Nubian Skin paid a little visit to the South of France this month, visiting loved ones in Nice. It also happened to be when the Nice Jazz Festival was taking place, so we got some sun, sea and music. We can't think of a better combination!
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
You can’t really to the French Riviera and not go to the beach. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais. You can grab your beach gear and head to the public beach (beware, the beaches here are pebbly, so if you’re looking for sand, it might be best to go further afield), or if you’re feeling a bit more flash, you can pay to use the private beaches like Castel Plage or Plage Beau Rivage. Here at Nubian, we like to hop on the train to Ville Franche sur Mer and fight for a spot on the sand beach there. After the beach, take some time to wander around the cute village of Ville Franche, and have a lazy lunch at the terrace of Les Garçons.
Wander Around the Old Town
The Old Town is the most charming part of Nice, so we like to head out in the morning to catch the market. They’ve got a flower market and a food market, which is a hit to the senses. You’ll find lots of charming little shops to pick up souvenirs and lots of cafes and restaurants, with varying quality of food, so pick wisely.
Once you’re done pottering around the old town, grab an icecream, we love Fenocchio and their many, many flavours, and head up to the Castle. There is no actual castle, but it’s a lovely walk which leads to the ruins of an old Castle and a spectacular view of the coast.
Day Trip to Monaco
Monaco and all its glamour is a short train ride from Nice station, so it would be a shame not to take advantage of the proximity. Check out the old town in Monaco and see the royal palace, or the oceanography museum and it’s enchanting aquarium. Don’t forget to check out the casino before heading down to the beach.
We love to people watch while eating lunch at La Note Bleue overlooking the sea. If you’re feeling a little bit adventurous, you can do a lovely coastal walk, which will take you from Monaco through some beautiful scenery on the coast line. We end the walk in Cap D’Ail, which has a gorgeous beach. Grab lunch at La Pinede and take a moment to luxuriate in the fact that you are, at that moment, living the life. Snap back to reality before taking the train back to Nice.
Monaco is the resting place of Josephine Baker, a beautiful African-America performer, who adopted France as her home. She is our Nubian Icon of the month, so stay posted for our blog post about her.
Nice Jazz Festival
If you happen to be around for the Nice Jazz Festival, try and get some tickets. The performances are in the evenings, so you can spend all day exploring and all evening listening to some good music. Dates have already been announced for next year.
We can’t go to Nice without eating at Le Boudoir. This tiny restaurant has a great selection of food and incredibly friendly staff. We never miss the set menu for dinner, which is a must for truffle lovers.
In our opinion, icecream is considered a food group to itself. Fenccochio has just about every flavour imaginable. Nice has plenty of ice cream choices to choose from, so you might as well try as many as you can.
If you’re looking for a cute spot, with a little bit of an edge, look for one of the branches of Emilie’s scattered around Nice. They do a great value brunch on the weekend, and have the most delicious cookies.
One of Nubian Skin’s absolute favourite places in Nice is Xocoalt. This little chocolate shop is a chocolate lovers paradise. We’d post a picture, but we’ve already eaten everything…
A few other favourites include: Côté Marais, La Marenda and Luna Rossa Restaurant
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly into Aéroport Nice Côte D’Azur. There are plenty of flights (both budget and regular) from the UK and other major cities in Europe.
The cheapest and most convenient way to get to the centre of Nice from the airport is to take bus 98 from the airport bus stop. It goes directly into town and only costs €6. There are other local buses, which are cheaper, but they will make more stops along the way.
WHERE TO STAY
Nice has an abundance of hotels from uber luxe grand hotels to student budget hotels. We can recommend the Hotel Suisse, with a spectacular view of the beach. Airbnb is also an option for those looking for less regimented accommodation.
Whether you’re there for a weekend or a week, Nice has enough to keep you occupied. Perfect for some sun, sea and general feel good factor. We’d love to hear about any places you love in Nice, so fill us in.