ELLE Escapes: Nice

Once you consider the French Riviera, you would possibly assume that summer is the most effective time to go to. But Nice has actually been a preferred winter travel destination because the 18th century, when aristocrats, largely from England, began spending summers there.

With mild temperatures year-round (a neighborhood told me you’ll be able to eat outside until the top of November, and start doing so again come February), and much fewer tourists than the hordes that swarm the town in August, Nice is really at its prime within the cooler months. And also you don’t must take my word for it: Last yr, the town earned UNESCO World Heritage recognition because the “winter resort town of the Riviera,” citing Nice’s ideal location between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea.

But regardless of what time of yr you select to go to, you’re sure to be charmed by the town’s architecture, promenades, art, food, and history. Read on for a rundown of what to see, eat, and, after all, what wine to drink when you’re on the town.

Leah Romero

Castle Hill

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As stunning as Nice is at ground-level, you haven’t properly seen the town until you’ve seen it from above. The relatively easy and short climb up the steep hill is value it for the views of Old Town, the Promenade des Anglais, and the powder-blue sea. At the highest, you can too explore the ruins of the Castle of Nice, cemeteries, and a spectacular man-made waterfall that doubles as A/C in the summertime months (stand close and let the mist cool you down).

Musée Matisse

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Henry Matisse fell in love with Nice in 1917 and relocated to the town, where he would live and produce the vast majority of his work until his death in 1954. So it’s fitting that today Nice is home to one in every of the biggest collections of his work. The Musée Matisse in Nice (say that five times fast) includes 31 paintings, 454 drawings and prints, 38 cut-outs, and 57 sculptures that span the artist’s profession, and is basically drawn from his personal stash, brought in directly from his studio. The gorgeous Seventeenth-century villa that houses the museum is a bonus.


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Leave the town behind for a day trip to Cap Ferrat, a peninsula positioned about 25 minutes outside of Nice that boasts a few of the most stunning beaches in the realm. Start your day at the long-lasting Paloma Beach, which is flanked by villas and residential to a vigorous family-run beach club that’s been around since 1948. From there, you’ll be able to weave your way along a coastal path until you reach Le Club Dauphin, a swim club and restaurant positioned on the tip of the peninsula and surrounded by sea views on three sides.

When you’re lazing by the Thirties-era Olympic-sized salt water swimming pool, where Brigitte Bardot once took swim lessons, you’ll never want to depart. And if that’s the case, you’ll be able to wander as much as the Belle Époque-era Grand-Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat, a 4 Seasons Hotel, to book a room for the night. Don’t miss the hotel’s spa or the Michelin-starred Le Cap restaurant, which features local ingredients—some from the hotel’s own gardens, 600 wines from France’s best vineyards, and, my personal favorite, probably the most expansive cheese cart I’ve ever seen. (Fun fact: In season two of Emily in Paris, when Emily heads to “Saint Tropez,” a lot of the scenes were actually filmed in and around Cap Ferrat; like Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie before her, Emily stays on the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat.)

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Le Plongeoir

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At the top of the nineteenth century, a fishing boat was secured to a rock pillar just off the coast of Nice, where guests ate and drank 20 feet above the ocean below. The vessel was ultimately damaged and removed, however the restaurant, Le Plongeoir, was reimagined and stays perched at the highest of those self same rocks today. Start with a delicious “The Signature Diving Board” drink (a nod to the restaurant’s diving boards), which is like an Aperol Spritz but with peach juice (our server told us George Clooney ordered two rounds when he was there recently), and nosh on zucchini flower fritters and seafood.

Les Agitateurs



Les Agitateurs, positioned behind the town’s scenic port, is one in every of Nice’s most up-to-date recipients of a Michelin star, with reviewers remarking on the “painstakingly and assuredly crafted dishes which are wealthy in texture, flawlessly cooked, and subtly seasoned.” The food is nearly too pretty to eat, but chowing down is suggested anyway. Diners can select from preset three- or five-course meals, with wine pairings, after all. If you will have trouble snagging a table, you can too visit their grocery store-slash-delicatessen to take some takeaway bites home with you.



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Eating at Nuances requires you to get deeply in contact along with your senses with a view to determine what precisely the deliciousness you’re tasting actually is. That’s since the restaurant serves a set “blind menu” that changes every two weeks, meaning you won’t know what any of the six courses you’re about to be served consist of until you bite down. And even then, you would possibly not be right. After each course, the server asks you to take your best guess on the ingredients. The answers are sometimes surprising, but at all times delicious.

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Plage Beau Rivage



Top-of-the-line things a couple of European beach vacation is the abundance of beaches with top-notch service. Yes, they could be pricey, however the experience is at all times value it. Leave the chairs and umbrellas at home and show up just as you might be, Plage Beau Rivage will provide the remainder. I like the experience of attending to enjoy proper knife-and-fork food on the sand (an actual upgrade from the usual beach snacks). Make sure you make a reservation during high season, and if Plage Beau Rivage is full, fear not, the Promenade des Anglais is lined with other options.




Positioned in the center of Old Town, Berco is an incredible spot to sip on a glass of red when you rest your feet after a protracted day of sightseeing. The vigorous and vivid wine cellar also serves tapas with ingredients from small local farms.

La Boulisterie Club



Who doesn’t love a bar with lawn bowling? At La Boulisterie Club, completely happy hour comes with a side of pétanque (translation: bocce ball). The retro space with vintage décor feels a bit bit such as you’re hanging in someone’s garage, but an elegant garage because, in any case, this continues to be France.

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Le Méridien



Walking into the seaview suite at Le Méridien literally took my breath away. Set on the Promenade des Anglais, on the border of Old Town, the hotel’s location across the road from the beach makes it a perfect vantage point to envision out Nice’s sparkling sea from below or above, courtesy of one in every of the biggest hotel balconies possibly ever. Back inside, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout maximize the vistas—even the toilet had a 180-degree view—and I seriously couldn’t stop staring (or taking pictures) of the waves below. The mid-century modern furnishings—driftwood tables, teak flooring, and wingback chairs—add to the relaxing vibes, and the rooftop pool and restaurant make the hotel value stopping by, even for those who’re not staying the night.

Le Negresco



Le Negresco is unlike every other hotel. It seems like sleeping in an art museum, minus the stuffiness. And that’s since it’s not only a hotel, but an art hotel, complete with an incredible 6,000 artistic endeavors and period furniture pieces throughout. The hallways and rooms are eclectically designed and span eras, with the whole lot from Napoleon to street art. Originally opened in 1914, the pink-domed hotel has hosted Salvador Dalí, Princess Grace of Monaco, the Beatles, Louis Armstrong, and Elton John. And make sure to reserve a table at its Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Chantecler; the space alone is a feast for the eyes, with woodworking that dates back to 175 mixed with modern hot pink and lime green furnishings, and the menu comes courtesy of a female head chef, Virginie Basselot.

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This boutique hotel has a lush tropical garden and pool, but what really sets Le Windsor Jungle Art Hotel apart is the artistic spin on its rooms. Guests can select from three options: artist’s rooms, which modern artists have decorated with original creations straight from their imaginations; fresco rooms, which have a large-scale frescoes painted by local artist Antoine Baudoin to move guests from Asia to Mexico; finally, there are tribute rooms dedicated to the likes of Coco Chanel and Jean Cocteau. Whichever option you select, you’ll be able to rest assured that it’ll be a winner.

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A nip slip in Nice? No problem. Makeup slippage? A fake pax, needless to say. For a glance that lasts all day (and night), base your face with this hydrating fan-favorite primer that’s perfect for dry summers and funky winters alike.

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Kayla Webley Adler is the Deputy Editor of ELLE magazine. She edits cover stories, profiles, and narrative features on politics, culture, crime, and social trends. Previously, she worked because the Features Director at Marie Claire magazine and as a Staff Author at TIME magazine.

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