Nice has many special Sunday-only events, some weekly, some monthly…
Free Sunday Afternoon Concerts: 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 held at the church on the Port or else Notre Dame, but come springtime the concerts go open-air in the gazebo across from the seaside at the end of the Promenade du Paillon.
First Sundays are FREE at:
The Chagall Museum on Cimiez
The Picasso Museum in Antibes
and the Jean Cocteau Museum in Menton.
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 museums in Nice are open on Sundays as well, including the Museum of Asiatic Art (located in the Parc Phoenix complex) which the only museum in Nice that is always free.
Sunday Masses: Experience an authentic Catholic Mass in one of Nice’s incredible baroque churches.
Sunday Shopping without the crowds: Downtown is usually kind of a ghost town on Sundays, but now all the retail giants Galeries Lafayette, H&M, and Nice Etoile Shopping Center are open 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 the best day to shop without the crowds…
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 9€, 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.
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).
Beach Bars: In the winter most beach bars and restaurants are closed, but a few open up only on the weekends. Sunday is the perfect moment to head to the sea to sip a glass of rosé, soak in the winter sun, and listen to the sound of the waves. Not to mention the super jealousy-inducing selfie photo-op.
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
Don’t miss the Brocante at Cours Saleya, a giant open-air weekly antique market that goes on all day.
Photo credits: Opera by Best of Nice Blog, Orchestra d’Harmonie courtesy Ville de Nice.
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