There is no shortage of restaurants, cafes, takeouts and coffee shops around Nice. They are scattered throughout the whole city along the streets, around the squares and in Cour Saleya (the main market area). Choices are endless and the food is usually good and sometimes, even great. We based some of our decisions on our past visits and tried some new spots, which were kind of hit and miss. As we went along, I collected notes of our experiences and I will insert them here to describe each of these places.
Breakfast – Boulangerie Jeannot (near the Opera House and Old Nice)– good club thon mayo panini, passaladierre was just OK, apple tart and cappuccinos were to die for, cappuccino coffee is from pods and as such was disappointing
American Breakfast – Bistrot de la Mairie – egg, bacon, croissant, fruit cup, cheese, coffee, orange juice – 12 Euro – really good (if you order anything else – omelette, etc. it tends to be a bit more expensive).
Quick burger supper – this is going to seem strange in a city with such good food, but after our long train day, we wanted something close, quick and familiar. We did not have time to search further as we were starving. This place was just around the corner form our apartment. Bref Burger – bacon cheese burger and fries with beer, cheese burger with salad and lemonade – 24 Euro, tasty and fresh made. Checking back on Google recently, this place may have closed.
Menu complete (table d’hote) dinner – La Claire Fontaine in Place Rossetti- Zuchinni and eggplant fritters, chicken breast and spaghetti and chocolate cake, salade niçoise, sea bass and chocolate cake – 17.90 Euro/person – good food and good value, waiter was a bit odd and abrupt (phewt, phewt, phewt)
Crepes and gallettes – Le Trimaran, Place St. Jacques – good service and food and prices – Crepe Parisienne and salad, Crepe Sicillianne and Crepe beure, sucre and canelle, cidre.
Italian Food – Garibaldi Brasserie, Place Garabaldi – Good house wine and spaghetti Napolitane, Nicoise salad. Do not order the Carbonara, as it is too large and too creamy. Rule of thumb, do not order Italian food in France after you have just come from Italy.
Gelato – Fenocchio 2 locations in Old Nice) – great gelato and sorbetto – chocolate gingembre and cappuccino – 2.3 Euro for single scoop, 4 Euro for double scoop
Coffee shop – Le Lunel (near the Port) – good capppucino and service, outside under shade
Pizza – Al Taglio Pizza (in Old Nice) – cheese, speck, artichoke and mushroom – fabulous 72 hour dough (we found this place on our Nice Foodie Tour)
Late Night desserts and drinks – salted butter and sugar and salted butter, and caramel crepes, sweet hard cider – fabulous and good service and host – this place is also open for diner, but we never got there at the right time
Our one regret was that we did not make it to Chez Pipo, our favourite Socca restaurant, in business since 1923. Next time!