Nice, France

10 Bucket-List Experiences for Solo Travelers in Nice, France

Step into the glitzy world of the French Riviera and experience Nice. If you’re planning a visit in May, when I visited, you’re in for a treat with pleasant weather and fewer crowds.

Promenade des Anglais

Imagine strolling along a palm-fringed promenade with the turquoise sea on one side and grand buildings on the other. That’s the enchanting Promenade des Anglais for you. A visit to Nice is incomplete without a leisurely walk here. This world-famous promenade has seen the likes of royalty, artists, and starlets. Legend has it that its cerulean waters once inspired Matisse’s masterpieces. Today, it’s a hub of vibrant life and seaside beauty, making it a must-visit spot. For an added touch of glamour, don’t forget to capture the iconic blue chairs that line the promenade.

Hotel Negresco

If you appreciate the finer things in life, a visit to the legendary Hotel Negresco is a must. Perched on the Promenade, the Hotel Negresco stands as a living testament to time. Built in 1912, this opulent hotel has hosted countless celebrities and dignitaries. Even if you don’t stay the night, have a drink at the Le Negresco Bar or dine at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Chantecler. The luxurious atmosphere and the historical significance of the hotel make for a unique experience.

Place Masséna

Place Masséna, a grand square, is a wonderful place to explore. Surrounded by beautiful red facades and bordered by palm trees, it captures the spirit of Nice perfectly. As you stand in Place Masséna, let history wash over you. It was once a lush green expanse that served as a strategic defense site. Now, it’s the heart of Nice’s events and festivities, and its grand architecture is a sight to behold.

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette. Photo:

Galeries Lafayette, the iconic department store, offers a wide range of fashion, cosmetics, and luxury goods. With an air of French elegance and a dash of glamour, it’s the perfect place to indulge in some retail therapy.

Avenue Jean Médecin

Place Massena Nice France. Photo:

Avenue Jean Médecin is the main shopping street in Nice, offering a mix of high-end boutiques, department stores, and delightful cafes. It’s more than just a shopping street; it’s a place to people-watch, enjoy a croissant, and soak in the local vibe.

Vieille Ville (Old Town)


Wander through the charming cobblestone streets of Vieille Ville, where history seeps from every corner. Explore local markets, artisan shops, and cozy cafes. It’s a place where every twist and turn has a story to tell.

Place Garibaldi

Named after the famed Italian general, Giuseppe Garibaldi, this square pulses with Mediterranean charm. Don’t miss the impressive statue of Garibaldi and the surrounding colorful buildings. It’s an ideal spot for people-watching and enjoying a café au lait.

Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya

Marché aux Fleurs is a “flower market”. You’ll find here fresh produce, local delicacies, and, of course, an abundance of flowers. It’s a feast for the senses and the perfect place for unique souvenirs.

Boat Tour

Hop on a boat tour to see Nice from a new perspective. You’ll explore hidden coves and capture postcard-perfect views of the coastline. It’s a refreshing and exhilarating experience, allowing you to appreciate the city’s natural beauty in a whole new way.

Day Trips from Nice

While Nice itself is a treasure trove of experiences, consider taking day trips to nearby gems. These destinations are easily accessible from Nice and will enhance your Côte d’Azur adventure:

  • Antibes boasts a charming old town and Picasso’s legacy.
  • Monaco will captivate you with its opulence and stunning views.
  • Cannes, famous for its film festival, has beautiful beaches and a vibrant atmosphere.
  • Eze enchants with its medieval charm.
  • Cap Ferrat is the epitome of Riviera elegance.

Nice, a coastal city on the French Riviera, is nestled in the southeastern part of France, near the Italian border. Its history dates back to the time of the Roman Empire, and its cultural richness is still evident in its architecture, art, and cuisine. The city’s mild Mediterranean climate is one of its most appealing features.

If you plan to visit more of the French Riviera, here are some additional tips: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Luberon, Saint-Tropez, Cassis and The Calanques.

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