Lido is a public beach, centrally located between Blue beach and Ruhl beach that contains Lido Plage private beach-restaurant. The public beach is small but wide and contains Nice's only pontoon, the last remnant of a Belle Epoque casino that was destroyed during WWII.
In July and August a part of the beach and sea is roped off for nautical activities. There are swimming classes for kids, aquagym for seniors and aquabike for everyone. See more at Nice Natation.
Lido beach is right in front of the luxurious Palais Mediterranée. It's also an easy walk from the four-star Hotel West End , the Hotel Westminister and the splendid Negresco.
The Congres/Promenade bus stop is at the beach entrance. You'll find buses 8, 11, 52, 59, 60, 70, 94, 98, 200, 230, 400, 500, 720, 790
Across the Promenade is the cafe-restaurant, Sarao, which serves a full range of meals and snacks. Next door is Cane au Sucre, a casual snacks place.
On the public beach, there's a portable WC in the summer. Naturally, Lido Plage has all necessary facilities for its clients.
From June to September there's a lifeguard and first-aid station at Lido beach. See more about lifeguards.
Parking on the street is extremely difficult here. There is a paid underground parking at the Palais Mediterranée.
Lido Plage Private Beach Restaurant
Lido Plage is known for its generous salads and reasonable prices (see my review). Note that this is one of the few beach-restaurants in Nice to offer a lower price for the second row of lounge chairs. All are comfortably outfitted with mattresses. See more about private beaches and beach-restaurants.
Telephone: 04 93 87 18 25
Address: 15 Promenade des Anglais
Facebook Page : Lido Plage
Beach Opening Hours: 9am-6.30pm
Beach Prices: Lounge chair & umbrella 1st/2nd row €26/22. Towel €6. Half day (after 2pm lounge chair & umbrella €15)
Restaurant Style: Uptempo music; elaborate salads, numerous fish dishes, pizza, pasta, meat, mussels
Restaurant Opening Hours: Breakfast from 10am, lunch and dinner from mid-May to September. Lunch all year.
Restaurant Prices: Salad Nicoise €16; pasta from €14; fish from €18; child's menu €14
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Maybe it was the heat or maybe it was the gloom caused by a rather quiet tourist season, but my lunch at Lido Plage was decidedly underwhelming. I had been impressed with my experience several years ago but now--not so much. Part of the problem is the prices. The fritto misto that cost €19 is now €23. The service was uninspiring. Any minor problem was met with disinterest by the servers. I requested a table out of the sun and felt like I had broken some unspoken code. Most pepper grinders were empty. A request for a full one brought a grinder filled with salt. I ordered a Seafood Caesar Salad (€18) and my companion ordered the Lido Salad (€18) centered on smoked salmon and avocado. The salads were OK but could use a little sparkle. At least they were copious which made it not a bad deal for the price. Jeanne July 15, 2013