Savour some some crystallised fruit from the chocolaterie-confiserie Maison Auer, whose gorgeous façade and interior (as well as many of its recipes) date back to 1820.
Nice’s Vieille Ville is a warren of colour and atmosphere. Bars, restaurants and shops can be found round every corner of its winding streets, which are labelled in both French and the Niçois dialect.
Running through it is Le Cours Saleya, a bustling open market selling flowers as well as fruit and vegetables - bric-a-brac on Mondays. Also worth visiting is the morning fish market at Place Saint François, offering an extensive range of the very freshest seafood.
Make sure to try the local dish socca: known as farinata over the border in Italy, this is a delicious peppery pancake made from chickpea flour.
Also unmissable is the Italian-style ice cream at Fenocchio Glacier, which is the best in Nice and gets very busy in high season. A great way to cool down - though the streets of the Old Town are surprisingly shady and well-ventilated, keeping some of the Riviera scorch at bay.
The Old Town is buzzing at night, with restaurants and bars competing for custom and some hosting live music. This is the place to tantalise your tastebuds and really get to the heart of Nice’s unique Mediterranean character.
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