Nice has many special Sunday-only events, some weekly, some monthly…
Free Sunday Afternoon Symphony Concert: Every Sunday at 3:30pm the city of Nice sponsors a free concert with the Orchestre d’Harmonie de Nice. During the winter, they’re usually at the church on the Port but sometimes at the Eglise Notre Dame, but come springtime they’re open-air across from the seaside, at the musical kiosk in the Jardin Albert I, at the end of the Promenade du Paillon.
Matinees Musicales at the Opera: One Sunday a month the evening gowns and bow ties are replaced by happy families introducing their children to the joys of a symphony orchestra at a bargain price. Children from 7-18 are free, little children from 4-7 are 5€, and adults are only 7€, so take advantage of this bargain opportunity to experience the Nice Philharmonic en famille, and in the magical setting of the Nice Opera House. The concert starts at 11am, but it’s open seating so you’ll want to get there early (10ish) to get a good spot or even stake out one of the private loges. The best idea is to drop by the day before to get your tickets so you won’t be stuck in the ticket line while the others are racing for the best seats.
First Sundays are FREE at:
And even if it’s not a first Sunday, the Chagall Museum offers discounted admission (7€ instead of 9€) on all the other Sundays.
All the other museums in Nice are open on Sundays as well, including the Museum of Asiatic Art in the Parc Phoenix complex which is free everyday.
Sunday Shopping: Downtown is usually kind of a ghost town on Sundays, but during certain months of the year (December/January, first half of February, and July/August) the retail giants Galeries Lafayette, FNAC, and Nice Etoile Shopping Center throw open their doors for Sunday shopping. Until recently, Sunday closing was mandated by law, so consequently the French are accustomed to staying home on this day, which makes Sunday a great time to shop without the crowds.
Cours Saleya Market is at its best on Sundays, with the vendors out in full force, complimented by the weekend artists and street musicians. It’s the perfect day to experience the market, pick up a little something for lunch, and then picnic on the beach or at the top of the Chateau (free elevator across from the beach for those disinclined to climb the stairs).
…And a quick word on Mondays: Don’t miss the Brocante at Cours Saleya, a giant open-air weekly antique market that goes on all day.
Where to Eat: Most restaurants are closed on Sundays and Mondays, making it difficult to find a good place to eat. Here’s a list of recommended spots where you can be assured of a good meal: Where to Eat on Sunday and Monday in Nice
Nightlife: Most live music venues are closed, but there are still a few spots where you can hear live jazz on Sunday and Monday nights, like Cafe du Palais and Shapko in Old Nice and B-Spot behind Nice Etoile. Click here for more info on which Jazz spots in Nice have live music (and no cover charge) on Sundays and Mondays.
Photo credits: Opera by Best of Nice Blog, Orchestra d’Harmonie courtesy Ville de Nice.
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