Place Massena

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Place Massena

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Nice’s main square offers opportunities for shopping, delightful cafés dotted around the edge and some of the best people-watching in the city.

Place Massena is the main square in Nice. The large plaza lies between the Old and New Towns, and is lined with shops and restaurants. It sits at a crossroads of several main boulevards, including the grand Avenue Jean Médecin. Locals flock here on their way to school and work. Stop for a coffee at one of the cafés dotted around the edge of the square and take in the action. The tramway runs through the center of the plaza, but otherwise it’s pedestrian only.

The old buildings surrounding the square have all been painted red with blue shutters, which are typical of the area. Large stone archways lead to shops and restaurants, including Galeries Lafayette. Shop for perfume and designer clothing at France’s celebrated department store.

A fountain in one corner of the square depicts several stories in Greek mythology, with a 22-foot (7-meter) statue of Apollo at the center. Sit on the edge of the fountain for another prime people-watching spot, or join the tourists having their photos taken in front of the statues.

A modern art installation by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa is most eye-catching at night, when the seven statues are lit up in bright colors. Tall poles along the tramline hold up statues of kneeling men, who represent the seven continents. The fountain and buildings surrounding the plaza are also lit up at night.

Events take place here year round. In December, an annual Christmas Market is held, and the square is filled with tents, a Christmas tree and a Ferris Wheel. Come for the Bastille Day celebrations on July 14, when there’s a military parade and fireworks.

It’s a short stroll from the square to the Promenade des Anglais, and 10 minutes walk or two stops on the tram to the main train station. Wander down any one of the nearby streets for boutique and designer shopping.

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3 out of 5
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Le Meridien Nice
4 out of 5
1 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, 06046
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Albert 1'er Hotel Nice, France
Albert 1'er Hotel Nice, France
3 out of 5
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3 out of 5
23 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, 6000
The price is $127 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
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4 out of 5
1 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, 06046
The price is $334 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 16
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Albert 1'er Hotel Nice, France
3 out of 5
4 avenue Max Gallo, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, 6300
The price is $132 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
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Hotel Le Negresco
Hotel Le Negresco
5 out of 5
37 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, 6000
The price is $443 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
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Westminster Hotel & Spa Nice
Westminster Hotel & Spa Nice
4 out of 5
27 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, 6000
The price is $218 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Hôtel Aston La Scala
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4 out of 5
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The price is $178 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
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4 out of 5
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Hôtel La Villa Nice Victor Hugo
Hôtel La Villa Nice Victor Hugo
3 out of 5
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The price is $152 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
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Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
5 out of 5
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The price is $330 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
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