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Vieux Nice (Old Town)

Vieux Nice is the old quarter of Nice at the extreme eastern end of the Promenade des Anglais. It is contained between the rue des Ponchettes, Boulevard Jean Jaures and Château Hill.

Most visits start at the Cours Saleya, home of the famous flower and vegetable market. Not too far away you will find the heart of Old Nice around place Rossetti with its restaurants and the magnificent Baroque churches of Cathédrale Ste-Réparate and Gésu.

Palais Lascaris, Genoese in style, has an interesting museum (free of charge). Towards the top of the old town place St-François and place Garibaldi make interesting locations to linger for refreshment!

There are plenty of bars and restaurants here to cater for your needs. Oh, and don’t forget to treat yourself to some Socca!

One great way to explore Vieux Nice is to follow my Old Nice Walking Tour in the Itineraries and for further information about fabulous Nice and more itineraries, why not download my Nice's Best app too?

Cathédrale Ste-Réparate

The Cathedral of Nice

Chapelle de la Miséricorde

Baroque splendour on the Cours Saleya

Nice: Chez Freddy

Superb seafood (l,d; €€€)

Cours Saleya

Daily Flower Market


Église St-Jacques-le-Majeur (St James)

Café de Turin

Probably the best sea food in Nice (b,l,d; €€)


The ancient language of Nice

Palais Lascaris

Museum of Folk Art, traditions & musical instruments


Italian dishes (l,d; €)

Place Garibaldi

A baroque square to honour an Italian hero

Place Rossetti

The heart of Vieux Nice

Place St. François

A Fish Market & a Turkish cannon ball!

Quai des États Unis

Quay of the United States at Nice

Rue de la Poissonerie

It pays to look up along here!


Chick pea flour, olive oil & salt piping hot!


Church of St François-de-Paule at Nice

Text © Paul Shawcross

Image by © Paul Shawcross