Old French Hollywood glamour (think Brigitte Bardot) and the Cannes Film Festival crowd initially intrigued me to book a short jaunt to the Côte d'Azur. Upon arriving, I remembered how much I suck at relaxing. Even though I had a good time for the first couple of days, I was hard pressed to find non-beach related activities to plan for the remaining time. As you can see, it was absolutely gorgeous and tremendously low key but it also had a strong touristy vibe — these guys are the king of souvenir stores and low quality restaurants. It's a perfect vacation spot for those that love day trips — Monaco, Eze, Antibes, Cannes are all relatively close — to scenic locations and beach jumping. If you're anything like me, 2 days here max is plenty. See below for some recos for those that aren't into sun-worshipping.
Plage De Nice Promenade Des Anglais - Boardwalkin' it
Make sure to get off the beaten path to eat. Options around the beach are predicatively overpriced and pedestrian. I wouldn't bother unless you're in deep need of a snack or drink.
Le Bistro du Fromager
A cozy cave with amazing cheese and bread. I never eat these kinds of rich foods... so let's say that it was yummy but not romantic ;)
Westminster Hotel & Spa
A great spa with really good service. I had them store my suitcase as I checked in for a signature body wrap treatment and a facial. I'm pretty judgemental with these types of services but I was impressed with the excellent in-spa techniques coupled with their back bar top notch brands (like Thalgo).
Brasilia boite à café!
A cute little cafe with a Brazilian touch — the owner is pictured here. Creative, nourishing snacks and some strong AF coffee. It scored pretty high for me.
Look at this sweet bottle! Too bad I didn't have enough room to bring it home :(
Such a good find! Little Asian fusion bistro — perfect for a quick meal. We didn't get to take a cooking workshop but would have loved to.
Old Town/Vieux Nice
I spent most of my time in Nice wandering through the quaint little alleyways throughout old town. When I needed a break there was always a little place to grab a bite or sit at a pub.
This church was built in 1699, impressively maintatined and pretty gorgous regardless of your faith.
Place Massena & Place Garibaldi
Al Taglio - pizza gourmet á la part
Authentic and so many to choose from. Be warned, the slices are small and it's a pretty steep price, but it is seriously delicious. This stuff could compete with Bonci Pizzarium in Rome and that's saying a lot.