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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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B4 Plaza Nice

B4 Plaza Nice

12 Avenue de Verdun, Nice
3.5
of 5, from 418 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

B4 Plaza Nice faces the Mediterranean and the beach from a prominent spot between Place Massena and Promenade des Anglais. Shopping and dining in the Old Town are minutes away on foot, and there are masterpieces to admire at the Matisse Museum, 1.2 miles (2 km) away in Cimiez.

£131
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée

13-15 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice
4.6
of 5, from 542 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This storied Nice hotel on the waterfront promenade sits among numerous local attractions: the Verdure and Nice theatres, Nice Opera, Place Masséna, Cours Seleya flower market, and Albert 1st Gardens, and Niece Etoile Shopping Center.

£95
Hôtel Suisse

Hôtel Suisse

15 Quai Rauba Capeu, Nice
4.4
of 5, from 146 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this boutique hotel is steps from Castle Hill and Castle Park. Cours Saleya and Nice Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.

£82
Best Western Plus Hotel Massena Nice

Best Western Plus Hotel Massena Nice

58 Rue Gioffredo, Nice
3.9
of 5, from 310 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Celebrated for its Belle Epoque facade, Hotel Massena is 2 blocks from Place Massena, the city's main square, and a 10-minute walk from the sandy beaches of the French Riviera. The closest tram station is 2 blocks from the hotel.

£77
Mercure Nice Promenade Des Anglais

Mercure Nice Promenade Des Anglais

2 Rue Halevy, Nice
4.0
of 5, from 324 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Nice City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casino Ruhl and Place Massena. Nice Etoile Shopping Center and Cours Saleya are also within 15 minutes.

£55
Hôtel La Villa Nice Victor Hugo

Hôtel La Villa Nice Victor Hugo

19 Bis Boulevard Victor Hugo, Nice
4.3
of 5, from 124 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centre Ville-Gare, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Clinique Saint Antoine and Nice Etoile Shopping Center. Place Massena and Cours Saleya are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£146
Hotel Le Negresco

Hotel Le Negresco

37 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice
4.3
of 5, from 389 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Built in 1912, the hotel overlooks Nice's Promenade des Anglais and is one of the world's few remaining privately owned palaces; Musée Masséna is next door.

£70
Hôtel Nice Excelsior

Hôtel Nice Excelsior

19 Avenue Durante, Nice
4.3
of 5, from 196 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centre Ville-Gare, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Clinique Saint Antoine and Nice Etoile Shopping Center. Marc Chagall National Museum and Place Massena are also within 1 mi (2 km).