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Must-try street food: Try the savoury chickpea pancake Socca as well as a Pissaladiere tart, which is similar to a pizza

Niçoise cuisine: For the best traditional dishes, head to the Old Town restaurants La Merenda, La Taca d'Oli or L'Escalinada

Local produce: Sample the goat cheeses, Niçoise olives and ravilio shops that are dotted around the Old Town

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Nice is French

Currency: The currency used in Nice is the Euro

Local time: Paris is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Nice's main airport is Nice Côte d'Azur Airport

While Nice might be France’s most cosmopolitan city, the Nice food scene offers a mix of both contemporary and traditional dishes. The Old Town is where you’ll find the rustic and authentic, while the streets around the Promenade Anglaise are where you’ll find the best restaurants in the city.

With Michelin stars almost everywhere you turn, head to these places for a special night out. Look out for Le Chantecler, where you can dine on dishes such as a delicious beef fillet, served with grilled turnips and peppers in an olive-juice glaze.

The street vendors are proof that the best restaurants in Nice don’t have to be the traditional ones. Popping up all over the city, you can sample superbly-seasoned socca bread, made from chickpea flour and served straight from the griddle. Nice is also home to the pissaladière; a caramelised onion tart studded with olives and latticed with anchovies.

The best bars in Nice have a distinctly arty feel to them, head to the streets north of the Rue des Ponchettes. Bars here range from quaint, French pubs and atmospheric taverns, to cool cocktail lounges and rooftop terraces.

The Romagnan is housed in some of the city’s oldest cellars and the walls are lined with pictures and paintings by local artists. By night, you can enjoy a carafe of local wine, while listening to the sophisticated strains of a local jazz band.

The Shapko Bar is another music venue, but one for the younger crowd. If you enjoy DJs and bands, this place opens late and closes early the next morning.

If the prices are a little beyond your budget, you can still eat some of the best food Nice has to offer in the Old Town at a fraction of the cost. La Maison Baral offers the traditional French equivalent of pasta. Homemade ravioli is a speciality and come with lots of different fillings, just choose your favourite.

For traditional French rotisserie, look out for the Boucherie Djibali, where you can enjoy herb-smoked chicken cooked to perfection. Alternatively, Chez Palmyre offers a bistro-style restaurant, where you can enjoy three delicious courses at ridiculously low prices.

Whether you want to try it on the spot or take some home with you, there’s plenty of quality, local produce on offer. The Old Town is where you’ll find the majority of the shops that stock authentic Nice food, such as olives, vegetables and fresh, handmade ravioli.