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Party Earth Review Surrounded by Italian-style architecture of red and yellow townhouses and situated in the center of Nice’s old town, Place Rossetti is a charming square featuring a small stone fountain and the lovely baroque Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate. Easily accessed by the streets Mascoïnat, Rossetti, and the Pont-vieux, the square and its many sidewalk cafés attract a bustling daytime crowd of residents, families, and travelers eager for a bit of refreshment and relaxation. At night, however, the square transforms into a meeting point for everyone from hippies to hipsters who gather to enjoy a few open-air drinks and conversation as music echoes off the walls ... more


Intersection of Rue Mascoïnat, Rue Rossetti,
and Rue du Pont Vieux
06300 Nice

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French Riviera Plazas Overview

Place Rossetti - Outdoor Activity | Square in French Riviera

The French Riviera is spread out along the coast and has any number of popular plazas and squares in all the towns along the Mediterranean. But mostly, plazas in the French Riviera are simply a place to get together, plan the day, or watch the beautiful people pass on by.

The plazas (or place in French – that’s pronounced PLOSS) serve a number of purposes in the city. First, they are perfect for simply meeting up and figuring out how to enjoy the day in paradise. Second, they’re usually in the middle of places to eat, drink, or shop, so there’s always something to do. And third, if you need a place besides the ocean to unwind, you can grab a shady spot and watch as celebrities and hotshots stroll through town in their French Riviera finest.

One of the most famous French Riviera plazas is Place Rossetti in Nice. This charming square is surrounded by Italian-style architecture and attracts a bustling daytime crowd looking to relax in a café, or taking a load off from the wallet-busting shopping. At night, the square is one of the biggest meeting spots in town and a great place for some open air drinking and occasional street performers.

The biggest plaza in Nice is Place Massena, which is the central part of a massive pedestrian walkway with great boutiques and designer stores, cute cafés, trendy restaurants, and direct access to the ocean.

Whichever place (say it the French way) you decide to hang out in, there will always be something to do, whether it’s eating in a café, drinking with friends, shopping for high-end goods, or simply passing away the day while gawking at the rich and famous folks around you.

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