Best brunch spots in Nice
The French like to go light on breakfast and save their appetite for a decent lunch. Traditionally you’ll find a baguette, a croissant or pain au chocolate with a strong coffee on most café menus. However, times are changing and it’s now possible to find a range of brunch spots in Nice that offer other options.
Here is a list of some of our favourite spots, not far from the Villa saint Exupéry hostel in central Nice. Ask Hostel reception for directions, we are always keen to help.
1. Miss B. Tearooms
20 Rue Gioffredo, https://missbtearoom.fr/
Opens weekdays 9.30 am – 5.30 pm, closed Sundays.
Our favourite is Miss B., offering healthy vegetarian and Vegan options with a range of options for brunch during the week: smoothies, quiches, fruit salads, granola with yoghurt, muffins, cakes and cookies. There is a special brunch on a Saturday that offers a fuller brunch experience, including pancakes. poached eggs and omelettes for a very reasonable 18 euros. Check out their website for more info. As it opens early, (9.30 am weekdays), we would recommend this place before or after our free walking tour (see https://www.villahostels.com/what-to-see/free-tour-nice/) to get a feel for the city. The walking tour is at 11 am and last approximately 1.5 hours, although you can duck out at any time.
2. Royal Riviera Hotel
3, avenue Jean Monnet, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
www.royal-riviera.com/ (closes for the winter 17th November- 14 january).
Sometimes, you just need to splash out on a little luxury. If you want to go big, try the Royal Riviera hotel on a sunday for a blowout boozy brunch experience. It’s pricey at 60 euros (alcohol not included), with a full hotel buffet; smoked salmon and pancakes, a full english breakfast, exquisite patisseries made in house and much more.
After eating, pay an extra 20 euros to use the pool for the afternoon, if the hotel is not too busy. It’s worth booking in advance. There is also a private beach next to the pool, where you are able to rent chairs for the day.
11 Rue François Guisol
Open 10 am to 5pm, closed on Sunday
Only vegan and vegetarian options of all kinds are offered, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Badaboom has a hippy vibe with an elegant French touch. A large choice of great juices, breakfast bowls, and homemade cakes are just a few of the brunch choices. Based on the port, make sure you explore around the popular Place du Pin area nearby afterwards. Made up of a square with a dozen streets, this is where locals hang out, with a buzzing atmosphere and the best specialist food, fashion and design shops in Nice.
14 Rue Gubernatis. https://www.paperplanenice.com/
Opens 10 am- 3pm, closed on Monday
Paperplane offers a great brunch close to the hostel, with a vegetarian and vegan menu. Choice include açai bowls, banana bread toast with peanut butter, granola with fresh fruits and yoghurt a well as eggs with gluten free bread. They also have an excellent smoothie selection. The antioxidant smoothie has a blend of banana, pineapple, curcuma, coconut and a choice of nutmilks. It’s also worth trying their delicious Matcha latte.
5. Comme un dimanche
10 Rue Lascaris, 06300 Nice, France. https://www.commeundimanche-nice.com/brunch
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30 am to 3.30 pm
After three years in Australia, Marie and Steph, a young couple, have opened this great cafe, with the aim of serving local products and original cuisine. They have a large brunch menu, including hazelnut pancakes and eggs Benedict with salmon.
In the trendy port are where locals hang out, it’s worth exploring the food and fashion shops in the streets surrounding this great new eatery.
Full Bloom Cafe (Vegan and Vegetarian)
14 Rue Emmanuel Philibert, 06300 Nice, France
Thursday, Friday, Monday 8am – 6.30 pm Saturday and Sunday 9am- 7 pm
One reviewer describes this new coffee shop as a ‘lovely new place with great coffee, cozy atmosphere, friendly owners, good vegan cakes, filled with plants and where dogs are welcome. Good change in a city that’s already full of cafés that all look the same (pink walls, dried flowers, neon signs)… I will definitely be coming here often.’
This review sums it up perfectly. Again, this place is in the port area. It’s worth spending some time browsing this trendy district for food, design and fashion. This is the local’s heart of Nice, with a buzzing nightlife in the evenings. Even better, this is a rare cafe to open early weekdays.