Nice has some fantastic options for a morning meal: indulge in freshly baked macarons or all-you-can-eat donuts, wash down eggs al fresco on the beach with a glass of champagne or munch on organic granola near the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Despite the French not really specialising in cooked breakfasts, Nice plays to its international visitors with a vibrant breakfast and brunch scene. You get the best of both worlds with eggs or pancakes as well as still-warm, freshly cooked bread and, of course, pastries that the French do ever so well.
Opposite MAMAC (Nice’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) is the cool kid on the block, Workhouse Café. Downstairs is a cafe serving seriously good coffee and organic food and upstairs is a coworking space, where you pay for the time you spend at one of the desks. The brunch menu is comprehensive, ranging from banana bread and granola bowls to more sumptuous eggs benedict or bacon and scrambled eggs. They also have a delightful terrace.
Hidden down a side road in the Old Town, just a few hundred metres from Nice’s seafront, Café Marché is a great little place that serves wonderful food using local and organic produce in a bright and stylish setting. It’s a farm-to-table model, where fresh, healthy salads and sandwiches are made with food sourced a few minutes away at the nearby flower market. The brunch menu on Sundays is reasonably priced and offers sweet brioche with exceptionally good coffee. For a few extra euros, they’ll add eggs or a club sandwich to go with your brioche.
Le Makassar is in the centre of Nice, not far from the stunning Place Masséna and the beautiful Fontaine du Soleil. This cosy little tapas bar has a fabulous brunch, which is available on weekends from 11 am. There are lots of different brunch menus, ranging from an all-you-can-eat donut menu with coffee and orange juice to a deluxe menu that includes eggs, sausages, salmon, fresh fruit, pastries, cheese and pancakes, all of which can be paired with a glass of champagne.
Just around the corner from the pleasant Place Garibaldi on the edge of Nice’s Old Town, Déli Bo. is a delightful cafe. It serves cooked breakfasts every day, including Sundays, as well as a choice of eggs, pancakes and bagels. The cakes and macarons are incredibly enticing if you have enough room – they are delivered fresh from Déli Bo.’s pastry shop around the corner.
Eat all-you-can American at Kililie’s Resto-Brunch
Restaurant, American, French, European, $$$
With a distinctly international vibe to its clientele, Kililie’s serves its brunch à la carte during the week, but on weekends – and for the same price – this American-influenced diner offers an exceptional value all-you-can-eat buffet. There’s everything hot like pancakes, eggs, bacon, French toast, muffins, onion rings and chicken fingers and a panoply of cold delights, too, such as bagels, pastries, cakes and fruit.
Situated just down the road from the stunning Promenade des Anglais, La Femme du Boulanger provides a real French experience in its traditional, rustic setting with a calm and intimate atmosphere. It has a variety of breakfast options that include wonderful, fresh French bread accompanied by homemade jams, including a delicious caramel spread, along with delicious hot drinks and freshly squeezed orange juice. For a little extra, you can add eggs. It is especially worth indulging in a wonderfully large portion of cheesecake or taking advantage of the pleasant outdoor terrace.
For brunch, Le Bistroy offers a buffet with pastries, fruit and yogurt as well as a hot plate of eggs and sausages. It also has crepes and tartines – essentially, baguette that comes served with an array of splendid jams and spreads. Breakfast mid-week runs until 11:30 am and brunch is available on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. Try the scrumptious homemade caramel butter – they even have gluten-free crepes.
Visit the master baker at Patisserie Chez Maître Pierre
Bakery, Patisserie, French, $$$
Just a few paces from the lovely Jardin Albert 1er is Patisserie Chez Maître Pierre. This is one of the best bakeries and pastry shops in Nice with 30 years’ experience in producing great quality bread and pastries. Whether you’re looking for a big savoury brunch or a light, sweet, pastry breakfast, this wonderful little bakery provides everything from delightful quiches to mouthwatering millefeuilles, not to mention, really great coffee.
Dine al fresco on the edge of the Mediterranean for brunch at Plage Beau Rivage beach club. The beach is split into two parts which both serve food – a quiet, relaxed ‘zen’ area and the more ‘trendy’ part where they play music. In both cases, you can eat at a table or at your own sun lounger, while waiters bring you a glass of champagne to start, followed by bread, jams, spreads and pastries. The next course is the hot plate, with scrambled eggs, saucisson, cherry tomatoes and goat’s cheese. Squeeze in dessert before working it off in the sea.
Tucked in the heart of Nice, along a very pleasant avenue, lies an adorable English cottage-style cafe, Au Goût Thé d’Antan. Its quirky decor transports patrons to a past world and the different crockery on each table is a nice touch. This old-fashioned tearoom boasts a brilliant selection of tea and unusual yet sublime hot chocolates, including a delicious orange, cinnamon, white chocolate and hazelnut brew.