I have a wonderful network here on the Côte d’Azur of locals who are a fountain of knowledge when it comes to cool, trendy places to visit, away from the usual traveller hot spots. So I thought it was time to start sharing some of these insider tips for both visitors and residents a like, as it’s never too late to discover exciting new spots to indulge in a glass of wine in your own backyard.
First up is a lady who is thoroughly qualified to provide an insight into the best places to sample wine and cuisine on the French Riviera: Amanda Walker. Amanda and her husband Simon own and manage Your Nice Apartment, who have a portfolio of lovely holiday apartments to rent in Nice and produce a very nifty Little Black Book to Nice full of must-visit addresses for their guests. I’m sure narrowing the list down to five was tough, but here are Amanda’s top five.
Cave de la Tour – Rue de la Tour – Nice
Situated in the heart of old Nice Cave de la Tour is one of the city’s oldest wine bars and a firm favourite with locals. The wine bar has been run for 69 years by the same family and boasts a warm relaxed atmosphere and a beautiful wine bar with a huge selection of wines on display. We’d recommend sampling their vats of wine and sitting outside around a wine cask table trying their huge range of champagnes, Provence wines and French giants.
Reservations +33 (0) 4 93 80 03 31
Les Compagnons de la Grappe – Rue Lepelletier – Nice
It is very hard to find a wine bar with such a vast, carefully chosen cellar than the companions of the grape. This wine bar was started by three friends who have been collecting wine for three decades. They specialise in acquiring, and thankfully sometimes selling, exceedingly rare vintages. They have a cellar stretching back over 150 years and some truly remarkable bottles. This is the best place in Nice to pick up rare and expensive bottles such as Romanee Conti. This is one of the best places if you want to talk about rare wine and find three people who are truly passionate and willing to share their passion.
Reservations +33 (0) 3 20 21 02 79
Vini Mundo – Avenue de la Republique – Nice
Vini Mundo is a quintessential French wine bar and restaurant. A La Carte prices from about 30 euros but they offer an incredible charcuterie and cheese selection and will help you pick the perfect wine to complement your food. The owner and hostess Christelle has a knowledge of local wines few aficionados can compete with and she will meticulously select wines based on your own preferences and choices.
Reservations +33 4 93 56 34 13
Vin/Vin – Rue Biscarra – Nice
Vin/Vin is a laid back wine bar with a well-deserved reputation for incredible wines. They have almost 2 dozen wines available by the glass at any one time and rotate regularly. The highlight of this bar though is the climate controlled wine cellar. A browse through the wine list here will leave you, and possibly your wallet, hungry with anticipation and we can’t recommend taking a tour below and buying a few locally recommended bottles.
Reservations +33 4 93 92 93 20
Le Cabanon – Avenue des Douaniers – Cap d’Ail
The cabin, as its name suggests, looks and feels like an alpine wooden cabin. It sits on a coastal path on the way to Monaco from Cap d’Ail and offers incredible views along the coastline. The headland views amidst the trees make this a very relaxing spot away from the hustle and bustle of Nice but the real highlight is the rose. The food is homemade and local and the Cabin prides itself in sourcing fine local wines. Can’t be recommended enough for an afternoon’s walk.
Reservations +33 (0) 4 93 78 01 94
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