How Would You Spend €1,000 in Nice?

How Would You Spend €1,000 in Nice?

When I moved to Nice on the Côte d’Azur eight years ago I could not have imagined that I would still be in love with its beauty and blend of France with a touch of Italy. Nice has a way of getting under the skin; but then who is not enthralled by the turquoise sweep of the Baie des Anges or the charm of the Old Town with its cobblestone streets? I run a property consultancy and search business for international buyers (Côte Abode). While walking around Nice – which I do a lot – I can’t help but notice it’s also a modern and vibrant place. Every corner has a new shop or restaurant opening up. That’s why I love it: it’s a city of history yet it keeps moving forward. Here are some of my favourite things…


This iconic Nice landmark – a set of white diving boards perched on the rocks in the Port area – is now the setting for a chic bar-restaurant. Lunch under a blue sky with the water lapping below is like being on a boat. The menu is simple and fresh; the ambiance out of this world. Lunch with wine starts at around €50 per person.

Cabane, Nice

copyright: Cabane


Cabane in the Old Town is a design and interior decor shop that sells elegant household furnishings and other fripperies such as candles, hats and bags. The straw basket ‘Beach’ is a stylish choice for Nice à la plage. €65.

Cabane, 15 rue de la Préfecture, Nice

Deli Bo, Nice

copyright Deli Bo, Nice


The brunch place du jour, Déli Bo is at the heart of Nice’s trendy Port area. As well as a delicious New York-style brunch-lunch menu, including bagels and salads, it’s known for its decadent cakes that can be taken away. Lunch is approximately €20 per person.

Déli Bo, 5 rue Bonaparte, Nice

Fragonard ‘En Avion’ travel kit. Copyright: Fragonard

Fragonard ‘En Avion’ travel kit. Copyright: Fragonard


A perfumery house established in Grasse in 1926, Fragonard’s Nice shop (appropriately on the flower market street of the Cours Saleya) is a onestop destination for all things beautiful and scented. Specialising in artisanal perfumes, soaps and lotions, it also has a range of linen, chic beach clothes and other gift ideas. This refreshing travel set ‘En Avion’ is a must for jet-setters. €22.50.

‘Gala Emeraude’ earrings. Photo credit: Les Delices de Candice

‘Gala Emeraude’ earrings. Photo credit: Les Delices de Candice


Describing itself as ‘bijoux vintage’, this hole-in-the-wall jewellery shop is a treasure of pretty hand-crafted necklaces, rings and bracelets. Owner Candice Petit transforms older pieces of jewellery, giving them a modern twist. These brass and crystal ‘Gala Emeraude’ earrings match the sparkle of the South of France sea. €40.

Fenocchio ice cream

Fenocchio ice cream


Nice’s premier Ice cream shop isn’t hard to find in the heart of the Old Town – just look for the queue of people waiting to choose from its 94 ice cream flavours. Local specialities include lavender, and tomato and basil flavour. A double-scoop ice cream costs €5.

Pour Vos Beaux Yeux

Pour Vos Beaux Yeux. Photo: Olivier Huitel


An eyeglass shop with a difference, this Nice boutique takes vintage frames and updates them for the optically-challenged cool crowd. Its owner, Charles Mosa, has also designed a range of sunglasses in the vintage style – and you can never have too many pairs of sunglasses on the Côte d’Azur. Sunglasses from €250-€300.

Théâtre de la Photographie et de l'Image

Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image


A little off the beaten track, but still central, Nice’s photography museum and gallery showcases local and international photographers. It’s never too crowded and always has something interesting on. €10 or a 48-hour ticket allows entry to all of Nice’s municipal museums.

The spa at the Boscolo Exedra Nice

The spa at the Boscolo Exedra Nice. Photo: Olivia Marocco


The fashionable five-star hotel Boscolo Exedra Nice has a luxury spa at its heart with a space-age cocoon-like subterranean pool. The Spa Deep Nature is situated in the shopping area of Nice and is the place to unwind after a long day or flight. Spa Jet-lag program €185.


A stylish modern hotel lies behind a 19th-century façade on the edge of Nice’s Old Town. In a city with surprisingly few good boutique hotels, this is a great place to stay, plus it has its own private beach across the road. ‘Beach package’ €270 per night plus access to the private beach and a sun lounger.

From France Today magazine 

Hotel Beau Rivage, Nice

Hotel Beau Rivage, Nice

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Originally from New Zealand, writer Rebecca lived in Hong Kong and London before moving to Nice with her family to work as a property finder.

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  • Yvonne Hudacek
    2016-10-20 02:13:06
    Yvonne Hudacek
    I would spend time relaxing from spinal surgery, with my partner in the sun, then enjoying a sumptuous lunch at a local cafe. My partner could wander the photography museum, while I explore the hole in the wall jewellery shop for a bargain. Sharing a lavender and savory ice-cream at the beach would be bliss, as would a visit to the spa to help heal my ailing back. Hunting for an interesting book from an author writing about Nice to take home, a perfect end to the allotted time in this beautiful place. Memories forever back home - priceless.


  • Debby
    2016-10-19 23:05:37
    LE PLONGEOIR looks fabulous! I'll have to look for it ! As a part-time resident of Villefranche sur Mer, I couldn't agree with your more, Nice does get under my skin too! Ciao, Debby


  • Donna KEmp
    2016-10-11 19:36:52
    Donna KEmp
    I tried to find the Fragonard travel kit and it is not showing on their online you know how to order>?


  • Mary Kay Seales
    2016-10-11 15:41:08
    Mary Kay Seales
    All my favorite places plus a few I didn't know about! Thank you for some new ideas for my trips to this lovely city on the Côte d'Azur!