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The Port is an up-and-coming area of Nice that offers an interesting blend of down-to-earth, local French atmosphere as well as the modern luxury of yachts, quality restaurants and renovated buildings which line the harbour front.

The Port extends from Place Garibaldi right up to the prehistoric Terra Amata museum at the foot of Mont Boron. It is an area that has refused to lose its Niçois roots despite the successful recent renovation of the harbour front. Apartments for sale on the Port of Nice have superb views over the Port itself, the harboured yachts and the Mediterranean Sea. The views mean apartments for sale on the Port tend to command top prices, only slightly lower than the Promenade des Anglais.

Yacht owners who dock their boats in the Port of Nice, often choose to stay in this area too. This is reflected in the influx of top quality local entertainment facilities including fine dining restaurants and exclusive bars. The historic Yacht Club de Nice, founded in 1883 is located just to the east of the Port front, on Boulevard Franck Pilatte. Boulevard Franck Pilatte is one of the Port’s most exclusive areas and property prices are high because of the spectacular sea views which its apartments offer. The Port front boasts some luxury apartment buildings which offer residents Port and sea views, often accompanied with modern amenities such as elevators and air conditioning.

The Port is just a short stroll from the Old Town, but there is a far greater chance of finding apartments here with large, sunny French windows and even some outside space, making this area a good alternative to the Vieux Nice. The Port shares some of the authentic charm that attracts so many visitors to the Old Town. The history of the Port is visible from the Genoese architecture illustrated by the arches on some of the buildings on the Port front, but also a visit to the Terra Amata museum provides a fascinating insight into the city’s prehistoric past.

The Quai Rauba Capeu, at the foot of the Colline du Chateau, translates from the Niçois dialect as ‘where the wind steals your hat’ and despite the sometimes bracing wind, the views out to the endless Mediterranean Sea are breath-taking. The Quai Rauba Capeu divides the Port area from the Promenade. On the East side of the chateau, facing the Port, lies the imposing war memorial, honouring the dead from World War One and World War Two.

Other popular areas around the Port include Place Garibaldi and Rue Catherine Ségurane.

The area around Rue Catherine Ségurane is also known as the quartier des antiquaires due do the large concentration of antique shops in this area. There is even a regular antiques market during the week at the Village Ségurane, the perfect place to uncover some hidden gems. It is also just a stone’s throw away from the shops and cafés of Place Garibaldi, Rue Cassini and Rue Bonaparte.

Place Garibaldi, named after the famous Italian revolutionary, has recently undergone extensive renovations and is now a beautiful spot to enjoy an early evening aperitif on one of its sprawling outdoor terraces. Renovated buildings have been brought up to date, yet retain their original Niçois charm. The area has been regenerated by the square’s facelift and recent seasons have seen an influx of stylish wine bars and chic, street side cafés making this area highly desirable for property buyers and short and long term renters.

Investment potential of apartments for sale in the Port is high with a combination of capital appreciation and increasing popularity as a location for holiday and short term rentals.

Please see here for apartments for sale in Nice’s Port area

Nice Port Restaurants

Déli Bo

On fashionable Rue Bonaparte, Déli Bo is a busy lunchtime café and tea room. A changing daily menu is available for lunch, including soups, salads, quiches and a few hot dishes of the day. Save room for dessert as Déli Bo displays a tempting selection of cakes and pastries including delectable chocolate éclairs and dreamy chocolate tarts.
5 Rue Bonaparte +334 93 56 33 04

Rosalina Bar

One of the new bar-become-restaurants to spring up in the Port following its rejuvenation. Great for a few deliciously fresh cocktails with friends and a shared charcuterie plate, or book for dinner and choose from the menu of main meals and desserts which often have a slight Italian accent.
16 Rue Lascaris +334 93 89 34 96

Chez Pipo

Chez Pipo is a Niçois institution. Founded in 1923 by ‘Pipo’ as a place for the locals to enjoy freshly baked socca with friends, it soon became one of Nice’s worst kept secrets and visitors travelled from all corners of the city and further afield for the ultimate in Niçois snacking. The tradition is still going strong almost 100 years later. Turn up early on summer evenings to avoid a long wait. Chez Pipo is almost too popular for its own good
13 Rue Bavastro +334 93 55 88 82

Le Local

Rustic, Italian run restaurant which keeps it simple and lets the ingredients shine. The menu changes regularly but never disappoints. The mouth-watering cheese and charcuterie plates make excellent starters for a group to share.
4 Rue Rusca +334 93 14 08 29

Nice Port Bars and Cafés

The port manolans

Ma Nolan’s

One of Nice’s most popular pubs, Ma Nolan’s attracts largely an expat crowd, though it also now enjoys a large local following. Punters flock here to watch sports but also take part in the weekly pub quizzes. There is also a second branch in Nice Old Town.
5 Quai des Deux Emmanuel +334 92 27 07 88

Le Comptoir Électrique

This is one of the city’s newer bars on Rue Bonaparte just off Place Garibaldi. The Comptoir Électrique boasts an enticing drinks menu including a range of cocktails, beers and wines. Admire the quirky décor and even grab a bite to eat.
10 Rue Bonaparte +334 93 14 09 62

Gossip Bar

A lively nightspot that IS packed on weekend evenings. Gossip bar often host special events, such as Halloween parties and go back in time for the 80’s and 90’s nights. Go for an aperitif, but be warned, you may not want to leave!
7 Rue Bonaparte +334 83 45 72 15

Nice Life

A unique spot in Nice and a real find. Located off the beaten track for many visitors to Nice, the Nice Life Concept, offers clients a peaceful place to relax with a book or chat with friends. The food and drink are guilt-free, vegetarian and often organic.
15 Boulevard Lech Walesa

Shops and what to visit in Nice Port

La Promenade des 100 Antiquaires

Situated in between the foot of the Chateau hill and the Port lies the Promenade des 100 Antiquaires. Antique amateurs will be in their element as they browse around the third largest grouping of antique shops in France. For more information on the individual shops visit www.nice-antic.com

TNL Centre

The TNL centre is a small shopping centre with a range of chain stores including Claire’s,….. The TNL centre also houses Nice’s largest central supermarket Carrefour.

Musée d’Archéologie de Nice (Terra Amata)

Prehistoric museum where visitors can explore the origins of the city of Nice and its very first inhabitants. The museum is suitable for all ages, with special attention paid to helping younger visitors understand the exhibitions through games and questionnaires. Open Wednesday to Sunday 10h – 18h.
25 Boulevard Carnot +334 93 55 59 93

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