Wouldn’t It Be Nice: A Travel Guide Through This French Gem

Graphic designer Sarah Mantelin takes on a day tour of her childhood home of Nice…which happens to be the location of our newest Free People store, too… 

I’m Sarah, a graphic designer now based in London. I grew up in Nice, a beautiful coastal town located on the famous French Riviera, rich with a vibrant atmosphere and charming colourful streets which make it a perfect and relaxing weekend getaway. It’s no wonder that so many influential artists (such as Henri Matisse) came to Nice in search of inspiration.

From the buzzing streets of the Old Town to the low-key Promenade des Anglais, here are a few of my favourite places to make the most of your visit.


Wearing the Just Float On Flare Jeans and Roma Blouse.

Place Massena

Behind me is the “Sun Fountain,” which is located on Place Masséna, in the very heart of Nice. With its captivating architecture and red ochre buildings surrounding the square, it’s the perfect place to start you visit. This busy area is packed with shops and restaurants.

Brunch at Marinette Kitchen

Located in the Old Town of Nice, Marinette is one of the best places to have brunch. They serve delicious breakfasts — try the berry pancakes! If you’re in Nice for several days, make sure to also try Paper Plane (vegetarian restaurant with a beautiful interior) and La Popote d’Ondine (another good address for breakfast)!

Old Town (Vieux-Nice)/ Cours Saleya

The Old Town is my favourite part of Nice. Its colourful houses and narrow streets make this area is a must-see. Head over to the Cours Saleya and walk through the flower and vegetable market. Sit on the terrasse of a local café, order an espresso and enjoy the atmosphere.

Wearing the Let’s Be Friends Midi.

Castle Hill

Not far away from the Old Town is the Castle Hill. Take the steps or elevator to the top to take in the city’s panoramic views. Don’t expect to see a castle: it was destroyed in 1706. Nowadays, it’s simply a scenic lookout, and definitely worth the climb!

La Casa di Nonna

If you’re looking for a friendly and delicious place to have lunch (or early dinner), head over to La Casa di Nonna on Rue de la Liberté. The atmosphere is great, and they have a wide variety of healthy dishes as well as pastas. Vegan options are also available.

Promenade des Anglais

Walk along the famous Promenade des Anglais, and make your way to the beach. It will always be my happy place. I find the view of the shining Mediterranean sea so relaxing.

And now, you can shop Free People at Cap 3000 in Nice: Shop 152, Level 1a!


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It would be nice indeed! I read all about Nice while learning French back in high school. Would love to visit it for real one day! ❤️✨

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