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The beautiful and tropical city of Nice in the French Cote d’Azur has become a popular gay holiday destination in recent years. The city organizes many LGBT events and you can find tons of gay bars and parties all over town.
As a lesbian traveler, it’s often difficult to find interesting places to visit in gay-oriented towns. So we spent 3 days in Nice France and tried to gather as much information as possible for lesbian travelers.
Disclaimer: The Tourism Office of Nice invited us to explore their city in search of LGBT culture in Nice. We’re very thankful for this opportunity! In this article, we gather the information we found for lesbian travelers. All opinions are our own and we only list the places we believe are useful and interesting for our readers.
3 days in Nice France
Nice is one of the most budget-friendly cities in the French Cote d’Azur. Located in between upscale destinations like Monaco and Cannes, Nice is a great option if you’d like to spend a little less money.
The city has a beautiful setting on the Mediterranean Sea. Palm trees greet you as soon as you get out of the airplane. The area has a mild climate all year round so it’s a perfect destination to escape the cold during winter months or to soak up some sunshine during the summertime.
If you don’t have much time, 3 days in Nice might be enough to get a feeling of the city. We, on the other hand, could easily spend a few weeks (or months) in this lovely place.
Don’t forget to add a few extra days in order to plan some day trips in the area.
Things to do in Nice
Nice is a very beautiful city to visit any time of the year. The area has good weather year round and even in winter, temperatures are mild. We especially loved the promenade by the water and the Old Town, but there are also loads of cultural and artsy places to visit.
We listed a few places in this article. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see all of the places in a map.
The Old Town of Nice
In the Old Town, you’ll find dozens of narrow and winding streets, filled with cozy bars and restaurants. These are the type of little streets you want to get lost in.
You’ll typically need an hour or 2 to wander these streets, but don’t be surprised if you end up spending much more time wandering the Old Town.
Promenade Du Paillon and the City Park
The Promenade Du Paillon is a beautiful area inside the city park. We loved it a lot, because of the field of fountains. It’s an amazing location to sit for a while and watch the city life unfold.
This place is also great for photography!
Promenade des Anglais
Take a walk by the water to watch the sailboats or just sit and relax. The Promenade des Anglais is a busy and lively place where locals and tourists come to enjoy the views.
Castle Hill Nice offers some of the best views over the city, the sea, and the surrounding area. You can either walk up with the stairs or make use of the free elevator to take you to the top of the hill.
On the top, you can look out over the city, relax in the park, or visit the beautiful ‘cascadas’ or waterfall.
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts in Nice has different expositions every few months. It’s a highlight for art lovers. The MAMAC isn’t the only location in Nice where you can admire art and you’ll encounter many art galleries as you walk through the city.
Each year, Nice is the location for different art festivals.
When we were visiting, the Ovni Film Festival was taking place. This event was quite special and we saw a few interesting independent film productions.
Make sure to visit at least one of the local markets in town. Each morning, the Farmers Market at the Cours Saleya is bulking with fresh produce from the area. At this market, delightful aromatic scents and the smell of flowers welcome you. Local vendors sell fresh ingredients like fruits, vegetables, cheese, and healthy snacks. The morning market is an awesome pass time where you can get high-quality products.
Cours Saleya is located in the Old Town and very close to the waterside boulevard. You can check the exact location on the map below.
On Monday, there’s an antique market instead of a farmers market.
Day trips from Nice France
Nice has a perfect location to organize a few memorable day trips. You can get from Nice to Monaco or Cannes by train within 30 minutes.
The surrounding area is also perfect for hiking. During the winter months, you can even go skiing in the mountains.
Gay and lesbian Nice
Let’s dive into the LGBT scene of Nice!
The city of Nice has become a very gay-friendly city over the last decade. We noticed many gay couples wandering the beach, the promenade and the cozy winding streets of the Old Town of Nice. Gay travel bloggers already listed the many gay bars and cruising spots for men in the past.
Many hotels and restaurants in Nice carry the label of ‘Irisée Naturellementé’ which is a certification that establishments can earn once they complete a training.
Our biggest question was: is the city of Nice also a hotspot for lesbians? Here’s what we found!
Nice for lesbian travelers
Nice doesn’t really cater to lesbian women in terms of bars and parties. There are some parties every once in a while, but they’re quite difficult to find.
You can check the LGBT Facebook page of Cote d’Azur and the Caram’Elles Facebook page. We’ll discuss the lesbian organization Caram’Elles below.
Best LGBT friendly hotels
The Windsor Hotel is an authentic and artsy hotel in the city center. Some of the rooms are decorated by artists and the hotel has a lot of charm. It is one of the hotels which is recognized as LGBT friendly by the city of Nice.
Address: 11 Rue Dalpozzo
Best LGBT friendly restaurants
The Sentimi Italian Restaurant is super LGBT-friendly! The inside of the restaurant looks awesome and the food is amazing!
Address: 2-4 Place Garibaldi
Chez Acchiardo restaurant is located in the Old Town of Nice. They’re a certified Cuisine Nissarde. The food is amazing and the place is very cozy.
Address: 38 Rue Droite
Hard Rock Cafe
The Hard Rock Cafe Nice offers great food, like every Hard Rock Cafe we visited in different places in the world. With the typical cool decorations and a Hard Rock shop, you can’t go wrong with this one! The HRC Nice is located on the promenade by the water, so this place is great for dining with a stunning view.
Address: 5 Promenade des Anglais
Lesbian nightlife in Nice
Le Glam is the place to be for lesbians in Nice. It’s a mixed audience bar in the city center. When we visited, there were men, as well as women having a great time in this nightclub.
Address: 6 Rue Eugène Emmanuel
Entrance Fee: 14,5€
Le Glam is opened on weekend nights from 23u45 until the morning
Lesbian Hotspots and organisations
Libreria Vigna is a lesbian-owned bookstore in the Old City. You can find new, as well as used books on LGBT culture in this bookstore. The Librairie Vigna mostly offers French books, but they also have a small section with English books.
Address: 3 Rue Delille
Caram’Elles is the largest organization for lesbians in the French Riviera area. Even though they’re mostly oriented towards activities for locals, you can also attend their activities while traveling.
The Caram’Elles organization welcomes lesbian and bisexual women, but also transgender, gender nonconform and everyone else in the broad LGBTQ+ spectrum. Activities include sports like soccer, badminton, swimming, jeu de boules, cycling, and hiking. The organization regularly plans drinks and friendly meetings.
They’re leading the LGBT and feminist activist culture in the French Riviera.
If you plan on meeting other lesbian women or get involved in the local LGBT culture, Caram’Elles is the place to be!
You can easily send them a message through their Facebook page.
Address: 123 Rue de Roquebillière
Recognizing LGBT friendly places
The LGBT friendly places in Nice can be recognized by the rainbow flag they advertise in their windows. The rainbow flags can either be simple and basic rainbow flags, which are there to tell you that the establishment is LGBT-friendly.
But you can also find the LGBT stickers that are recognized by the city of Nice. These rainbow signs are given to the establishments who have successfully completed a course in order to be recognized as LGBT-friendly. See the image below!
Other LGBT events in Nice France
Each year, you can attend the LGBT visibility march in Nice. The event is held each summer.
In & Out
In & Out is a queer film festival that is held in Nice and Cannes, usually in June.
Map of Hot Spots in Nice
3 days in Nice
As you can read, Nice is a great place to visit. Aside from some exclusively gay bars and clubs, all the other LGBT-friendly establishments are welcoming to everybody. In Nice Old Town, it’s easy to find great bars and live music venues where you can have a great night out!
At the time of writing, there are no bars that are specifically for lesbians. But if new bars open or interesting events arise, we will definitely update this post to let you folks know about it.
Have you been to Nice or are you planning a visit to this lovely city? Let us know about your experiences in the comment section below.
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