Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur

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

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, Tolla, and Sportes.

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 level. The soap bars, foams, and shower gels are stylishly packaged in simple beige cubes or crystal-clear bottles.

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.

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

The family-run shop produces handmade chocolates spiked with such unlikely ingredients as fennel, onion, and lavender, as well as pralines and traditional barres marseillaises (fruit-studded dark chocolate).

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

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 cathedral, where a 30-foot Madonna overlooks the city. Needless to say, the views are fantastic.