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Things to do in Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur.

  • Bar at Hotel Le Yaca

    The hotel's low-key yet elegant bar was once the favorite local watering hole of Errol Flynn (Orson Wells, Rita Hayworth, and Greta Garbo were regu... More
  • Bar at Hotel Pastis

    Its owners used to run a design agency in London, which is apparent the instant you step into the lobby. Bright contemporary prints and photographs... More
  • Chateau d'If

    Never mind the fancy name, the "château" is actually a former prison—the Mediterranean equivalent of Alcatraz. Built in the 16th century, the islan... More
  • Château Pradeaux

  • Chocolatière du Panier

    The family-run shop produces handmade chocolates spiked with such unlikely ingredients as fennel, onion, and lavender, as well as pralines and trad... More
  • Clue de la Cerise

  • Compagnie de Provence

    Established by a pair of local fashion-industry refugees, this cult bath and body-care store elevates the basic Provençal soap to a supremely chic ... More
  • Confiserie Bruno

  • Domaine de la Courtade

  • Domaine du Gros ’Noré

  • Domaine Tempier

  • Domaines Bunan

  • Eres

    One of the most coveted names in French lingerie also does bathing suits, which insiders swear shave 10 pounds off your figure. More
  • Europcar

  • Exposition Universelle des Vins et Spiriteux

    An extraordinary museum Ricard founded as a "permanent encyclopedia" of wine and spirits. The collection includes 700 related books, 5,000 labels, ... More

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