A gourmet’s guide to Nice

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Nice, the beautiful jewel of the Azure Coast, has it all: beaches, nightlife, attractions history, and of course, cuisine. Nice is considered to be one of the gastronomy capitals of France, which says a lot considering that the French are masters of cuisine regardless whether you are in a big city or tiny village. If you are a gourmet in the south of France, you might as well never stop eating for even a second -the food of Provence and surrounding regions in so delicious and varied that you’ll become addicted to it in no time at all. Nice has ethnic foods, traditional bistros, markets filled with lovely produce and regional products, and Michelin starred restaurants where even the water is finger-licking good. Here’s a gourmet’s guide to Nice,  for travelers who love their stomachs.

L’Univers Christian Plumail

This Michelin starred restaurant is one of those rare eateries where you can get a decent and delicious meal for reasonable prices. The value menu at L’Univers Christian Plumail is utterly amazing and pretty affordable, but if you are a gourmet who doesn’t shy away from slightly higher prices in the quest for the best food in Nice, try the specialties. The fantastic combinations of local produce, fruit and fish will blow your mind.


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Chef Mikhale Gracieux is one of the best chefs in France, so no matter which dish you choose from the extensive menu of L’Aromate, you definitely won’t regret it. The a la carte menu is centered around risottos with fresh produce, seafood and locally sourced meat. Truffles, pigeons, exquisite chocolate tarts and other incredible treats are reason enough for this restaurant to be included in any gourmet’s guide to Nice.

Chez Juliette

This restaurant in the old town is at once one of the most romantic places in Nice, as well as one of the best treats you can offer to your taste-buds. The ambiance on Rue Rosetti is always charming, especially on sunny days when you can eat your meal on the sidewalk terrace, admiring the people and the architecture. The duck with peaches and honey and the pears in chocolate are exquisite.


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The chef of l’Aphrodite specializes in combining surprising flavors, and creating contrasts that pamper the palate. The food does not only taste good, but it is served in creative and appetizing ways that will make you want to snap a picture of it! Try the foie gras with mackerel and seaweed, or any of the truffle dishes. Of course, food like this doesn’t come cheap, but it is certainly worth it!

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