France Road Trip: Côte d’Azur, Nice

If you’re looking for a short break that has it all; sun, sea, sand and city life, Nice will do nothing but continuously surprise you with it’s French splendour and friendly people. My first experience of France outside of Paris and I was oh so impressed. We were in town late September and it was too hot to handle so be prepared for hot weather but check ahead.

We were only there for a couple of nights but made the most of the gastro experience the city had to offer. I won’t give a run down of every place we ate but have highlighted the best of the bunch below!

Where we stayed:

For our entire roadtrip we decided to stay at Air BnBs vs hotels. Mainly because I was dead set on having a few nights in cooking the local food we picked up from the markets and the bottles of wine we were buying from the vineyards we visited. Our one bedroom apartment had fantastic views of the port, sea and beautiful terracotta buildings. Perfectly situated by the old town district, it’s a few minutes walk from amenities, the beach and fantastic restaurants. If there is any advice I can give you when roadtripping France it’s to do the latter. The food we cooked and ate ourselves were some of the most delicious meals we’ve ever made. 

Nice air bnb old town

{view from our air bnb}

Best restaurants in Nice:

La Roustide – A restaurant that specialises in truffle, you absolutely need to come here on an empty stomach as the food is rich, plentiful and lush. Truth be told I needed to lie down I was so full so the tasting menu is worth every penny. My favourite dishes were the carrot truffle soup and the mushroom parmesan truffle risotto. Absolutely the ultimate in comfort food.

Jan :- Possibly one of the most exciting dinner experiences I’ve ever had. A humble but imaginative location with a very well deserved Michelin star. A fusion of French and South African Each course was a spectacle with the first being a palette cleanser you ate from a rose! It wasn’t all just for show. The dishes were up there in the most delicious meals I’ve experienced. If you’re going to Nice I HIGHLY recommend saving up for the tasting menu here. Definitely need to book in advance.

la roustide restaurant france

{La Roustide Restaurant – Truffle tasting menu – Parmesan Truffle Risotto}

Things to do in Nice: 

Castle of Nice – After an intense climb the gardens and views of this hilltop are breathtaking. Well worth the exercise to see a waterfall installation the port, city and seaview. Make sure to take your camera here! Check out my video below for drone shots of how gorgeous this spot is.

Cours Saleya Market – This open air and gorgeous market boasts fruit, veg, oils, french delicacies and much more. I picked up some of my favourite French olive oil – A l’Olivier to enjoy at our future stops along the road trip. We also grabbed half a watermelon to sit and enjoy on the beach that was a three minute walk away.

nice beach promenade anglais

{View from Castle Hill of Promenade Des Anglais}

Beach – Being the end of September the busy season was over (thankfully as city beaches are often heaving) but the sun was beaming hot our whole time there so we spent a lot of time in the sea. Stuart especially! Just make sure to take swimming shoes as because it’s a stone beach it’s awfully painful getting in and out.

Nice Port – Situated in the Old Town area the port is packed full with some of the world’s most luxurious yachts. Along our walk to dinner, we took a slow stroll unashamedly gawking in to the magnificent boats. I quickly became obsessed with the million dollar Elandess Yacht. Still waiting for my invite onboard.

Streets of the Old Town – We stayed in this neighbourhood which was lucky as it’s a stunning part of town. Cobbled small streets and lined with restaurants and small shops. You could easily get lost exploring these colourful and eclectic little allies.

nice old town nice port

{Streets of Nice Old Town and the Elandess in Nice Port}

Matisse Museum – Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to visit but really wanted to! If you’re an art lover and get a chance pop over to the Matisse museum and let me know your thoughts.

Have you been to Nice? Any recos? I would go back without a doubt!


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