Place Garibaldi is one of the most amazing places in Nice to discover during your stay. Sunny all year round, there is a special atmosphere that perfectly represents the quality of life in Nice. Between its restaurants, bars and other shops under the benevolent gaze of the statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, this square is one of the favorite places of Nice and a must to discover the city of Nice.
A place full of sunshine and surprises in the center of Nice.
Place Garibaldi is the oldest square in the city of Nice. Famous for its yellow pediments with green shutters and arcades, its facades are a mixture of relief sculptures and realistic trompe-l’oeil (3D painting)! Concentrate your gaze on the walls for a few seconds to realize it and have fun distinguishing the real from the fake, astonishment guaranteed!
With Nice walking tour, you will have easy access to Garibaldi Square. It will take you 10 minutes on foot via the Promenade du Paillon, or 8 minutes with the tram that drops you off at the Garibaldi stop.
In the heart of the atmosphere of Nice
Garibaldi Square is the ideal place to immerse yourself in the life of Nice. This is where people from all generations and tourists from all over the world meet in Nice to have a coffee or enjoy a good meal in one of the restaurants. One of the good addresses in Place Garibaldi is Café Saint Paul, which offers Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and is perfect for a coffee break as well as a meal. For seafood lovers, the Café de Turin offers a wide choice of fresh, quality products. In the evening, Piazza Garibaldi remains just as lively as during the day. Many people from Nice go out here for a drink on the terrace, before continuing the party in the Old Town.
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
From Piazza Garibaldi, turn northwest to see the “MAMAC“, easily recognizable by its peculiar structure. A few steps from Garibaldi Square, take the time to visit this museum to discover the temporary and permanent collections of contemporary artists who have left their mark on art since the 1950s. The collections of Yves Klein and Niki de Saint Phalle are the most remarkable. On the top floor of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art you also have a magnificent view of the entire Place Garibaldi and the rooftops of the city of Nice.
Garibaldi, emblematic figure of Nice
If the oldest square in Nice is named after Garibaldi, it is not by chance. Giuseppe Garibaldi is a character very much appreciated by the inhabitants of Nice. In the center of the square stands a colossal statue of him. Installed since 1891 as a sign of homage but also of identification with the adventurer from Nice (he was a sailor, soldier, member of parliament), his gaze is symbolically turned towards Italy, his homeland at heart.
Place Garibaldi is, therefore, one of the must-see places in Nice, as much for its beauty as for its atmosphere, its artistic and cultural side. The Nice walking tour, the starting point in the center of Nice, is the ideal place to embrace the visit this emblematic square, among many other places and surprises that the city of Nice has in store for you!