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If you’re looking for inspiration on which sea view and rooftop bars to visit in Nice for incredible views, you’ve come to the right place.
Nice is one of the largest cities in the French Riviera and so offers endless options for activities, dining and sea views. Nice, though, is unlike many other major cities. You won’t find skyscrapers or a crazy, dramatic skyline.
What you will definitely find are the stunning beaches with access to the Mediterranean Sea and a local culture where socializing and a good drink (*ahem* wine) are much appreciated.
Here are my recommendations for the best sea view and rooftop bars in Nice:
- La Terrasse du Plaza
- Le Méridien
- Radisson Blu
- Waka Bar
- Le Plongeoir
- Cocoon Beach
- Plage Beau Rivage
Best Rooftop Bars in Nice
Despite Nice’s stunning landscape, this French Riviera city has yet to take advantage of the rooftop bar scene. Nonetheless, there are definitely a few rooftop bars in Nice that offers patrons a beautiful view while they wine and dine. It’s the perfect environment to enjoy a drink while watching airplanes take off and land, and to be surrounded by the sea and mountains.
For the best sea view bars in Nice, you can’t really do much better than the Promenade des Anglais. Le Méridien Nice hotel sits on this famous promenade in one of the most coveted locations on the seafront. This means you’ll be treated with uninterrupted sea views of the Mediterranean.
The rooftop terrace can be found on the 10th floor of the hotel, giving you an aerialesque view of the sea. Especially busy in the summer, Le Méridien’s Lounge Corner is a great place to grab a creative concoction of drinks, and to allow the sea and breeze take your worries away.
It’s best if you make a reservation beforehand. Seating is limited, and the terrace fills up fast during the summer.
La Terrasse du Plaza
La Terrasse du Plaza truly offers one of the best panoramic views of Nice. You have the Mediterranean Sea, the Old Town, and the hills and mountains of northern Nice completely surrounding you.
Found on the rooftop of the Hotel Plaza, this rooftop bar is just steps from Place Massena and the pedestrian zone on Rue de France. In the summer, La Terrasse du Plaza gets crazy busy because of all the parties they host on their rooftop.
Keep up with them on their Facebook page to know what events they’ve got coming up.
Address: 12 Avenue de Verdun, 06000 Nice
The Radisson Blu Hotel is located on the west side of Nice, about a 20 minute bus ride from Place Massena in the city center. Like Le Méridien, Radisson Blu sits on the Promenade des Anglais which means there are no buildings standing between you and the sea.
The rooftop of Radisson Blu has a pool, bar and restaurant. You will find high tables and chairs, and lounge seating in the bar area. The restaurant, located on the other end of the rooftop, has indoor and outdoor seating. Outdoor seating is available with couches, making for a relaxed setting to eat and enjoy yourself.
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Beach clubs in Nice
When it comes to finding some of the best sea views in Nice, you can’t really get much better than the multitude of beach clubs which dot along the coastline. Spanning the coast from the airport to the Old Town, most of the beach clubs are open only in the summer, and offer you the chance to rent a sunbed, and enjoy meals and drinks. A few days of the week, some of Nice’s beach clubs turn up the music for people to dance and enjoy themselves well after the sun has set.
Cocoon Beach Club
Cocoon Beach opened its doors just in time for the summer season in 2018, making it one of the newest additions to the Nice beach club scene. It is the only beach club that has managed to place a small private pool on the stoned beach. The ambiance oozes class. The furniture is all white: lounge sofas, dinner tables, sun beds and beach cabanas. The white is paired nicely with their (very instagrammable) chairs.
You’ll find both a bar and restaurant here. If you’re not in the mood for a big meal, just ask for the tapas menu. Cocoon Beach is only open during summer, and summer nights at this beach club shouldn’t be missed.
Plage Beau Rivage
Plage Beau Rivage sits on the beach located in front of Old Town. Don’t get it confused with the Beau Rivage Hotel located in Old Town.
Unlike most beach clubs in the Riviera, Plage Beau Rivage is open all year round. While offering a restaurant and lounge on the beach (could you ask for a better sea view?) during the off-season, many locals come to this beach club to enjoy Beau Rivage’s after work events filled with socializing and dancing. In the summer, the sun beds come out and the good vibes keep going.
Keep up with this sea view bar’s Facebook page to see upcoming events.
Address: 107 Quai des États-Unis, 06300 Nice
Okay so the public beach is not a beach club, but it definitely is the locals’ favorite sea view bar in Nice. Day or night, no matter the season, the public beach is open to everyone. I encourage you to have an impromptu picnic on the beach with food, drinks and your favorite form of entertainment.
Seafront bars in Nice
During the summer, the numerous beach clubs found on Nice’s pebbled beaches are open both day and night. Seaside bars though, unlike Nice’s beach clubs, are open all year round.
Since there aren’t many tall buildings in Nice, most of the best sea view bars can be found along both the Promenade des Anglais, where only palm trees and the city’s main road stand between you and the sea, and the port, where you could admire the yachts.
Le Plongeoir in Nice offers views unlike any of the bars I’ve mentioned in this article. This restaurant and bar is tucked away from the usual hot spots like Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais. In fact, you’ll have to venture out east past Nice’s port.
To come to Le Plongeoir is to come for a different view of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a view not set against Old Town, but one with seclusion and a glimpse of a few cliff side homes. Few people come to this side of Nice, which makes for a good escape from the summer crowds.
Le Plongeoir is the most expensive bar and restaurant on this list, but then again, its view is unmatched.
This tapas bar and restaurant is one of my favorite local spots. If you are looking for a gorgeous sea view, good music, French-inspired tasty tapas, and a collection of wine and cocktails then you should visit Movida.
Although Movida is open all day, the best time to visit for the view is during sunset. Movida is a highly sought out bar for sunsets so I really recommend you get there early to grab a seat on the upstairs terrace. When day turns into night, the music becomes more hype so as to liven the mood for both socializing and dancing. You can expect to hear pop, hip hop, electro, and reggaeton.
You will find Movida at the very eastern end of the Promenade des Anglais, near the entrance of the Parc de la Colline du Château.
Waka Bar is an Australian bar which has captured the hearts of some locals. Situated near Movida, Waka Bar sits on the Promenade des Anglais where the Old Nice meets the Mediterranean Sea.
During the day, Waka Bar is a great place to grab a few drinks and a bite to eat while enjoying the sun kiss your skin. But at night? This laid back bar instantly transforms to a party! They play all the current and classics in hip hop, reggae, reggaeton, and pop. It’s so good that you’ll find many locals here drinking the reasonably-priced cocktails (in Nice, this is important!) and dancing the night away.
Address: 57 Quai des États-Unis, 06300 Nice