Nice Jazz Festival

Jazz it up

jazz musician

Nice offers a great range of cultural and sporting events throughout the year but arguably one of the best gigs in town is the annual jazz festival, this year taking place 16th to 20th July.

The first ever jazz event in Nice was way back in 1948 when no-less personage than the legendary Louis Armstrong headed the bill in the Opera. It would be another 23 years before the next event with a huge reunion in 1971 featuring big names such as Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie. The festival has evolved over the years from the Grande Parade du Jazz into the world-renowned Nice Jazz Festival, and many illustrious musicians have taken part from Fats Domino to Chuck Berry, Carlos Santana to Lauryn Hill. Last year’s event attracted over 60,000 fans and we’re sure that this year is going to be even better.

Nice Jazz Festival

Nice Jazz Festival

Taking place in the open-air on the Promenade du Paillon, the 2016 edition will offer music from a wide range of genres, performers will include Robert Plant, Youssou N’Dour and Massive Attack so plenty to enjoy even if you are not a jazz purist. The festival will host events on 6 stages over 5 days with 31 acts! Tickets cost Euro 39 for adults, Euro 17 for children aged 10-16 and the under-tens go free, serious music lovers can also purchase a 5 days pass for Euro 130. Tickets are on sale now daily at Place Massena and can also be booked online at http://www.nicejazzfestival.fr/en/

 

We have limited availability remaining for the Jazz Festival period. Plan your stay now

 


Comptoire Centrale Electrique, Bonaparte

Rue Bonaparte- the place to be | Stay YNA

Mixité is a good word to describe this area which is one of the most happening places in town. Between the Port and Place Garibaldi this humble street with a BIG name is nicknamed Le Petit Marais Niçois, a nod to the trendy gay area of Paris.  It has been steadily earning its label as gay friendly over the years with bars, restaurants, hairdressers and shops proud to be part of Nice irisée naturellement, a charter for equality and a movement to offer a warmer welcome to all. Its name recalls the time it gave a warm welcome to the then General Napoleon Bonaparte in 1794.

Rainbow chairs Bonaparte

Rainbow chairs Bonaparte

The Place du Pin, a small pedestrianised area at the heart of the neighbourhood is perfect for lunch in the sunshine and hosts evening events from time to time. For Fête de la Musique on midsummer’s eve the whole street turns into one big dance party. In my early days in Nice I was drawn to this little triangular square by the sound of a live rockabilly band. Surrounded by vintage Cadillacs a couple of apron-clad grandmothers were jiving their hearts out with two young tattooed cool cats! I knew immediately that this was my kind of neighbourhood.

 

Bonaparte is currently the scene of a coffee battle. Deli Bo on the corner has a wonderful café crème and is served with a tiny homebaked cookie. Brasilia, a relatively new contender, has the appeal of speciality espressos and Le Petit Napoleon serves a great café au lait while you sit back and wonder how exactly it differs from un crème or perhaps une noisette?

 

Bonaparte

Bonaparte

This neighbourhood is increasing in boutiques that can tempt even the most reluctant shopper (me). Lucien Chausseur sells fine leather shoes in rainbow colours for him and her, Mon Oeil for some beautifully creative jewellery, accessories and ladies clothes, and a number of design and interior decoration shops have sprung up recently. These include Mon Bazar, Babalux and Au Bonheur des Cocottes, a museum-cum-workshop selling vintage clothes and objects with some quirky flair. And keep an eye out for the magic wand seller, Atelier Bonaparte, below Napoleon’s residence.

 

Eating out in the area is a delight, there really is something for all tastes, budgets and moments of the day. Brunch at Deli Bo not to mention its teatime patisseries is extremely high on my list, an organic Italian grocery shop/café O’Quotidien caters for vegans and meat eaters alike and is truly innovative, La Flara and Chez Pippo for a Niçois feel, not to mention Jan, a Michelin starred restaurant, Rosalina and L’Uzine for cocktails and…. If only there were more days in the week and meals in the day!

Article by our guest contributor and Nice expert Zenna Marshall

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