Are you planning on visiting The French Riviera? With crystal clear waters, medieval towns and winding cobblestone streets the French Riviera is not short of extensive tourism adventures. Below are our recommendations on places to visit, eat and explore.
Restaurants and Cafes
Rue Saint-François de Paule is the home of the notably Maison Auer, a cafe passed down through generations since the 1820’s. One of the highlights of Maison Auer is their selection of teas and if you’re feeling peckish why not opt in for a high-end side of fois gras or smoked salmon salad. If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, we highly recommend trying one of their delicious puddings. It is no surprise that it’s one of the most loved chocolate shops in Nice.
In the case of wanting to try the local cuisine, Hostellerie Jerome’s 2-star Michelin star restaurant serves traditional French cuisine sourced from local ingredients. Built in the 13th century the restaurant has beautiful vaulted ceilings with the option to dine in, or out on their terrace overlooking the Mediterranean.
Are you a night owl wanting to explore the best nightlife in the French Riviera? We highly recommend you take a trip to Cannes. A city filled with rooftop bars to swish cabaret clubs there is no shortage of places to visit.
If you fancy spotting a celebrity, then Le Play is the place to be. Located on the famous street of Carre d, Le Play is known for hosting many of the greatest parties in Cannes. With international DJs, themed nights and music playing until sunrise, Le play has been rated as one off the best nightclubs about. It is certainly worth a visit!
Alternatively, if you are looking for a wine bar to relax in then head down to Le Bar A Vin, where you can pair the perfect cheese with a delicious wine. Offering an enticing selection of wines for over twenty years, it’s the perfect place for you to wind down after a long day exploring.
If you are into your water sports, then head down to the Alpes-Maritimes. This impressive location combines beautiful beaches, extreme water sports and incredible mountain and coastlines covering 550 miles. Make time to take to the skies and get a birds-eye view of the beautiful Alpes-Maritimes via a paraglider or a hang-glider.
Want to see the city of Nice at your own pace? Cycling tours are one of the best ways to see the city. With flexible options of booking a cycling tour or going solo, these give you the flexibility of jumping on a bike and pedalling through the mountains and old streets whilst learning about the history and culture.
Head down to the Cote d’Azur for the best shopping in the French Riviera. From malls to markets, designer chains or food markets Cote d’Azur has it all.
Located in Cannes is the famous La Croisette Boulevard. Stretching across the sea front it boasts familiar designer brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dior.
If you’re looking for more reasonable price tags, your visit is not wasted. The Forville market provides everything from fruit, veg and fish right through to books, antiques and furniture.
Traditional hours for shops are Monday to Saturday 9am to 12pm and then 2pm to 7pm – although through the tourist season many shops will stay open throughout the day.
L’Elément Terre is a hidden gem located in the back streets of Nice. If you’re not afraid of getting your hands dirty and your creative juices flowing, we highly recommend a visit to L’Elément Terre pottery class and workshops. After your class you can relax in their tea shop drinking teas from all over the world. A family friendly experience with classes that last around 1 hour 30 minutes.
Top Tip: Visit the morning market before your class and treat yourself to local fruit, veg and local delicacies.
Looking to get your adrenaline pumping? Not far from Bandol you will find Circuit Paul Ricard. Jump into a Porsche, Ferrari or choose from their 15 supercars in the fleet and go burn some rubber. With a professional driver in the passenger seat with you, you will get tips on your driving and at the end receive a certificate. Packages start from €59.90.
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