Whether you’re looking for somewhere to spend a summer afternoon or catch a romantic sunset, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our guide to the best and brightest spots to truly appreciate the heady heights of the French Riviera. Sit back, admire the view and let the good times flow.
This iconic establishment is no.1 on the Promenade des Anglais and unmissable in every sense of the word. Soaring above the Niçois skyline, it commands dazzling, widescreen views from the 10th floor. Once you’ve picked your jaw up from the floor, select something refreshing from the drinks menu, the Pear Cardamom fizzy cocktail comes highly recommended. Then sit back and enjoy some extraordinary views of the city. The ‘Lounge Corner’ is open from 10am to 5pm, but reservations are strongly recommended in summer as seating is limited. Although the prices are unforgiving, the delicious drinks menu helps takes the sting out of the bill.
Le Meridien, 1 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France, +33 04 97 03 44 44
Hôtel Aston La Scala
Slap bang in the heart of Nice, this four-star hotel boasts both a rooftop and a terrace bar. The former, L’Aqua bar (open June to September) offers poolside cocktails and warm-weather lounging (palm tree shade optional). If the weather gods are unkind then fear not, the Le 7 Blue Bar is a swanky terrace bar open all year with equally incredible views over baroque Vieux Nice. The dim lighting, coupled with breathtaking views of the illuminated waterfall and Colline du Château make for a very romantic evening. Why not leave yourself in the capable hands of the bar staff and their wide-ranging wine and cocktail menu? Arrive in time for sunset on the balcony.
Hôtel Aston La Scala, 12 Avenue Felix Faure, Nice, France, +33 04 92 17 53 00
Soak up the glamor of a sultry evening in the South of France on the rooftop of the Boscolo Hotel. The dress code might be smart-casual, but the vibe is chilled. La Terrasse du Plaza offers breathtaking panoramic views of Nice and an especially gorgeous vista over the Bay of Angels. This place is strongly recommended for a relaxed pre-dinner apéritif; there are some delicious tapas platters to sample, so where better to grab a cool drink while the sun sets? Snag a seat at the edge for some seriously mouthwatering Mediterranean views.
Boscolo Hotel, B4 Park Nice, 12 Avenue de Verdun, Nice, France, +33 04 93 16 75 92
After a long hard day of sunbathing on Castel Beach, saunter across the road to what must be the best-located bar in all of Nice. At the foot of the Castle Hill, just next to the Old Town, Movida is a much welcome oasis from the bustling Promenade des Anglais below. This is a beautifully renovated bar built into the seafront terraces which replaced the old city fortifications destroyed in 1706. The under-lit vaulted ceilings and exposed brickwork is very atmospheric. There is a palpable Spanish vibe to the self-proclaimed ‘bodega tapas bar’ and the live salsa dance parties ensure the place is buzzing every weekend. Here you can gaze out to sea from one of the two small balconies and continue the tanning with the cocktail du jour in hand. Ideal any time of day, this is a bar that does not disappoint.
Movida, 41 Quai des Etats-Unis, Nice, France, +33 04 93 80 48 04
For anyone seeking respite from the crowded Flower Market on Cours Saleya, Le Hussard is ideal. French countryside meets contemporary decor in this posh rooftop bar-restaurant. A marble and glass interior is beautifully offset by the intricate iron-wrought balconies and doors on the relaxed drinking and dining patio. There’s a fantastic view of the northern facade of the Nice Opera House in all its eclectic glory, and the live DJ ensures ambient chill music all evening.
Le Hussard, 1-3 rue Sainte François de Paule, Nice, France, +33 04 93 81 93 81
Le Radisson Blu
This hotel rooftop has plenty to offer: thanks to its location halfway down the promenade, the view from La Terrasse is beyond comparison. This is a must-visit if you are here for the July 14, Bastille Day celebrations or one of the many firework shows on the beach. The rooftop is sizeable to say the least, with 700 square meters of lounge, pool and dining area. The attentive and professional service will leave you feeling pampered and relaxed. This is an especially impressive locale for catching sunsets over the bay, where the glittering lights of the promenade meet the sea.
Le Radisson Blu, 223 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France,+33 04 97 17 71 77