Best Places to Eat on the French Riviera

Best Places to Eat on the French Riviera 1

Luxury and superyachts are synonymous with the French Riviera, but the culture of the region goes far beyond opulence. Fishermen, gourmet markets, food purveyors that have been around for years and classic French restaurants can all be found here as well.


Must-Visit Restaurants in Cap d’Antibes

Revered for its rich culture, dazzling Cap d’Antibes entertains with jazz music, art and gastronomy. Make it a point to secure a table at these three restaurants.

  1. Café Milano: This small, intimate restaurant run by a husband and wife team is known for stellar service, simple-yet-artistic food, Italian dishes and can’t-skip desserts.
  2. La Suite: Spend a weekend night out at this cozy wine bar that boasts live music, modern decor and small plates to share, like charcuterie, foie gras and spiced bread with fig chutney.
  3. Cap Riviera: Attentive, swift service is just the icing on the cake after ordering upscale French cuisine that tastes home-cooked, likes escargot and mushrooms in a tarragon cream sauce.

Dining in the French Riviera’s Capital

Nice is a picturesque city fit for a postcard, with bright blue Mediterranean waters that somehow seem perfect next to European architecture from medieval times. Cultural and artistic, Nice also has an impressive dining scene.

For fine dining…

The beachfront Le Chantecler at The Negresco Hotel has two Michelin stars and is hailed for its commitment to traditional French gastronomy. The discovery option gives you samples of their signature dishes and daily specials so that you can try a little of everything. Dishes are matched with vintage wine from their cellar, which is home to approximately 15,000 bottles. You’ll feel like a royal when surrounded by the restaurant’s 18th century decor, complete with pink walls and ornate chandeliers.

For a modern setting…

Le Vingt4 is a stylish restaurant-lounge that has a small, smart selection of well-planned dishes. Contemporary entrees are paired with a minimum of two wine options, many of which can be ordered by the glass. Le Vingt4’s feminine interior includes lilac sofa-benches and funky art.

For truffles…

It may sound strange to search for a restaurant specifically for its truffle dishes, but in the French Riviera, these delicacies are in high demand. The quaint La Roustide restaurant serves a variety of truffle-based entrees and side dishes, using all six kinds of edible, local truffles. Truffle-free dishes include gnocchi, risotto or foie gras.

Every Meal of the Day in Saint-Tropez

Jet setters flocked to Saint-Tropez throughout the 60s, but today this coastal town has struck more of a balance between luxury and earthiness. While yachts fill up the Vieux Port, the La Ponche quarter is cobblestoned and a reminder of its past life as a fishing village. Start your epicurean excursion by sipping a café au lait while people-watching at Le Café, then head to La Maison des Confitures to pick up a jar of raspberry jam with almond flakes. For a decadent lunch, treat yourself to midday lobster at La Table du Mareyeur. Before dinner, stop in to the Hotel Sube for an aperitif, then indulge in a seven-course Provencal meal at the rustic L’Auberge de la Mole or a classic Saint-Tropez dish at La Ponche. If you have room for dessert, grab sweets to-go at La Pause Douceur or Sénéquier.

Three Places to Eat in Cannes

Cannes has more to brag about than its world-renowned Cannes film festival. Here are three places to add to your must-visit foodie checklist.

  1. L’Ondine: This beachside restaurant serves enormous portions and is known for their moules-frites (mussels in white wine served with fries).
  2. Fred L’Ecailler: Located on the Eastern peninsula, Fred L’Ecailler gives you the opportunity to get away from the buzzing Cannes scene. Their seafood dishes are incredibly fresh and you can even choose your whole fish from the case in front.
  3. Restaurant la Fleur d’Oranger: Despite how delectable it can be, you may eventually tire of French food. When you’re ready for a change, order Moroccan cuisine at Restaurant la Fleur d’Oranger.


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