Reams have been written about Nice’s waterfront, French windows, and its beaches, but most people seem to gloss over the delectable food on offer in the city.
Nice’s location on the south-east coast of France ensures a colourful cuisine peppered with Mediterranean influences.
We do not recommend renting a car in Nice as it can get very crowded in the city centre. Instead arrive in style in a limousine like this one here – after all you are in the French Riviera, one of the most stylish areas in the world.
Once there, steer clear of restaurants offering “French Food”. Local cuisine in Nice offers much more than typical French dishes such as crepes, cassoulet, or coq au vin. Here is our list of must eats in Nice :-
1) Socca Wrap
Head straight to the dimly-lit streets of the Vieille Ville (Old Town) for Socca Wraps. This Nicoise speciality is essentially a pancake made from chickpea flour, olive oil, and water. It is lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.
Nicoise Cuisine uses products produced in the neighbouring regions of France. As a result olive oil, anchovies, local cheeses, and a variety of meats frequently make an appearance on menus. The best way to sample everything at once? A Nicoise pizza, of course 🙂
Nice’s proximity to Italy and the high quality of local produce ensures excellent pizzas in restaurants. In fact, The New York Times recently wrote a lengthy piece on scrumptious pizzas of South France. We suggest trying thin-crust pizzas at La Pizza Cresci or Pizza Pili – you will definitely go back for more.
3) Unique produce at Farmers Market
There is no better way to spend a day in Nice than strolling through the expansive Cours Saleya. This working market is every gourmand’s dream come true. It is easy to spend hours admiring colourful Provencal fruits and vegetables, learning about local cheeses, and sampling various olive oils at Cours Saleya.
It is the perfect place to try local produce in South France. Make sure you try the Pissaladière, a pie made from onions and anchovies.
4) The best ice cream of your life
In Nice, we discovered ice cream that is creamier and tastier than any other ice cream in the world. At Glacier Fenocchio there are dozens of flavours to choose from, including the weird (cactus ice cream anyone?) and the wonderful (orange-blossom ice-cream). We liked it so much that we wrote an entire article on it. We challenge you to find better 🙂
If you’ve sampled one wine too many and are craving something more potent, it is time to step it up a notch. Enter Absinthe. This highly-alcoholic spirit might be banned in a number of countries, but it is freely available in South France. Our favourite Absinthe Bar is in Antibes, a short drive away from Nice.
Have you been to Nice? What is the tastiest thing you ate in the city?