When heading to Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, you will most likely find yourself bunking down in the beautiful neighbouring city of Nice to save some money. The best part about this is spending all that saved money on their delicious local cuisine.
As one of France’s most popular coastal cities, it is no surprise that Nice’s local Mediterranean food is equally as popular, filled with plenty of vegetables, spices and flavours. The Nicois are exceptionally proud of their traditional dishes so you won’t have to look far to delve into these delicious meals. Here are our top dishes that you must try when you are in Nice.
The most quintessential and famous culinary specialities, Socca, is a thin savoury pancake made from chickpea flour which is crispy on the outside and softer in the middle. It’s best eaten piping hot, straight out of the oven with lots of pepper. Head to the old town of Nice to find some of the best around.
This delicious treat is like a pizza and pie combined. Found at most boulangeries, Pissaladiere is a flat open-faced tart of caramelized onions topped with anchovies and olives. Combining both salty and sweet tastes, it’s certainly something that has to be tried.
You may have already enjoyed this popular French dish across Europe or the world, but it’s no surprise that Salade Niçoise is best tasted in its birthplace, Nice. With fresh tomatoes, radish, onion, olives, eggs, tuna and anchovies, it’s the perfect addition to those summer days by the beach.
Le Pan Bagnet
If you love a Salade Nicoise, then you will love a Le Pan Bagnet. A typical local lunch option, it is essentially a Salad Nicoise stuffed into fresh delicious French bread.
Another classic home-grown Nicoise dish, Ratatouille is a hearty vegetable stew that features eggplant, zucchini, and tomato flavoured with fresh garlic and fragrant olive oil. It’s a simple dish that bursts in traditional flavours.
Tourte Aux Blettes
For those with a sweet tooth, a trip to Nice is not complete without trying a Tourte Aux Blettes. Made from swiss chard, this pastry is filled with sugared vegetables as well as pine nuts, apples and raisons. It is truly something that has to be eaten to be understood.
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