The atmosphere at the Port of Nice is very similar to a village within the city. Although close to the buzzing day and nightlife of the City Centre and the Old Town, the Port offers a slightly more relaxing feel to it with its’ numerous coffee shops, bars and restaurants. Just off the recently renovated main square with its’ many outdoor terraces, Place Garibaldi, the Rue Bonaparte has become the hip place to meet with friends and socialize. Walking further down towards the port, there are a number of great restaurants such as the Socca d’Or, renowned for its’ traditional, Niçois chickpea pancake, to the recently awarded Michelin star restaurant Jan, serving a fusion of French cuisine and South-African heritage.
At the port’s harbour are boats ranging from super yachts to the typical means of transport of the local fishermen known as “pointu”. The buildings around the port have mostly been renovated and many boast beautiful views, good for people and boat watching. More great socializing places such as the popular Irish pub, Ma Nolan’s, can be found on the port, where a glass of wine in the sun looking onto the boats has never been easier. Also, the Naples-run restaurant, Les Amoureux, famous for making the best pizzas in the region, is nestled away just behind the port.
In 2019, a second tramline was implemented connecting the Port at the East of Nice to the Airport at the West of Nice, increasing its’ popularity even more. With this in mind and the general appeal of the port area, property prices will continue to rise over the coming years, an interesting factor for potential investors considering doing short term rentals.
Prices vary quite dramatically from 4,500€ up to 9,000€ per square metre (2021).