On-line Guide: Giuseppe e Pepino, Nice
Exit Nice’s Museum of Contemporary Art onto place Garibaldi. The square’s canvas of pavement cafés is as colourful as the Keith Haring paintings within the museum. The piazza boasts trees, fountains, oyster takeaways and patisseries. Plus buskers, street artists, gossiping grannies and skateboarding teens.
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. Come winter the establishment is the only one on the square with a bustling interior and cosy heated foyer.
As its Italian name suggests, Giuseppe e Pepino serves a mean espresso (a mere €1 before 10am), with fabulous wines (€2 a glass) at the aperitivo hour, when business really hots up and grabbing a table can be an issue. It even has its own ice cream bar around the corner. In interminable Mediterranean style, short-changing is considered as acceptable an artform as decorating a cappuccino with chocolate designs. Count your change carefully.
If drinks and gelatos are Italian, lunch and dinner are fully French affairs. Read steak, frites, salade Niçoise and fondue du brie. The daily specials, which may feature chicken brochettes and pavé of salmon offer great value. The downside? Giuseppe e Pepino is an alfresco bar in Nice. That means incredibly slow service that yoyos from splendid to surly to downright incompetent. Don’t get riled. Just sit back, enjoy the piazza’s views, and let the happy hour rosé wash your worries away.
place Garibaldi, +33 4 93 56 66 59