Promenade des Anglais
It’s the most obvious choice but a tour around Nice’s coolest streets has to start with the most famous of all, the Promenade des Anglais. It’s long – almost 7km – and runs from the airport on the west to the Quai des États-Unis (United States quay) in the east. It literally means the Walkway of the English. In the late 18th century, the English upper class started coming to Nice in their droves to spend the winter in warmer weather. In 1820, there was a particularly harsh winter bringing lots of homeless and people begging and some of the English proposed that they could be employed to build a walkway along the seafront.
Today it is used by everyone and known simply as “le prom”. In summer months, it’s normal to see anyone and everyone hanging out here; families eating, people relaxing in the distinctive blue chairs, kids eating ice cream and tourists watching the buskers. In the evening, the bars and restaurants take over. It also plays host to a variety of events such as the annual carnival.