You are passing through Nice and you want to taste its specialities ? You are in the right place ! We tell you all about regional food from Nice, its origins and the most popular specialties. Also discover our 5 good spots to taste typical Nice dishes. We promise, you won’t regret it !
What is the regional food from Nice ?
The regional food from Nice or « Nissarde cuisine» (in Nice language) is, above all, a sweet blend of « Provençal » and Mediterranean flavours (Italy among others) which has managed to get the best of each region. It is a warm, family and friendly cuisine that brings people together. Very colorful, tasty and authentic, it represents the beauty of the region and its sweetness of life, between sea and mountain.
Moreover, the regional food from Nice has even been recognized by the French Ministry of Culture and inscribed in the inventory of intangible cultural heritage in France for its culinary practices. A label “Cuisine Nissarde, respect for tradition”has even been created. Its goal is to preserve, promote the values and know-how of the Nice culinary art. Indeed, its dishes are diverse and complete. It has more than 200 original recipes. From starter to dessert, your happiness is there, in all seasons.
A real tasty trip awaits you !
What are the Nice specialties ?
The Nice specialities are both rich, varied, popular and accessible, so they are for everyone. They can be enjoyed on the go in the markets, to take away (on the beach for example) or in the typical and authentic restaurants of the city.
Among the specialities of the local food from Nice are the :
- pan bagnat (round sandwich with tomatoes, boiled egg, anchovies, tuna, black olives…)
- salade niçoise (Nice salad with tuna, black olives, eggs, tomatoes, anchovies, spring onions…)
- socca (kind of pancake soft inside and crispy outside with chickpea flour, olive oil, water…)
- ratatouille (stew with Mediterranean vegetables like aubergines, courgettes, peppers…)
- pissaladière (bread dough, onions, anchovies, black olives, olive oil, sugar)
- daube niçoise (beef stew marinated in red wine, vegetables...)
- farcis niçois (Nice stuffing : vegetables stuffed with meat and herbs)
- sweet or savoury chard pie
- pistou soup (with summer vegetables, pasta, garlic, olive oil, basil)…
Our 5 best spots :
1. To enjoy a good pissaladière
Go to the restaurant Chez Pipo (towards the port), you will tell us about it ! Everything is delicious here : socca, chard pie, fried donuts… but their « pissaladière » really has something extra to offer. 3€ the share of « « pissaladière » very hot and well stuffed : very good value for money.13 Rue Bavastro - 06000 Nice Opening days and hours : from Wednesday to Sunday – 11 : 30am to 2 :30 pm and 5 :30pm to 10pm and on Tuesday also during the summer season (from July to October) 23 min walk from the Hotel Florence Nice
Everything about the local food from Nice - the pissaladière - Credit feedme_daily
2. To savour a good « pan bagnat » on the beach
The Tintin kiosk has been an institution since 1990. Located in the district of La Libération, take a tour during your walk to the market. The « pan bagnat » is THE Nice sandwich by excellence. It’s fresh, generous and accessible. To sum up, it’s the « salade niçoise » (Nice salad) in a sandwich, more convenient to enjoy at the water’s edge.3 Place du Général de Gaulle - 06100 Nice Opening days and hours : from Tuesday to Sunday – from 6 :30 am to 3pm 16 min walk from the Hotel Florence Nice
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3. Where to eat a « Socca » in Nice ?
To the Socca d’Or of course ! Fine and crispy, the socca has been delicious here since 1989. The welcoming, service and terrace will delight you. If you want to immerse yourself in the culture of Nice, don’t ignore the socca ! That would be sacrilege.
3.90 € per share in a relaxed atmosphere in the heart of the trendy district (near the port). Enjoy it hot as an aperitif to start your lunch or dinner.45 rue Bonaparte – 06300 Nice Opening days and hours : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – from 10 :30am to 2pm and 6pm to 10pm Closed on Wednesday and Sunday 22min walk from the Hotel Florence Nice
4. The « salade niçoise » in all its splendour
The true Nice salad is at l’A’buteghinn’a. Labeled «cuisine nissarde», this address located in Old Nice is worth a visit. Authentic, traditional, true, this restaurant has had everything to please since 1991. At the girls' place (nickname given to this restaurant owned by women), you are here at home ! Everything is local and homemade. A delight for the eyes and taste buds : from starter to dessert.
13min walk from the Hotel Florence Nice
11 Rue du Marché - 06300 Nice
Opening days and hours : Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 6pm, Thursday to Saturday from 9am to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm, Closed on Sunday and Monday
Everything about the local food from Nice - the salade niçoise - Credit 750gramme
5. The best « ravioli and farcis niçois » in the city
Everything is delightfully good Chez Acchiardo, located in Old Nice. The cuisine is generous, local, with fresh products and a warm welcome. We advise you to taste their « raviolis niçois » and their « petits farcis » (small stuffings with meat and vegetables) that are just exquisite. A guaranteed favourite for this establishment that has lasted from generation to generation for more than 60 years ! In addition, it holds the label «Nissarde cuisine», a guarantee of quality and traditional cuisine. Very good value for money.38 Rue Droite - 06300 Nice Opening days and hours : from Monday to Friday – from noon to 2pm and 7pm to 10pm 16min walk from the Hotel Florence Nice
You will have understood, Nice is full of Nice specialities as good as each other. Among the 5 restaurants mentioned above, you will have the opportunity to put all your taste buds in turmoil. Missing out this tasting is missing our your visit. It is an experience you must absolutely live ! Bon appétit !