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Nestled in its magnificent crescent-shaped bay, between sea and mountains, Nice is naturally beautiful. Our attraction to this place goes beyond this though, as it offers numerous open-air and cultural activities, along with a peaceful way of life and an exciting atmosphere. So don't hesitate any longer: pack your bags and come experience this unique, captivating and radiant city.

Click to explore Vanessa Massé's top recommendations as our Nice natural wine expert.

A multi-faceted city

A view over Nice, France
A view over Nice, France


The most ideal way to explore Nice is on foot. This way, you can admire the city from various perspectives: by the waterfront, amidst the lush vegetation, or from the summits of the surrounding hills...


Let's start with the renowned classic: the Promenade des Anglais. On one side, there is the clear turquoise sea and the legendary pebbles. On the other side, a boulevard adorned with palm trees, beautiful structures, and iconic hotels like the Negresco, which exudes a nostalgic charm from the early 20th century. The promenade is adorned with kiosks, pergolas, blue chairs, and white benches... Take a moment to pause: the constant flow of pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists is utterly captivating, and the conversations are always animated!

Hotel Negresco
Hotel Negresco

 

Then it's on to the Cours Saleya, the city's pedestrian thoroughfare. In the morning, the fruit and vegetable market floods the area with color, and in the afternoon, flowers take over. In between, restaurants and cafés for a break during the day or a drink in the evening.

On the way to the old town, or Vieux-Nice, admire the pretty pink-clad Tour de l'Horloge. Then wander through the timeless maze of passageways and alleyways with their colorful facades and numerous stalls. Olive and craft vendors, gourmet shops, small cafés, restaurants... Look up from time to time, there's washing hanging in the windows!

View on villas.
View on villas.



Like a large garden, Nice boasts many green spaces, including the Promenade du Paillon, named after the river that runs through Nice and is covered here. This sort of green corridor, which begins at the immense and majestic Place Massena, is an oasis of greenery all year round and cool in summer. At the end, the Place Garibaldi awaits you, with its arcades, bars and restaurants, and its statue in honor of the Nice-born Italian general.

From here, take a trip to the harbor, where you'll find the "pointus", small multicolored wooden fishing boats. You can even board one of them, Lou Pagassin, to cross the harbor from one shore to the other.

Finish this wonderful exploration on la Colline du Château. It offers an incredible vantage point over the city, as well as an insight into its organization. First there's Vieux-Nice, at the foot of the hill, with its distinctive layout and simple architecture. Then, on the other side of the Paillon, the modern city, with its more rectilinear streets and Haussmann-style architecture. Today, the château no longer exists (destroyed by Louis XIV's troops during the siege of the town in the early 18th century). All that remains are a few ruins, intermingled with several relaxation areas, a wooded park and a waterfall, making this a truly pleasant place to stroll.

And for hiking enthusiasts, follow the coastal path from Coco Beach at the foot of Mont Boron, to the east of the town. In less than 2 hours, you'll reach the Villefranche-sur-Mer roadstead. An exceptional walk, accessible to all, facing the sea and under the cover of beautiful vegetation.

A journey through history and culture

Nice, a city full of art and culture
Nice, a city full of art and culture


Nice is a veritable open-air museum. First and foremost for its architectural heritage, which includes Baroque, Art Deco, Belle Époque and modern styles. Since 2021, the city has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

But Nice is also famous for its many sites and places, which give an insight into its very special history, made up of alternating dominations by different powers and influences over the centuries: Greek, Roman, Ostrogothic, Holy Roman Empire, Provençal, Savoyard, Piedmontese...

Its name, from the ancient Greek Níkaia, already sounds like the legacy of its foundation around the 4th century B.C. by Greeks from Massalia (Marseille).

Then, in the Cimiez district to the north of the city, you'll find traces of the ancient Roman past still visible: arenas, as well as the remains of thermal baths accessible from the Archaeology Museum. Nearby, the Franciscan monastery and its cloister are well worth a visit. The adjoining garden (of the Monastère de Cimiez), formerly the monks' kitchen garden, is beautiful and soothing. Perfect for reading, taking a siesta or enjoying the panoramic view over the city (once again, it's one you just can't get enough of...). As Nice has been a source of inspiration for many artists, it's also in this area that you'll find the Musée Matisse and the Musée National Marc Chagall.

 

The Arts & History Museum in the Palais Massena is the best place to learn about Nice's more recent past. It tells the story of the city and the Riviera from its annexation to France in 1860, at the time of the Treaty of Turin, by which King Victor-Emmanuel II ceded the County of Nice (and the Duchy of Savoy) to Napoleon III in exchange for his military help in building the unity of Italy against Austria. The setting is sumptuous and the history particularly interesting.

Finally, we can't recommend enough the MAMAC, the nickname of Nice's Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, near Place Garibaldi, for its fine permanent collection, top-quality exhibitions and rooftop terraces... overlooking the city!

Other museums are also worth a visit if you have the time: the Palais Lascaris and its fine collection of period musical instruments, the small Charles Nègre photography museum, the Jules Chéret fine arts museum, the Phoenix park and its huge tropical greenhouse (great with kids...).

 

All the flavours of Niçoise cuisine

A bustling alley in Nice, full of restaurants
A bustling alley in Nice, full of restaurants

 

Niçoise cuisine is simple and traditional, with the scent of sunshine and the Mediterranean, and is the pride of its inhabitants. It's easy to understand why!

Healthy and tasty, it features fresh, local produce: fish, seafood, aromatic herbs, olive oil and seasonal vegetables offered by market gardeners at the city's many markets, who increasingly work organically, respecting the earth and its people.

Refresh yourself with the famous Niçoise salad, made with tuna, tomatoes, lettuce, anchovies, hard- boiled egg, olives and olive oil vinaigrette (Niçoise if possible!). Try socca, a chickpea galette with olive oil cooked over a wood fire, or pan bagnat, a sandwich version of Niçoise salad in a round loaf, which you can enjoy on the go in the little restaurants of Vieux-Nice or as a midday snack on the beach. Share a tourte de blettes (Swiss chard pie) or a pissaladière, a delicious pastry-based tart topped with candied onions, anchovies and black olives.

There's also Farcis niçois (a vegetable stuffed with meat, breadcrumbs and olive oil), daube niçoise, ravioli niçois, olives niçoises ... As you can see, there's a little something extra when it's niçoise!


The "Cuisine Nissarde" label promotes authentic, home-cooked Nice cuisine. The label is awarded to restaurateurs who commit to respecting recipes, product quality and the raw materials used.


A certain art of living


The best way to soak up the city is to live it Nice-style!
In other words, adopt a relaxed, authentic way of enjoying life without rushing around, taking advantage of simple pleasures and local conviviality. And this is true whatever the season, because Nice is a city where it's great to travel all year round.

There's no shortage of examples: breakfast on a sunny terrace, strolling through a market, taking a dip in the sea, relaxing in a park over a picnic with friends, enjoying an ice cream, playing a game of pétanque in a square, sipping a glass of natural wine in a wine bar at aperitif time...

You'll see, it's very easy!
And let's face it, you'll quickly fall in love with Nice's art of living...

 

 

 



A Word From The Natural Wine Expert:

Vanessa Massé

Vanessa Massé

Vanessa Massé

March 21st 2023

In love with simple, authentic, refined cuisine and natural wines that go wonderfully with what you're eating, Vanessa is owner and sommelier of the restaurant PURE & V. Named Sommelier of the Year 2021 by the Michelin Guide, she shares her favorite places to eat and drink well in Nice. Let her incredible palate be your guide: prepare to be delighted by the gastronomic experience and the opportunity to meet wonderful people.



Nice's young natural wine and gastronomy scene is extremely exciting and dynamic! Over the past few years, a new wave of sommeliers, restaurateurs, and chefs have revolutionized the scene, fostering an atmosphere of creativity and competition. These culinary pioneers highlight seasonal and locally sourced cuisine, thanks to the dedicated work of local producers and artisans. Their wine lists proudly showcase a wide selection of natural wines.

First on the list is Le Canon, a trailblazer and mentor for many in the industry. This establishment stands out for its commitment to using 100% local ingredients sourced on the same day and for its remarkable collection of natural wines, brimming with hidden gems and vintage treasures. Sébastien, the sommelier, brings his wealth of experience and expertise gained from his time at Le Verre Volé in Paris.

Next, we have Hôtel Amour à la plage, a beachside haven created by innovative restaurateurs who previously found success with their eponymous hotel and natural wine list in Paris. Indulging in lunch or dinner at this ideally situated hotel along the Promenade des Anglais is an irresistible proposition. The team will enthusiastically treat you to a 100% natural menu, ensuring a truly memorable experience.

If you're longing for a taste of paradise, Epiro awaits you near the port in the charming old town. Originally established by a Roman couple, this delightful restaurant offers Marco's signature cuisine alongside a thoughtfully curated selection of 100% natural wines.

For an aperitif, head for La Pêche à la Vigne. Léo and Simona have taken over this wine bar on Rue Cassini, much to the delight of their neighbors. Simona cooks, and Léo greets you with a warm welcome before treating you to a few glasses of a selection of Italian and Slovenian wines. The products are Italian, as are the owners!

Café Paulette, situated in a picturesque location on Place des Pins, is our focus. This charming address is filled with amiable bottles. Moreover, it offers seasonal cuisine, a vibrant and youthful team, a cozy outdoor seating area, and enthusiastic owners.

If you're craving Asian flavors, Banh Mei is the place to go. It is renowned for its bibimbaps and kimchi, and its owner, You, who hails from Vietnam, also has a great passion for wines. At Banh Mei, we present a curated selection of beloved winemakers, including the delightful Caroline Ledédenté from Bugey. We highly recommend indulging in the extraordinary Vietnamese cuisine!

To continue with an Asian theme, Maïdo is not to be missed! This Niçois izakaya, run by Kanako and Matthieu, offers a fusion of Japanese tapas and traditional dishes using locally sourced ingredients from farmers. What more could you ask for? Maïdo boasts exquisite seasonings, an impressive array of natural wines (thanks to Kanako's sommelier expertise), exceptional sakés, and impeccable service.


Last but certainly not least, venture to Pure & V restaurant, led by Vanessa and her team. This establishment is a gourmet gem with a Nordic-inspired cuisine that exudes a relaxed vibe and harmonizes with vibrant wines. At Pure & V, wine takes center stage in the culinary experience, with carefully crafted pairings. The cuisine showcases the finest local produce, procured daily from Nice's markets, while the wine selection spans across various regions. It is a must for lovers of refined cuisine and lively wines!

For a more approachable experience or a lighter appetite, make your way upstairs and discover Pure & Vins. In this space, Vanessa offers an enticing collection of natural wines from emerging talents, tantalizing cocktails, and à la carte dining options available throughout the day and night. The opening is scheduled for early October 2023!

UNIQUE BARS, RESTAURANTS AND WINE SHOPS!

Discover great natural wine & food venues nearby - Nice

We currently have 17 bars, 27 restaurants and 9 wine shops listed in Nice, where you can be sure you'll find local, seasonal and organic food.

La Cave a Ju
Closed

La Cave a Ju -

8 1 6785 KM

Wine shop

Wine cellar, sale of own wines, selected spirits, craft beers, pâtés, ciders, honey, jams... Place to live!

Hotel Amour
7h00- 1h00

Hotel Amour -

3 0 6787 KM

Restaurant

"Proche de la Promenade des Anglais, le nouvel hôtel Amour de Nice est un havre de paix en plein quartier des Orangers. L'endr…

Les Beaux Joueurs
Closed

Les Beaux Joueurs -

15 7 6787 KM

Bar Wine shop

Shop: Wines (organic, biodynamic, natural), Cheeses and Board games Wine Bar - Wines by the glass - Plates to share - Games av…

Amour à la plage
9h00- 23h59

Amour à la plage -

6 0 6787 KM

Bar Restaurant

La Promenade des Anglais, une enseigne Amour, des couleurs pastel sur la plage de galets et la mer en toile de fond. A la plag…

Bistro Dalpozzo
Closed

Bistro Dalpozzo -

7 2 6787 KM

Restaurant

we offer you creative cuisine with seasonal products, natural and biodynamic wines in a cozy atmosphere 🍷

Maïdo
Closed

Maïdo -

41 1 6788 KM

Bar Restaurant

Maïdo is a bar and restaurant in Nice with a 30% minimum natural wine in their offer. At Maïdo, you'll find local, seasonal, and most often organic food and plenty of delicious natural wines.

L’Atelier
16h00- 22h00

L’Atelier -

19 4 6788 KM

Restaurant

L’Atelier is a restaurant in Nice with at least 30% natural wine, a selection of organic and biodynamic wines vinified naturally.

Berco
Closed

Berco -

22 0 6788 KM

Bar Wine shop

Wine cellar 🍷 and wine bar. Wine bar and cellar.

LOCAL, SEASONAL AND ORGANIC MINDSET IN SIGHT!

Amazing food nearby in Nice:

Assiette Epicerie - Les Beaux Joueurs - 619495
Assiette Epicerie

Faites deux choix parmi une douzaine de produits d’épicerie fine pour comp…

Les Beaux Joueurs

6787 KM

Bar Wine shop

Tartelette - Bistro Dalpozzo - 782866
Tartelette

Praliné de noix pécan et crème aux oranges amère de notre jardin

Bistro Dalpozzo

6787 KM

Restaurant

Fresh Fish - La Part des Anges - 480114
Fresh Fish

La Part des Anges

6788 KM

Bar Wine shop

Snails - Berco - 710222
Snails

Escargots au chorizo.

Berco

6788 KM

Bar Wine shop

Filet De Lieu Jaune - Restaurant L’Ecurie - 470695
Filet De Lieu Jaune

Creme de potiron

Restaurant L’Ecurie

6788 KM

Restaurant

Salade Pomme De Terre, Thon, Œuf - Bercolino - 770008
Salade Pomme De Terre, Thon, Œuf

Pomme de terre, thon, œuf, oignons

Bercolino

6788 KM

Restaurant

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