Nice is a popular holiday destination that attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe each and every year. Aside from the shopping and the unquestionable luxury, many of these tourists look to Nice for one main thing: the excellent and varied choice of cuisine. If gastronomy is your passion, you’ve certainly come to the right place.

Here, we look at the foods that you should be looking out for when visiting Nice.

The local pie

Nice is well known for its local pie, made from high quality ingredients sourced in the surrounding areas. Pissaladière is the most popular option, made with anchovies and onions, and is usually served with a green side salad or boiled potatoes. It appears on the menu of almost every typically French restaurant, so make sure that you give it a go while you’re visiting. Quite often, it works out cheapest to order as part of the set menu, which will include a dessert or coffee at the end of your meal.

Pastries from local boulangeries

The French take their pastries very seriously, so there is possibly no place in the world that is better for enjoying a coffee and a croissant. Get there early in the day to enjoy the freshly baked produce, and watch the world go by while you enjoy your little treat. Almost every hotel in Nice is just a short walk from a good boulangerie. The sandwiches are often very good too, so they offer a great lunchtime option if you don’t want to go for a long and drawn out meal.

Michelin starred meals

Michelin is the ultimate mark of fine food and high class dining. If you enjoy the finer things in life, make sure that you book a table at one of the Nice restaurants with a Michelin star. Le Chantecler is the only one to gain two stars, and is a favourite amongst the rich and those in the know. It serves traditional French food in sumptuous surroundings, and the service is absolutely excellent. It’s not unusual to spend over 600 Euros on a meal for the family here though, so make sure you take your budget into account before booking!


Whatever your budget and personal tastes, you’ll find some brilliant food in Nice that will leave you wanting to return again and again.

Have you ever visited Nice? What was the best meal you had while you were there?

This article was brought to you by Ruth Richards on behalf of Villa Rivoli. Villa Rivoli is situated in the heart  of the historical town center of Nice, just 100 meters  away from the beaches and the famous Promenade des Anglais.