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Where to eat You are totally spoiled for choice in Nice where food is really important to the locals, it’s part of the heritage of this place. The street food is amazing, delicious socca, Pissaladière (a tasty onion tart) pastries and snacks are plentiful and at just a few Euros a piece, you won’t need to spend much. Plenty of restaurants don’t charge sky high prices and one of the best for local Nicois dishes is A Buteghinna (11, rue du marché). It’s only open for lunch but the three lovely Nicois ladies who run cook up a storm in a tiny kitchen. You won’t each much in the evening after one of their scrumptious dishes which you won’t be able to resist finishing! And, check out the snack bar at the restaurant for take away heaven! The food market at Cours Saleya is an experience in itself and surprisingly reasonable, thanks to the abundance of fruit and vegetables grown in the area and neighbouring Italy, just 20 minutes’ drive from Nice. There is also the Liberation Market (Avenue Malausséna - Place du Général de Gaulle Liberation tram stop) Tuesday – Sunday, which is where most locals go as it’s less touristy. Buy supplies and enjoy a picnic in the sun. Where to drink If you want some wine to go with your picnic or to drink on your balcony watching the sun go down, head to Les Caves Caprioglia (16 Rue de la Prefecture). Take an empty water bottle and buy direct from the 700l casks of wine that line the wall and choose from white, red or the locals favourite rose. A litre of red will set you back about 3 euros.
Credit: Martine Hillen What to do The beach at Nice is stony – which is fine for most people but if you want a comfy sunbed, you’ll have to pay for it. You could though nip on the bus for €1.50 and head to the sandy beach at Villefranche-sur-Mer. (Get transport details from the tourist office). Walking is of course free and Nice is one of the nicest places to wander with parks, grand squares, tiny streets and different styles of district. Head to castle hill, via the free lift – or climb the steps if you’re feeling energetic. The views from here are stunning, there are shady areas perfect for a picnic and beautiful gardens, and watching the sun set over the Bay of Angels is memorable. Watch out for the midday Cannon that booms to alert you to the fact that it's lunch time! Cool down in La Promenade des Paillons, an enclosed urban park of 12 hectares where you’ll find fountains, bands, street food and somewhere to sit in the shade of a tree, on a bench and simply chill. People watch at Place Massena with its quirky artwork - figures on high poles that light up at night. Visit the Matisse Museum - entrance is free. It is next to the Roman ruins in Cimiez, a short bus ride or longish walk from the centre of Nice. It has a brilliant collection showing the artist's work through his lifetime - simply magnificent. musee-matisse.nice
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