Place Masséna and the New Town
An expanse of shops, restaurants and wide open spaces
Noteworthy for: Up until a few years ago, pedestrians had to dodge traffic in Place Masséna. Just a tram runs through the New Town now, making for drama-free strolling.
In stark contrast to the narrow, compressed streets of Vieux Nice, the New Town offers surprisingly open spaces and roomy pedestrianised boulevards in which to meander or shop 'til you drop. Place Masséna is the suitably Mediterranean main square of the city which acts as a crossroads between the main shopping street of Boulevard Jean Médecin and the equally popular Avenue Félix Faure, which leads through the beautiful Jardins Albert 1er down to the Promenade des Anglais.
Peruse the hip boutiques of Rue de Maréchal Joffre or pause for a café au lait in any of the cafés dotted around Rue de la Buffa or Rue de France. If you exhaust the countless shopping options and are craving a slice of culture, make your way over to the MAMAC for some contemporary art or delve deep into the past at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle.