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20 Best Instagram Spots in Nice and the Cote d’Azur

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If you are looking for the best Instagram spots on the Cote d’Azur to make your feed look amazing and your friends jealous, we’ve got you covered.

I met a friend the other day who had friends in town from Norway. The topic of my travel blog came up, and they were telling me about things they wished they had known before coming to Nice. One of those was the best Instagram spots in Nice. I kind of had to laugh. This whole area is so beautiful I didn’t think someone would need a list of where to go. But, there you have it.  I’ve put together a list of 20 of the best Instagram spots in Nice and the French Riviera that are sure to impress.

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Castle Hill in Nice

One of the best views over Nice comes from on top of Castle Hill. You can see the whole Promenade des Anglais out to the airport, the port and the City of Nice.

Views of the Promenade des Anglais.
Views of the Promenade des Anglais

 

The Dancing Waters of the Coulee Verte in Nice

Go to the Coulee Verte in Nice near Place Massena and position yourself among the dancing waters. Everyone, young and old, stops there to play in the water. Go later in the day when the sun is going down and you’ll have some magnificent photos of the water jets with the sun behind you.

Dancing Waters Coulee Vert
Dancing Waters Coulee Vert

Restaurant Terrace in Eze Village

Eze village is a perched village only 20 minutes by bus from Nice. It’s a small town with lots of Instagrammable spots wherever you look. Find a cool restaurant with a view of the ultra luxury Cap Ferrat behind you.

Lovely terrace in Eze Village looking toward Cap Ferrat
Lovely terrace in Eze Village looking toward Cap Ferrat

Catch a sunset in Cannes Sur Mer

You can shoot this view every night and get something different. The sunsets on the Cote d’Azur are magnificent and they are even better if we have a bit of rain forecast. Here you can see the apartment building in the background that’s shaped like a sailboat – the Marina Baie des Anges in Villeneuve Loubet. You can even book a room there.

Sunset in Cagnes-sur-mer with Villeneuve Loubet in background
Sunset in Cagnes-sur-mer with Villeneuve Loubet in background

La Reserve Restaurant in Nice

As you walk toward Villefrance you’ll come across La Reserve Restaurant that has a boat-shaped terrace hanging out in the water. You can go out there and have a drink meanwhile someone snaps your photo from the road. Lovely place to chill and watch the sun go down, and so very chic.

La Reserve Restaurant Nice, France
La Reserve Restaurant Nice, France

REMINDERS: Nice has a pebble/rocky beach and it’s not easy to walk on. Don’t forget to bring aqua socks with you to get in and out of the water. There are a few sandy beaches along this stretch, but not in Nice. At least you aren’t cleaning the sand out of your clothing.

St Tropez and yachts from the water

Darling, you’ll impress everyone with a shot of St Tropez and various yachts from the water. They don’t even need to know you were on a tour boat. Every Instagram feed needs a shot of the Cote d’Azur from the water if you’ve been here.

St Tropez from the water
Beautiful St Tropez from a boat

Cafe de Paris in Monaco

You can’t miss an Instagram shot from the Cafe de Paris in Monaco. The Monte-Carlo Casino is in the background and this is thee place to be seen in Monaco. You can also take pictures with a Lamborghini or Ferrari parked out front of the casino. And of course you need to have a big ice cream sundae, and a smiling, chubby French waiter.

Ice Cream at the Cafe de Paris, Monaco
Have something decadent at the Cafe de Paris in Monaco

The Dior Shop in St Tropez

Of course you are shopping for the best of the best, and you need to stop at none other than Dior in St Tropez. The exterior is just beautiful depending on the time of year and everyone will wonder what you bought.

The exterior of Dior in St Tropez
The exterior of Dior in St Tropez

On a Yacht in the Mediterranean

Beg, borrow or steal if you have to! But you have to be standing on the front of a gorgeous yacht looking back at your friends. You know, just casually out for the day. Nothing says ‘envy’ more than your friends imagining you out on a yacht for a day frolicking in the Mediterranean.

Stand on the front of a yacht near Cannes
Out with friends for the day

Dining at Anjuna Plage in Eze-sur-mer

There are a few beachfront restaurants in Eze-sur-mer and Anjuna Plage is one of them. It’s said that Bono from the group, U2, is a part owner of this place, but that may just be hearsay. He does, however, have a home near the restaurant. You’ll be rubbing elbows with the ‘beautiful people’ here, and bumping and grinding to a DJ late in the evenings. Open from April through October.

Restaurant in Eze sur Mer
Dine at Anjuna Plage in Eze sur Mer

Views toward Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

The peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has some of the most expensive real estate in the world. It’s called the Peninsula of Billionaires and was the ‘sometimes home’ to King Léopold II of Belgium, actors David Niven and Charlie Chaplin, politicians and generals such as Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle. There are some spectacular homes if you want to take a snoop around. Otherwise, you can admire it from Villefranche-sur-mer.

Views from Villefranche to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Views from Villefranche to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

The trail from La Turbie to Monaco

From Nice, you can take a local bus to the village of La Turbie, which is great for a wander around and lunch. But you have one of the best views over Monaco from the hiking trail that goes from La Turbie down to Monaco. Some stretches are a bit scary, but the vantage point over Monaco is amazing.

Monaco from La Turbie trail
Views of Monaco from La Turbie

Behind the Helm of a Boat

You can learn how to navigate this solar-powered SeaZen in Beaulieu from the owner. You go out for the day and learn all the tricks of the trade on this quiet boat that takes you past David Nevin’s house and the whole bay of Beaulieu. Your friends will think you’re living like a local.

Learning to drive a solar powered boat
SeaZen solar-powered boat

The Red Carpet at the Cannes Film Festival

If you happen to be around for the Cannes Film Festival in May, you can take some photos on the Red Carpet when it’s not busy. Every dog and their brother does this and you may even run into someone famous. Either that, or you walk the famous Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes and take photos there.

Red carpet stairs at the Cannes Film Festival
Red carpet stairs at the Cannes Film Festival

The Jaume Plensa Installation in Antibes

This structure is at the water’s edge in Antibes, and is very cool to wonder around and in. It’s hollow on the inside so you can go in and get some cool photos near this famous landmark in Antibes. Plus you get the yachts in the background. Cultured and chic at the same time.

Jaume Plensa in Antibes with yachts
Jaume Plensa’s Nomad installation

In Front of the Nice Carnaval Floats

Every February, Nice celebrates Carnaval with several parades per week. You can get quite close to the floats and snap a cool photo of yourself in front of the float with the ferris wheel behind you.

Nice Carnival float
Nice Carnival float

The Famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice

Whether you are spending a weekend in Nice or longer, chances are you will happen upon the famous strolling path, the Promenade des Anglais. The view of the city and the Mediterranean from here are spectacular, especially when the water is an amazing crystal turquoise, which is often!

Promenade des Anglais in Nice
Promenade des Anglais in Nice

Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco

The Casino, baby! You can’t come all this way and not stop by the famous Monte-Carlo casino for a photo. There have been so many movies shot there and so many celebrities have graced those stairs. You can go inside and take a photo of yourself in front of the Casino sign. Be sure to bring your passport/ID cuz you’ll probably need it.

Monte Carlo Casino

The Nietzsche Path from Eze Village

The Nietzsche Path from Eze Village down to Eze-sur-mer is such a stunning walk with beautiful views toward Cap Ferrat. There are numerous places on the trail you can stop for a break and take some spectacular photos. Then once you get down to the sea, you’ll find Anjuna Restaurant that I’ve mentioned above.

Walking Nietzsche path from Eze Village
Walking the Nietzsche path from Eze Village

I Love Nice Sign

Because you do… A few years ago, the city installed an I Love Nice sign on the Promenade going toward the port. Everyone stops there day and night to climb this structure. Some people are quite creative with how they position themselves. Give it a try.

I Love Nice sign on the Promenade
I Love Nice sign on the Promenade

Hopefully this will give you some ideas of the best Instagram spots in Nice and the Cote d’Azur. Send me your ideas and I will add them to the list.

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US expat living the life on the Mediterranean in the South of France. I regularly travel to Spain, Italy, Greece and other intriguing locations around the Mediterranean. Former Hyatt Corp Marketing Manager, student accommodation director and hotel photoshoot art director.

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