The Coolest Cafe in Nice
Now the quirkiest and coolest cafe in Nice! What was once an average coffee shop stop for cyclists in Nice, is now a premium cycling fashion brand – bringing a little Française style to the world of cycling apparel. This cafe has never parted with its roots, however, as you can still swing by their fabulous cafe clubhouse for a coffee and a bite to eat. Or what’s better, you can hire a bike for a Riviera ride – The best of both worlds if you ask me!
In The Heart of Nice Port
Their original Café was born in a traditional French café nestled in the hills above France’s Mediterranean coast and now they’ve relocated to a shop right in the heart of the Nice Port. Just imagine a beautifully renovated Café, trendy and fashionable cycling gear, expert bike mechanics, swish changing facilities and exclusive bikes to rent. This brand really is the ‘GOAT’ of the cycling world.
Get Equipped for a Cycling Holiday in Nice!
Café du Cycliste showcases road performance apparel and a wide range of accessories. The pieces have been designed and inspired by the routes and riding of the Cote D’Azur. You can also hire one of their bikes for the day. Choose from the newest model of ‘Cervelo’: the ‘R5’ for the road cycling or the ‘Aspero’ for gravel cycling. Or if these aren’t the models for you, why not try the Titanium from French bike designer Cycles Leon. Don’t worry about bringing your own helmets and shoes with you as your bike hire comes with these… travel light!
Café du Cycliste address – 16 Quai des Docks, 06300, Nice.
The best cycling routes in Nice
Come and see for yourself why the Cote D’Azur is a cyclist’s paradise! One of our favourite cycling routes to take is known as Café du Cyclistes ‘secret weapon.’ This one is for the adventurous spirits who want to see everything that the Alpes Maritime has to offer. Start by riding north out of Nice, leave the Paillon valley to ascend the Col de Nice via the traffic-free route – Blausasc. A quick descent and traverse across the bridge in L’Escarène will bring you right to the start of the famous Col de Braus. The scenic beauty of the ride will begin at the Braus summit, where you will take the gravel road to the right and end up in Frances highest coastal village – Sainte-Agnès. It also happens to be the half-way point on the climb of the Col de la Madone from Menton. Feel free to push hard on the pro’s testing ground as after the summit, it’s a straight 35-minute descent back to Nice.
Total distance – 82km Time – 3.5 -4 hours
See Monte Carlo by Bike
Another favourite route of ours… Start by heading out of Nice towards Monaco and en route you will have glistening sea views to your right and cliff views to your left, you’ll even get to experience a glimpse of the infamous F1 Grand prix circuit in Monte Carlo. Continue the climb out towards the last town in France – Menton and over the border into Italy. A quick loop will take you off the main road up a picturesque Italian riverside village and you’ll be back the way you came. Or if you want to embrace the beauty of this Italian village – Dolce acqua then stop off for a traditional Italian coffee. Be aware that Monte Carlo during rush hour can get pretty congested!
Total distance – 72km 3 – 3.5 hours
See their website here for more information on the best routes to take.
Most of our five-star boutique apartments in Nice are great for Cyclists. Allowing you to store your bike conveniently and in a safe place in the apartment. See below for a couple of our favourites –
Belle Epoque – This spacious and elegant 2-bedroom apartment rubs shoulders with the Hotel Negresco. An ideal location, just one street from the seafront with classic interior design bringing you a touch of vintage French luxury. On the second floor with a lift, Belle Epoque offers beautiful fittings and wood furnishings with contemporary convenience for a family or group of friends. Prepare to be enchanted.
Celeste – Its dual aspect, looking north over the public gardens to the mountains and south for a sunny outlook, allows this beautiful three-bedroom, fifth floor apartment, with a lift, to make the most of what Nice has to offer. Celeste is situated in a beautiful Art Deco building with a lift and a secure entrance and is found in the prestigious Carré D’Or, or Golden Square neighbourhood.