Nice is awash with views. There are hilltops you can walk to, bus rides which turn into breathtaking panoramas and glimpses of snowcapped peaks. All places to feast your eyes and enjoy the spectacular geography of the region. But what about the places where you can also feast more literally?
Plage Beau Rivage – 107 Quai des Etats-Unis, 06300 Nice,
Starting at sea level with the sound of the waves lapping at the pebbles and the sun glistening on the azure water, Plage Beau Rivage, just in front of the Old Town, is a lounge bar and restaurant with a fresh and varied menu. The prices are perhaps slightly higher to reflect the surroundings but not high enough to distract from the call of the deep and the allure of the horizon.
Le Club Nautique de Nice Restaurant – 50 Bld Franck Pilatte, 06300 Nice
On the second floor of the sailing club this restaurant has a splendid seagull’s nest view across the Port, up to Mont Boron and the Colline du Chateau and is hidden away from prying eyes. It has a large terrace from which you can hear the singing of the sailing boats in the marina below and when the weather is less welcoming the interior has large windows on three sides to make the most of the surroundings.
Plongeoir – 60 Bld Franck Pilatte, 06300 Nice
Just next door but with a completely different feel is The Plongeoir or diving board. Very recently refurbished this is a building with a history. It started its life as a fishing boat tea room in the Belle Epoque (look at the photos on their website) and is today a classy lounge bar with cocktails and a fine dining restaurant hovering above the water. A little more expensive, but well worth it for the experience.
Restaurant Le Versailles – 7 Avenue de Princesse Grace de Monaco 06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer
With a rooftop terrace this is the ideal view of the bay of Villefranche. Looking across from Mont Boron the beach sweeps around to Cap Ferrat, topped by the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The dramatic rocks which lead towards Monaco are the back drop and day or night this is a view you will never want to leave behind.
Le Cabanon – Avenue des Douaniers, 06320 Cap-d’Ail
I stumbled across this little gem when out walking the coastal footpaths. It has the air of a little wooden cabin as the name suggests and is perched on the headland just before you reach Monaco. There are leafy trees on the terrace outside and a pétanque ground in front for that extra je ne sais quoi! It offers a good selection of local specialities and is a perfect spot for sipping rosé. There is also a children’s play area to give you time to finish the bottle.
I personally have had pretty good food and service in all of the above places but as usual when in France you may need a little patience and if all else fails just sit back and enjoy the view!
Editors Note: Our guest author this week is Zenna, a Nice local and expert on the best places to visit and enjoy in Nice.