Top ChoiceFrench in Vieux Nice

Bar des Oiseaux

Hidden down a narrow backstreet, this old-town classic has been in business since 1961, serving as a popular nightclub before reincarnating itself as a restaurant (some of its original saucy murals have survived...

Top ChoiceBistro in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

La Femme du Boulanger

This back-alley gem with pavement seating is a vision of French bistro bliss. Mains like duck à l'orange, honey-balsamic glazed lamb shank, or perfect steak au poivre (pepper steak) with gratin dauphinois (cheesy...

Top ChoiceBakery in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

Mama Baker

Great bakeries abound in France, but even here, truly creative artisanal ones stand out. Witness Mama Baker, where organic grains and speciality ingredients go into a host of unique goodies. Don't miss the...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Vieux Nice

Peixes

This chic modern seafood eatery is the latest jewel in the crown of Niçois master restaurateur Armand Crespo. All done up in white-and-turquoise nautical decor, with dangling fish eyeball light fixtures and...

Top ChoiceFrench in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

Franchin

White linen tablecloths give this upmarket brasserie an air of formality, but the friendly service dispels any notions of stuffiness, and the food is simply divine. Don't miss the octopus salad with potatoes and...

Top ChoiceFrench in Vieux Nice

Chez Palmyre

Look no further for authentic Niçois cooking than this packed, cramped, convivial little space in the heart of the old town. The menu is very meat-heavy, with plenty of tripe, veal, pot-cooked chicken and the...

Top ChoiceFrench in Vieux Nice

La Rossettisserie

Roast meat is the order of the day here: make your choice from beef, chicken, veal or lamb, and pair it with a choice of mashed or sautéed potatoes, ratatouille or salad. Simple and sumptuous, with cosy, rustic...

Bakery in Vieux Nice

La Fougasserie

Vieux Nice's finest baked goods emanate from this little corner boulangerie, which also operates a stall in the Cours Saleya food market. Quality organic ingredients go into a full spectrum of sweet and savoury...

Gastronomy in New Town & Promenade des Anglais

Flaveur

Run by brothers Gaël and Mickaël Tourteau, this small restaurant has big culinary ambitions (and a second Michelin star as of 2018). In a Zen dining room with bold fabrics and wooden platters artfully arranged on...

French in Vieux Nice

Acchiardo

Warm service and irreproachable quality are the hallmarks of this traditional neighbourhood restaurant, in the same family since 1927. Locals and tourists pack into the three stone-walled rooms for Niçois...

Gastronomy in Le Port-Garibaldi

Jan

For the full-blown fine-dining experience, make a pilgrimage to the Michelin-starred restaurant of South African chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen. Dishes here are laced with Antipodean and New World flavours,...

Provencal in Vieux Nice

Olive et Artichaut

There’s barely enough room to swing a pan in this tiny street bistro, especially when it’s full of diners (as it often is), but it doesn’t seem to faze young Niçois chef Thomas Hubert and his friendly team. He...

Tapas in Le Port-Garibaldi

Café Paulette

Chilled and classy Café Paulette has become one of the Petit Marais's favourite hang-outs since opening in 2017. Part cafe, part convivial lunch spot and part evening wine bar, it's especially beloved for its...

French in Vieux Nice

Le Bistrot d’Antoine

A quintessential French bistro, right down to the checked tablecloths, streetside tables and impeccable service – not to mention the handwritten blackboard, loaded with classic dishes such as rabbit pâté,...

Ice Cream in Vieux Nice

Fenocchio

There’s no shortage of ice-cream sellers in the old town, but this maître glacier (master ice-cream maker) has been king of the scoops since 1966. The array of flavours is mind-boggling – olive, tomato, fig,...

French in Vieux Nice

La Merenda

Simple, solid Niçois cuisine – stockfish, calf tripe à la Niçoise with panisse (chunky, pan-fried sticks of chickpea batter) and the like – by former Michelin-starred chef Dominique Le Stanc draws the crowds to...

French in Vieux Nice

La Cave du Fromager

Fromage is what fuels the convivial mood at this candlelit, brick- and stone-vaulted cellar bistro. The menu changes with the seasons but always revolves around cheese: Roquefort-broccoli soup; baked Camembert...

Street Food in Vieux Nice

Socca du Cours

In the heart of the cours Selaya market, this no-frills stand draws crowds every morning for its hot-from-the-oven socca (chickpea-flour pancake; brought in by bicycle) and assorted Niçois snacks: stuffed...

Bistro in Vieux Nice

La P'tite Cocotte

Everyone loves this intimate backstreet hideaway, named for its trademark dessert, a sinfully tasty chocolate fondant baked in a p'tite cocotte (mini casserole dish) and paired with pistachio ice cream. But we're...

Vegetarian in Vieux Nice

Koko Green

At this popular Vieux Nice newcomer, a New Zealander and a naturopath whip up an awesome array of veggie, raw and vegan treats. Weekly specials are globally inspired: Mexican sopa de tortilla, Middle Eastern...