The pedestrian only, upscale Mamilla Mall was opened in 2007-2008 as the only open air mall in Jerusalem. At one end is Jaffa Gate and the other is King David Street. It has 140 boutique and chain stores. It is possible to wine and dine in the terrace restaurants while the sun is setting overhead over the magestic walls of the Old City with views of the Towers of David and Jaffa Gate.
The Mamilla Mall was designed by Israeli architect Moshe Safdie. The area its situated on has historial and archaeoglical importance which he tried to blend into the mall's construction and surrounding areas. As such, he chose materials and construction styles of the historic Mamilla neighbourhood, using masonry-block contruction and arches taken from the 19th century buildings which lined the original Mamilla Street.
The buildings along the Mamilla boulevard are purposely not evenly speaced allowing for plenty of open areas between the buildings which host different types of public areas. There is also an indoor two storey mall housing boutiques, stores and restaurants.
There are changing art and sculpture exhibits along the promenade which are all by local artists with most being for sale, giving the mall even more character. There are free concerts during the summer and Jewish holidays, street performances and family activities. On Chanukkah with the lighting of the large menorah, there is a special concert every night hosting different famous religious Jewish singers.
Several historic buildings were integrated into the mall design including:
Built in 1923 by wealthy Arab families, Talbieh is home to some of the most beautiful and impressive properties in the city. Surrounded by stately trees and beautiful gardens, Talbieh also has a rich architectural and cultural history.
Today, Talbieh features many lovely apartments and the is home to offices of some of the most prestigious foundations and charitable enterprises in the city. It is also home to the Jerusalem Theater, the Van Leer Institute, and the official residences of the State of Israel's president and prime minister.
In terms of location, Talbieh leaves nothing to be desired. It is only a 15 minute walk to the city center and a 20 minute walk to the Old City. You can also walk over to the exquisite Mamilla outdoor mall which is a beautiful shopping district with cafés, street performances and art exhibits all along the mall boulevard. Whether you are looking for a stately home, cultural excursions, or shopping and entertainment, Talbieh offers everything.
The Jerusalem Theater in Talbieh features many plays and performances that run all-year-round. From there, one can simply walk over to the Islamic Museum, which offers rich resources on Islamic history and hosts a globally renowned clock collection.
Ben Sira Hummus (3 Ben Sira Street) is a small kosher hummus restaurant near the Mamilla mall frequented by the young Jerusalem crowd. Pull up a seat at their rustic wooden tables and enjoy the taste of authentic hummus with steaming pitas. ‘Ben Sira’ is packed on Fridays with people waiting in a sprawling line just to get their ritual hummus fix. We personally recommend their hummus with mushrooms: the dish comes with fresh hummus slathered with pipng hot mushrooms on top. A bounty of pitas, falafel, onions, tomatoes, and hot sauce are served on the side. Truly a delicacy and one-of-a-kind dish!
Talbiye is a small chef-driven restaurant named after this prestigious neighborhood located just outside of the Jerusalem Theater. Part of a growing restaurant group that serves a high class international cuisine, the "Talbiye" also specializes in wine. It offers a wide selection of superior wines from Jerusalem and the world at large alongside it's unique and complex menu.
BARDAK translates as "Thin-Bar" but in slang also means "being wild". Bardak is kosher and home to the perfect synthesis of pizza and beer. Each specialty pizza is named after a different neighborhood of Jerusalem. It also carries over 40 types of beers which are all local craft selections. One of our favorite, laid-back hangouts!
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Rechavia is a one of our favorite neighborhoods. What’s not to love? It’s a quiet, central area with lots of beautiful architecture, parks, and greenery. It was built as a garden neighborhood which was developed by the British mandate in the 1920’s, with quiet courtyards surrounded by rich foliage and impressive stone walls.
Azza Street, located in the heart of Rechavia, is constantly packed with people enjoying what it has to offer from morning to evening. The many intimate cafés and restaurants are populated with couples, business meetings, and tourists and natives alike taking in the bustling sights and sounds. Rechavia is also just above the Sacher Park, one of Jerusalem’s most lovely parks, which boasts trees and fields, playgrounds, bike paths, ball courts and more. There’s a lot to say about this pastoral oasis, but Rechavia is definitely a place you have to see to believe.
‘Yehoshua cafe’ – During the day, Yehoshua café is a quiet café with a lovely (albeit non-Kosher) menu. At night, they turn the lights down and turn the place into an intimate bar that is popular with young people.
‘Metudela Ice Cream’ – Metudela Ice Cream or Glida Metudela is a small ice cream shop with a great selection of flavors. Glida Metudela is known for its creative furnishings and outdoor swings that hang down from the ceiling that allow you to enjoy the hussle and bussle of Aza street while you enjoy your ice cream.
On Ben Maymon Boulevard you can find this cozy little coffee shop that is popular among Rechavia locals. Many people have their Friday morning/brunch coffee here, casually catching up with one another and having pleasant conversation. It’s one of our favorite places to stop when passing through the neighborhood to have a nice, quiet breakfast in the sun.
Beit Avi Chai is a cultural center at 44 King George Street with a variety of activities and events that touch on interesting cultural issues in Jewish and Israeli society, including politics, arts, and thought.
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Shaarei Chesed is a religious neighborhood at the north edge of Rechavia. Established in 1909, the area is especially popular with the Orthodox community. From Kosher supermarkets, coffee shops and bakeries to the numerous synagogues, Shaarei Chesed is a neighborhood that has everything for the Shomer Shabbat visitor. Not only are some of the streets closed on Shabbat and holidays, but it is also close to the Great Synagogue which has been a spiritual, religious, cultural and social center for the Jewish People of all backgrounds from across the world.
Saarei Chesed is close to hotels and a 7 minute walk from the city center. It has a beautiful view that overlooks the Knesset as well as the large Gan Saker park. Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael Street has a great selection of shops, with pharmacies, hair salons, boutique clothing stores, a pizza parlor, ice cream shop, as well as restaurants.
Shosh café is a cozy kosher restaurant that serves a delightful chalavi breakfast/lunch. It includes an outside seating area where you can enjoy your meal in the beautiful warm Jerusalem weather.
Belinda café is located conveniently in the Wolfson Shopping Center. Belinda is another lovely café where locals frequent for a hot cup of coffee and homemade baked goods.
Tommy's is a meat restaurant located on Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael. With delicious burgers, salads and other finger foods, Tommy’s is great for a quick bite or a night out with friends.
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Mishkenot Ha'uma is a new luxurious and innovative neighbourhood located near the governmental offices and cinema city. You will notice it has its pronounced architectural beauty which makes it unique. The architect Sami Tito wanted to give an exclusive pronounced European feel to the design whilst still blending it with its Jerusalem style roots.
The apartments range from spacious luxury apartments to two room apartments which are remarkable in their size. There is an fashionable Parisian-style shopping boulevard surrounded with lots of greenery in the heart of the building complex hosting a collection of boutique shops including fine gallrieries and coffee houses.
The diverse region of Nachlaot was among the first neighborhoods built outside the Old City in the 1880’s. In fact, owing to its diversity, Nachlaot is more of a cluster of little neighborhoods, each with its own culture and atmosphere. Amazingly, it is said that there are nearly 100 synagogues in this tiny area! During the holidays, the beautiful sounds of different ethnic groups singing and praying is really something to behold.
Today, Nachlaot is still a mixture of all kinds of people. Nachlaot is home to many residents who still live in the enclosed neighborhoods, ultra-Orthodox Jews, young students who enjoy the architectural diversity and central proximity, and wealthy families with renovated homes.
Nachlaot's most famous destination is Machane Yehuda — Jerusalem's oldest market, also known as the “Shuk” — home to all the fresh produce you can dream of. Along with the general rise of gentrification in the area, the Shuk has seen the blossoming of designer clothing boutiques, trendy cafes, health food stores, and more. During the summer, on Purim, and when it snows, there is often live music that turns into free, spontaneous parties, with DJ stands spread out between the different alleys and streets.
One of the hippest locations in the Shuk is Casino de Paris. Opened and run by Sha'anan Street, the head singer for the local Jerusalemite rap group "Hadag Nachash" (which literally translates to "The Fish Snake"), the vibes and musical performances are top-notch. Of course, Sha'anan himself (a minor Jerusalem celebrity) makes regular appearances and performances himself!
Marzipan is a kosher bakery on Agripas Street at the entrance to Machane Yehuda. Famous for its chocolate rugelach, locals and tourists alike who all line up inside and outside the shop just to buy a box of this delicious pastry. They also sell an assortment of other excellent baked goods, including a Challot that are just perfect for Shabbat!
Hummus Azura is a hummus joint is located in a small alleyway in Machane Yehuda. Azura opened in 1952 and has been there ever since. The restaurant offers Hummus with different toppings (meat, beans, etc.), kubbe soups, stuffed grape leaves, and more. Azura is an intimate, authentic spot where you can really experience the vibe of the Shuk.
The historic capital city of Israel, Jerusalem, is rich with both spiritual and religious culture along with lively entertainment and fun opportunities. The central neighborhoods of Jerusalem that include the city center offer great access to all that this historic city has to offer.
You can enjoy some fabulous restaurants such as ‘Ben Sira Hummus’ (3 Ben Sira Street). Ben Sira Hummus is a kosher small hummus restaurant near the Mamilla mall frequented by the young Jerusalem crowd. Pull up a seat at their rustic wooden tables and enjoy the taste of authentic hummus with steaming pitas. ‘Ben Sira’ is packed on Fridays with people waiting in a sprawling line just to get their ritual hummus fix. We personally recommend their hummus with mushrooms: the dish comes with fresh hummus slathered with piping hot mushrooms on top. A bounty of pitas, falafel, onions, tomatoes, and hot sauce are served on the side. Truly a decadent and one-of-a-kind dish!
T'mol Shilshom (Yoel Salomon Street). T'mol Shilshom is a fabulous book store, kosher café, and restaurant located in Nachlat Shiva. Visitors can enjoy a unique café experience in a 130 year old building surrounded by books, the occasional recital, and a relaxing environment.
Their menu offers a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and much more.
'Link' restaurant (3 Hamalot Street) Link is an exclusive restaurant where you can have an intimate, candlelit dinner. Their fusion menu features meat, fish and pasta dishes, as well as a variety of appetizers, salads, soups, desserts, coffee and a large bar selection.
It’s a great way to experience an enjoyable night out in Jerusalem
'Piccolino' (12 Yoel Salomon Street) Piccolino is a dairy Kosher L'mehadrin restaurant in an ancient stone building. You can be sure to enjoy a warm, comforting environment along with delicious Italian food like their unique soup and bread dish.
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The oddly named German Colony is so-called because it was actually settled by German Templars in the 1880s. The German-style houses were built using local materials such as Jerusalem stone and this fusion makes the neighborhood a unique and picturesque area.
Today, Emek Refaim, the popular main street of the German Colony, is a diner’s paradise with restaurants offering everything from sushi to steaks. Some of the finest jewelers and artisans host shops on the street alongside florists, greengrocers, bakers, and fashion boutiques. Emek Refaim also features a Friday market. Weather permitting, there is an open-air market selling artisanal goods at the ICCC at 12 Emek Refaim. Stands lay out a variety of local products, where you can find everything from clothing to homemade cheeses, beer and wine.
During the past few years the Jerusalem municipality has invested in transforming the old train tracks that pass through the German Colony into a long, beautiful park. Train track park runs along a straight path; the old tracks have been paved over for a bike path — something that’s not easy to come by in hilly Jerusalem.
‘The Coffee Mill’ (“Tachanat HaCafe”) is located on one end of Emek Refaim St, (the end closer to Talbieh). This intimate kosher café offers coffee from all around the world, featuring beans from Guatemala, Ethiopia, Spain and more. You can ask for a cup of coffee, sit and enjoy the atmosphere or work on your laptop. You can also take ground coffee home by the kilo. The Coffee Mill also offers a good selection of teas, cookies and sandwiches.
‘Lev Smadar Theater’ is a small theater on quiet Lloyd George St, off Emek Refaim Street. The Lev Smadar Theater was built in 1928 in Art Deco style, and screens critically acclaimed selections alongside recent features. With a café and bar area in the back, Lev Smadar is a great attraction for local and visiting film lovers. Walking into Lev Smadar takes you back in time, the place hasn’t changed and that is one of the things that makes it so special. It’s one of our favorite places to get some popcorn and a beer and enjoy a great movie.
"Ben Ami Café" – Also on Emek Refaim Street, this lovely coffee house and pastry shop serves delicious pastries alongside a healthy, authentic menu. Ben Ami started in Kfar Vitkin, a "Moshav" near Netanya (central Israel, on the beach), where a once 5 year old boy enjoyed baking cakes with his grandmother. Now Ben Ami has 5 cafés in different cities in Israel, and purveys its baked goods to high-end cafés, restaurants, and hotels, as well as event catering. http://www.benami.co.il/
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Katamon is a neighborhood in south central Jerusalem bordering Talbieh and the German Colony. In Katamon you will find some of the most spectacular homes in Jerusalem intertwined with the history of the city.
Katamon is a quiet residential neighborhood surrounded by beautiful houses and greenery; there are also plenty of synagogues and great schools for students of all ages.
Katamon is built on a mountain with the lower part verging on the German colony, where you can enjoy cafés restaurants and boutique shops . The higher streets of Katamon are adjacent to Talbieh and Kiryat Shmuel with more selections of cafés and restaurants available centrally on Palmach and Halamed Hey streets.
Gusto Italiano is an authentic, small kosher Italian restaurant Located on Hlamed Hey Street where you can find true Italian food. The restaurant has a very cozy Italian atmosphere with delicious homemade pizzas and pastas.
Duvshanit Bakery/ Café is a lovely kosher old-fashioned Bakery located on Hapalmach Street. The café walls are studded with old black and white photos and memorabilia from celebrities and politicians who have left their autographs. Freshly baked goods and a hot tea or coffee are staples for the morning crowd here.
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Baka is amongst the more exclusive neighborhoods in Jerusalem owing to its central location, and is populated largely by middle-class professionals, religious and secular Jews, as well as English and French-speaking immigrants.
One of the main streets in Baka is Derech Beit Lechem, which extends along the whole neighborhood. Derech Beit Lechem provides a rich selection of culinary and shopping destinations for those seeking a more relaxed atmosphere than that of the adjacent German Colony.
The border between Baka and the German Colony is delineated by “Train Track Park.” This park is a long, narrow, straight path, which makes it a great road for bicycling—something not so easy to come by in hilly Jerusalem! The train track park starts from the old Jerusalem Railway Station (the Khan Station), the historic terminus of the Jaffa to Jerusalem railway line which opened in 1892 and was closed in 1998.
Baka is also just minutes away from Emek Refaim in the German Colony, where you can find everything from cafes and restaurants to clothing boutiques and jewelry stores. Emek Refaim is one of the trendiest areas in Jerusalem for shopping and dining out.
Ovad's Falafel in a small shop at 78 Derech Beit Lechem. Ovad is known for arguably the best falafel in the city. There is almost always a line running out the door, since we're not the only ones who know about this. If you're in the area, it worth your while to take a brief break and enjoy this delicious "mediterranean fast food".
‘The Waffle Bar’ – The Waffle Bar on Derech Beit Lechem is a great place to go out with friends or family. They offer a staggering selection of waffles and French crepes, ranging from classic toppings like chocolate and maple syrup to more unconventional ingredients— thick yogurt, banana, raisins, and more. As its name suggests, the Waffle Bar has a robust beverage menu as well — cold and hot, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and even milk shakes. If you’re not in the mood for sweets, you can also order dinner and other savory items like pasta and focaccia.
‘Beit Lechem’ –Beit Lechem, located on Derech Beit Lechem, literally translates to ‘bread house.’ Pretty self-explanatory, right? Beit Lechem is a cozy pastry shop that makes a huge variety of baked goods of every shape, size and flavor. They also feature a diverse selection of spreads, cheeses, jams, and wines by the glass to compliment their freshly baked bread.
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Arnona is an older, upper-class neighborhood located in the southeastern part of Jerusalem. It is near other well-known neighborhoods such as Armon Hanatziv, Talpiot, and Ramat Rachel. It is where the late Nobel Prize winner Shai Agnon lived; his home is now a newly opened museum.
There are streets of new apartment buildings as well as lovely single-family homes that have been redone to maintain their charm.
Arnona is also known to be one of the highest points in Jerusalem (800 meters above sea level), with views over looking not only the western side of Jerusalem, but also of the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea.
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Abu Tor is a fairly unique area, being one of the few mixed neighborhoods in all of Jerusalem. This is why it has two names — Abu Tor, in Arabic, and Givat Chananya, in Hebrew. In actuality, the Jewish and Arab areas are somewhat separate with the streets inhabited by Jewish residents are closer to Hebron Road, with Arab residents further from the main road.
Abu Tor’s high altitude (nearly 800 meters above sea level!) provides a magnificent view — you can see all the way to the Temple Mount and the Old City, the Judean Desert and even the Moabite Hills! From “Observation Point,” you can see how Jerusalem grew out of the Old City and expanded architecturally and culturally to the diverse city we have today.
In addition to the beautiful views, there are a variety of cultural destinations within walking distance from the neighborhood. On Hebron Road there is a large complex called Mitcham Harakevet or the First Station, which was once the train station in Jerusalem. The station and surrounding area were renovated into a space for cultural events, festivals, and concerts and includes a puzzle shop, cafés, restaurants, market stalls on certain days and more.
The local Cinematheque regularly shows a large variety of films, including independent and art-house selections. They also host film festivals around the year, where you can see movies that rarely get worldwide release. The Cinematheque also has a lovely restaurant named Lavan, the Hebrew word for “white.”
The Zappa is a music club on Hebron Road which regularly features live performances from popular Israeli singers and musicians. With a bar as well as a kosher restaurant, the Zappa is a bright, happening scene for young Jerusalemites. It is always teeming with regulars enjoying craft beers, and others stopping by to catch their favorite band or artist.
Hasadna (‘The Culinary Workshop’) is a meat and seafood-focused restaurant known for its décor and atmosphere. Their superior cuisine is highly regarded in Jerusalem, featuring a chef-driven menu with creative and unique dishes you won’t find anywhere else.
The Old City
There is a magical quality about the Old City of Jerusalem that does not exist anywhere else in the world. It has a history that stretches back over 3,000 years.
King David originally built the Old City in 1004 B.C.E. It has always been viewed as the center of the world with the famous ancient maps showing the three continents known at the time: Europe, Asia, and Africa, situated in a circle with Jerusalem at their center.
The Old City covers roughly 220 acres which is about 1 square kilometer. The city, rests on the original hills of the City of David and surrounded by a wall that dates to the rule of the Ottoman Sultan, Suleyman the Magnificent (1520-1566). Work began on them in 1537 and was not completed until 1541. The length of the walls is 4,018 meters (2.5 miles), their average height is 12 meters (39.37 feet) and the average thickness is 2.5 meters (8.2 feet). The walls contain 34 watchtowers and seven main gates which are open.
Out of the 11 gates in The Old City only seven are open today - Jaffa, Zion, Damascus, New, Lions', Dung and Herod’s Gate. The oldest gates - Damascus, Lions', Dung, Zion and Jaffa - being constructed between 1530 and 1540, and the newest gates - Herod's and the New Gate - being constructed in 1875 and 1887 respectively.
The Old City is divided into four neighborhoods. These quarters form a rectangular grid, but are by no means equal in size. The dividing lines are the street that runs from Damascus Gate to the Zion Gate — which divides the city into east and west — and the street leading from the Jaffa Gate to Lion's gate — which bisects the city north and south.
The Armenian quarter is the smallest quarter of the Old City with about 500 Armenians currently living there. The most important site in the quarter is the building that houses the Armenian Patriarchate.
The Christian quarter has more than 40 churches, monasteries, and hostels that were built for Christian pilgrims. In the heart of the Christian quarter is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or the Church of the Resurrection, which, according to Christian tradition, was the site upon which Jesus was crucified and buried following his final walk along the Via Dolorosa, or the Stations of the Cross.
The Jewish quarter is the main residential area for Jews in the old City. This quarter also contains the Western Wall which is a holy place for the Jews since it was part of the Temple and the closest Jewish site to the Holy of Holies within the Temple. The quarter has a rich history, with a nearly continual Jewish presence since the eighth century BCE.
The Moslem quarter is the largest and most populous quarter in the Old City. The most important sites in the Moslem Quarter are sacred sites for the Moslem faith such as the Alsqa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock which is on Mount Moria (the holiest place for the Jews).
Western Wall (or Kotel) is the only outer wall which remains standing since the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 CE. The Western Wall is considered holy due to its connection to the Temple Mount. The Wall is the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray. A major highlight here for history fans is the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, at the southern end of the Western Wall Plaza, where archaeologists have unearthed fascinating remnants of old Jerusalem.
Once at the City of David, you can go down Warren's Shaft and wade through the clean, cold water of Hezekiah's Tunnels. The tunnel ends up in the Shiloach pool. Also around this area of continuous archareological excavation, you will visit what could be King David's palace and the Roman mansions and get a feel for that part of history.
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Discover the majestic beauty of Israel's Mediterranean coast, with the Marina giving it a feel of its affluence. Named after Theodor Herzl, it is at the northern part of the Tel Aviv district and is home to numerous embassies. Residents in Herzliya Pituach are among some of the wealthiest in all of Israel. Some of the finest beaches can be found here. While giving the impression of a luxurious, relaxing lifestyle, it is also a sought-after venue for high-tech companies and start-ups.
Netanya, with its magnificently sparkling beaches, is much more than just another city in Israel. It has become quite popular throughout the past several years, and even has become home to many new immigrants from all around the world. It's location is quite convenient as it is within a reasonable drive to several other popular cities such as: Tel Aviv and Haifa. It is the 7th largest city in Israel, and is even the home to several of the largest buildings in Israel itself.
It has become a popular vacation destination for tourists as there are quite a few attractions that appeal to everyone. For starters, there is the man-made tayelet (beach promenade) in the center of Netanya. It is the home of not only breathtaking views, but numerous shops and markets of a variety of things. Be sure to check out this happening site for beautiful views and fun shopping!
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Canazei (1460 m.) is a village of just under 2000 inhabitants in the Ladin-speaking part of the Dolomites area of Italy. It is one of the main winter centres in the Val di Fassa (Fassatal for the German-speaking part of the South Tyrol) and occupies a strategic position in the popular Sella Ronda ski circuit.
It is the Valley's quintessential tourist resort. It is well known for its key positioning in terms of the Dolomite Passes – Fedaia, Sella and Pordoi, and is surrounded by the small beautiful villages of Alba, Gries, and Penìa.
Canazei offers visitors the chance to enjoy Dolomiti Superski which is the largest and most exceptional ski carousel which enables you to move swiftly around the best ski slopes in Europe as well as reaching the adjacent districts of South Tyrol and Veneto.
Ciampic, Marmolada and Belvedere, also known as the “Queen of the Dolomites”, offer an extensive number of ski-lifts, climbing routes and trails to fully gratify the traveller who can then unwind in one of the many wellness centres after a long day and also frequent the local pubs to savour the après ski night life.
For those who admire the mountains, cross-country and downhill skiing slopes, an ice-stadium, a snowpark, bike parks, swimming pool, hikes, boundless fun and sports are the answer to those visiting Canazei.
The Sellaronda Skimarathon and the Dolomites Skyraces are international events making the area a poepular place for worldwide sport professionals.
During summer the town blends village life with special events and festivals which include music, dancing, local dishes and traditional costumes providing a unique atmosphere for villagers and tourists alike.
Nice is the capital of the Côte d'Azur, better known in English as the French Riviera which is a major yachting and cruising area with several marinas along its coast. Nice is a beautiful coastal community situated between the French Alps and the Mediterranean Sea and is 8 miles from the exclusive city of Monaco.
Rue Massena ia car-free pedestrian precinct, near Nice city centre and Old Nice and has many restaurants and shops. In Old Nice there are museums, parks and an outdoor theater. You can also rent bicycles and electric cars nearby.
Nice is also known for its charming beaches. The apartment is very centrally located being about 300 metres (5 minutes) from the nearest beach and of course the sea. It is also above the pedestrian walk-way where you can find plenty of eateries and shops.