ISN's Top Tips For Nice

Jennifer Wallace
Tourists walking down a narrow street in the old town of Nice
In July 2021 the United Nation’s cultural organisation (UNESCO) announced it was adding the French Mediterranean city of Nice to its world heritage list. The UN cultural body awards world heritage status to sites judged to be of special universal value to humanity.
 
Nice’s Mayor, Christian Estrosi, said in reaction to the announcement: "The history of Nice, which is at the same time deeply rooted and open, Mediterranean and Alpine, European and cosmopolitan, has produced an architecture and a landscape that are unique, a model for many other cities in the world."
 
ISN Nice is proud to be located in a city with such a rich cultural heritage, and to celebrate its new status, we asked our teachers and staff for their top tips for exploring the city. Whether you live here or are just visiting, we hope you enjoy the following!
 
Museums
 
History teacher Rachel Jagger loves the Musée Massena, and Art teacher Nalinka Kalder recommends the Yves Klein collection in the MAMAC Nice, especially for the 360 degree views from the roof. Economics teacher Maria Fava suggests a visit to the Château de Cremat.
 
Green Spaces and Walks
A view of the rooftops of Nice
 
High School Principal Astrid Le Gal and Finance assistant Stephanie Roberts both recommend the Coulée Verte for family walks, and CAS coordinator Marion Tissier the Carol de Roumanie Park. History teacher Rachel Jagger has spotted dolphins walking from Nice to Villefranche, and IB coordinator Dominique Dubois has spotted Corsica early in the morning from Rauba Capeu! Science coordinator Karen Singer suggests climbing to the top of the Colline de Château, and Theatre teacher Marianne Stewart loves the ancient olive trees in the Parc d’Estienne d’Orves.
 
Restaurants
 
Languages coordinator Caroline Pieri says the best pan bagnat (a Nice tradition) can be found at ‘La Socca’, and the best ice cream at ‘Azzuro’. Academic coordinator Emily Morgan has a favourite tip for another Nice tradition - Socca ( a type of bread made from chickpea flour) - at ‘Chez Theresa’. Music teacher Penny Gilli recommends ‘La Pacha Mama’ for apero and ‘L’Annexe Restaurant’ for dinner. School counsellor Feli Drughieri-Lamm says the best Argentinian food is at ‘Mi Casa’, and CAS coordinator Marion Tissier likes the blend of Japanese cuisine with local Niçoise ingredients at ‘Keisuke Matsushima’. Economics teacher Maria Fava says a stroll around the Libération neighbourhood will not disappoint, with great Ethiopian food at ‘La Table de Mamane’ and Lebanese cuisine at ‘Au Petit Libanais’. Spanish teacher Elizabeth Hernandez recommends ‘The Country Store’ for coffee and cakes and ‘Cafe Paulette’ for dinner.
 
Finally two hidden beach gems from our University counsellor Dione Smith: Coco Beach and Plage des Bains Militaires.
View of diving platforms from sea level