After Monaco and its’ craziness, our honeymoon continued in Nice. Needless to say, if I knew how gorgeous this city was, I’d only visit Monaco for a few hours and would only stay in Nice.
The capital of the French Riviera is one of the cities I fell in love with at first sight. It harmoniously combines the old world decadence with modern urban energy.
With one of the most amazing waterfront promenades, the “Promenade des Anglais”, Nice appeals to all kinds of travellers: from families to backpackers, party animals and romance-seeking newlyweds (like Alex and I).
Hundreds of eating options, a really active nightlife, endless shopping, a thriving art scene, and the Mediterranean views are a few things that made those 5 days pass in a snap.
Nice’s location is ideal. 20km from Monaco, 33km from Cannes and 112km from Saint Tropez, it is so easy to organize daytrips, especially during the summer season, as there are various ways in terms of transport (hired limos and yachts, boat cruises, buses, and trains). Our daytrip was to Cannes, by train.
We stayed at Hipark Résidence Nice, which I’d highly recommend due to its reasonable pricing, comfortable rooms, and very helpful staff. Plus, it is located across from Centre Commercial Nice TNL (shopping mall). Win!
There are so many lovely places to visit, and so many great things to do. We kept it low-key since it was our honeymoon and didn’t want to spend it running around in museums and doing touristy stuff. Instead, we rented bicycles for 2 days and cycled around the city day and night, going shopping and visiting as many patisseries as humanly possible. Why? Macaroons and éclairs, that’s why!
It’s worth mentioning that Nice has a beautiful, picturesque old town. Narrow streets, tons of cafes and restaurants, historical old buildings, boutique shops, street artists, the flower market, lovely churches and vintage stores; this place is magical.
On the other hand, my visit to Cannes was rather short (8 hours), but I really liked it. I visited the Palais de Festivals to take some red carpet pictures, the Casino next to it, and of course the Promenade de la Croisette where (once again) I couldn’t resist visiting all the boutiques and doing some shopping instead of going to the beach (which was not bad, but for my Greek standards, nothing special). I should also mention Rue d’Antibes, the most popular shopping street in Cannes.
- JEAN-CHARLES Boutique -Nice
All of my favorite brands in one place, insane discounts on the upper floor, items to die for. Definitely one of the best boutiques I’ve even been to.
- NICETOILE shopping mall -Nice
A huge mall where you can find anything and everything. I’m a big fan of malls, what can I say?!
- LAC Chocolatier -Nice
I had a hard time picking only one to recommend, but their salty caramel macaroons made it clear. They are the best!
- Patisserie Chez Maitre -Nice
My top pick for breakfast. Probably the best baguettes in town. Delicious éclairs too!
- Le Chantecler –Nice
A romantic dinner for two in a Michelin starred restaurant, inside the iconic hotel Negresco, was the most thoughtful gift from my amazing husband on our honeymoon. Exceptional dishes, incredible service, wonderful interior, a once in a lifetime experience. Quite expensive but well worth it. Make sure you book in advance.
Facing the “Palais des Festivals”, probably the best place for people watching. Definitely share the Chateaubriand with your better half, you won’t be disappointed!
- Coffee & Cookies –Cannes
Such a sweet little café. Nice coffee, tasty cookies, delicious bagels and very friendly staff.
PS: Unluckily, my phone got stolen and the only pictures I found to be worth sharing from Alex’s phone are above. Hope you enjoyed the post!