1. Eat breakfast at Le Coin Quotidien – this gem at the end of Cours Saleya has the best breakfast menu by far in the old town. Hungry early risers sit at long wooden tables laden with goodies. Just be careful you don’t get so comfortable that you stay all day.
2. Soak up the atmosphere in Place Garibaldi – this beautiful square between the old town and the port has a cluster of restaurants, beautiful building façades and is also a stones throw away from Place du Pain and some of the best bars in Nice. On Saturday morning there is a lovely vintage fair held under the trees.
3. Get on a bus – and head up the coast to the beautiful hidden beaches in Cap D’Ail and St Jean Cap Ferrat. The bus stop has moved once again since the bus station closed a few years ago to make way for the Coulis Vert. It is now situated in front of the Theatre du Nice. Get on number 100 or 81.
4. Musee Chagall – this light, airy museum holds the largest collection of paintings by the artist. The large canvases are really worth the visit.
5. Drink your wine and bubbly like a Niçoise – and put ice-cubes in it. Sounds odd, but when it is really hot it really is the best way to drink your wine and champagne (just order a ‘piscine’).
6. People watching – Nice really is one of the best places to people watch. Try the following locations:
–La Civette on Cours Saleya. We have tried out all the cafes on Cours Saleya so you don’t have to and this one is definitely in the best location.
–If there are seats outside, and Jean Michel is there get a rum and fresh passion fruit cocktail for the very reasonable price of 1 euro at Misfits hairdressers on Rue Rossetti. Just make sure you have nothing much planned for the rest of the evening.
7. Eat gnocchi a la daube, escalope milanese, just about anything in fact at family run Restaurant Acchiardo on Rue Droite in the old town – the restaurant has been run by this family for three generations and serves typical local food. It’s currently looked after by Joseph Acchiardo, his wife Evelyne and their three children Jean-Francois, Virginie and Raphael.
8. Burn your feet on the pebbles on the beach in August – the beach in Nice is a pebble beach and in August you could sometimes fry eggs on the smooth, grey pebbles, there is so much heat coming off them.
9. Eat socca with a bottle of beer or a rosé – Chickpea pancake anyone? Sounds odd but is delicious and is authentic niçoise cuisine.
10. Ask the doorman at the Negresco to let you in on the gossip – Rumoured to be the best paid man in Nice (on account of the tips he receives from the clientele staying at the hotel) this man could tell you a thing or two.