The city’s beating heart

To visit Vieux Nice – or Vieux as the locals affectionately call it – is to immediately step into a picturesque Italian village. A small town within the metropolis, this popular destination is lively throughout the year. Its surprising Italianate architecture also draws tourists from near and far.


Old Nice forms a rough triangle: Colline du Chateau dominates one corner, while Place Masséna and Place Garibaldi – among the most beautiful spots in the entire city – anchor the western and northern points, respectively.


As you stroll the narrow streets, your eyes are drawn to ochre-colored storefronts, charming boutiques and food shops selling socca. This unleavened flatbread made of chickpea flour is perfect for on-the-go snacking. Better yet, have a seat at a sidewalk café and order a beverage to go with your goûter.


When you stay at La Pérouse Hotel, it takes no time at all to head down the hill and immerse yourself in this slice of Niçois life at any time of day or night. And while you’re there, you might as well have a bit more socca…