Nice’s nightlife

Nice stands for sunshine, glamour and the beach. This town on the Côte d’Azur in the South of France offers that certain savoir-vivre and is committed to enjoying life. If you’ve been invigorated by the sunny days, then you can indulge this pleasure come evening too. Nice offers some first-class places in which to savour the great Niçoise cuisine. Let me show you my favourite restaurants and pass on tips for a chilled sundowner at one of the best rooftop bars in Nice.

La Gare du Sud – a new foodcourt in the historic station building

I start the evening in La Gare du Sud. In the former railway station, a shopping and foodcourt have just opened. Here we find a large choice of international dishes that will fortify us for a long evening ahead. From burgers to sushi or Indian street food, the foodcourt offers something for all tastes and afterwards there is still a small sweet dessert. The lovely station halls are in a modern design and are well attended come the evening too.

Address: 35, avenue Malaussena (External link)

Le Rooftop 17 – party with the locals

Near to La Gare du Sud is the Hôtel Le Monsigny in the Malaussena pedestrian zone. A real insider tip is the roof terrace on the top floor of the hotel, which is located in an up-and-coming area. Tourists rarely make it up to the rooftop bar in the Hôtel Le Monsigny. At midday you can relax here on the sofas or in the whirlpool. At the same time, you have a sublime view over the rooftops of Nice, the sea and the surrounding hills. Later in the evening, more and more well-dressed people appear on the roof terrace, to dance the night away to the DJ’s cool sounds. Regardless of whether you go for a sundowner or to party, Le Rooftop 17 is a real insider tip if you want to drink the good life with the locals. I recommend a sundowner of cocktails with a plate of tapas.

Address: Le Rooftop 17, Hotel Monsigny, 17 Avenue Malaussena (External link)

Sundowners on the rooftop bar in Hotel Aston La Scala

If you happen to be central and near to the old town in Nice, then I recommend the rooftop bar in Hotel Aston La Scala. The roof terrace offers a magnificent view over Nice’s highlights: You look over the chimney-red roofs of the old town houses, over Place Masséna and even the waterfall on Colline du Chateaux is in view. The roof terrace has a pool for hotel guests all day and in the evening live music or a DJ. A perfect sundowner.

Address: The Moon Bar, Hotel Aston La Scala, 12 avenue Felix Faure (External link)

Le 3ème – Rooftop in the luxurious Hyatt Regency

If you would prefer a refined and luxurious address, then you’ll feel at home in Le 3ème in the luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel. The Hyatt Regency counts amongst the best addresses in Nice and is situated right on the promenade, Promenade des Anglais, which was a favourite summer retreat of the British aristocracy in the 18th century. The hotel restaurant is behind the historic facade and guarantees from the roof terrace in the Le 3ème, Nice Palais de la Méditeranée, a great view over the beach and promenade. The chef serves favourite Provençal dishes with good local ingredients, such as the speciality socca – a pancake made from chickpea flour.

Address: Le 3éme in Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée, 13 Promenade des Anglais (External link)

La Maison de Marie – good French cuisine in a cosy atmosphere

Anyone who visits La Maison de Marie feels good immediately. You’re lucky if you get to sit in the wonderful garden under a green canopy and get spoilt by the chef de cuisine. La Maison de Marie offers very good French cuisine in a cosy atmosphere. I sample as a starter stuffed vegetable rolls, seabream filet is served as a main with a lemon cream and then as a dessert, a cake with a scoop of vanilla cream. Everything tasted sublime. A place-to-be for romantics near to the central Place Masséna.

Address: 5 Rue Massena (External link)

My hotel tip for Nice

Hotel Aston La Scala doesn’t just have a really great roof terrace, it’s also a good place to stay the night. The hotel offers modern and comfortable rooms, a good breakfast buffet and is not far from all the sights. It’s about 15 minutes to the airport. The perfect starting point to discover Nice by day and by night!

Address: 12 Avenue Félix Faure (External link)

With these tips you’ll be best equipped to throw yourself into Nice’s nightlife or simply have a nice evening and soak up the South of France’s attitude to life.

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