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

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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 regular... Read More

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 take... Read More

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

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

The family-run shop produces handmade chocolates spiked with such unlikely ingredients as fennel, onion, and lavender, as well as pralines and... Read More

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

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

An extraordinary museum Ricard founded as a "permanent encyclopedia" of wine and spirits. The collection includes 700 related books, 5,000 labels, 8,000... Read More

Pick up ingredients for a picnic lunch - olive breads and pizza with sautéed onions - at this colorful market. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Read More

A sister to a gallery in Geneva, the recently opened art house specializes in modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures by artists such as Arman,... Read More

You'll get a glimpse of Marseilles's ancient Greco-Roman past at this garden, where, during the 1967 construction of the Centre Bourse (the Stock... Read More

Take home a swank pair of handmade Tropezienne sandals as a souvenir. Read More

Yes, you can get your Prada, Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana in St. Tropez, but the town is also a center for Provençal ceramics. The pair of... Read More

The museum devoted to butterflies presents more than 4,500 species, many of them rare or endangered; most have been collected by the artist Dany... Read More

The beachfront bar near the Plage du Prado is where young surfers and their admirers flirt over fruity cocktails. Read More

Navettes are crisp, orange-flavored pastries shaped like boats (commemorating a party of seafaring saints). Le Four des Navettes—the oldest bakery... Read More

You don't have to have a private yacht to enjoy evening cocktails with a view. Sip pastis at this port-side café and watch the jet set float by. Read More

Join the fabulous people for a glass of bubbly or a plate of crepes on Manureva's terrace. Inside, a pale-wood bar gives the feel of the interior of one... Read More

A high-octane dance club in a renovated bunker, Le Trolleybus's roster of musical genres ranges from techno to salsa over three dance floors. ... Read More

At the hottest nightclub in town in the hottest hotel in town—the Byblos—you'll have to dress the part; once you get in, be prepared for the... Read More

Local designer Marianne Cat has created a gallery and boutique in an 18th-century town house. She stocks her own silky, ephemeral dresses and blouses,... Read More

St. Tropez was a magnet for early-20th-century avant-garde artists, among them Matisse, Bonnard, Derain, Dufy, and Seurat, who were invited here by... Read More

The museum, housed in a Genoese villa, is accessible by the No. 22 bus that runs from Pace Masséna. The museum is located in Cimiez, where the... Read More

The museum holds more than 120 of the artist’s works in a 14th-century château. Read More

Take the quaint Petit Train de la Bonne Mère from the Old Port. You'll chug more than 500 feet above the harbor to the towering neo-Byzantine... Read More

Stop by for the colorful and fragrant olive-oils soaps at this market. They make excellent souvenirs. Read More

Study the basic botany behind fragrances, then follow the creation process from picking jasmit to bottling. You'll also tour the International Perfume... Read More

A luxe men's bathing-suit brand founded in nearby St. Tropez, Vilebrequin has been creating well-cut trunks for more than three decades. Its trademark... Read More

Drive to this 20th-century manor for the gardens and bay views. Read More

The St. Tropez branch of Paris's high-wattage nightclub has just been renovated. The walls, covered with image-projecting LED-screens, thrum to the beat... Read More

Get some ice cream and stroll the five-mile Promenade des Anglais, the road fronting the Baie de Anges. Read More

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