It’s not the most exciting topic to read about, but you’ll be happy to know where public toilets in Nice are if you’re walking around all day. Unlike most places in the United States and a lot of other countries, public toilets are usually not free in France. Some department stores and electronic stores charge for their toilets, too, so you won’t necessarily save any money by popping into one of those businesses.
The benefit of having to pay is that the toilets tend to be clean, modern, and well maintained.
Map of public toilets in Nice
Here’s a high-level map letting you know the general area in which each toilet is located. The numbers on the map correspond to the numbers below in this blog. Each description below provides a close-up view of the toilet’s location so you can find it more readily.
List of the public toilets, arranged by area
The following is a list of all of the public toilets I’ve come across in the main shopping and tourist areas of Nice. I’ve broken down the list into very general geographic areas to make it easier to figure out which one is closest to you.
Promenade du Paillon & Jardin Albert I
These are the two main sections to the long, narrow park that bisects the city. Promenade du Paillon is east of Place Massena and Jardin Albert I is west of it.
1. Fontaine des Trois Grâces (Fountain of the Three Graces)
There’s a toilet under the Fontaine des Trois Grâces (Fountain of the Three Graces) in the Jardin Albert I (Albert the First Garden). This is at the far western end of the park, past the huge curved steel sculpture, almost as far as Le Méridien Hotel.
2. Children’s Play Area Promenade du Paillon
In the children’s play area of the Promenade du Paillon, in the western end toward the Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain (MAMAC). Open park hours, which vary by the season. 50 cents.
Vieille Ville / Old Town
3. Tram Stop Opéra – Vieille Ville
Located beneath the tram stop Opéra – Vieille Ville. Walk down the stairs beside the platform and the toilets are on the right. Open 10:00am-6:00pm everyday. 50 cents.
4. Cours Saleya Marche / Flower Market
In the Cours Saleya Market, near the top end heading toward the hill. The restroom is in the archway beside Restaurant Le Bateleur. No posted hours. 5o cents.
5. Promenade des Etats-Unis
Under the Promenade des Etats-Unis at the Beau Rivage beach, across from the 9 Oblique Lines sculpture. Open from 9:00am-6:00pm daily when events are taking place on the promenade above it. 50 cents.
Avenue Jean Médecin
This is the main shopping street that the tram runs up. One end of the avenue is at Place Massena and the other is at Nice Ville train station. The toilets below are listed in order as you head north.
6. Below Place Massena
Open 9:00am to 6:30pm. Not open Sundays, holidays, or when events are taking place above in Place Massena. 50 cents.
There are three stairwells that lead to the underground shopping gallery that contains the toilets. One entrance, shown below, is on the Place Massena side of Galeries Lafayette department store.
Another is in the same position on the opposite side of the tram line. The third is on the other side of Rue Massena, very close to the second.
7. Galleries Lafayette Department Store
6 Avenue Jean Médecin. Located on the 3rd floor. Get off the escalator and turn right. The toilets are behind the elevators. Cut to the left of the elevators to get around them. Open whenever the store is open. No charge.
8. Nice Etoile Shopping Center
30 Avenue Jean Médecin. Located on the 2nd floor. Open 9:30am to 7:30pm Monday through Saturday and 10:30am to 7:00pm Sundays. 50 cents.
9. FNAC Electronics Store
44-46 Avenue Jean Médecin. Located on the 3rd floor. Open whenever the store is open. 20 cents, but free with a token from the Columbus Cafe on the same floor.
10. Nice Ville Train Station
Located in the main building, at the far end of the hall to the right as you enter the main ticketing area. Open from 7:00am to 9:00pm everyday. 80 cents.
Colline du Château / Castle Hill
11. Castle Hill play area
On the port side of Castle Hill, near the cliff edge across from the ruins of the church. Open park hours, which vary by the season. 50 cents.