We are so thankful that we were able to get away twice in 2020 before the virus shut life as we know it down. First in February to Stockholm for my, James’ birthday, and secondly to the French Riviera in March for Jessica’s birthday, it was just a couple of weeks later that we were confined to our London with the only travel enabled being a bi-daily walk to the local Tesco Metro.
When all of this madness blows over and you’re inevitably looking to reward yourself for a holiday, look no further than Nice and it’s beautiful surrounding region.
With it being off-season (i.e. cheap flights and not overly touristy), we sadly couldn’t find the usual obligatory food tour that suited our itinerary, but that meant that we had to seek out the best spots on our own accord. We think we did a pretty decent job and have hand picked our faves for you…
For breakfast, hit up Olim. It’s one of Nice’s top breakfast/brunch/lunch spots with plenty of wholesome French cuisine and incredibly friendly and passionate waiters. The menu puts a bit of a twist on the norm by serving up numerous small bites in not only aesthetically but environmentally friendly jars. We opted for the more substantial brunch option, which consisted of several small portions of everything from bread and jam, to vegetable and crouton soup.
Washed down with a refreshing citron juice and coffee, it was a wonderful start to the day which tided us over well into the mid-afternoon.
For a more grab-and-go style of breakfast, check out Mama Baker which offer what look like outrageously good loafs of bread, pastries and pizza slices. We stopped by here on the way to the station to catch a train to Monte Carlo, and sat in the morning sun with a small brioche bun and cappuccino.
Nice is full of stupendous (mostly pricey) French cuisine but with it being so close to the Italian border, it’s so much more than that. Incorporating an all round Mediterranean feel and a wide range of options, we could’ve spent so much longer than a few days here and not become anything like bored of the offering.
Our first food stop was Piexes, a French seafood bistro which sits just a stone’s throw from the waterfront and quite conveniently, just the other side of a city park from our AirBnb.
Perhaps the most memorable dish of our entire trip was the starter we had here. Raw beef and oyster tacos were small but ginormous in flavour and elevated by the seafood mayo. Seeing it on the menu completely intrigued us and certainly did not let us down. They’re an absolute must if you come here. The main course fish dishes were also delectable and wonderfully presented, however we left before dessert with a certain thing in mind.
One of many Nicoise delicacies is socca, a chickpea flour pancake which easily be found at the deluge of bakeries, cafes and markets. We got our fix at the Coeurs Saleya open-air market which also led to the browsing of local art and house ornaments, even though we sadly had no room for it in our cabin bags 🙁
La Femme du Boulanger is nestled away on a back alley between the new and old towns of Nice. French classics of beautifully cooked meats, vegetables and potatoes are accompanied by perfectly paired wines and followed up in our case, by a huge slice of tiramisu. As you may expect, we consumed copious amounts of bread in our short time here, but La Femme du Boulanger had the best, in our humble opinion. The huge basket, olive oil and balsamic vinegar pretty much acted as a starter.
If you’re looking for the epitome of French bistro, this is the spot for you.
Thank you so much for making it all the way to the end of this post! We have a Nice lifestyle post on its way, plus an all round summary of our time in the worlds second smallest country, Monaco.
Have you been to Nice? Let us know if you have any foodie recommendations in down in the comments section!