SEP 16,2015 - SEP 16,2016 (367 DAYS)
Nice Old Town:
Main Attractions: Massena Square, Nice Hôtel de ville, Nice Opera, Place du Palais de Justice, Caserne Rusca, Palais de la Prefecture, Cours Saleya, Galerie Marine and the Galerie des Ponchettes, Chapelle de la Miséricorde, Rue de la Poissonnerie, Rue Droite, Eglise Saint Jaques, Place Rossetti, Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate, Place de la Halle aux Herbes, Palais Lascaris, Place Garibaldi.
Start: Place Massena.
End: Place Garibaldi.
Distance: 6-7 km. Weather: any weather. Duration: 1/2 - 3/4 day.
Place Massena Place Massena is a wonderful and colourful square worth visiting. It is one of the most strategic spots in Nice. Bus no.98 from / to Nice airport stops here. It is very handy for the (cheap and efficient) trams that cross the city. Place Masséna is 5-10 minutes walk to the beach and to the famous Promenade des Anglais. It is 2 minutes walk to the old town and to the Promenade du Paillon. Place Massena is home to the little white tourist train which runs on the road along the Promenade des Anglais and climbs to the old town hill. From the square - it is 15 minutes walk to the main train station. The Avenue Malaussena from the square leads directly to Nice train station. This square is in the middle of the city with many restaurants and shops. This is, mainly, a pedestrian area - but watch out for the trams passing through !
The Massena Square's fountain and sculptures alone make it a must-see attraction on its own. The square is especially beautiful at night when the lights are on. The statues are lit-up, during the night, in various colors which is rather romantic to wander around. The lighting colour is changed at preset intervals. The Massena square is beautifully tiled (the black and gray/white pavers are very attractive) and surrounded with beautiful, Italian-styled, "palaces" and brick painted buildings with remarkable architecture. The main attraction is on the southern edge of the square - the amazing statue of Apollo with the dancing fountain waters (were the river used to be). A Christmas market is installed during December with terrific illuminations and big wheel. Do not skip the Gallerie Lafayette, nearby, for, rather expensive, shopping.
Note: be aware of pickpockets and homeless people sleeping there during the durkness hours:
Noe, on the eastern side of Massena Square - the Galeries Lafayette:
Statue of Alfred Auguste Janniot (1889 - 1969) - "La Fontaine du Soleil" (augurated - 1956):
From the Fontaine du Soleil leave the Place Massena from its EASTERN corner and descend onto the old Nice town to Rue Alexandre Mari.
After approximately 120m. walk eastward along Rue Alexandre Mari - turn right onto Rue de l'Hôtel de ville for 60 m. and arrive to the Nice Hôtel de ville (town hall), 5 Rue de l'Hotel de ville. It is a Neoclassical building on the outside and Art-Deco inside. Was built in 1730 and used successively as a seminary for the Diocese, a Saint Roch hospital and a barracks. Since 1868, it has been the Town Hall:
Head southward along Rue de l'Hôtel de ville until its end. Rue Saint-François de Paule is on your right and left. Turn left onto Rue Saint-François de Paule for 95 m.
Maison Auer, 7 rue St. François de Paule, is one of the favourite places in Nice in the Old Town. It is a Confiserie and Chocolaterie (sweet shop/chocolate shop). Feast for the eyes. The architecture is beautiful. When you enter this amazing shop on rue St. François de Paule you are transported back in time about 150 years. The ORIGINAL Florentine style interior is decorated with stained glass, crystal chandeliers, and marble-topped display cabinets adorned with cherubs and festoons of flowers. After you have finished admiring the architecture, you will start to notice the stunning products on offer. Henri Auer was a Swiss confectioner. He moved to France in the mid 1800s and opened up several shops in the Marseille area. But when this shop came up for sale in Nice, just across from the opera, he sold his other shops and moved here. No doubt it had something to do with the boom in tourism happening in Nice at that time. In the 19th century, Nice was filled with wealthy, mainly British, tourists, looking for places to spend their money. Henri’s business flourished and has been in the same location and owned by the same family ever since. Today, this sweet shop is run by the fifth generation of the Auer family:
Turn right onto Rue Raoul Bosio for 35 m. and the Nice Opera building (Theatre Municipal), 4-6 Rue Saint-François de Paule is on your right. The building is one of the most spectacular in the city. It is sumptuously decorated with composite capitals, gilded boxes against an off-white background and red tapestry.
The Opera is home to the Philharmonic Orchestra, a ballet company, a professional chorus and a children’s chorus. The artistic season features opera, symphonic music and choreography. Capacity: 800 seats 200 standing. Season: SEP - JUN. Current calendar of performances: http://operabase.com/view.cgi?lang=en&cal=wfnio_1516. Matinees Musicales at the Opera: One Sunda, every month, there is a performance of the Nice Symphony Orchestra (Nice Philharmonic en famille) at the magical setting of the Nice Opera House, at a bargain price: Children from 7-18 are free, little children from 4-7 are 5€, and adults are only 7€. The concert starts at 11.00, but it’s open seating so you’ll want to get there early (one hour in advance) to get good seats or even stake out one of the private loges. The best idea is to drop by the day before to get your tickets so you won’t be stuck in the ticket line while the others are racing for the best seats.
A small wooden theater was established in 1776 by the Marquise Alli de Maccarani. Laid out in 1776, all wood, the theatre's north façade opens onto the city and its southern facade on the ramparts of the Quai des Americas (Quai des États-Unis). In 1826, the City of Nice bought the theater on the advice of King Charles Felix and decided to raze it off in order to build a grand, new opera in the Italian style, on-lieu of the site of the old one. The Opera became Municipal Theatre in 1870. On Wednesday, March 23, 1881, during the opening of "Lucia di Lammermoor" opera, a terrible fire, probably due to a gas leak at the scene ramp, completely destroyed the theater. On 7 November 1882, the municipality decided to rebuild the new theater on the site of the former one. François Aune, a student of Gustave Eiffel built a traditional masonry envelope containing stones, bricks and lime. The new theater was equipped with a beautiful decoration, the ceiling, painted by Emmanuel Costa, representing the Chariot of the Sun. The sculptures represented the Muses: Euterpe (music), Melpomene (tragedy), Thalia (comedy) and Terpsichore (dance). In 1902 the Municipal Theatre takes the name we know today: Opéra de Nice. The Theatre has been declared as "historical monument" in 1993:
Our next destination (Cours Saleya) is 300 m. from the Opera house. You can go from the Opera to Saleya Square via the seashore orr through the market. The first route passes through dirty backyards and the second one through noisy, bustling, touristic market. We'll select the first itinerary. Head south on Rue Raoul Bosio toward Quai des États-Unis, 35 m. Turn left onto Quai des États-Unis, 170 m. Turn left toward Cours Saleya, 50 m.
The alternative route: Just after the opera on the left, you will get a glimpse of the large Palace of Justice/law courts Square - which has some terraces but isn’t the most pleasant part of the Old Town to stop over in. So just keep going straight down the road until you hit the pedestrian area where the street becomes the Cours Saleya. The Place du Palais de Justice where there are markets almost every Saturday. The first and third Saturdays of the month, you’ll find a book market selling everything from used paperbacks to beautiful rare books. The second Saturday is a craft and painting market, and the fourth Saturday is a market selling old post cards. Officially, the hours for these Saturday markets are 07.00 - 17.00 but, you'll find they start quite later...:
Marché aux Cartes Postales Anciennes, Place du Palais de Justice:
Opposite the Palais de Justice (north of it) is the Caserne Rusca, 2 rue de la Terrasse; Palace Square (actually in Rue Raoul Bosio). The Rusca Barracks are often touted in guidebooks as a former St. Dominic convent. The building was constructed for the accommodation of troops. It dates from the last quarter of the eighteenth century. In 1990, the building became an annex of the courthouse on the opposite side of the square. It houses including the district court as well as various services of the High Court (Family Court, juvenile court judges, enforcement of sentences). The pink/ivory colored bell tower looming above us, is called the "Clocher de la Tour Rusca". It dates from 1718:
A bit east to the Palais de Justice is the Palais de la Prefecture (also known as the Palais des Rois Sardes), 10, Rue Prefecture. NOT to be missed. This site is normally closed to public. You should be lucky to catch a special event or festive day to visit this wonderful palace. We visited the place during the Heritage Days (FREE) which are held every September (2nd or 3rd week of the month). Nicely illuminated in the evenings. Great place for photographs. Fantastic decor inside. You will be amazed by the richness of the furniture, painted ceilings, tables of Jules Cheret, the Hall of Mirrors and the Rural Hall. Nice view of the Cours Saleya markets and the beach (Quai des États-Unis) from its balconies. it was first constructed as the 18th-century Palais Royal to accommodate the governors and princes of Savoy, a hospital during the French Revolution and the Prefecture Palace when Nice became French in 1860. This building has been renovated several times. It is now the seat of the region's administrative dignitaries and, as such, is not open to the public:
The Rural Hall:
Hall of Mirrors:
The Grand Dining Room:
The Small Dining Room:
Head east on Rue Raoul Bosio toward Place du Palais de Justice
15 m. Turn right onto Place du Palais de Justice, 45 m. Continue onto Rue Louis Gassin, 50 m. Turn left onto Cours Saleya. The Cours Saleya is a long open space running parallel to the sea, is one of the liveliest streets of Old Nice. The Cours Saleya is between the Old City (Vielle Ville) and the beachfront. It is looking eastwards towards the Castle Hill.
Cours Saleya hosts four different markets. Every morning, the Cours Saleya market overflows with fresh produce, cheeses, olives, herbs, flowers and charm. A veritable kaleidoscope of sights and smells, Cours Saleya Market is at its best on Sundays, with the vendors out in full force, complimented by the weekend artists and street musicians. It’s the perfect day to experience the market, pick up a little something for lunch, and then picnic on the beach or at the top of the Chateau (free elevator across from the beach for those disinclined to climb the stairs). The only day you won’t find flowers and food in Cours Saleya is Monday. On Mondays, don’t miss the Brocante at Cours Saleya, a giant open-air weekly antique market that goes on all day. The fabulous Nice flower market (Marché aux Fleurs) runs from TUE - SUN, and whereas the food area is open only in the morning (until 13.00), the flower section stays open all day until late afternoon hours. The largest part of the market today is made up of colourful fruit and vegetables, often quite artistically displayed. The sellers tempt the passers-by with samples. Fruit is really excellent, and it is a pleasure to get up early and select the best raw ingredients with many chefs and local restaurant owners. Maybe the traditional fame of the flower sellers gets its fame because of the importance of the flower market in Nice’s history. In 1897 Nice opened the first wholesale cut flower market in the world. Thanks to the railroads, carloads of cut flowers were shipped from Nice to cities across France and Europe every day for almost 100 years. The growers in the hills would bring down their cut flowers every morning. After the wholesalers had made their bulk purchases, the market would be opened for individuals to buy their bouquets. In the summer Cours Saleya never sleeps, and from 18.00 on becomes a Summer Night Crafts Market. The rule is that everything must be hand-made or painted by the local artist, which happily eliminates mass-produced trinkets. It makes for a lovely festive atmosphere, surrounded by the cafe tables and restaurants.
Once you get to the end of the Cours Saleya, you can either turn right and head towards the waterfront and enjoy some sumptuous views over the whole Baie des Anges from the Castle Hill, or else carry on the tour of the Old Town and go left. Running parallel to Cours Saleya is the rue de la Préfecture which heads back towards Place du Palais and comes to life in the early evenings at around 5 or 6pm, which is aperitif time in Nice. The street is lined with bars (mainly English-style pubs or more upmarket lounges) and some pretty decent restaurants.
Head on Cours Saleya until its most western end toward Place Pierre Gautier. Turn left to stay on Cours Saleya. Turn right onto Quai des États-Unis, 75 m to reach the seashore and we face the Galerie Marine and the Galerie des Ponchettes, 59 and 77 Quai des États-Unis (respectively). The French city of Nice has always been a magnet for artists, who are attracted by its Mediterranean climate, mouth-watering cuisine, azure blue sea and vibrantly coloured houses. Matisse, Renoir, Arman and Chagall were all inspired by this stretch of the Côte d’Azur. The Galerie Marine is dedicated to young emerging artists on the national and international stage of contemporary art. One of Nice’s many municipal attractions, Galerie de la Marine was the premier contemporary art space in the city until the founding of the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain in 1990. As a consequence of the opening of this new museum, Galerie de la Marine instead turned its attention to displaying the permanent collection and paintings of Alexis Mossa (1844-1926) and his son, Gustav-Adolf Mossa (1883-1971). Upon the arrival of the 21st century, the gallery went back to promoting contemporary art and focusing on the young creative scene. A variety of international artists have exhibited their works here. Opening hours:
daily (exce. Website :
The Galerie des Ponchettes is located next to the sea. The 19th century building of Galerie des Ponchettes was a fish market. Since the 1960s, however, it has housed a contemporary art gallery showcasing local and foreign talents. Galerie des Ponchettes was the first project in the creation of Nice’s Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, MAMAC. Opening hours: daily (except Mondays and public holidays): 10.00 to 18.00. Free admission:
Note: The 14 municipal museums in Nice all have an 10€ admission charge (although some are grouped into one ticket, see below), but there are still 3 major categories of free: Children under 18, students of any age get in free (but you have to have student ID) and locals. The best deal, If you don’t qualify for any of the above, is the 7-day museum pass for 20€, that gets you in to all 14 municipal museums at your leisure for a week, including the Matisse Museum in Cimiez (NOT recommended) and the Palais Lascaris (recommended) in Old Nice. Admission is free to all galleries. More details: https://www.nice.fr/uploads/media/default/0001/04/museum_admission_fees.pdf
We return to to Cours Saleya. Head east on Quai des États-Unis, 75 m. Turn left toward Cours Saleya, 50 m. Slight right onto Cours Saleya
15 m. Turn right to stay on Cours Saleya, 25 m. On your left - Chapelle de la Miséricorde (Chapel of Mercy). Entirely decorated in yellow. Supposed to be one of the most stunning churches in Nice (the interiors). The exterior is not such impressive. Very difficult to find this church opened. You may target it only during JUL-AUG on Tuesdays from 10.00 - 18.00. But, not sure, it will be open even during these opening hours. No information in the web and in the local tourist office. NO PHOTOS ALLOWED INSIDE. STRICTLY PROHIBITED. The Chapelle de la Misericorde (Chapel of Mercy) is a Baroque structure built in the mid 18th century, between 1747 and 1770, by the design of Bernardo Vittone. The Baroque style is reflected both by the façade of the building and by its interior layout and decorations. Starting with the elliptical nave and ending with the chapels which border it. At present, it is entrusted to the religious order of the Black Penitents of Nice. Inside, you can admire a series of paintings representing different patterns of archiconfrery and Theatines, previous occupants of the chapel. There are also two paintings in the sacristy of the Virgin of Mercy, one conducted in 1429 by Jean Mirailhet and the other around 1515 by Louis Brea. Thanks to the excellent acoustics, it is a favored place for concerts and conferences. It is also the venue of The Biennale Internationale de Ceramique d'Art de Vallauris and is known in general to provide space to artists to display their work. Vallauris is a small town further down along the coast and infamous for ceramics, even Pablo Picasso set up a studio there between 1948-1955 during which he created many masterpieces, and Vallauris has been a hub for ceramists ever since:
Head east on Cours Saleya toward Rue de la Poissonnerie, 100 m. Behind the golden houses of the Poissonnerie square (the Fish Square) - rises the Château de Nice (Castle Hill of Nice):
Turn left onto Rue de la Poissonnerie. In this road stands the painted house. In this old house, part of the facade is painted as were many fronts in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The fresco bears the date of its creation "1584" and the initials LT owners:
It was common during these centuries to adorn the walls and houses fronts with scenes from the Bible. Here we see Adam and Eve in the Garden of Paradise:
In the MIDDLE of Rue de la Poissonnerie - we turn right (east) to Rue Barillerie and LEFT (north) to Rue Jules Giley (where the impressive wooden toys shop stands...). We pass Rue du Malonat on our right (east). Continuing on the same direction - we walk along Rue Droite. Rue Droite connects Cours Selya (south) and Place Garibaldi (north). It a straight and narrow road - very famous with its shops, galleries and medieval houses:
Note, on your right, the Chez Acchiardo (38, rue Droite): lovely small restaurant with a good reasonably priced menu. Open ONLY MON- FRI (closed at weekends). Pre booking is mandatory. A family-run restaurant. Enjoy local food and hearty atmosphere.
30 m. further north, on your left, is the Restaurant du Gesu (1, Place du Jésus) (facing the Saint Jaques church (see below): good Italian food (including tasty Pizzas), not expensive and good service. Better dine in the early evening hours (later - very busy). No WI-FI:
We continue northward (in the same direction) through Rue Droite. Walking along Rue Droite - pass Rue du Château on your right (east) and a bit further - you see the Eglise Saint Jaques (Gesu church of the Jesuits order). Souvenirs are sold in the front door. It mat detract some visitors. Built in the second half of the XVII century. It resembles the Gesu Cathedral in Vittorio-Emmanuel square in Rome. The construction works were initiated in 1607, but they were completed only 43 years later, in 1650. The church was entrusted to the Jesuit order of Nice, and since its construction until now it had undergone little or no modification of the original structure. Its gray-blue western façade combines Baroque and Classicism styles. The interior of the church is of the Baroque. Inside the church is richly decorated with sculptures, gilding, moldings, extraordinarily beautiful frescoes:
Note, on your left, continuing north along Rue Droite the Atelier Fiorella Pierobon at #33, Rue Droite:
Walk 60 m. further north and turn LEFT (west) to Rue Rossetti
and walk 100 m. westward along Rue Rossetti. Place Rossetti is on your left. Turn LEFT (south) onto Rue Sainte-Reparate, 10 m. to face Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate, 4 Rue Sainte-Reparate.
We’ve arrived on Place Rossetti, an extremely charming, busy square, full of terraces. The restaurants & ice cream shops combined with the church mean this is a place that is never empty or quiet. It has a number of popular restaurants and ice cream shops (Fenocchio's) (huge selection of flavors - some of them very exotic !):
A great spot to get the real feel of Old Nice. Fantastic place to hang-on during the late evening or dark hours. The whole world is here.
Rue du Pont Vieux - leads north from Place Rossetti:
According to the legend, St. Reparate's martyred body, killed at the age of 15 in Caesarea (Israel), was loaded upon a small boat and abandonned to the sea. A dove guided it to the Nice's seashore where people built a chapel to house the relics. Early in the 15th century, rather than giving them to Pope Benedict XIII, they concealed them using several hiding places until Nice's bishop displayed them in the St. Reparate Cathedral where they lie since 1690s. The Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate was built between 1650 and 1699, the year of its consecration. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and Saint Reparata. The cathedral is dedicated to Sainte Reparate, a virgin who was martyred. Her remains are sheltered inside the cathedral. The cathedral was rebuilt, in a Baroque style, on the model of Santa Susanna in Rome. A bell-tower (campanile) was built between 1731 and 1757, which partially obscures the cupola. Between 1825 and 1830 a Baroque revival façade replaced the original west front. Between 1900 and 1903 an apse was added on either side of the choir. The interior, also Baroque, includes ten chapels. Until the end of the 17th century each of them was connected to a different guild which had the responsibility and expense of maintaining them. The high altar is surmounted by a picture of the Glory of Saint Reparata, the virgin martyr to whom the cathedral is dedicated and whose relics have been enshrined here since 1690. The cathedral's exterior in no way prepares you for the stunning interior. BEAUTIFUL, calm and pleasant INTERIORS. You can stay here - at least half an hour and enjoy this hidden gem. The décor, architecture and paintings are stunning to behold:
This little square next (WEST) to the Cathédrale Sainte Réparate is actually part of Place Rossetti, but it’s called Place de la Halle aux Herb. Note, there, the Restaurant Patin Couffin, 1, Rue Francis Gallo with its wonderful frescoes:
From Place de la Halle aux Herbes - you have 2 options:
Heading to a good, budget restaurant and continuing to Place Garibaldi (our last destination) OR returning to Rue Droite (to Palais Lascaris) and to Place Garibaldi.
From Place de la Halle aux Herbes to our restaurant: Head west on Place de la Halle aux Herbes toward Rue Francis Gallo 10 m. Continue onto Rue Francis Gallo, 60 m. Turn left onto Rue du Marché, 85 m. Here, we found the new-opened Grill and Diner restaurant, 10 Descente du Marché - facing, on its north side - the most western part of magnificent Promenade du Paillon. Honest and kind service, delicious and generous portions. Very clean and well air-conditioned. Nice decor. Just opened in SEP 2015. They try to do their best.
From Place de la Halle aux Herbes to Palais Lascaris (160 m.): Head east on Place de la Halle aux Herbes toward Rue Sainte-Reparate, 20 m. Continue onto Pl. Rossetti, 90 m. Turn left onto Rue Droite, 55 m. and Palais Lascaris is at 15 Rue Droite.
From 10 Descente du Marché to Palais Lascaris (300 m.): Head northeast on Rue du Marché toward Rue du Pontin, 30 m. Slight left to stay on Rue du Marché, 55 m. Continue onto Rue de la Boucherie, 100 m. Continue onto Rue du Collet, 35 m. Turn right onto Rue Centrale, 10 m. Turn left onto Rue de la Loge, 60 m. Turn right onto Rue Droite, 10 m.
The Palais Lascaris is a seventeenth-century aristocratic building. Toda, it is a musical instrument museum. Iit houses a collection of over 500 instruments, which makes it France’s second most important collection. It is an unexpected gem, small museum with very pleasant collection of artefacts and instruments. If you have the opportunity to visit the museum freely or included in your pass - DO NOT MISS THIS MUSEUM. You will thoroughly enjoy the splendor of the palace itself (rooms restored to their original medieval glory) as well as the wonderful rare exhibits (many unusual instruments from different periods). Fascinating insight into rich, vieux Nice and its Belle Époques. This Baroque-style ‘palace’ was built in the early 1600’s for the richest and most powerful family in town, the Vintimille-Lascaris family. Check out the grand staircase, the arches, the unusual carved doors and hinges (automatic door-closers), the frescoes and the ingenious medieval air-conditioning system. Fast forward 200 years to the beginning of 20th century, by which time Old Nice had transformed into a slum, and all these formerly fancy digs were occupied by multiple poor families often living in pverty, usually having only one shared sink and toilet for all the families on each floor. Even up through the 1960’s, apartments in Old Nice didn’t have refrigerators, the streets were full of garbage and rats.This house was no different, and even after it was acquired by the city in the 40’s, it was still inhabited by squatters until the restorations commenced in the ’60’s. The museum is in three parts. The temporary exhibit, the curious collection of ancient musical instruments (the 2nd largest antique musical instrument collection in France), and the opulently restored 10.00 to 18.00, closed Mondays, May 1, Easter, Christmas and Jan. 1. Tickets: 10€ for adults, or 20€ for 7-day municipal museum card good for 14 museums and galleries in Nice. Free for children under 18, students of any age with student ID. Even though this is a Municipal Museum, it is one of only two (the Matisse Museum is the other) that doesn’t have a shared admission ticket with one or more other museums. A 10€ admission just for this tiny museum is a bit steep, so I would instead recommend getting the 20€ 7-day municipal museum card good for all 14 museums and galleries in Nice:
Salon de Venus & Adonis:
Chambre de Aparat:
Salondes Chevalliers de-Maitre:
From Palais Lascaris - you just head north, 450 m. - to arrive to Place Garibaldi (our last spot in this daily route). Head north on Rue Droite toward Rue de la Loge, 75 m. Rue Droite turns slightly right and becomes Rue St Francois, 75 m. Continue onto Rue Pairolière, 190 m. Turn left to stay on Rue Pairolière, 10 m. Turn right onto Boulevard Jean Jaurès, 35 m.
Continue onto Place Garibaldi.
From 10 Descente du Marché to Place Garibaldi: you walk 650 m. to Place Garibaldi (the northern edge of the old town. Head north on Descente du Marché toward Descente Crotti
60 m. Turn right onto Boulevard Jean Jaurès and walk 510 m. north-east until Place Garibaldi. Place Garibaldi owes it's name to Giuseppe Garibaldi who was born in Nice, shortly after the region had been annexed from Italy by Napoleon, but was subsequently returned to Italy some years later. Garibaldi, later, become a famous Italian general and, personally, commanded and fought in many military campaigns that led eventually to the formation of a unified Italy. Today, Garibaldi Square is a large and busy tree-lined and collonaded square, near to the heart of Nice. There is a statue of Garibaldi, as a son of the city, in the centre of the square. The square is crossed by the new and popular tram line and surrounded by street restaurants in the summer, shops & cafes, a cinema that shows English language films. Far more cafe's reside in the area between the square and the Port of Nice (south-east of the square). Note the well known seafood restaurant on the south west corner - Cafe de Turin, favored by locals and tourists (reasonable prices). Nearby, north-west of the square, stretches a large open green area, known as the marvelous Promenade du Paillon, with fountains and pleasant walking-paths (see our blog of "Chateau de Nice"). We liked the yellow color of the buildings framing the square. It seemed warm and cheery.
A lot of money has been invested in cleaning Garibaldi Square surroundings. Now that the renovations are all finished it's a great place to stroll around and admire the Venetian (Italian)-looking "Piazza". This the core of Nice and one of the most bustling spots of the city: