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While you could certainly spend hundreds of euros on fine dining and cotton napkins in Nice, the city has plenty of delicious cheap eats and local street food dishes to try. You won’t have to look very far to find an affordable meal in this seaside city.
To get an authentic taste of the French Riviera, be sure to sample some local Niçoise dishes on your visit to Nice. Socca (a thin chickpea pancake, crisped and seasoned like a savory crêpe) is a must, while meat-eaters should be sure to indulge in street roasted chicken served in a baguette (which will cost under €5 (£4.45)). Don’t skip on Italian fare either; thanks to its proximity and intertwined relationship with Italy, Nice has some of the best gelato and pizza outside of Italy.
After centuries of moving between French and Italian states, Nice has solid Italian roots – so skipping a slice of pizza would be a mistake. The most popular pizzeria in Nice is Pizza Pili. Nestled into the corner of Rue de Jésus and Rue Benoît Bunico, a take-out pizza (including indulgent toppings such as duck breast or prosciutto) will cost just €7 (£6). Be sure to skip the street tables and take your pizza to go, with wine in hand, and enjoy it by the beach.
Whether you are in the mood for traditional French pastries like flan or brioche, or something a little heartier, like a pasta salad or a sandwich, try Boulangerie Multari. Located in Place Garibaldi, this boulangerie is an ideal spot to stop and enjoy a cheap and delicious snack either on the go, or on one of the patio tables found on the side streets. Residents particularly recommend the tarte au citron, a decadent lemon tart made from custard, eggs and cream with a little milk chocolate on top.
After a morning of sightseeing in Nice, cool off with an ice cream from Fenocchio. The Italian-style ice cream parlour boasts over 94 flavours, including 59 ice creams and 35 sorbets. Try one of their more unusual, creative options including tomato basil and apricot. Fenocchio opened back in 1966 on Place Rossetti in Nice’s Old Town, and it’s still a family-run operation to this day.