Authentic yet affluent quay-side neighbourhood
Word to the wise: With the exception of several very high-end restaurants, the port is still a great place to come for an excellent local meal at fairly reasonable prices.
Less flashy than its rival ports in Monaco and Cannes but still with its fair share of bling, the Port of Nice manages to retain its easy-going local roots whilst catering to the uber-rich yacht owners who dock here. Ancient, well-loved brasseries sit aside Michelin starred haute-cuisine establishments and despite the regular influx of maritime day trippers, the area feels distinctly less touristy than Vieux Nice and the Promenade, despite being a short stroll from both.
Walking from the Promenade des Anglais, you'll pass the Quai Rauba Capeu (which translates from Niçois as 'where the wind steals your hat', so you may want to dispense of all headgear) and the war memorial honouring victims of both World Wars. But the biggest attraction here is the atmosphere - hold onto your hat and breathe it all in.