After a walk along the sun soaked Promenade des Anglais, a journey through the narrow streets of Old Nice (or Vieux Nice) is filled with authentic culture and produce. The main square, Cours Saleya, is alive with local crowds and brightly coloured stands. Saleya is home to a flower, produce and fish market (Tuesday-Sunday), as well as a flea market that happens every Monday. At the nearby Palais de Justice, the book market happens on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. An arts market happens on the second Saturday, and a market that sells vintage postcards happens on the last Saturday of each month.
Cafes and Restaurants
The ambience alone is enough reason to visit Old Nice. Wandering through the narrow, pedestrian-only streets you will find a lively collections of cafes, shops and restaurants. The popular Multari Bakery sells delicious fresh pastries and offers sitting room outside to people watch. Visitors can combine Old Nice with a visit to Parc du Château which is in the eastern side of the old town.
The old city is packed with impressive architecture in the way of churches – there are nine of them in Old Nice. Cathedral Sainte-Réparate is the oldest church, built in the 1200’s. If Baroque is of interest, the Eglise du Gesu will be right up your alley. The famous Saint Suaire Chapel is on the edge of Course Saleya and is said to have had a cloth which has an imprint of the Christian baby Jesus (Shroud of Turin) before the cloth was moved to Turin, France.