The Bite-Sized Baker’s Adventures – Nice, France
Florence is kind of a ghost town in August. Every Italian flees to the seaside and the cities are left with tourists and closed down shops… It’s pretty depressing. We made the mistake of remaining in Florence last year so we made it a priority to spend as much of August outside of Florence and ventured to the sunny beaches of the Côte d’Azur!
My best friend, Regan, was able to spend the first two weeks of August with us, making it all the more enjoyable for Tony to do all of his activities, while Regan and I happily laid out on the beach, drank rosé, and ate baguettes and butter all day long.
We stayed in an AirBNB for the week while in Nice, but I honestly would not recommend it to anyone. We’ve always had great luck with AirBNB in the past, but our last two experiences have been downright awful! We even had to leave our last AirBNB in Amsterdam and find a hotel at 12AM because the apartment was so bad! I’m talking mice, carpet stains, and dirty linens… After we complained to AirBNB and told them the apartment was not suitable to stay in, they only offered us a $200 credit… Maybe AirBNB has lowered their standards of cleanliness and customer service? Who knows! All I know is we will never be using their services again. I would, however, recommend Home Away, if you’re interested in a vacation rental with a trustworthy company!
Fortunately we spent the majority of our time outside and the location could not have been more ideal. We stayed in Vieux Ville (Old Town), which is a labyrinth of narrow and twisted streets, lively piazzas, and sun-bleached buildings. We were steps away from a variety of restaurants, bars, boulangeries, patisseries, and the beach. There was something new to do every day and the city came alive at night!
Every morning we would take out Louie, walk through the Cours Saleya market, and eat a croissant for breakfast before heading to the beach. There is one huge beach in Nice that stretches for about 3 miles from the airport to the port just past Chateau Hill. If you’re feeling restless one day, you can walk, run, skate, or bike along the scenic and bustling Promenade des Anglais that runs alongside the beach. The water is crystal clear, salty, and warm and the beaches are full of large pebbles! We made the mistake of not wearing appropriate water shoes on our first day and our feet (and pedicures) paid the price.
If you’re visiting Nice, be sure to wear sandals or water shoes so you’re able to climb up and down the sharp and rocky slopes. It gets slippery and those pebbles are no joke! There are free public beaches all along the beach, but I definitely recommend splurging on a private beach pass for the day (10-19 euro). The private beach pass will give you access to a secluded beach area, cushioned sunbeds, umbrellas, private showers, clean restrooms, and delicious restaurants. Sunbathing fit for the Côte d’Azur.
After soaking up the sun, we would make our way to the famous Fenocchio Glacier. Oh, my gosh. This ice cream was AMAZING! I forced Regan and Tony to go with me every single day and I made it my mission to try a new flavor each time, but the lavender was just too special to not get a
second third fourth time. Regan’s favorite was the Salted Butter Caramel and Tony stuck to his beloved trio of Strawberry, Mango, and Lemon. After our afternoon treat, we would pick up a fresh baguette, this unbelievable butter with sea salt, and a bottle or two of rosé to drink while we got ready for the night. We discovered our favorite bottle of rosé, Château Lauzade, at our beach club, and luckily found it at a nearby wine shop for only 8 euro! I’m not a wino by any means, but this is my favorite rosé to date. We even picked up four bottles to bring back to Florence.
Once the sun went down we would head over to Place Rosetti for drinks before dinner. There are many bars in Vieux Ville, each with their own personality, but this was my favorite spot- perfect for people watching! Dinner was always a pretty casual affair that focused mostly on drinking, but we never had a bad meal in Nice, which is a huge plus when staying in such a touristy town! But then again, I would have been happy eating just the table bread and butter. The French have truly perfected that combo.
During our stay, we took day trips to Cannes and Monaco, both beautiful cities, but I’m so happy we decided to stay in Nice for the week. It was the perfect beach town with it’s endless activities, old-world charm, and beautiful weather! Until next time!
Where To Stay:
Vieux Ville (Old Town) – The heart of Nice, tons of restaurants and bars, and very pedestrian friendly
Where To Eat:
Banh Mei – 6 Eue Rosetti, 06300, Nice, France – Vietnamese-style sandwiches on a French baguette. Loved this little place for lunch!
Chez Pipo – 13 Rue Bavastro, 06000 Nice, France – Socca is a Nice specialty, a chickpea crepe if you will. This place is by far the most popular and tasty!
Delhi Belhi – 22 Rue Barillerie, 06300 Nice, France – Sometimes your palate needs a change from all that bread and butter. This place hit the spot! This was actually my favorite meal while in Nice. Tucked away in an alley, delicious and flavorful food, excellent service, and great atmosphere.
Fennochio – 2 Pl. Rossetti, 06300 Nice, France – Two locations in Nice. You have to go! Lavender, Salted Butter Caramel, and Confiture de Lait were a few of my favorites.
Patisserie LAC – 18 Rue Barla, 06000 Nice, France – They have delicious strawberry tarts and cream puffs!
Le Tire Bouchon – 19 Rue de la Préfecture, 06300 Nice, France – There are a lot of tourist traps in Nice so finding traditional French food is a bit tricky… This place was a gem! Good food, great service, and reasonably priced.
Le Bistrot d’Antoine – 27 Rue de la Prefecture, 06300 Nice, France – Bib Gourmand Restaurant selected by the Michelin Guide 2015. This was at the top of our list, but they were shut down for all of August!