Nice Côte d’Azur, a region that you will love to explore as well as to taste. Because enjoying good food is far from being a bad habit, treat yourself to a very tasty experience during your stay.
In the morning, the open-air markets are the place to be. Stroll between the stalls and let yourself be carried away by the colours, the smells and all the flavours offered by the local producers. Fruit and vegetables, fish from the day’s catch, aromatic plants and especially AOP olives. Taste them : black, green, in oil, in tapenade or simply to crunch. All the flavours of the region can be tasted in a single bite. And for the more curious, don’t forget to stop off at the Nicolas Alziari mill in Nice, the only ancestral mill still in operation. You will be able to follow the process of transforming olives into its famous oil, which is nicknamed “the Green Gold of the Mediterranean”.
Wine lovers, discover the wine of Bellet, also AOP. Red, white or rosé, taste a selection of different grape varieties during a wine tour through the vineyards. Take the opportunity to visit the Château nestled in the hills and admire a fantastic sunset at the end of the day.
Gourmandise invites itself to the table!
Nice Côte d’Azur has hundreds of restaurants, each as different as the next, to satisfy everyone’s appetite. Sit on a private beach and enjoy fish, salads and local specialities while listening to the sound of the waves. Or perch on one of the region’s most beautiful roof-tops to sip a cocktail with a panoramic view of the Promenade des Anglais. Unless you prefer to go a little higher? Then head to the Parc du Mercantour to discover the comforting cuisine of the mountain resorts.
For gourmets, explore unexpected flavours at one of the many starred restaurants. In total, some fifteen restaurants open the doors to haute gastronomy. Among them, the Chèvre d’Or** in Eze, Flaveur** in Nice, the Saint-Martin* in Vence, the Chantecler* at the Negresco hotel, for the greatest pleasure of your taste buds.
In Nice, gastronomy is so important that Nice cuisine has its own quality label. Each year, “Cuisine Nissarde, le respect de la tradition” rewards around thirty gourmet addresses in Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Gilette and many other towns. Historic establishments, sunny terraces but also take-away sales. Each labelled establishment guarantees excellence and ancestral recipes. So let yourself be tempted by an authentic Niçoise salad, small stuffed dishes, pan bagnat or ravioli à la daube. And what would an aperitif be without a nice slice of socca to accompany it. Beware, you are not allowed to end your holiday without having tasted the traditional sweet chard pie. Don’t be surprised by this most original dessert, because once you’ve tasted it, you won’t be able to do without it.