinner only. www.laromate.fr.

Cave 35

Cave 35 stylish décor and great wine by the glass with complimentary tapas. The Sunlight Properties team are regular visitors here! 35 rue de la Buffa. Tel: 04 89 74 46 44. Open from 5pm.

Le Karr cool

Le Karr cool, laid back bar popular with the after work crowd. 10 rue Alphonse Karr. Tel: 04 93 62 08 73. Open Mon-Fri: 7am-12.30pm; Sat-Sun: 5pm-1am.

Negresco Hotel Le Relais

Negresco Hotel Le Relais is a swanky bar with an elegant atmosphere perfect for a martini; live jazz on certain nights. La Rotonde is a more casual bar with a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea – the service is always exceptional, which is why we happily recommend these bars to all our Guests. 37 Promenade des Anglais. Le Relais Opens Daily: 11.30am-Midnight; La Rotonde Opens Daily: 7am- 10.30/11.30pm. www.hotel-negresco-nice.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Quick Walk to the Beach
  • Easy Access to Public Transport
  • Tranquil, Elegant Residential Quarter

The prettily named ‘Quartier de Fleurs’ is a very popular place to live with the locals due to its quiet elegance, easy walking distance to the beach, and quick access to the centre via frequent bus links. For the very same reasons, it has proven equally popular with our Guests, as their choice of location from which to let a holiday apartment. The architecture is a mix of modern and historical, with the roads perpendicular to boulevards Gambetta and Grosso the addresses of some of the finest examples of Bourgeois, Belle Époque, and Art Déco architecture in Nice. All the essentials are close at hand to your holiday rental apartment in the Fleurs: bakeries, supermarkets, wine shops, and more.

The Promenade des Anglais serves as the Southern border, and boulevard Gambetta the Eastern border, which being a main road is an animated area with a number of ‘tabacs’ and cafes. The beaches at this end of Nice have smaller pebbles that are a little gentler on the feet! One of the best private beaches in this part of Nice is Hi Beach which is attached to the funky Hi Hotel located in the Fleurs quarter and therefore an easy stroll from your holiday rental apartment. It’s a great spot for an ‘apero’ or snack with its focus on healthy options, yoga classes, massages, and ambient music in the evenings.

The pretty park ‘Jardin Alsace Lorraine’ borders the Fleurs and is popular with young and old alike. What’s more Bus 98 from the airport stops near boulevards Gambetta and Grosso, which means getting to your holiday rental apartment in the Fleurs is simple. The stunning Russian Orthodox church is located nearby; an unexpected yet beautiful sight set in this quiet residential area. Within close proximity can also be found: the Museum of Fine Arts housed in the former home of a Ukrainian princess; the architecturally unique and innovative for its time Eglise St. Jeanne d’Arc; the Villa Arson, home to resident artists (not arsonists!), an art school and exhibition area; and Parc Phoenix, a lovely landscaped park with a small lake, a winter garden, and the Museum of Asian Arts. A number of our holiday apartments to let in the Fleurs district have balconies with views of private gardens, plus lifts and air conditioning - always welcome at the end of a busy day in the height of summer.

Musée des Beaux Arts

Musée des Beaux Arts built in 1878 as the private home of a Ukrainian princess, this villa now contains an eclectic collection going back three centuries, and includes: Impressionists and Post Impressionists such as Bonnard, Sisley, Monet and Vuillard; an excellent series of paintings from the French fauvist painter Raoul Dufy, who spent much time in Nice and is in fact buried in Nice near Matisse; as well as the lesser known but no less interesting French symbolist painter and Nice native Gustav Adolf Mossa whose finely detailed graphical works are exquisite. 33 ave des Baumettes. Open Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm. Free Entry. www.musee-beaux-arts-nice.org

Museum of Asian Arts

Museum of Asian Arts set in an elegant bright white contemporary building, that appears to hover over a small lake at the Western end of Parc Phoenix, this small museum has all sorts of beautiful objects, old and new from Japan, China, India, and Cambodia. This is one of our favourite museums - not only for the collection but also for the way the light plays within this interesting space. 405 Promenade des Anglais. Open Wed-Mon: 10am-5pm/6pm. Free Entry.

Russian Orthodox Church

Russian Orthodox Church built with funding from Tsar Nicholas II to serve the large expat community of Russian nobility who settled in Nice at the end of the 19th century. This trend was started by Tsar Alexander II, who visited Nice via the newly created rail connection in 1864, and naturally fell in love with the area. It is the largest Russian orthodox cathedral outside of Russia and is striking with its gorgeous colours and onion shaped domes; completely incongruous with its surroundings, but truly beautiful nonetheless. Ave Nicholas II. Open Daily: 9am/9.30am-12.30pm & 2.30pm- 5pm/6pm. Entry €4.

Further North:

Villa Arson

Villa Arson combines an art school, contemporary art exhibitions, with resident artists. The Villa sits on 2 hectares overlooking Nice and the bay. 20 ave Stephen Liegeard. Open Wed-Mon: 2pm-6pm. Entry Free. www.villa-arson.org

Eglise St. Jeanne d’Arc

Eglise St. Jeanne d’Arc constructed between 1926 and 1933, the architect used concrete in a technically advanced manner for the time. It has three domes and eight smaller ones, a style inspired by the Catalan Art Nouveau Modernist movement. It’s classified as a national monument. 11 rue Grammont. Open Tue-Sat: 9am-12pm & 3pm-6pm. Entry Free.

Since the Fleurs district is a quiet residential area, shops, restaurants, and bars are fairly limited however the adjacent quarters of the Carré d’Or and Musiciens have an abundance of excellent spots. Plesae look at Musiciens and Carré d’Or for more ideas on where to shop, eat, and drink when renting a holiday apartment in the Fleurs quarter of Nice.

Bonsai Shop

Bonsai Shop a great collection of different bonsai breeds, and even if you are not in the market, they are wonderful to simply look at. 88 blvd Gambetta. Open Mon-Sat 10am- 7.30pm.

Since the Fleurs district is a quiet residential area, shops, restaurants, and bars are fairly limited however the adjacent quarters of the Carré d’Or and Musiciens have an abundance of excellent spots. Plesae look at Musiciens and Carré d’Or for more ideas on where to shop, eat, and drink when renting a holiday apartment in the Fleurs quarter of Nice.

Hi-Food Cantin

Hi-Food Cantine Bio funky Philippe Starck designed cantine situated in the ultra cool Hi Hotel. Small tasting plates of healthy choices including: orange salad with prunes, ricotta cheese cake with blackberries and strawberries, udon noodles with sautéed mushrooms and red pesto sauce, chickpea kebabs. The Sunlight Properties team really like this place for its cool design and healthy guilt free food! 3 Avenue des Fleurs. Each plate only €6. Open daily: 7am to 1am. Tel: 04 97 07 26 26. www.hi-hotel.net/en

Since the Fleurs district is a quiet residential area, shops, restaurants, and bars are fairly limited however the adjacent quarters of the Carré d’Or and Musiciens have an abundance of excellent spots. Plesae look at Musiciens and Carré d’Or for more ideas on where to shop, eat, and drink when renting a holiday apartment in the Fleurs quarter of Nice.

Hi Hotel Happy Bar

Hi Hotel Happy Bar the ultra cool Hi Hotel has of course an ultra cool bar with a suspended architectural structure as its centerpiece, atmospheric lighting and music. 3 Avenue des Fleurs. Open daily. www.hi-hotel.net/en

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Heart of Nice
  • Beautiful Historical Square
  • Lively & Animated
  • Boutiques Galore
  • Cafes, Wine Bars & Bistrots

Massena is a fabulous spot from which to rent a Sunlight Properties holiday apartment. Place Massena, arguably the heart of Nice, is a striking piazza bordered by some fine examples of Genoan architecture painted in watermelon red, mustard yellow and eggshell blue. Dissecting Place Massena is a succession of palm tree filled and wisteria laden parks. The old bus station has been knocked down and this green axis will extend all the way to MAMAC (the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) and the National Theatre. At the Southern end of the square, lies the much photographed Fontaine du Soleil, with its newly erected centerpiece, the well endowed Apollo. One of the best modern art installations in Nice is found here. Rising above the black and white checkerboard paving is a work by the Catalan artist Jaume Plensa called ‘Conversation with Nice’ – 7 men sitting on poles. It is quite magical at night when illuminated with changing colours.

Being in the heart of the city means all our holiday apartment to let in Massena are within easy reach of everything. West of Place Massena are the quarters of the Carré d’Or and Musiciens; to the South the beach; and to the East the Old Town . All public transport is at your doorstep: the central train station, bus station, and the tram that actually runs through Place Massena. In winter an ice rink is installed along with a fabulous Christmas market replete with little chalets selling a myriad of artisanal crafts, hot chocolate and mulled wine. There is also a champagne and oyster bar!

The centre has some of the best shopping in Nice with the up-market department store Galerie Lafayette situated on the Northwest corner of Place Massena, and Nice Etoile, another popular department store a little further up avenue Jean Medecin; not to mention funky boutiques and excellent restaurants and wine bars – all a short stroll from your holiday rental apartment. Avenue de Verdun and avenue de Suède are home to some very chic names such as Hermès, Cartier, Longchamp, and Louis Vuitton. Place Massena is also generally where the action is when one of the numerous festivals or events takes place in Nice - such as the Spring Carnival Mardi Gras and Nice Jazz Festival. The Theatre du Verdure on the Albert 1er park near the sea, is the outdoor venue for concerts and shows and only a few minutes walk from your holiday rental apartment in the Massena district.

The other advantage to being based in the Massena area is that most of our holiday rental apartments benefit from lifts and air conditioning and are close to the best supermarket in Nice on avenue Jean Medecin. From a cultural perspective, this quarter is home to the National Theatre of Nice, the Photography Theatre, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

MAMAC Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain

MAMAC Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain is situated in an interesting contemporary building with 4000 M of space comprised of four towers connected by glass footbridges. The collection focuses heavily on the avant-garde movement with German Fauvists, New Realism, Minimalism, Pop Art and work by the ‘École de Nice’ artists (School of Nice) who’s most famous protégé was Yves Klein. Promenade des Arts. Open Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm. Free Entry. www.mamac-nice.org

Theatre de la Photographie et de l’Image

Theatre de la Photographie et de l’Image in a restored theatre house with six graceful rooms, is this interesting museum dedicated to modern and historical exhibitions of photography and image. 27 blvd Dubouchage. Open Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm. Free Entry. www.tpi-nice.org

Further North:

Franciscan Monastery

Franciscan Monastery near the Matisse Museum can be found this beautiful abbey and serene garden with lovely views down to the sea. Colline de Cimiez. Free Entry.

Musée Matisse Henri Matisse

Musée Matisse Henri Matisse first came to Nice in 1916, living at several locations in the city centre before settling in the Cimiez area for the rest of his life. He loved the city of Nice, especially its light. Shortly before his death he bequeathed a large number of his works to Nice. It was these works that formed the basis of the collection at the Matisse Museum. 164 ave des Arenes de Cimiez. Open Wed-Mon: 10am-6pm. Entry Free. www.musee-matisse-nice.org

Arenes Roman Ruins & Archaeological Museum

Arenes Roman Ruins & Archaeological Museum interesting museum at the site of the Roman ruins in Cimiez, which includes the remains of an ancient amphitheatre, and is right next door to the Matisse Museum. 160 ave des Arenes. Open Wed-Mon: 10am- 6pm. Entry Free.

Musée Marc Chagall

Musée Marc Chagall built in 1972 this museum houses the world’s largest collection of work by the Russian born Chagall, thanks to the artist himself and his wife who gifted the collection to the state. On display are 17 large format pieces inspired by stories from the bible, including five versions of ‘The Song of Songs’. Three stained glass windows depict the ‘Creation of the World’ and a large mosaic reflected in the pool is of the prophet Elijah. This is a great opportunity to see a comprehensive collection from this excellent artist. Ave du Doctor Menard. Open Wed-Mon: 10am- 5pm/6pm. Entry €7.50. www.musee-chagall.fr

Nice Étoile multilevel

Nice Étoile multilevel, modern shopping mall with a vast range of shops and cafes. 24 ave Jean Medecin. Open Mon-Sat: 10am-7.30pm. www.nicetoile.com

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette up-market, elegant department store on the edge of Place Massena. 6 ave Jean Medecin. Open Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm. www.galerieslafayette.com

Creutz et Fils

Creutz et Fils since 1896 this family business has been selling fine writing instruments. 19 rue Hotel des Postes.

Librairie Massena

Librairie Massena excellent bookstore covering all genres of fiction and non fiction. 55 rue Giofreddo. www.librairiemassena.com

Asteroide

Asteroide a great store for silver and costume jewellery, watches and accessories. 15 ave Notre Dame. www.meloriesdiesit.com

La Maison des Plantes

La Maison des Plantes since 1938 La Maison des Plants has been expertly preparing herbal treatments comprised of plants, elixirs, and essential oils to create natural products and cosmetics for your inner and outer health. 20 rue Gubernatis. www.maisondesplantes.fr

La Ferme Fromagere

La Ferme Fromagere cheesemaker offering quality regional cheeses, seasonal produce, gourmet products and wine. 27 rue de Lepante.

Galerie des Maitres

Galerie des Maitres Contemporains modern and contemporary art from the School of Nice and the New Realists. 30 rue Giofreddo.

Galerie Jacqueline Perrin

Galerie Jacqueline Perrin near the Museum of Modern Art is located this gallery showing exceptional work from the Impressionists through to well known contemporary artists. 14 ave St. Jean Baptiste. www.galerie-perrin.com

Xocoalt means chocolate in the Mayan language. The owner Fabrice Zuppo undertook a chocolate pilgrimage before returning to create this temple to his passion of chocolate. His creations include chocolate combined with thyme or lavender. The Sunlight Properties crew can never resist the goodies on display at Xocoalt! 10 rue Alberti. www.xocoalt.fr

LAC patissier and chocolatier

LAC patissier and chocolatier with three boutiques in Nice selling some of the best macaroons you will ever taste and sweet treats that are truly works of art. 49 rue Giofreddo. Open Mon-Sat: 9.45am-7.15pm. www.patisseries-lac.com

Restaurant Flaveur

Restaurant Flaveur simple, modern décor, quality food and a Michelin star to boot – a firm favourite with the Sunlight Properties team. 25 rue Gubernatis. Tel: 04 93 62 53 95. Open Tue-Fri for Lunch & Tue-Sat for Dinner. www.flaveur.net

Les Deux Canailles

Les Deux Canailles elegant food, elegant surroundings. 6 rue Chauvin. Tel: 09 53 83 91 99. Open for Dinner Only Mon-Sat. www.lesdeuxcanailles.com

Amada

Amada delicious, traditional Japanese food with excellent service (no sushi or sashimi). 17 rue Tonduti de l’Escarene. Tel: 04 93 62 00 81. Open Mon-Sat for Lunch & Dinner; No Lunch available Mon & Wed.

Boni

Boni busy bistrot serving quality classics. 15 rue Tonduti de l’Escarene. Tel: 04 93 62 93 36. Open Tue-Fri for Lunch & Tue-Sat for Dinner.

Darlington

Darlington run by a Finnish-French couple, this petit, modern bistrot serves up food with flair. 11 rue Delille. Tel: 04 93 87 92 32. Open Mon-Sat: 11am-11pm.

Sud

Sud popular casual café, with quality food and sunny outdoor tables. 10 ave Felix Faure Tel: 04 22 09 35 86.

La Mise au Verre

La Mise au Verre excellent wines and food to match. 17 rue Pastorelli. Tel: 04 93 85 69 90. Open Mon-Fri for Lunch & Mon-Sun for Dinner.

Sushi Shop

Sushi Shop contemporary décor, amazing, innovative fusion sushi and sashimi; try the Foie Gras Nigiri – yum! 23 rue Pastorelli. Tel: 08 26 82 68 26. Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner. www.sushishop.eu

Saison Japanese

Saison Japanese noodles and other specialties, owned by Keisuke Matsushima, the famous Michelin star chef from his eponymous restaurant. 17 rue Gubernatis. Tel: 04 93 85 69 04. Open for Lunch & Dinner Tue-Sat. www.saison-nice.com

Aphrodite

Aphrodite a Michelin star restaurant which delights in molecular gastronomy created by the head chef David Faure. His technical skills elevate cuisine to a whole new level. 10 blvd Dubouchage. Tel: 04 93 85 63 53. Open Tue-Sat for Lunch & Dinner. www.restaurant-aphrodite.com.

L’Atelier

L’Atelier charming with a modern décor is this bistro style restaurant dedicated to modern takes on Niçois specialities. They have an amazing collection of ‘Socca’ variations (a Niçois specialty of a thin savoury pancake made from chickpea flour) and a great rotisserie selection. Highly recommended by Sunlight Properties should you wish to try some regional specialities. 17 rue Gioffredo. Tel: 04 93 85 50 74. Open Mon-Fri for Lunch & Dinner; Sat for Dinner only. www.latelierrestaurant.com

La Part des Anges

La Part des Anges great casual wine bar with laid back staff offering quality wine by the glass as well as bottles for retail sale. 17 rue Gubernatis. Open from midday Mon- Sat & evenings Fri-Sat. Tel: 04 93 62 69 80.

Cave Wilson

Cave Wilson excellent, authentic atmosphere run by people who are truly passionate about wine. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. The team at Sunlight Properties always enjoy an evening here, where it’s impossible not to learn something new about French wine from the affable owner Julian. 16 rue Gubernatis. Open Mon: 4pm-11.30pm; Tue-Fri: 10.30am-11.30pm & Sat: 12pm-11.30pm. Tel: 04 93 85 33 10.

Bloom

Bloom contemporary wine bar that also offers various platters to complement your wine selection. 12 ave Felix Faure. Open for Lunch & Dinner. Tel: 04 93 27 29 18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Central Location
  • Elegant Historical Architecture
  • Quiet Residential Quarter

Musiciens

The romantically named ‘Musiciens Quartier’ is so called from the myriad of streets named after famous classical composers: Rossini, Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz, Offenbach .

The architecture is equally classical: Bourgeois, Belle Époque, Art Déco, and ‘Grand Palais’ – magnificent buildings with elaborate facades. Many of our holiday rental apartments in the Musiciens benefit from the charming elements that are the hallmark of these splendid buildings: extravagant entrances, ornate decorative ceilings, parquet floors, and French doors leading to petite balconies – perfect for sitting and relaxing with a glass of chilled rosé, perhaps listening to ‘the drinking song’ from La Traviata!

As the Musiciens does not possess an abundance of restaurants and bars it benefits from being quiet and peaceful, yet due to its centrality it’s within a few minutes walk to numerous restaurants and cafes within the neighbouring quarters of the Carré d’Or and Massena. So you are assured of being close to it all but in a peaceful environment when you rent a Sunlight Properties holiday apartment in the Musiciens. As with most French inner city residential areas there are still a number of convenience stores and bakeries nearby so you can nip down and pick up your croissant for breakfast. There is an excellent Monoprix supermarket and the Nice Étoile department store, not to mention back to back shops located on Jean Medecin - perfect for stocking up on both essentials and luxuries. The Promenade des Anglaisand the beach are 10 minutes away by foot, and the Old Town is an easy 15 to 20 minutes walk. The central train station (Nice-Ville) is on the Northern border; avenue Jean Medecin and the tramline sit on the Eastern border (making it easily accessible to your holiday letting apartment); the Carré d’Or is immediately to the South with boulevard Victor Hugo being the dividing line between the two quarters. To the West is the elegant park ‘Alsace Lorraine’ on the corner of boulevards Victor Hugo and Gambetta.  

Another advantage to letting a holiday apartment in the Musiciens quarter of Nice is that there are a number of underground car parks: 11 avenue Aubert, (Vinci Park Mozart), rue Paul Deroulede (Nice Étoile Carpark), and 20 boulevard Victor Hugo (Vinci Park Louvre) making parking easy when you rent a Sunlight Properties holiday apartment. In addition, many of our holiday rental properties benefit from lifts and air conditioning. If you want peace and quiet but easy access to it all then the Musiciens is an excellent choice for your holiday apartment letting on the Côte d’Azur.

Basilique Notre Dame

Basilique Notre Dame recently refurbished cathedral, which is the largest in Nice and completed in 1868 in a Neo Gothic style. The two towers are 65 metres high. 37 bis ave Jean Medecin. Free Entry.

Further North:

Villa Arson

Villa Arson combines an art school, a contemporary art exhibition with resident artists. The Villa sits on 2 hectares overlooking Nice and the bay. 20 ave Stephen Liegeard. Open Wed-Mon: 2pm-6pm. Entry Free. www.villa-arson.org

Eglise St. Jeanne d’Arc

Eglise St. Jeanne d’Arc constructed between 1926 and 1933, using concrete in a technically advanced manner for the time, it has three domes and eight smaller ones, a style inspired by the Catalan Art Nouveau Modernist movement. It’s classified as a national monument. 11 rue Grammont. Open Tue-Sat: 9am-12pm & 3pm-6pm. Free Entry.

Nice Étoile

Nice Étoile stylish department store with mid to high level boutiques. 24 ave Jean Medecin. Open Mon-Sat: 10am-7.30pm www.nicetoile.com

Ave Jean Medecin

Ave Jean Medecin this street is one of the main shopping venues in Nice, with back to back retail chains and department stores.

Les Viviers Bistrot & Restaurant

Les Viviers Bistrot & Restaurant Michelin starred restaurant with adjacent bistrot serving similar quality food at much reduced prices. Recommended by the Sunlight Properties crew. 22 rue Alphonse Karr. Tel: 04 93 16 00 48. The Bistrot is Open Daily for both Lunch & Dinner; the Restaurant has the same hours but no Lunch on Sat & Sun. www.les-viviers-nice.fr

Hotel Exedra Boscolo – La Pescheria

Hotel Exedra Boscolo – La Pescheria the restaurant attached to the prestigious Exedra Hotel, excellent food and service at reasonable prices in a stylish setting. 12 blvd Victor Hugo. Tel: 04 97 03 89 89. Open for Lunch & Dinner. www.nice.boscolohotels.com

Aux Deux Palmiers

Aux Deux Palmiers casual brasserie with all the usual suspects. 15 blvd Victor Hugo. Tel: 04 93 87 42 50. Open Mon-Sat: Early to Late.

La Renaissance

La Renaissance classic bistrot with a seafood focus. 6 blvd Victor Hugo. Tel: 04 93 87 61 37. Open Mon-Sat: 7am-12.30am. www.brasserielarenaissance.com

FNAC Café

FNAC Café casual café in this popular entertainment store. 44 ave Jean Medecin. Tel: 08 25 02 00 20. Open Mon-Sat: 10am-7.30pm.

La Belle Excuse

La Belle Excuse relaxing restaurant, with tasty food. 26 blvd Victor Hugo. Tel: 04 93 82 48 63. Open Mon-Sat: 12pm-2pm & 7pm-10pm

Voyageur Nissart

Voyageur Nissart excellent value for money bistrot and a firm favourite with the locals. 19 rue d’Alsace Lorraine. Tel: 04 93 82 19 60. Open Tue-Sun: 12pm-2pm/7pm-10pm. www.voyageurnissart.com

Hotel Exedra Boscolo – Genesi Bar

Hotel Exedra Boscolo – Genesi Bar sleek hotel with a unique white on white interior. The terrace bar is a favourite with the after work crowd. The team at Sunlight Properties really enjoy this terrace bar for its soothing music and serene setting. 12 blvd Victor Hugo. Tel: 04 97 03 89 89. www.nice.boscolohotels.com

Le Grand Café de Lyon

Le Grand Café de Lyon classic French café replete with bow tie wearing waiters. 33 ave Jean Medecin. Tel: 04 93 88 13 17. Open Daily from Early to Late.

Le Tono

Le Tono cool little corner bar and restaurant, popular with the theatre crowd. 18 ave Georges Clemenceau. Tel: 04 93 87 84 17. Open Mon-Fri: Midday- 11.30pm/12.30pm. www.letono.fr

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 16th Century Medieval Village
  • Labyrinth of Pedestrian Friendly Streets
  • Vibrant Markets
  • Sublime Views from the ‘Chateau’
  • Galleries & Boutiques
  • Bars & Bistrots

Old Town

A medieval village dating back to the 16th century, the Old Town (or Vieux Nice as it’s known to the Niçois) is undoubtedly the most colourful and vibrant ‘Quartier’ in Nice and a great place to rent a Sunlight Properties holiday apartment. Throw away the map and lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets brimming with Provençal arts and crafts, galleries, bars, boulangeries, bistros, boucheries, and the local characters who live there. Rent a holiday apartment in the Old Town for a week or two, and live like a true Niçois. You may see Nadim, who always wears a smile and braces, peddling off to the local market to buy fresh ingredients for his famous restaurant Oliviera; or Suzy with her bright red lipstick at Chez Thereza on the Cours Saleya serving up Socca (a delicious and obligatory Nice specialty); or ‘Dolly’ dressed in one of his many ‘old time’ outfits: one day a detective, the next a priest!

The beach and tram stops are a short walk from any point in the Old Town, making it an ideal location for your holiday rental apartment in Nice. The myriad of restaurants, bars, and brasseries; combined with the car free environment, creates a lively atmosphere - day or night. Amongst the ice cream parlours and bistros in Place Rossetti (one of the main squares) is the beautiful Cathédrale de St. Réparate. One of many churches in the Old Town, so many in fact you will stumble across another at each turn; their bells tolling in a seemingly random manner, at least not conforming to any time scale that can be easily discerned – except perhaps South of France time.

Palais Lascaris, a 17th century home and now a museum is open to the public and definitely worth a visit for its beautiful frescos. Continue North on the gallery filled rue Droite, and you will come to Place St. François, site of the former town hall dating from the 17th century, as well as a campanile from a former Franciscan monastery. Proceed onto rue Pairolière, to discover an eclectic collection of spices, liqueurs, soaps, butchers, fromageries. . . Rue Pairolière will take you to the recently renovated Place Garibaldi – take a good look at the buildings that surround the square. The skilled artisans who worked on these created grand masonry facades – take a closer look and what is revealed is an optical illusion.

The ‘Colline du Chateau’ rising up on the Eastern side of Vieux Nice is the former site of a fortified castle demolished in 1706 – it is now a peaceful haven, transformed into a pleasant tree filled park, replete with an impressive waterfall. If you choose a holiday rental apartment in Vieux Nice, you can make a hike to the chateau part of your morning exercise routine – an effort rewarded with spectacular views over Nice, the Port, the Promenade des Anglais, the beach and bay. If you spent the previous night dancing into the small hours, don’t worry, there is a lift open daily (by the Tour Bellanda, on Quai des Etats Unis) available to whisk you to the summit.

The busiest part of Vieux Nice lies to the South along the Cours Saleya, where Tuesday through Sunday mornings, a feast for all the senses awaits to tempt you – flowers, fruits, vegetables, freshly baked bread, French desserts and more. Fill up your Provençal basket with goodies to take home to your rental holiday home and whip up a tasty meal. On Mondays food and produce give way to an antique and bric-a-brac market selling a vast arrange of ‘treasures’. A great opportunity to buy gifts for family and friends – or even better, for yourself! After a hard morning’s shopping take a seat at one of the many cafes surrounding the market, and participate in some people watching - the shoppers represent a veritable mini UN – people from all over the world on the hunt for a bargain. And don’t forget to do just that, dust off your negotiating skills and grab yourself a great buy. On neighbouring Place du Palais there’s a book market on Saturdays. Towards the seafront, the Opera de Nice is situated in a lovely belle époque building. Tickets to concerts, operas and ballets are all extremely reasonable and we would encourage you to catch a performance during your holiday, to satiate your cultural desires. There is truly something for everyone in Vieux Nice!

Cathedral St. Reparate

Cathedral St. Reparate ornate church dedicated to the patron saint of Nice. 3 Place Rossetti. Mon-Fri: 9am-12pm/2pm-6pm Sat: 9am-12pm/2pm-7.30pm Sun
: 9am-1pm/3pm-6pm. Free Entry.

Palais Lascaris

Palais Lascaris the aristocratic Lascaris Palace was built in 1648 for Jean Baptiste Lascaris Vintimille, who was ‘Marechal’ to the famous duke of Savoy. Flemish tapestries abound, but the magnificent vaulted staircase and the extraordinary ‘trompe l'oeil’ fresco depicting the fall of Phaëthon are the highlights. Occasionally this special place is the venue for classical concerts. 15 rue Droite. Open Wed-Mon 10am-6pm. Entry Free (€5 guided tour, including the Vieux Ville).

Cours Saleya

Cours Saleya famous outdoor food, produce and flower market. Held Tue–Sun: Early to Midday; Antiques Market Mon: Early to Midday. Free Entry.

Colline du Chateau

Colline du Chateau promontory and park at the Eastern end of Vieux Nice. Access from multiple points in the old town. Fabulous views over Nice and the Côte d’Azur. Open during daylight hours. Elevator access at Eastern End of Quai des Etats Unis. Free Entry.

Opera de Nice

Opera de Nice beautiful belle époque interior and exterior; makes for an elegant night out. Visit their website for programme details. 4–6 rue St François de Paule. www.opera-nice.org

Rue Pairolière

Rue Pairolière street packed with an array of interesting shops. Northern end of Vieux Nice.

Place Garibaldi

Place Garibaldi Northern end of Vieux Nice, recently renovated with incredible ‘trompe de l’oeil’ frescos.

Rue Droite

Rue Droite street lined with Ateliers and Galleries. Centre of the Old Town.

Tourist Train

Tourist Train stationed where the Promenade des Anglais becomes the Quai des Etas Unis. Return tour takes 40 minutes.

Alziari

Alziari has been selling their famous olive oil in their delightfully colourful tins since 1868. 14 rue St. François de Paule. Open Mon–Sat: 8.30am–12.30pm & 2.15pm–7pm. www.alziari.com.fr

Molinard

Molinard fine perfumes produced in the perfume Mecca of Grasse. 20 rue St. François de Paule. Open 7 days from 10am–6.30pm. www.molinard.com

Maison Auer

Maison Auer the oldest shop in Nice, and still with its original façade. Succumb to their delicious handmade chocolates and all things sweet. 7 rue St François de Paule. Open Tue-Sat: 9am–1.30pm & 2.30pm–6pm. www.maison-auer.com

Baobab

Baobab a treasure trove of quirky household items from around the globe. 10 rue du Marché. Open Daily.

Epices Girofle et Cannelle

Epices Girofle et Cannelle traditionally made biscuits using famous Provençal ingredients. 2 & 4 rue Pairolière. Open Tue-Sun.

Les Trois Étoiles

Les Trois Étoiles ask for a taste test of one of their delicious liqueurs and then take home a bottle of your favourite to your Old Town holiday rental apartment. 26 rue Pairolière. Open Tue-Sun.

Aventurine

Aventurine original handmade jewellery. 23 rue de la Prefecture. Open Tue Sun: 10.30am-7pm.

Caprice

Caprice vintage dress shop selling one off classics. The Sunlight Properties crew all have a few items from Caprice in their wardrobe! 12 rue Droite. Open Mon-Fri: 1pm- 7pm & Sat: 11am-7pm.

Cabane

Cabane interesting array of household items. 15 rue de la Prefecture. Open Tue-Sun.

Antic Boutik

Antic Boutik super chic clothes for both sexes. 19 rue de la Prefecture. Open Thu-Sat: 11am-7.30pm; Mon: 2pm-7.30pm. www.anticboutik.com

Berenice & Eglantine natural

Berenice & Eglantine natural, organic beauty products and essential oils. 35 rue Pairolière. Open Tue-Sat: 11am-7pm. www.berenice-eglantine.com

Cave Bianchi

Cave Bianchi excellent wine shop oozing with ambiance, degustations available. 7 rue Raoul Bosio. Open Daily: 9.30am-7.30pm; Fri & Sat to 10.30pm. www.cave-bianchi.fr

Cave Caprioglio

Cave Caprioglio wine cave with a wide range for all price levels. 16 rue de la Prefecture. Open Tue-Sun.

LAC

LAC beautiful hand made chocolates and some of the best macaroons you will ever taste. 12 rue de la Prefecture. Open Tue-Sun: 9.30am-1pm & 2.30pm-7pm. www.patisseries-lac.com

Compagnie de Provence

Compagnie de Provence natural food and beauty products based on the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil. 7 rue St. Francois de Paule. www.compagniedeprovence.com

L’Olivier

L’Olivier gourmet oils and vinegars. 7 rue St. Francois de Paule. www.alolivier.com

Oliviera

Oliviera this restaurant has a huge legion of fans partly because of Nadim, the character who runs it, and partly because of its delicious, healthy food drizzled liberally with their excellent olive oil sold in house. Bookings essential. 8 Bis rue du Collet. Tel: 04 93 13 06 45 Lunch & Dinner; Closed Sun & Mon. www.oliviera.com

Chez Theresa

Chez Theresa good spot to try out the famous local dish known as Socca – a thin savoury pastry made from chickpea flour and olive oil and served hot with pepper. Cours Saleya (Eastern end). Lunch only; Closed Mon.

Chez Palmyre

Chez Palmyre tiny, family run bistrot offering excellent value for money set menus. 5 rue Droite. Tel: 04 93 85 72 32 Lunch & Dinner; Closed Sun.

Acchiardo

Acchiardo only down to earth, quality, regional specialties sold here; which is why this place is somewhat of an institution – that and the gorgeous staff! 38 rue Droite. Tel: 04 93 85 51 16 Lunch & Dinner; Closed Sat & Sun.

L'Escalinada

L'Escalinada charming team serving tasty food. 22 rue Pairolière. Tel: 04 93 62 11 71 Open 7 days for Lunch & Dinner. www.escalinada.fr

Bistrot d’Antoine

Bistrot d’Antoine run by the same people who own Comptoir du Marché (see below), this famous bistrot serves celebrities and locals alike. Arnaud and Sophie are wonderful hosts. Bookings essential. 27 rue de la Préfecture. Tel: 04 93 85 29 57. Lunch & Dinner; Closed Sun & Mon.

Comptoir du Marche

Comptoir du Marche the food here is incredible, which is why it’s almost possible to get in without a booking – we love this place! 8 rue du Marche. Tel: 04 93 13 45 01. Lunch & Dinner; Closed Sun & Mon.

La P’tite Cocotte

La P’tite Cocotte run by a charming, young French couple (Jessica and Cedric) who turn out high quality, delicious food at hard to beat prices. Another favourite of the Sunlight Properties crew. 10 rue St Augustin. Tel: 04 97 08 48 61 Lunch & Dinner; Closed Tue & Wed. www.la-ptitecocotte.fr

Le Bistrot Gourmand

Le Bistrot Gourmand recently awarded a well deserved Michelin star, yet still remains very reasonably priced. 3 rue Desboutin Tel: 04 92 14 55 55. Lunch & Dinner Thu-Sat & Mon-Tue. www.lebistrogourmand.fr

Café de Turin

Café de Turin always busy serving super fresh seafood. 5 Place Garibaldi Tel: 04 93 62 29 52. Open Daily: 8am-10pm. www.cafedeturin.fr

Bar de la Bourse

Bar de la Bourse a favourite with the old town inhabitants due to its excellent value, quality regional food. Cheap and cheerful. 13 rue Pairolière. Open Tue-Sat: Lunch Only.

L’Univers

L’Univers Michelin star restaurant, run by the famous chef Christian Plumail. 54 blvd Jean Jaures. Tel: 04 93 62 32 22. www.christian-plumail.com

Presse café

On Est Presse café selling healthy alternatives. Open for lunch only. 5 rue de la Poissonnerie.

The Wine Room

The Wine Room knowledgeable, welcoming staff selling quality wine by the glass. A firm favourite of the Sunlight Properties team who are regulars here. Live music Fridays and Saturdays. 1 Descente du Marché. Tel: 04 93 16 21 53 Open Tue–Fri: 12pm–12am; Mon: 12pm-5pm; Sat: 5pm-12am; Closed Sunday. www.thewineroom.fr

The Snug

The Snug a favourite with the expats. Friendly English speaking staff, good food at excellent prices. Fish & chip Fridays and roasts on Sundays. 22 rue Droite. Tel: 04 93 80 43 22 Open 7 days for Lunch & Dinner.

Les Distilleries

Les Distilleries Ideales atmospheric, laid back bar open all day for coffee, cocktails and wine. Snacks available. 24 rue de la Prefecture. Tel: 04 93 62 10 66. Open Daily Early to Late. www.lesdistilleriesideales.fr

Shapko

Shapko jazz bar in the centre of the old town with quality performances and a cosy atmosphere. 5 rue Rossetti. Open Tue-Sun: 7pm-12.30am www.shapko.com

Cave de la Tour

Cave de la Tour traditional wine bar owned by three generations of the same Niçois family. A favourite with the real Niçois locals. Jean Philippe, the owner of the bar is always happy to share a glass or two with his patrons! 3 rue de la Tour. Tel: 04 93 80 03 31 Open Tue-Sat: 7am-8pm; Sun: 7am-12.30pm.

Bar Le Pure

Bar Le Pure relaxed cocktail bar. 2 bis Raoul Bosio Tel: 06 13 68 64 37

La Villa

La Villa great staff, stylish décor and amazing cocktails. The barman may give you a free magic performance if you’re lucky! We are big fans of this bar and those delicious cocktails . . .7 rue Raoul Bosio. Open 7.30pm to late.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Beautiful Views
  • Coastal Walks
  • Quiet & Luxurious

Boron

The area of Mont Boron and Cap de Nice is luxuriously verdant and blessed with a spectacular coastline, incredible views, exquisite villas and up-market apartments. This is the premium area in Nice, sought after by bankers and celebrities alike. It is lovely and quiet, yet still so close to the Centre of Nice. Some of the most famous historical villas of the Côte d’Azur can be found here.

The more working class area of the Port is immediately to the West of Mt. Boron and Cap de Nice and therefore within easy walking distance, as is of course the beach. Mt Boron sits behind Cap de Nice and is dotted with luxurious villas enjoying fabulous views over the Côte d’Azur (this is where Elton John lives when he’s in town). On the crest of the hill can be seen the menacing Fort Alban, fun for the kids and great for panoramic photos of the French Riviera. At the base of the Western side of Mt. Boron is the fascinating prehistoric museum Musee Terra Amata – another great ‘port of call’ for the kids. Many of the Sunlight Properties villa holiday rentals in this location enjoy private gardens; and what’s more a number of our holiday apartments to let are waterfront with balconies from which you too can enjoy the multi-million dollar views.

The bus station, the tram, and the Riquier Train Station are a 20 - 25 minute walk and the number 100 bus stops every 15 minutes at the bus stops located along the ‘Basse Corniche’ road which runs through this area, and for €1 will take you to Villefranche Sur Mer, Beaulieu, Monaco and all the way to Menton on the Italian border. So should you rent one of our holiday properties in the Mt. Boron & Cap de Nice quarter you will have the advantage of peace and quiet yet still be able to access public transport.

There are some marvelous walks to be had from boulevard Franck Pilatte and along the stunning rocky coastline of Cape de Nice. While they do their best to keep this special spot a secret, this is where the locals come to sunbath and swim – a secret you can share in when you choose to base your holiday in this unique part of Nice.

Since Mt. Boron and Cap de Nice are quiet residential areas, shops, restaurants, and bars are fairly limited however the adjacent Port area has an abundance of such spots. Click here: Port Area for more ideas on where to shop, eat, and drink when renting a holiday apartment or villa in Mt. Boron & Cap de Nice.

Musee Terra Amata

Musee Terra Amata fascinating museum detailing the prehistoric history of Nice – the site of some of the earliest settlements in Europe. 25 blvd Carnot. Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Entry Free. www.musee-terra-amata.org

Fort Alban

Fort Alban menacing and well preserved medieval fortress to explore on the top of Mont Alban (adjacent to Mt Boron). Ave du Mont Alban. Open Daily. Entry Free.

Sentier Littoral Cap de Nice

Sentier Littoral Cap de Nice pretty coastal walk from blvd Franck Pilatte, follow the signs along the coast towards Villefranche Sur Mer .

Further West in the adjacent Port area of Nice:

Port & Marina

Port & Marina pleasant place to stroll around, be it day or evening.

Notre Dame du Port

Notre Dame du Port a Romanesque Basilica World Heritage listed by UNESCO, founded in the 6th century, rebuilt in the 11th and 12th centuries and fully restored in 2008. Place du Port.

Florian

Florian if you have a sweet tooth then dedicate some time to visiting the edible works of art on display at Florian. Guided tours available where you can watch the alchemists at work creating these treasures. They also have amazing ‘confitures’ or jams made with ingredients like jasmine and roses. The walk back to your beautiful holiday rental villa in Mt. Boron means you can eat as much as you like guilt free! 14 quai Papacino. Open Daily 9am-12pm & 2pm-6.30pm. Free Entry. www.confiserieflorian.com

Since Mt. Boron and Cap de Nice are quiet residential areas, shops, restaurants, and bars are fairly limited however the adjacent Port area has an abundance of such spots. Click here: Port Area for more ideas on where to shop, eat, and drink when renting a holiday apartment or villa in Mt. Boron & Cap de Nice.

Carrefour

Carrefour – large supermarket that services this quarter located on blvd Maeterlinck. You can catch Bus 81 or 100 and stop at the Maeterlinck bus stop right outside the store. Open Daily.

La Reserve

La Reserve this place ticks all the boxes: elegant décor, right on the water, sunny outdoor terrace, professional staff and amazing food. The Sunlight Properties team try to take time out every now and then from our busy schedule to enjoy the amazing lunch specials at La Reserve, served on their gorgeous terrace. 60 blvd Franck Pilatte. Tel: 04 92 04 23 02. Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner. www.lareservedenice.fr

Coco Beach

Coco Beach reputation for being one of Nice’s best seafood restaurant. Since 1936 this quaint little place has sat overlooking the Baie des Anges. But don’t be fooled by its shack like appearance, it serves excellent fresh fish, lobster and bouillabaisse. 2 ave Jean Lorrain. Tel: 04 93 89 39 26. Open for Lunch & Dinner Tue-Sat. www.cocobeach.fr

Le San Juan

Le San Juan always busy day and night; bustling, convivial atmosphere, great variety of fish and seafood dishes, served beside the water on a sundrenched terrace. 7 blvd Franck Pilatte Tel: 04 93 89 64 39. Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner. www.lesanjuan.com

La Reserve

La Reserve upstairs, le ‘Bar Panoramique’ is a gorgeous, chic cocktail bar with as the name suggests views over the Port and along the coast. 60 blvd Franck Pilatte. Tel: 04 92 04 23 02. Open Daily during Lunch & Dinner hours. www.lareservedenice.fr

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Lively Marina Scene
  • Easy Access to Public Transport
  • Antiques Abound
  • Cafes & Bistrots

Port

Meander around the beautiful Port of Nice and see how the other half lives: sipping glasses of champagne on the sterns of their €50 million yachts; walk a little further and you will see how the ‘other’, other half lives: the local Niçois enjoying a ‘Pastis’ or three on the decks of their colourful fishing boats. This juxtaposition is what makes the Port such an interesting place to rent a Sunlight Properties holiday apartment. The candy coloured buildings that surround the Port include some fine examples of ‘Genoan’ architecture with their hallmark arches. At the base of these buildings can be found numerous bistrots and bars and excellent spots to sit by the water with an aperitif in hand – hey, if everyone else is doing it!

The Chateau Park and Old Town are immediately to the West of the Port and therefore within easy walking distance, as is of course the beach. To the East of the Port is >Mt. Boron and Cap de Nice dotted with luxurious villas enjoying fabulous views over the Côte d’Azur (this is where Elton John lives when he’s in town). On the crest of the hill can be seen the menacing Fort Alban, fun for the kids and great for panoramic photos of the French Riviera. To the Northeast of the Port is the fascinating prehistoric museum Musee Terra Amata – another great ‘port of call’ for the kids. All of our holiday rental apartments in the Port are located close to boulangeries and corner stores; and what’s more many are waterfront with balconies from which you too can enjoy the multi-million dollar views.

The bus station, tram, and Riquier Train Station are a short stroll away and the number 100 bus stops every 15 minutes at the Port and for €1 will take you to Villefranche Sur Mer, Beaulieu, Monaco and all the way to Menton on the Italian border. What’s more a second East to West tramline is under construction, which when completed will link the airport and the Port area. So should you rent one of our holiday properties in the Port area you will certainly be well connected, and if you choose to arrive by car then this is one of the easiest areas in Nice to find parking.

The Antiques Quartier can be found just off quai Papacino (in the Northwest corner of the Port) along rue Catherine Segurane and the surrounding streets. This little area boasts a huge concentration of antique shops from high end to flea markets, and everything in between. Here is also situated the recently renovated and spectacular Place Garibaldi – take a good look at the buildings that surround the square. The skilled artisans who worked on these created grand masonry facades – take a closer look and what is revealed is an optical illusion.

To the North of the Port is the recently restored rue Bonaparte; this area has attracted some quirky bars, shops and restaurants. There are some marvelous walks to be had around the port to the adjacent Cape de Nice and along the stunning rocky coastline. While they do their best to keep this special spot a secret, this is where the locals come to sunbath and swim – a secret you can share in when you choose to let a holiday apartment from Sunlight Properties in this unique part of Nice.

Florian

Florian if you have a sweet tooth then dedicate some time to visiting the edible works of art on display at Florian. Guided tours available where you can watch the alchemists at work creating these treasures. They also have amazing ‘confitures’ or jams made with ingredients like jasmine and roses. 14 quai Papacino. Open Daily 9am- 12pm & 2pm-6.30pm. Free Entry. www.confiserieflorian.com

Musee Terra Amata

Musee Terra Amata fascinating museum detailing the prehistoric history of Nice – the site of some of the earliest settlements in Europe. 25 blvd Carnot. Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Entry Free. www.musee-terra-amata.org

Port & Marina

Port & Marina pleasant place to stroll around, be it day or evening.

Notre Dame du Port

Notre Dame du Port a Romanesque Basilica, World Heritage listed by UNESCO, founded in the 6th century, rebuilt in the 11th and 12th centuries and fully restored in 2008. Place du Port.

Further East in the adjacent Mt. Boron & Cap de Nice area:

Fort Alban

Fort Alban menacing and well preserved medieval fortress to explore on the top of Mt. Alban (adjacent to Mt Boron). Ave du Mont Alban. Open Daily. Entry Free.

Sentier Littoral Cap de Nice

Sentier Littoral Cap de Nice pretty coastal walk from blvd Franck Pilatte, follow the signs along the coast towards Villefranche Sur Mer

Le Peche Mignon

Le Peche Mignon patissier, confectioner, and caterer all in one – this place has a loyal following of fans (including the Sunlight Property crew) due to their delicious range of sweet and savoury items on display. 41 rue Bonaparte. www.peche-mignon-nice.com

Envy By Millesim

Envy By Millesim spacious art gallery come delicatessen and wine shop. Tasting sessions available by reservation. 10 rue Fodere. www.envybymillesim.fr

Le Cheri de Caprice

Le Cheri de Caprice the sister store, or perhaps we should say the brother store of Caprice, the fabulous women’s vintage clothing store in the old town – this one sells mens vintage clothes. 6 rue Martin Seytour. www.capricevintageshop.com

Elodie Manildo

Elodie Manildo excellent collection of designer sunglasses from the likes of Kenzo, Tom Ford, Dior, Chloe, Rykiel, D&G.9 rue Cassini. Open Mon-Sat: 9am- 12pm & 2pm-7pm.

Harter>

Harter stunning selection of designer furniture from the 20th century. 36 rue Segurane.

Art du XX

Art du XX formerly a mechanic’s garage, now 800 M over two floors dedicated to objects, artwork, and furniture from the 20th century. 9 rue Martin Seytour.

Ginac

Ginac extraordinary collection of pieces from the Roman Empire to the 19th century. 28 rue Catherine Segurane.

Achille Antiquities

Achille Antiquities furniture, sculpture, glassware, lighting . . . from the 1930s and 40s. 13 rue Emmanuel Philibert. www.achille-antiquites.com

Jacqueline Sanson

Jacqueline Sanson a veritable treasure trove of amazing things – dive in and have fun. 2 rue Antoine Gautier.

Chambre Cinquante Sept fascinating name and fascinating place – a curio shop with beautiful objects evocative of classic travel and adventure. 16 rue Emmanuel Philibert www.chambrecinquantesept.com

Halogene

Halogene contemporary furniture and decorative objects. 15 rue Francois Guisol. Open Tue-Sat 9am-12pm & 2pm-7pm.

Galerie Oscar

Galerie Oscar Scandinavian and international contemporary visual arts and design. 9 rue Fodere. www.galerieoscar.com

Les Puces de Nice

Les Puces de Nice a permanent flea market, great for rummaging around and finding that perfect bargain. This is a regular shopping haunt for the Sunlight Properties team – you can always find something unique at an excellent price. Place Robilante. Open Tue-Sat: 10am-6pm/7pm.

LAC

LAC patissier and chocolatier with three boutiques in Nice selling some of the best macaroons you will ever taste and sweet treats that are truly works of art. 18 rue Barla. Open Thu-Tue: 9am-12.30pm/1pm & 3pm/4pm-7pm/7.30pm. www.patisseries-lac.com

Sapore

Sapore serving modern food in modern surroundings at good value prices. 19 rue Bonaparte. Tel: 04 92 04 22 09 €64. Dinner Tue-Sun; Lunch Tue-Fri. www.restaurant-sapore.com

Le Local

Le Local very cool, laid back restaurant with authentic Italian food. Hey, if Alain Ducasse likes it enough to mention it in his book, then it’s almost an obligatory stop. 4 rue Rusca. Tel: 04 93 14 08 29. Open Mon-Sat for Lunch; Tue-Sat for Dinner.

Les Amoureux

Les Amoureux this restaurant frequently tops lists on sites like Trip Advisor as the best restaurant in Nice – and it only sells Pizzas! But what great pizza – even the Italians rave about it. 7 rue Fodere. Tel: 04 93 07 59 73. Open Dinner Only: Tue-Sat.

Le Bistrot du Port

Le Bistrot du Port fresh fish and Mediterranean food prepared by Jose Orsini who trained under some of France’s most famous chefs. 28 quai Lunel. Tel: 04 93 55 21 70. Open for Lunch: Thu-Tue; Dinner Thu-Tue. www.lebistrotduportdenice.fr

La Barque Bleue

La Barque Bleue foodies and locals are attracted to this portside restaurant with a great terrace overlooking ‘les bateaux’. Homemade pastas, freshly caught fish, and friendly service. 7 quai des Deux Emmanuels. Tel: 04 93 55 39 74.

Alto

Alto excellent selection of tapas and wine, convivial and warm ambiance. 21 rue Barla. Tel: 09 52 11 58 18. Open Mon-Fri for Lunch & Dinner.

Paloma Cantine

Paloma Cantine fairly recent addition to the port restaurant scene. Excellent fish and seafood, professional staff and waterside location. On route to becoming one of the Sunlight Properties team’s firm favourites. 3 quai des Deux Emmanuels. Tel: 04 93 89 53 92. Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner www.palomacantine.com

La Zucca Magica

La Zucca Magica perennially popular restaurant by the Port focused on market fresh vegetarian dishes. 4 bis quai Papacino Tel: 04 93 56 25 27. Open for Lunch & Dinner: Tue-Sat.

L’Annexe

L’Annexe fully organic restaurant, dedicated to healthy, great tasting food. L’Annexe is connected to the Theatre du Port and offers show and meal specials. 5 plc Île de Beauté (Port). Set menus €26. Open Thu-Tue from 12pm-10.30/12.30pm & 12pm-6pm. Tel: 04 92 04 30 56 www.theatreduport.fr

Le Gossip

Le Gossip Bar lively atmosphere and great cocktails. 7 rue Bonaparte. Tel: 04 83 45 72 15.

Les Compagnons de la Grappe Renato

Les Compagnons de la Grappe Renato and his beautiful wife Stephanie will welcome you into their wine bar. Great spot to sample and buy quality wines; they have an incredible collection of fine vintages in the vaulted cave below. Nibblies available, and live music on Friday nights. 2 rue Catherine Segurane. Tel: 04 93 55 69 24 Open Tue-Sat: 12pm-2.30pm & 7.30pm-10.30pm. www.lescompagnonsdelagrappe.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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