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Things to do in Nîmes

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Landmark
“This is a fantastic piece of Roman history. You can buy a ticket to go inside it or just marvel at it from the outs. Throughout the year there are concerts, shows and even bullfights held in the arena.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Garden
“This is a magnificent garden, which was part of the original Nîmes, as it houses natural springs. Now, it is a lovely spot for a stroll or a jog and if you continue to climb up the hill, you will find the Tour de Magne which was part of the ancient city walls and defence, and now gives a fantastic view of the city and its surrounds. ”
  • 100 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Visit the Maison Carrée for a fantastic historical/reenactment film that describes the origins of Nimes.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This is why people come to Nimes at all, to be honest. And it's well worth the visit for this alone. It's the best preserved Roman arena in all of Europe. If you come during the Roman Games, you can go in and watch re-enactments of ancient Roman battles. The gladiators walking the streets of Nimes will leave you breathless. ;)”
  • 35 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Musée d'art contemporain, bâtiment de Norman Foster, expositions pointues et intéressantes, bibliothèque et librairie // Contemporary Art Museum, Norman Foster building, library and bookstore.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Historic Site
“La Tour Magne est le plus haut point pour une belle vue sur Nîmes. C'est également un monument emblématique de la ville de Nîmes !”
  • 41 locals recommend
History Museum
“Un musée magnifique, moderne et agréable. Un écrin qui révèle la magnifique histoire de la Rome française. Le restaurant est également très apprécié. On peut aussi y faire une pause café. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Best food shopping spot in the region... one of our personal favorites. Great produce and atmosphere... we go mid morning and stay for lunch at the "bistro". ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Le + son espace restauration très accessible et sa fraîcheur Le + les prix très accessible ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Transportation
“The station is just 15min away, with regular frequent trains to Montpellier (25 minutes), Avignon (30mins), and by high-speed TGV Paris is only 3h direct.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Historic Site
“La Maison Carrée est un temple romain du Ier siècle, classé Monument Historique : incontournable ! // La Maison Carrée is a Roman temple from the first century, historical monument : a must !”
  • 23 locals recommend
Watch Shop
“Referred as the French Rome, Nîmes has monuments dating back to the Roman Empire.”
  • 234 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Centre Commercial du centre ville, au-dessus des Halles // Shopping centre in the center of Nîmes, above the Halles”
  • 16 locals recommend
Rental Car Location
“The local airport is a short bus ride away and offers low-cost flights to Brussels and London on Ryanair. The next nearest major airports are Montpellier and Marseille.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Bar cosy, original, éthique, avec de nombreuses bières artisanales, une jolie déco, de délicieux thés, des jeux de société et des petits espaces 'comme à la maison'.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“Grand marché couvert, on y trouve les meilleurs produits et spécialités locales : INCONTOURNABLE ! // Covered market in which we find the best products and local specialties : A MUST !”
  • 24 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Bar cosy, original, éthique, avec de nombreuses bières artisanales, une jolie déco, de délicieux thés, des jeux de société et des petits espaces 'comme à la maison'.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
“Grand marché couvert, on y trouve les meilleurs produits et spécialités locales : INCONTOURNABLE ! // Covered market in which we find the best products and local specialties : A MUST !”
  • 24 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“A good modern Italian restaurant in a lovely quiet square just off the centre of town.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Les Nîmois s'y retrouvent les soirs d'été pour boire un verre de rosé en grignotant quelques délicieux tapas...! // The Nîmois meet there during summer to drink rosé munching some delicious tapas ...!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Le cadre est agréable, notamment en période estivale lorsqu'on mange sur la place. Mais nous le recommandons surtout parce que les plats proposés sont très bons et originaux.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Un restaurant oriental où vous pouvez déguster des tajines dans une très belle cour.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“Un très bon restaurant pour manger des produits locaux de qualité. Je recommande ++”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“5min walk from my AirBnB, A classic, recommend by locals, I go regularly at noon, George, the boss and chef, operates in an open kitchen. Nice lofty decor with the famous installations-illuminating sculptures from urban lighting remixed by Bob Bourbon. French cuisine from the market, in small portions, you can go for lunch, very affordable menu or for the evening, a bit more expensive and busy. There is always a nice urban atmosphere, canteen chic, sometimes a little noisy because of vaults. Excellent wine cellar that can be visited right in the entrance. We go back for the taste, the price & the atmosphere, 15 to 25 €.”
  • 15 locals recommend

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