Best Coffee, period: The Brulerie des Cafés Indien, family-run since the ’40’s, roasts their own beans, so even for the divine smells alone, it’s worth a visit. Mostly a bean-seller, they have a little coffee bar so you can try before you buy, or just enjoy the most aromatic cup of coffee in Nice. Find them on rue Ste Réparate and also on Rue Pairolière.
Best Morning Cafés: Anywhere along Cours Saleya is wonderful in the morning: coffee, sun, and the fabulous market ambiance. The earliest coffee is at Café des Fleurs on Cours Saleya which starts serving the brocanteurs and market vendors at 5am.
Some of the best cafés for breakfast are actually bakeries, as the croissants and pain au chocolates will be far superior to what you will get in a bar. My favorites in Old Nice are:
- Au Ble d’Azur on the corner of rue de Marche and rue Moulin… They have the best croissants and pain au chocolate in Old Nice and I especially like their almond croissants. This is one of the few bakeries that also has little outside tables and makes coffee and cappuccinos.
- Multari on Jean-Jaures near Place Garibaldi, is another with coffees, outside tables, and excellent pastries.
Best Cafés for a Starbucks fix: There is an actual Starbucks in the Nice Etoile shopping center, but unless you are also craving mall-frenzy, here are a couple of low-key spots in Old Nice that know what you’re looking for:
- Café Marché is a real find, tucked away on a side street just steps from its namesake, the Marche Cours Saleya. 2 rue Barillerie.
- Emilie’s Cookies has a cool 60’s coffee-house vibe and great coffees. There’s one at the Port, rue Albertini, and Vieux Nice at Palais de Justice. …Oh, and don’t forget dessert!
Best Price for a Coffee: Cafe Nomad, a magnet for the artsy local crowd, serves coffee for just a buck.
Best Winter Cafés:
- The perfect winter warm up is an Italian-style hot chocolate. This amazing pudding-like cup-of-heaven is just starting to migrate over the border, and you can find it at Brulerue des Cafés Indien, Café Antonia terrace on Place Rossetti, and…
- …my favorite place for a coffee in the winter: Tucked away in the little chocolate shop just off Place Palais du Justice, L’Art Gourmand, you’ll find a little upstairs mezzanine Salon d’Thé that is not only warm and cosy, but has the aroma of chocolate. Perfect for a coffee on a chilly winter afternoon.
Best Tea Salons:
- Les Causeries de Blandine is a tiny tea room hidden in plain sight. It’s on rue Pont Vieux just off Place Rossetti and if you blink you’ll miss it… but that would be a big mistake because this adorable little tea salon is brimming with art and heart, just like its owner Blandine, and not to be missed. She does a great little lunch of quiche and salads as well.
- Delit Delice is another new discovery: is a tiny antique-filled tea room that is half unique-boutique and half grandma’s living room. Everything is served on vintage china plates and tea cups, and pastries and a light lunch can be had as well. 4 rue Rossetti, just up the hill from Place Rossetti.
- With a huge selection of teas among their coffees, the Brulerue des Cafés Indien on rue Pairolière is a great spot to relax and people watch.
- Just off Place Garibaldi, Deli Bo at 5 rue Bonaparte features organic coffees, an eclectic tea selection, and THE most wonderful creative pastries. Not to be missed.
- The Scotch Tea House on Nice’s most high-end shopping street, rue de Suède, is number one with the ladies-that-lunch crowd.
Best Coffee with light Dessert: A ‘Café Gourmand’ is an espresso served with 3 mini-desserts, a Parisian innovation that is happily starting to proliferate in Nice. Have one at Café Marché just off Cours Saleya in the Old Town and at Café Sud on blvd Felix Faure.
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