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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Photo by Thomas Dupaigne

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

There’s more than one way to discover a destination.

FOODIE

       
Le Cours Saleya photo courtesy of CRT Côte d'Azur.        

Where to Stay // Le Negresco
This 100-year-old Riviera hotel loves stars, including the Michelin variety. Its Le Chantecler restaurant earned a second last year from the notable guide.

Morning // Le Cours Saleya
Sniff and squeeze your way around this daily market, paying homage to Provence’s bounty since 1861. Sample local staples such as socca, a chickpea flatbread, and petits farcis (stuffed vegetables).

Afternoon // Cave Bianchi
Taste top-quality wines, including those from lesser-known appellations such as Bellet, one of the smallest in France.

Dinner // Oliviera
The owner, Nadim Beyrouti, will likely greet you at your table in this little restaurant that’s big on supporting local farmers. Many dishes use different hand-picked olive oils.


 

 

 

ART LOVER

       
Succession Henri Matisse - CRT Riviera Côte d'Azur. Photo: Anaïs BROCHIERO.        

Where to Stay // Hotel Massena
This boutique beauty features original paintings, pop art-inspired common areas and a cinema-themed staircase.

Morning // The Matisse Museum
An impressive collection of paintings, drawings, engravings and sculptures in this villa pays homage to the famous fauvist who called Nice home from 1918 to 1954.

Lunch // L’Altro Cose Cosi
Chock-a-block with worldly finds, this charming restaurant creates eight savory Mediterranean dishes each day with colorful and artistic flair.

Afternoon // Gallerie des Ponchettes
One-time public bathhouses, which then became a fish market, are now municipal galleries with ever-changing contemporary exhibits of local and foreign artists. 77 quai des Etats-Unis


FAMILIES

       
Fenocchio Glacier photo byAnthony Lanneretonne.
       

Morning // Promenade des Anglais
Roll on bikes, scooters or skates along the famous path (called Le Prom by locals) stretching about four miles along the Mediterranean Sea, past lively beach clubs and belle époque façades.

Afternoon // Beau Rivage
This pebbly public beach, equipped with hot showers, bathrooms and a lifeguard, is a protected spot near the eastern end of the Baie des Anges.

Late Afternoon Treat // Fenocchio Glacier
Line up and scream for the 94 flavors of ice cream and sorbet at this shop on Place Rossetti that’s been family-run since 1966.

Sunset // Parc de la Colline du Chateau
The castle was destroyed by Louis XIV in 1706, but this popular park has a playground, waterfall and epic views of the coastline.


 

 

 

 

HONEYMOONERS

       
Cruise photo by Anthony Lanneretonne.
       

Where to Stay // Boscola Exedrea Nice
The belle époque façade resembles a wedding cake, and the pink and white interior looks good enough to eat. The “Romantic” package includes a candlelight dinner and spa access.

Morning // Old Town
Stroll through the narrow streets of the Vieux Ville and discover architectural and historical gems such as the 13th-century Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate and the Palais Lascaris.

Coffee Break // Emilie’s Cookies & Coffee Shop
Sweet tooths and sweethearts will love this shop specializing in cookies and gooey homemade frosted cupcakes. The coffee’s great, too!

Afternoon // Coastal Cruise
This dreamy, hour-long excursion on the Mediterranean features views of the bustling waterfront, the nearby sherbet-colored village of Villefranche-sur-Mer and the megavillas of Cap-Ferrat.


DAYTRIPPER

       
St.-Paul-de-Vence photo by Thomas Dupaigne.
       

Where to Stay // Hôtel Nice Villa Rivoli
This comfortable and well-located 24-room hotel with complimentary Wi-Fi is a great pied-à-terre for exploring the Riviera.

Morning // Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
The nine different gardens of this palatial pink estate on St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat are sure to inspire—whether you’ve got a green thumb or not.

Lunch // Yoshi, Hôtel Metropole Monte Carlo
A boxed lunch will never be better than at “Le Bento,” filled with a starter, main course and dessert, at Joël Robuchon’s Zen-like Japanese eatery near the famous casino.

Afternoon // St.-Paul-de-Vence
Retrace the footsteps of Marc Chagall, who once wandered the labyrinthine lanes of this perched village of abundant cafés, galleries and endless views.

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