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Where To Eat in Nice

Published on June 28, 2015 by Ralph and Karen

Ni--oise-salade-at-La-bella-Vita-Nice-20150430_124028In a country known for its food, Nice offers some of the best dining options in the world. It even has its own regional cuisine — Niçoise. This deceptively simple cuisine blends influences from the Mediterranean and the Alps, particularly Sicily. Staples include fresh seafood, decadent breads, and light olive oils and herbs instead of heavy, cream-based sauces.

Here is a sampling of some of our favorite Nice restaurants. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a recommendation specific to the dining experience you want!

Best Outdoor Dining in Nice: La Terasse 

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Many Nice restaurants offer outdoor dining on sun-soaked terraces overlooking the bay and beaches.

At the top — literally — is La Terasse.  Here, you’ll find rooftop dining at its finest, 10 floors above the Mediterranean. An Asian fusion menu makes this restaurant a departure from the traditional cuisine of the region. If you’re okay with that, you’ll find flavorful dishes like seabass with coconut, citronella and a tandoori sauce. Or, just order a cocktail and take in the showstopping views. Reservations highly recommended.  

Best Fresh Seafood in Nice: L’Agua  

At L’Agua, the menu cycles daily to reflect what’s freshest. Likely, the fish on your plate was swimming in the sea just hours before. At L’Agua they keep the recipes and décor simple so the outstanding seafood can steal the show. The seared tuna is arguably the best to be had in Nice.

Best Traditional Niçoise on a Budget: Voyageur Nissart

Voyageur Nissart is a family-run, street-side bistro that does everything right. The service is friendly, the food is delicious and authentic — made from passed-down family recipes — and the prices are quite reasonable. Try their speciality, the Gnocci Gorgonzola.

Best Sweet Treat: Fenocchio Glacier

Another Nice institution, Fenocchio Glacier is located at 2,Place Rossetti in Old Town, or Vieux Nice in the local tongue.  Fenocchio Glacier has 100+ flavors of ice creams and sorbets, including innovative options like cactus, violet, tomato basil and beer, as well as more traditional favorites like vanilla, amaretto and chocolate.
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There’s always a line, and it gets longer the later at night you arrive, but it’s well worth the wait and calories. It’s a great location for people watching, too.  Note: Fenocchio Glacier is closed from the end of November to the end of February. 

Bon appetit!

Meet The Author
Hello! We are Ralph and Karen, an Anglo-American couple who fell in love with Paris and France over 20 years ago. Work-related trips brought us here, but we kept coming back for holidays, then extended visits, and then… In 2005, we decided nothing was stopping us from buying a place of our own in Paris. Lots of research, learning, and many kilometers of sneaker-rubber later, we put our house in the United States on the market. It sold in 10 days, and we found our apartment in Montmartre two months later. After a massive, year-long renovation project and its many challenges, we hit our biggest bump yet. As it turned out, we had to stay based in the US after all. Our lovingly remodeled apartment in Paris became a place where we returned only for short visits. In 2008, we started renting to guests—travelers like we once were (we always preferred apartments over expensive, cramped hotels). And the rest, as they say, is history. Le Trésor de Montmartre has proved quite popular, to the extent that we have trouble finding a break in the booking calendar to stay there ourselves! In the midst of this, we found Nice. After several holidays in and around Nice, we thought, why not buy a pied-à-terre in the area? Despite the challenges involved in renovating from afar—which we knew very well at that point—we jumped in again in late 2010. After another renovation, another year, and hundreds more gray hairs between us, we added Le Trésor de Nice to our rental portfolio. A year so so later we picked up 3 other apartment to manage. We hope you find the properties inviting, and hope even more that you will come see them for yourselves! Please get in touch with questions, or to book your stay at one of our apartments. We’d be happy to share our insider knowledge of these places we love so much.
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