Nice was the first stop of our honeymoon in July 2019. We flew from San Diego with a layover in Frankfurt using credit card points. And we stayed at the Palais de la Mediterranee, also with points.
Day 0: On the first night in town we ate at the hotel restaurant, Le 3e. Excellent food complete with a gorgeous sunset view.
Day 1: On the way to the train for our day trip to Grasse and Antibes we picked up a smoothie from BENBURGER and sandwiches from Paul. This was my first time at BENBURGER and while not on their menu they did have fresh fruit smoothies that day, a great find! And Paul is my reliable go to; it’s the train station food of choice with something for everyone. We had to wait in line, but it moved quickly and we were out of there with our bundled up sandwiches in time to make our train.
Day 2: Our favorite way to explore a city is by doing a food tour! We actually forgot that it was scheduled for the first day and slept past our meet up time. Whoops… Luckily the company was so accommodating and able to take us the next day. This food tour took us through the historic old town of Nice with cute little shops and fun looking buildings. I love a food tour that combines history with good food and adventure; this was one of the best!
After the food tour we relaxed with a refreshment at a cafe along the Cours Saleya in old town before visiting Castle Hill. There’s an elevator you can take to the top of the hill but there was a wait, so we decided to hike up the stairs. At the top we were rewarded with beautiful views in every direction, a waterfall, and a large park.
On the way back to the hotel we enjoyed a walk through the Promenade du Paillon; There were kids playing in water fixtures, interesting toy structures that looked like works of art, and a high school that looks like a palace. Our favorite find was a drinking fountain that fills your bottle with sparkling water.
Next we stopped at a great brewery called BrewDog. I first discovered the brewery when I was in Scotland and lucky for us they have a spot in Nice. We ordered a couple of hazy IPAs and sweet potato fries.
We walked along Rue Massena and had dinner at Taverne Massena before calling it a night. The pizza was good, but not the best you can find in the area, and the atmosphere was very touristy. This street is super cute but so crowded with tourists.
Day 3: One of the nicest things we did in Nice was brunch at Sporting Plage, it’s too bad we left it for the last day. I had a fresh baguette, fruit, and a warm latte. We laid in half sun/half shade and floated in the water for the afternoon. One quick stop again at Le 3e for burrata and a beer and we were off to the train station headed for Menton.