Before visiting France, my knowledge on French dishes was limited. I knew a lot about pastries, but I didn't know much on meals in general. When I thought of French food, things like French onion soup, ratatouille, escargot, steak tartare, and dauphinoise came to mind. Spending two weeks in France opened up my mind about French food. In southern France especially, there is a variety of food; you can find everything from Italian to seafood to typical French food. Here are some of my favorite restaurants in Nice:
Babel Babel is a Mediterranean restaurant near Plage des Ponchettes. They offer small plates that are perfect for snacks or a light dinner. They also have dessert, wine, and cocktails! The arayes, which is a meat-stuffed, grilled pita dish, is delicious! It's a great place to grab a bite to eat before going for a stroll on the beach.
Waka Bar has a large selection of drinks to choose from and they even have boozy dessert options! The Ritch Bitch and mojito are both really good! They open in the morning and offer food throughout the day, then Waka Bar becomes more lively in the evening when a DJ turns up the music.
Nice is fairly close to Italy, so you have to eat some good Italian food while you're there. La Favola has a great selection of Italian food, from pizza to pasta and everything in between. I recommend the ravioli with prawns! La Favola is also somewhat close to the beach, so it is a great place to grab dinner before or after watching the waves.
If you're looking for some delicious ice cream on a warm summer day, head to Glacier Fenocchio! They have so many ice cream, sorbet, and frozen cake flavors! I went here two or three times on a two week trip.
Rossetti Restaurant is a nice Italian restaurant in Old Town with great pizza and desserts! For sure get the white sauce pizza and an ice cream sundae!
Restaurant du Gesu
Restaurant du Gesu, which is located right next to a beautiful, 17th-century church, serves Italian and French food. The polenta with tomatoes, mushrooms, and cheese is delicious! For dessert, order the crème brûlée!
You have to try socca and pissaladière when in this area of France! One of my favorite places for socca in Nice is Chez Pipo. Order pissaladière and mini pan bagnat along with some socca... you won't regret it! This is a popular place, so don't be surprised if you have to wait for a table when you arrive.
Boulangerie Pétrie de la gare
Boulangerie Pétrie de la gare is near the train station, so it's the perfect place to grab a quick snack or breakfast on the way out of town. They have all of your typical French boulangerie items, like baguettes, croissants, and pain au chocolat.
La Taverne Massena
At La Taverne Massena, there are so many pizza, salad, seafood, and entrée options. I highly recommend the flammkueche and the assiette Niçoise! The staff is also really friendly!
Another delicious boulangerie to stop at for a snack or a light lunch (it's also a sandwicherie) is Boulangerie Lagache! They have a bunch of different sandwiches, pastries, and breads! Their veggie sandwich is good; I have never had anything like it before!
This bakery also has delicious pastries and bread! It's the perfect spot for breakfast and a snack purchase for a picnic on the beach! The staff does not know a lot of English (some know a little bit, others know none), so just know that there may be some communication issues if you do not know French.