Symbolic of French seafood is bouillabaisse, the fish soup spawned in Marseille and a staple all along the coast. It is made with a wide mix of ingredients, principally red mullet, snapper, monkfish, conger eel and scorpion fish, with fresh tomatoes, saffron and olive oil thrown in. It is cooked as a stew, the broth is served first as a soup, and the fish itself is eaten later.
For light lunch fare you can't beat a tasty salade Niçoise with seared tuna, fresh greens, capers, black olives, beans, hard-boiled egg, quartered tomatoes, boiled potatoes and anchovies. If you are craving shellfish, order fruits de mer, a wonderful combo dish comprised of mussels, scallops, the local crawfish known as langouste, and giant prawns. A great fish delicacy is loup grillé au fenouil, a complete sea bass flambéed with pastis then grilled over burning fennel twigs.
The town of Mougins is renowned for its cuisine ~ "more gastronomy per square inch than any place in France," as the Cadogan Guide describes it. At the top of the list of restaurants here is Le Moulin de Mougins, created by celebrity chef Roger Vergé and eminently popular among the Cannes Film Festival cognoscenti. Another exquisite eating encounter can be found at Le Mas Candille, where Vendôme Guide staff recently sampled a meal of scallops in champagne cream sauce and mussels with mushrooms, followed by roasted figs, spiced mango and praline ice cream–enough to convince us that Mougins rightly deserves its reputation as a dining Mecca. Find nouvelle cuisine at the hotel-restaurant Les Muscadins, and delicious bang for the buck at affordable Feu Follet.
In Cannes, stars are drawn to one of the great restaurants on the Cote d'Azur, La Palme d'Or, specializing in seafood, escargot and agneau. Order a salade de pigeonneau, or succulent lobster rissoles au champignons. For a bistro-style escape from the top tier and a reasonably-priced sampling of simple, authentic Provençal fare try friendly La Mère Besson, recognized for its homemade estouffade. To find affordable marmite du pêcheur and a nautical theme go to Lou Souléou on the water. For people-watching par excellence stop by Planet Hollywood on La Croisette.
Juan-les-Pins is a place unabashedly devoted to nightlife, and if you're at your best when the sun goes down you can't go wrong here. The best restaurant in town is La Terrasse, offering a combination of excellent wines and a menu second to none including cannelloni with clams, and langouste rôtie with risotto and pointes d'asperge. If you go right down to the water you'll find Le Bijou, where bouillabaisse is popular. Should your Euros be running away faster than you can catch them, take a load off the wallet at Le Capitole.
Just down the road in Cap d'Antibes some of the most tastefully-prepared seafood and bouillabaisse in the region is found at De Bacon. Nouvelle cuisine at comparable prices is available nearby at La Bonne Auberge. In Antibes proper, sate your appetite with traditional Provençal food reasonably priced at Les Vieux Murs.
Nice is a world unto itself in many ways, especially when it comes to dining out. With so many dishes tied directly to the city's own cuisine ~ salade Niçoise is but one ~ it is not difficult to imagine the wealth of choice available here in terms of where to go. Exceptional if expensive is Le Chantecler, a gastronomic tour de force where you'll dine out on specialties such as roast fillet of salmon, duck, sea bass prepared with tomatoes and pesto, and truly exotic desserts such as liquorices meringue with raspberry sorbet. Other top Niçois spots include L'Acchiardo, an authentic bar-restaurant in Vieux Nice, and Le Grand Pavois, truly seafood heaven featuring bouillabaisse and langoustines.
And on a less formal scale, stop in for lunch or dinner at any number of seaside spots all the way along the coast for light fare and an atmosphere you'll find nowhere else. In St. Jean Cap Ferrat, for example, the first-floor terrace at Le Saint Jean is just such a find, offering simple dishes such as pasta and fish in a wonderful harbor setting. Nearby, Le Provençal offers light delicacies such as asperge violet au jus de truffes. In the wonderful hilltop village perché Eze, where the three Corniches are linked, the amiable Provençal restaurant La Bergerie specializes in meat dishes such as gigot d'agneau aux fine herbes, and complements these with an exceptional wine list.
Moshi Moshi is a Mediterranean Sushi Bar where clients can choose to sit at the bar to experience first hand sushi making or choose to eat outside on the terrace and enjoy the weather. Moshi Moshi is located in Monaco on the port of Fontvieille. You will pay anywhere between $22-$43 a person for fresh house made sushi.
JAN is a small restaurant that caters to locals and tourists alike located in Nice. It has a touch of South African heritage to go with its French cuisine, but also offers both vegetarian and gluten free meal options for those who would like. JAN is a 1 star Michelin rated restaurant so it is upscale dining. Many enjoy the seafood with rave reviews for the scallops and salmon especially.
3 star Michelin rated restaurant that was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2019 by "World's 50 Best". Mirazur offers diners the experience to eat on the terrace and take in the view over the water as well as a favorite in the vegan community for its lush vegan menu to go along with its French/Mediterranean menu. Mirazur is located in Menton, France and being a Michelin restaurant you can expect the price per plate to be from $100-$150+, but many satisfied customers believe it is well worth the price.
Le Louis is located in Monaco and offers exquisite French cuisine which has garnered it 3 Michelin stars to its on credit. It is a black tie affair when eating here because jackets are required and appreciated. Even the biggest wine aficionados will love it here with Le Louis’s wine cellar holding 400,000 bottles. An expensive restaurant with prices between $260-$350 but has been described as “perfection” by world renowned chef Alain Ducasse.
Small local eatery that uniquely offers Italian dishes even though it is situated right in Cannes, France. Affordable prices for you and your family to grab a bite to eat for lunch during a busy day of touring with meals beginning at only $10 and up.
Another quick and easy shop to stop in for an on the go meal when in Cannes. Le Troquet a Soupes specializes in exactly what its name suggests, soup! Countless soups ranging from the originals to some of their own creations it is a cheap meal for those on the go. Just stop in, get your cup, and keep on with your day for only $15-$20.
La place de Mougins
41 place du Commandant Lamy
33 4 93 90 15 78This place is a lovely spot on a hilltop with a great view of the surrounding area.
8 Place des Arcades
33 4 93 64 02 72
Lunch and dinnerA cute restaurant where the owners take pride in providing fresh local ingredients.
4, Rue de Bone
33 4 93 99 48 71Lunch and dinnerThe couple that owns the restaurant are worth the visit.
15 Rue Saint Antoine
04 93 39 62 21DinnerYou can create your own salads at this cute place where you should make sure to make a reservation.
12 Rue Lascaris
33 4 97 19 32 23DinnerThe sommelier knows his stuff and you can order a bottle of wine to take home after a great meal
25 Boulevard de la Madeleine
33 4 93 86 84 60Lunch and dinnerSlightly out of the way, but worth the trip for the great menu and wine pairings.
32 Quai Jean Charles Rey, Fontvieille 98000 Monaco
12 rue Lascaris, 06300 Nice France
30 avenue Aristide Briand, 06500, Menton France
Place du Casino, Hotel de Paris, Monte-Carlo 98000 Monaco
3 boulevard Carnot, 06400 Cannes France
64 rue Meynadier, 06400 Cannes, France
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