On-line Guide: La Civette du Cours, Nice
The outdoor bistro chairs on Nice’s finest strolling street have been a look-at-me go-to for a century. That’s fortunate, as La Civette has curiously little to offer aside from a wondrous location and a storied history.
Yet from 8am until the early hours, the great and good (plus the white-trousered and the sideboob-topped) arrive to sip espresso, Ricard and verres de vin. Each costs €3 a pop. Something stronger, including a hefty mojito or caipirinha, will set you back €8.
Cuisine is defiantly Niçoise. Dishes like accras salt-cod fritters, petits farcis stuffed vegetables and pâtes au Pistou (the local equivalent of pasta-pesto) stud the short menu. The chefs may even deign to grill a pavé de cabillaud or a brochette de boeuf, if you’re not in a hurry.
Just don’t behave like La Civette’s legion of TripAdvisor detractors who decry the waitstaff’s eye-rolling sarcasm. The café’s execrable service is part of the ‘charm’, so expect 30-minute waits for orders while you people-watch the Cours Saleya. At least imbibers can top up their tans, as the terrace faces plain south towards the Riviera sun.
1 cours Saleya, +33 4 93 80 80 59