Pick of place Garibaldi’s dozen café-bars is Giuseppe e Pepino. Grey garden chairs are spread liberally across a vast terrace shaded by pink pepper trees. Inside it’s just as inviting.
Le Relais has played witness to every Riviera character from Alain Delon to Jean Cocteau since 1913. As the hotel bar of Le Negresco, Nice’s grand dame establishment, its century of clientele reads like a globalised who’s who.
Gluten-free, egg-free, vegan and organic. It’s all offered by the sympathetic (and bilingual) chefs at Le Comptoir, Nice’s leading whole food establishment.
Les Amoureux was once declared the no.1 restaurant in France by TripAdvisor. That’s right, in the land of triple-Michelin stardom, a humble pizza joint grabbed the top spot.
Top chef Keisuke Matsushima didn't relocate from Tokyo to Nice just to make sushi. Instead the Japanese restaurateur won the légion d'honneur, France’s highest order of merit, for adding an Asian precision to French seafood cuisine.
If you find yourself in the heart of Nice after an evening of exploration, we highly recommend you try this bistro, La Mise Au Verre on Rue Pastorelli.
The outdoor bistro chairs on Nice’s finest strolling street have been a fashionable go-to for a century. From 8am until the early hours, the great and good arrive to sip espresso, Ricard and verres de vin.
As its name suggests, the Comptoir was once an age-old electrical store where locals purchased light bulbs. Those same vintage bulbs now illuminate an impossibly trendy café-bar.
Posted Dec 2019 in Go & Do
For anyone looking to visit the French Rivera over Christmas and New Year, the Christmas markets will probably be on your list of things to do. Here’s what you need to know.
Nice’s photography museum is a big hitter. A prime location opposite the Préfecture, coupled with decades of experience, draws in A-grade photo exhibitions.
The Bistrot's du Port’s €16 lunch menu is like a drug. Once you've sampled their discount prix fixe, which includes wine, coffee, a starter and a seafood main, you're hooked like the fish they specialise in.
Posted Nov 2019 in Go & Do
Cycle fans: put the 27th June in your diary and get booking! Our apartments are filling up fast for the starting point of 2020 Tour de France. With the first stage of the race being three loops around the hinterlands of Nice, you can watch the pack go around all day along with the battle for the first Yellow Jersey of the season between the sprinters.
Posted Nov 2019 in Go & Do
The shortest and slowest race of the Formula One calendar requires the most skill to win. The ability to weave a 200cm-wide vehicle through 19th-century streets at speeds of 260kmh is one that few drivers can master.
Today Le Plongeoir offers an inventive restaurant connected by a precipitous bridge over the Mediterranean, offering an unrivalled Niçoise seascape.
Euro-for-Euro, Gésu must rank as the best restaurant in Nice. Its terrace heaves with diners who bellow orders from plastic tables, while sinking €8 pitchers of Cotes de Provence.
The former home of Russian princess Elizaveta Kochubey is now Nice’s Museum of Fine Arts. The building’s rococo splendour encloses a collection that includes Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Jan Brueghel.
Posted Sep 2019 in Go & Do
Found at 6 avenue du Ray, 06100 Nice, this cute place is a bit of a secret. It was shared with us by our interns, who lived with university students who knew little gems are to be found outside the tourist hub. You might want to give it a try if you fancy heading just out of the centre of Nice to something a bit different, especially if you have teenagers to impress. It won’t break the bank, prices are on the cheaper side, and the food will suit most palates.
Fenocchio describes itself as a Maitre Glacier, or 'master ice-cream maker'. From its picturesque locale on place Rossetti in Nice Old Town, it has scooped award-winning cones since 1966. Celebrity foodies including David Lebovitz are fans.
When the president or a rock star comes to town, it’s usually in the paper the next day that they dined at La Petite Maison. When you see the restaurant from the outside, you’d be surprised – at first glance it looks like many of the other eateries along the posh part of the Old Town, just a little bigger than the norm. Then up close you notice the sculptured sweets at the entrance, the large terrace area is encased in burgundy curtains and there are plenty of chandeliers alongside flickering candlelight for a warm, relaxed ambience.
If only Instagram had existed when Japanese eatery Kamogawa set up shop decades ago. The restaurant would have become an instant hit.
La Popote d’Ondine is the epitome of lazy, tasty Sunday breakfasts but all day long, and for every day of the week. Yay! Waffles, pancakes, salads and homemade cakes galore, all heartily washed down with shakes, juices and gourmet coffee.
You can easily miss Rue Dalpozzo, but you shouldn’t if you’re looking for great little venues where the friendly vibes and excellent cuisine brings more word of mouth business than any advertising or high -rents-for-high-footfall ever could. The locals eat here, alongside the tourists who have found the street on a previous visit and keep coming back for more.
Posted Jun 2019 in Guest Info
For a few years now, amidst the glamour, sunshine and joli de vivre, there’s been a gremlin in Nice. Not for much longer! The dust that has plagued the city is finally being swept up, the barricades are gone from walkways and everywhere there are beaming prideful smiles as the city embraces the new airport to port tramline.
Posted May 2019 in Guest Info
Being abroad shouldn’t mean that you miss out on online purchases or letters from loved-ones – and it doesn’t. Guests staying for more than a couple of weeks often ask us how they can receive parcels and letters whilst living in France.
Posted Apr 2019 in Go & Do
Enjoy pure relaxation as you sit under the rows of olive trees, with a book, a picnic and a blanket – there’s nothing better on a sunny day. The red façade of the Matisse museum makes for a great backdrop, contrasting nicely with the blue sky behind. You will often see the local French men playing the popular game of boules in the gardens; or if you’re lucky, you might witness a lone musician playing some gentle melodies on their guitar, keeping up the atmosphere of overwhelming calm and peace.