5 OF THE BEST – ROOFTOP ESCAPES IN NICE

Les 5 meilleures bars sur les toits à Nice! The 5 best rooftops in Nice!

While you are hard at work or busy basking in the sun during the day, come sunset, there is definitely no better place to spend your evening than a nice rooftop terrace!

The rooftop season is most surely upon us, so why not treat yourself to some jaw-dropping views while sipping a cocktail, sharing a bite with friends and listening to some music.

To help you make up the most of your summer evenings in Nice, here is our pick of our 5 favourite rooftops in the city.

Hôtel Aston La Scala : the Best View in Town

Located just 5 minutes away from the beach and the promenade des Anglais, this four-star hotel is nothing short of an institution in Nice, which its amazing 360 degree panoramic view of the city, from the Colline du Château and its illuminated waterfall to the Old Town and Promenade du Paillon.

Its rooftop is open from June to September, allowing you to enjoy poolside cocktails during the warm summer days, while its swanky terrace bar is open all year round.

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For a romantic evening at sunset or a lazy afternoon by the pool, this is definitely the place to be! And if you love music, you will enjoy the live music on Thursdays and the DJ nights on Saturdays.

For a similar experience, minus the pool, the nearby Boscolo hotel is also always a safe bet, thanks to its great atmosphere, its incredible views over the Jardins Albert Ier and the Baie des Anges, and its delicious tapas platters and cocktails.

Hôtel Aston La Scala
12, avenue Felix Faure
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 (0)4 92 17 53 00

Boscolo Hotel, B4 Park Nice
12, avenue de Verdun
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 (0)4 93 16 75 92

Le Méridien : Fun under the stars!

As if its location right on the Promenade des Anglais, its beautiful swimming pool and its signature cocktails were not enough, the Méridien Nice is putting on a show this summer with the screening of four iconic movies every Wednesday evening: Goldeneye, Mamma Mia!, Et Dieu créa la femme, and Plein Soleil, which were all shot in the Mediterranean region.

A good excuse to relax under the stars and sip a Lady in Red (a mixture of cranberry juice, jasmin syrup, lemonade, and fresh mint leaves) or an Indigo Splash (a mixture of Bacardi Gold Rum, Blue Curaçao, vanilla liqueur, lime juice, cane sugar syrup).

Le Méridien Nice
1, Promenade des Anglais
06046 Nice

Tel: +33 (0)4 97 03 44 44

Le Radisson Blu : Chill out by the sea

Looking for a sundowner after a day on the beach? Look no further than the Radisson Blu on the Promenade des Anglais. Aside from a magical view over both the blue waters and the nearby mountains, the huge 700 square metre roof terrace, open all year round, boasts a swimming pool and comfortable lounge furniture.

The dining area is not bad either, with a restaurant/bar that offers a Mediterranean cuisine of the highest quality and mouthwatering cocktails.

Away from all the hustle and bustle of the Old Town, there is no better spot to have a pre-dinner aperitif and soak up the late sun in a chilled atmosphere.

Le Radisson Blu
223, Promenade des Anglais
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 (0)4 97 17 71 77

Splendid Hotel & Spa : A lounge over the roofs

With its Fitness Centre, sauna, solar-heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi and bar with panoramic views of the city, the 8th floor of the Splendid Hotel is a little paradise unto itself.

First opened in 1883 for the winter season to target British tourists, the hotel counted among its first clients the King of Wurtemberg whose coat of arms has been transformed into the Splendid’s present logo.

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Ideally located on Boulevard Victor Hugo, it is a peaceful location that also knows how to have fun, transforming itself into an outdoor lounge overlooking the roofs of the city, with great food, delicious drinks, and music throughout the summer.

Splendid Hotel & Spa
50, boulevard Victor Hugo
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 (0)4 93 87 02 46

The Monsigny Hotel: The New Kid in Town

For the last few years, the Libération district has been getting trendier by the minute, so it is no surprise it now also has its own rooftop terrace that will give the most famous ones on the Promenade des Anglais a run for their money.

Located on the 7th floor of the hotel, the Monsigny rooftop is probably still one of Nice’s best-kept secrets. Overlooking the Malaussena pedestrian area and the roofs of the city, it offers everything you need to spend a perfect afternoon in the sun, or a relaxed evening with friends. The Jacuzzi is available to all (for just 5€ for hotel clients and 10€ for guests) and the deckchairs are welcoming. With unobtrusive music playing in the background, the selection of tapas and cocktails is as delicious as it is affordable.

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Less touristy maybe, the Monsigny has nonetheless a more authentic feel that most of its counterparts.

The Hotel Monsigny
17, avenue Malaussena, 
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 (0)4 93 88 27 35

All photos courtesy each hotel

 

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TOTE ET MAMIE CHARLOTTE, THE PERFECT SPOT FOR HAPPY HOUR AND BRUNCH

Article pour Riviera Buzz sur le nouvel endroit idéal pour un brunch ou un apéro dans le vieux Nice. Article for Riviera Buzz about the new ideal place for a brunch or a drink in the old Nice.

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Tote et Mamie Charlotte is one of the newest additions to the eateries located in and around Place Rossetti in the heart of Vieux Nice.

Looking for the newest go-to brunch spot or the ideal place for a Happy Hour drink at the end of a busy day? Well then, let us suggest Tote et Mamie Charlotte, conveniently located in the heart of the old town and just a stone’s throw from the famed Fenocchio. The bistro boasts a unique decor and has succeeded in striking the perfect balance between tradition and modernity, with its offerings of old recipes and organic dishes.

Eager to pay tribute to their great aunt and their grandmother respectively, the owners, two energetic young women, regularly produce menus that favour quality over quantity and always feature fresh market ingredients. While their staple dish is the organic “œuf cocotte”, they also really excel in small plates and breakfasty-type dishes.

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On weekends, brunch is available for the very reasonable price of €25, with four options to choose from:

– Le Charcutier which offers a large array of delicatessen products,
– Le Poulailler and its oeuf cocotte,
– Le Fromager, which is composed of a great variety of cheese, apples and dried fruits, and
– Le Norvégien which features smoked salmon, shrimps and rillettes.

Each of the brunch options includes a hot drink (do check out the heavenly hot chocolate!), one freshly squeezed orange juice, a croissant, one slice of organic bread, some jams, and either a home-made pastry or a dairy product.

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Lunchtime fare in the restaurant includes generous salads, quiches and foie gras, and by afternoon, it turns into a coffee shop, serving up great cakes and crepes. However it is in the evening that Tote et Mamie Charlotte comes into its own, especially when the weather is nice, with a great selection of beer and delicious cocktails such as the famous Spritz, as well as unpretentious, yet tasty, tapas to munch on.

The restaurant will be closed for most of November to give the owners a rest after a very busy summer. But come December, be ready to discover this sweet little spot and plenty of new dishes!

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CONTACT DETAILS
Tote et Mamie Charlotte
2, Rue Rossetti
06300 Nice

Opening hours: daily from 10am to 11 pm, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays

5 OF THE BEST: OUR FAVOURITE PLACES FOR TAPAS IN NICE

Dernier article publié dans Riviera Buzz (Latest article published in Riviera Buzz).

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It may be the capital of the French Riviera, but Nice does boast a very healthy choice when it comes to international cuisine, including tapas.

Back to school may be upon us but it does not mean that we should forget all the summer fun, and now with most tourists having left the French Riviera, it is actually the perfect time to sit with friends at the terraces of restaurantsand watch the world pass by, while sipping a glass of wine and nibbling on some finger food.

Always solicitous to give the best advice possible to our readers, we have taken upon ourselves to try for you the various tapas bars and restaurants in Nice and after some serious research, here are our top five places.
L'Ark restaurant in Nice

Looking for a place to eat or just have a drink with a view? Look no further than l’Ark. Located on the Quai des États-Unis, directly opposite Castel Plage, this is THE place to be to enjoy a panoramic view over the “baie des Anges” in all its glory.

Since it opened over a year ago, this concept restaurant has never ceased to attract tourists and locals alike, in search of a different experience. First of all, because it is fun and trendy: A tiny, yet beautiful terrace on the first floor allows customers to take advantage of the many sunny days, the interior design is modern and a few nights a week a DJ provides the musical entertainment. But also because the food is very good. The house specialty is the hamburger but many tapas are also on offer. Most of them are Spanish (patatas bravas, fried calamaris, tortillas) but they are prepared with fresh ingredients and a local twist. And to accompany the food, a great choice of wines and cocktails is proposed.

Beach restaurants often have a bad reputation but l’Ark is a prime example that sometimes you can have it all: theview, the atmosphere and the food.
Lou Tapas restaurant in Nice

Not so long ago, this tiny restaurant on rue Dalpozzo was known as l’instant présent, but earlier this year the owner decided to turn it into a tapas bar, and what was just a local eatery has now become one of the best places for these speciality dishes. There are still main courses on offer (paella for instance), but the goal is to take you on a trip around the world and to delight all your senses.

This is reflected in a menu that includes Thai (shrimps with thai curry sauce)Spanish (chorizo and onion torillas)and of course, French (oven-baked St. Marcellin with honey and thyme, homemade blinis or smoked salmon with aneth herbs and lemon).

Using fresh and local produce, the cuisine is always creative yet unpretentious, and everything is done in such a way so that you can have a good time in a laid-back atmosphere. A small terrace outside can seat a few people and the interior is very intimate with its wooden panels and spiral staircase. And the icing on the cake, the staff are also very welcoming. So really, what else do you need?

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McMahon in Nice

Don’t be fooled by the name. The McMahon may at first seem like one of the many Irish pubs in Old Nice, but once you take a look inside, you will step back in time. With its old wood paneling, it is indeed an institution with a 100-year plus history of serving great traditional food.

Successively a restaurant and a pub, it is a convivial place that adapts to your needs and desires. Wine lovershave a chance to sample local vintages, food connaisseurs can chose from seasonal menus, and those looking to just have a snack and share a drink with friends have a nice selection of amuse-bouche or amuse-vinTuna rillettes, humus with pita bread, cheese plates, delicatesen, socca…all the small plates have a local flavour and make for a perfect apéro.

With the newly opened Promenade du Paillon as a backdrop, the McMahon is definitely the perfect place to sit back and relax.

El Merkado tapas in Nice

Stepping inside this busy restaurant in the heart of Vieux Nice is like entering a friend’s living room. The interior is funky but welcoming with its mismatched chairs, sofas and coffee tables, inviting the guests to immediately become comfortable. There are even some board games for those who are in a playful mood. Outside, there is a very generous terrace, right in the middle of all the action of the nearby Cours Saleya.

At El Merkado they definitely take their tapas seriousl,y with a menu that includes all the traditional small plates you might expect from a Spanish restaurant (jamón Serrano, tortilla española, calamaris…), all made with local and seasonal products.

Of course, sangría is part of the package but for the full El Merkado experience, be sure to order one of the many original cocktails, especially the Don Quichotte, a vodka-based drink that is already a classic.

Le Tono in Nice

Probably one of Nice’s best kept secrets, this restaurant transforms into a great place for a relaxing evening, swaying to the sounds of jazz or bossa nova come 6pm.

The wines come from all over the world. The tapas are Spanish (Lomito Bellota cullar, chorizo) as well as French (foie gras, jambon de Bayonne, terrine forestière) and vegetarian (caviar d’aubergines, houmous, legumes confits à l’huile d’olive). And for those with a big appetite, the menu also offers some hot dishes (petits farcis niçois au pistou, gratin de poulet jaune au munster) and some delicious desserts (lemon tarts, tiramisu au nutella).

Opened in 2004 by Stéphane Guini, a local chef and his wife SophieLe Tono is one of those places were you immediately feel at home. Just a short distance away from the busy avenue Jean Médecin, it would be a shame not to give it a try!

CONTACT DETAILS

L’Ark : 41-43, Quai des États-Unis; 06300 Nice

Lou Tapas : rue Dalpozzo; 06000 Nice

McMahon’s Pub50 Boulevard Jean Jaurès; 06300 Nice

El Merkado12 rue St-François de Paule
; 06300 Nice

Le Tono18 Avenue Georges Clemenceau; 06000 Nice

Photos © Mike Colquhoun