Where to Drink in Nice, France
From cool cafés to seductive wine bars, these are the best watering holes in Nice
18 October, 2022
One of the beauties of Nice is its sheer diversity - not only in its varied architecture and flavours, but in its melting pot of locals and visitors. Fancy a sundowner with the city's glamorous set? Head to one of its many rooftop or chic beach bars. Prefer to knock elbows with its bohemian youth? Make for a dimly lit wine bar, where natural bins are sipped right at the counter. After a more local experience? Just pull up a chair at an Old Town café or convivial bistro, where the city's social scene truly shines.
For three generations, this Old Town café (along with the roastery in Rue St-Réparate), has dedicated itself to coffee from all corners of the globe. Order a robust espresso from the counter, or browse the shop for all manner of kit for preparing your beans at home.
35 Rue Pairolière, 06300
Le Comptoir Central Électrique
A spacious lighting shop reborn as an eclectically cool bistro where tables spill out onto the street, this is a convivial spot on buzzy Rue Bonaparte. Come for French wines, classic cocktails and small plates, and to immerse yourself in the social scene; this is where locals begin – or end – their night.
10 Rue Bonaparte, 06300
You’ll find the city’s oldest wine merchants in the cool stone walls of a former Dominican convent. Proprietor Franck Obadia knows his wines – he doesn’t just sell it, he produces it. He also spins a good story (of which he has many), so book in for a tasting session in the cellar across the street for an entertaining and educational Tour de France in a glass.
7 Rue Raoul Bosio, 06300