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Best Restaurants in Nice

Wednesday 15 September 2010

With restaurants outnumbering even estate agents in Nice, local expat resident Anthony Collins gives his take on the best places to eat, for all tastes and pockets.

Best Gastronomique

Flaveur - 20, rue Gubernatis

Very original high quality bistro dishes. French cuisine mixed with exotic flavours of the orient. Contemporary ambiance. Alternatively, try:

Le Chantecler - 37, Promenade des Anglais

A Michelin starred restaurant based in the smart Hotel Negresco on the seafront. Fabulous service and food with a price tag to match! A bit stuffy for those who prefer informality, but great for a special occasion.

Best Italian

La Ville de Sienne - 10, Rue Saint Vincent

Based in the Old Town. Great and tasty portions of authentic Italian food in a warm atmosphere. Very popular, so can become busy during peak periods. Alternatively, try:

La Voglia - 2, rue Saint François de Paule

Another splendid if basic Italian restaurant, near the flower market. It is forever busy, despite having many tables. Highly recommended.

Best Indian

Delhi Belhi - 22, Rue de la Barillerie

A wonderful restaurant, with warm atmosphere and terrific, no-nonsense food at a great price. Indian food addicts will love it. A must visit.

Best Pizza

Au Vieux Four - 1, Rue Emmanuel Philibert

Family run restaurant with clay oven cooked pizza. The colours and the taste of real Italian pizza.

Best Snacks

René Socca - 2, Rue Miralheti

Something of an institution in the town, but not compromised because of that. Famous for its 'socca' (Provençal pancakes), as names implies. Cheap but charming.

Best Value

La Route du Miam - 1, rue Molière

Great family atmosphere and delicious and plentiful dishes at this restaurant that specialises in dishes from the South West of France. Seats only around 20 people so check before turning up.

Best Seafood

L'Ane Rouge - 7, Quai des Deux Emmanuel

Delicious bouillabaisse and other seafoods at this restaurant located at the port. Terrace has great view of the port, but traffic rather spoils it. As an alternative try:

Le Grand Café de Turin - 5, Place Garibaldi

A more basic restaurant, but wonderful fresh seafood and an ambiance to match it. Often busy, so service is sometimes poor.

Best Wine Bar

20 Sur Vin - 18 bis rue Biscarra

Great selection of wines with lovely food to accompany it. Can be rather busy, and service is then affected by the crowds.

Best Budget

Le 21 Septembre - Rue Centrale,

Located in the Old Town. Not a vast range of dishes, but what there is is tasty and good value.

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