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Place Massena

Nice’s main square offers opportunities for shopping, delightful cafés dotted around the edge and some of the best people-watching in the city.

Place Massena is the main square in Nice. The large plaza lies between the Old and New Towns, and is lined with shops and restaurants. It sits at a crossroads of several main boulevards, including the grand Avenue Jean Médecin. Locals flock here on their way to school and work. Stop for a coffee at one of the cafés dotted around the edge of the square and take in the action. The tramway runs through the center of the plaza, but otherwise it’s pedestrian only.

The old buildings surrounding the square have all been painted red with blue shutters, which are typical of the area. Large stone archways lead to shops and restaurants, including Galeries Lafayette. Shop for perfume and designer clothing at France’s celebrated department store.

A fountain in one corner of the square depicts several stories in Greek mythology, with a 22-foot (7-meter) statue of Apollo at the center. Sit on the edge of the fountain for another prime people-watching spot, or join the tourists having their photos taken in front of the statues.

A modern art installation by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa is most eye-catching at night, when the seven statues are lit up in bright colors. Tall poles along the tramline hold up statues of kneeling men, who represent the seven continents. The fountain and buildings surrounding the plaza are also lit up at night.

Events take place here year round. In December, an annual Christmas Market is held, and the square is filled with tents, a Christmas tree and a Ferris Wheel. Come for the Bastille Day celebrations on July 14, when there’s a military parade and fireworks.

It’s a short stroll from the square to the Promenade des Anglais, and 10 minutes walk or two stops on the tram to the main train station. Wander down any one of the nearby streets for boutique and designer shopping.


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    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Nice City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Blue Beach and Promenade des Anglais. Place Massena and Nice Etoile Shopping Center are also within 15 minutes. Massena Tramway Station is 9 minutes by foot and Opera - Vieille Ville Tram Station is 12 minutes.

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    Albert 1'er Hotel Nice, France

    4 Avenue Des Phoceens, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Nice City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Albert 1st Gardens and Place Massena. Promenade des Anglais and Blue Beach are also within 10 minutes. Opera - Vieille Ville Tram Station is only a 4-minute walk and Massena Tramway Station is 8 minutes.

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      27 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Nice City Centre, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena. Cours Saleya and Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). Massena Tramway Station is 12 minutes by foot and Opera - Vieille Ville Tram Station is 14 minutes.

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        Hotel Busby

        38 Rue Marechal Joffre, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Nice City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena and Blue Beach. Nice Etoile Shopping Center and Cours Saleya are also within 1 mile (2 km). Massena Tramway Station is 9 minutes by foot and Jean Medecin Tramway Station is 9 minutes.

          Novotel Nice Centre Vieux Nice £91
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          8-10 Esplanade du Parvis de l'Europe, Nice, Alpes- Cote d'Azur
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Nice hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Jean Bouin Sport Palace and Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Center. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Nice Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Palais des Expositions Tram Station is only a 4-minute walk and Acropolis Tram Station is 5 minutes.

            Hôtel La Villa Nice Victor Hugo £75
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            Hôtel La Villa Nice Victor Hugo

            19 Bis Boulevard Victor Hugo, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Nice City Centre, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Place Massena, Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Center and Castle Hill. Allianz Riviera and Marineland Antibes are also within 12 mi (20 km). Jean Medecin Tramway Station is 6 minutes by foot and Massena Tramway Station is 6 minutes.

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              2 Rue Maccarani, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Nice City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Promenade des Anglais and Blue Beach. Place Massena and Nice Etoile Shopping Center are also within 10 minutes. Massena Tramway Station is 6 minutes by foot and Jean Medecin Tramway Station is 9 minutes.

                Hôtel Nice Excelsior £78
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                19 Avenue Durante, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Nice City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena. Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Center and Villa Ephrussi are also within 9 mi (15 km). Nice City Station is only a 4-minute walk and Thiers Tramway Station is 5 minutes.