Introducing the locals' favourite neighbourhood: Libération

Introducing the locals' favourite neighbourhood: Libération

The Libération district is bustling, cool, close to the city centre and captures the local way of life. The neighbourhood is very easy to reach, at the bottom of Avenue Jean Médecin and around Place du Général de Gaulle. The bustling and authentic Libération district near Hôtel Byakko is an absolute must-visit during your stay in Nice!


The Libération market: the local way of life

If you want to spend your time on the Côte d’Azur soaking up the local lifestyle then you simply have to visit the Libération market. The large outdoor market on and around Place Charles de Gaulle is famous throughout the region for the standard of its produce. It's a feast for the eyes. Come and experience produce from the Nice area every morning, Monday to Sunday! Fruit, vegetables, fish, flowers and more. Meet the passionate producers and learn about their trade. You may well hear a few local expression as you wander from stall to stall! The Libération market couldn't be more "Nice" and is a favourite haunt among locals and visitors who want to experience real life in the city.

The Libération market - Credit : Summer Hotels


Place du Général de Gaulle: a historical site in the heart of the Libération

The Libération district came into its own when the Gare des Chemins de Fer de Provence train station was first built (now Gare du Sud). The station is on Place du Général de Gaulle. The Nice district is named after Place de la Libération, now called Place du Général de Gaulle. The square in the heart of the district is named in tribute to the resistance fighters who died here whilst fighting the German occupiers on August 28th 1944. To commemorate the event, a statue of General de Gaulle was built in the middle of the square.


Locals' favourite restaurants

You're bound to smell some good cooking wafting out of the local restaurants as you wander around the Libération district! As the food capital of the Côte d’Azur, if you enjoy the good life and trying new flavours then try out the best restaurants in the area.

  • Le Gambetta is a famous local brasserie in the Libération market. It's famous for its seafood: shellfish platter, mussels, sea bream, grilled salmon steak etc. It's the perfect place to dive into Mediterranean cuisine
1 place du Général de Gaulle, 06000 Nice, France
  • L’Authentique Pizza serves up first class pizza in Nice made with unique expertise. You're in for a treat at this Italian restaurant, taught by the best pizza school in France! 
15 bd Auguste Raynaud, 06100 Nice
  • Lou Pantail is a popular traditional Nice restaurant. This family-run eatery is a warm and friendly institution in Nice serving local and Italian specialities: wood-fired pizzas, pissaladière, Nice ravioli filled with stew, sorrentina gnocchi and so much more! Do you fancy their delicious dishes on the rooftop of your 3* hotel? Order in!
107 avenue Saint-Lambert, 06100 Nice


Architecture in the Libération district: sleek and modern style

The Libération's architecture is a sight for sore eyes. The wide variety of styles, with Art Deco, Belle Epoque and modern buildings, makes this neighbourhood a real treat.

The architecture of the Libération district - Crédit : Summer Hotels 

Some landmarks stand out for their quirky appearance, just like Sainte Jeanne d’Arc Church (modern architecture).

If you're a culture vulture then visit the Neo-Russian St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral. The early 20th century building is listed as a Monument Historique.

St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral - Credit : Wikipedia

The Libération neighbourhood is a melting pot of culture, history, architecture, food and drink and so much more. It stands out for its diversity and blend of traditional and modern styles. Locals and visitors love the Libération district for being true to itself and original. Soak up the local lifestyle with a trip to the most beautiful villages around Nice or visit Nice's landmarks: Castle Hill, Vieux-Nice etc.