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Luxury yachts in all it´s glory, but Nice can be experienced even with a small budget. Photo: Shutterstock
Luxury yachts in all it´s glory, but Nice can be experienced even with a small budget. Photo: Shutterstock

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Nice is nice when it´s affordable

Most people associate the French Riviera with yacht-sailing celebrities and champagne-swilling Russian oligarchs. But while this part of the world may be best known for its glitz and glamor, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some tips for experiencing the best of Nice without straining your purse strings.

Getting around in Nice:

Rent a bicycle

Nice is a fairly walkable city, but if you want a quicker option, why not try the Vélobleu bicycles? The self-service bike program is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year in Nice, Cagnes-sur-mer and Saint-Laurent du Var, and costs only €1 for a day or €5 for seven days of unlimited use.

Go by train

If you’re looking to go further afield, the Pass Isabelle gives you a day of unlimited train travel in the Alpes-Maritimes region for the entire family (two adults and two children) for €35. Why not see how many of Cannes, Antibes-Juan-Les-Pins, Biot, Beaulieu, Cagnes-sur-mer, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Eze, Monaco, and Ventimiglia you can check off in a day?

​Where to eat in Nice:

Voyageur Nissart

This tiny, charming restaurant looks like all your Provençal fantasies in one. From the red-and-white checkered tablecloths to the authentic, inexpensive food and fantastic service, it’s hardly surprising that Voyageur Nissart is one of the most popular eateries in Nice, for locals and tourists alike.

Voyageur Nissart

19 Rue Alsace Lorraine, Nice

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L’Acchardio

This old-fashioned Provençal-style bistro is a Nice institution that has been run by the same family since 1927. Warm, welcoming and English-speaking (still not a given in the South of France!), they are masters of home-grown recipes such as beef daube in wine, cod stew and petits farcis. And they serve local wine straight from the barrel.

L’Acchardio

38 Rue Droite, Nice

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Carré Llorca

Situated just off one of the main squares in Nice’s old town, Carré Llorca serves creative versions of traditional Mediterranean recipes at an affordable price. Using only fresh, seasonal produce, Carré Llorca specializes in local dishes such as Nice-style zucchini flowers, veal ravioli with ricotta, or fish in basil and tapenade.

Carré Llorca

3 rue de la Préfecture, Nice

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Where to stay in Nice:

Negresco

If your tastes are altogether more refined, why not take the opportunity to check in at one of Europe’s most glamorous historic hotels? Dating back to 1913, five centuries of history and art are exhibited throughout the opulent halls of Le Negresco. While a night here at the height of summer may well cost an arm and a leg, you can bag an off-season stay for two people for as little as €145/night.

Negresco

37 Promenade des Anglais, Nice

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Hotel Victor Hugo

An extremely popular boutique hotel with only nine rooms that offers exceptional service, a great location and extremely well-appointed rooms (all of which include a kitchenette, free Wi-Fi and breakfast), starting from €75/night.

Hotel Victor Hugo

59 Boulevard Victor Hugo, Nice

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Last edited: August 11, 2017

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