What better way to explore the old city of Nice, on the southern coast of France, than to walk around the city with a local, sample the Niçois cuisine and taste the regional wines? When I was invited by A Taste of Nice, to join their Food Tour around Nice, I couldn’t decline and shouted: “Oui!”
Are you traveling to Nice or the Provence and look for a unique local experience? Take the Nice food tour and you learn about the city AND get your taste buds tingling with delight. Try the local flavors of Nice and eat your way around town.
I was invited by A Taste of Nice to join their Nice Food Tour but I tasted all the foods myself and share my honest opinion about them and the tour.
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The City of Nice
The city of Nice is located on the French Rivièra in the south of France at the Mediterranean Sea. It has a rich history which is closely connected to their neighbour Italy because the area used to be part of the House of Savoy.
Everywhere in the city you see the Italian influences. In the buildings, in the language but especially the food!
But the cuisine of Nice is not Italian. Nor is it French.
It is 100% Niçois (= from Nice).
It is deeply connected with the earth and all flavors of Nice are inspired by the link with Mother Nature and what she has to offer.
During the food tour around Nice, your guide, a local Niçois, will tell you all about the history of the city and its foods.
You will learn about the nature around Nice and where the Niçois get their foods.
On our food tour around Nice, we visited the oldest Patisserie shop in the city! Queen Victoria used to drink her tea here and sample the sweets of Nice.
Food Tour around Nice
I was invited by tour company A Taste of Nice for their Food Tour around Nice. I met our guide, Kelly at the beach and together with the other guests, we walked around the city of Nice. Our guide explained a lot about the history and flavours of Nice and took us to all kinds of little local shops.
We visited the famous Patisserie Shop Henri Auer.
Here we were offered some sweet candied fruits! Is it healthy (because, you know: fruit)? Is it candy? I don’t know but it tasted sinfully delicious!
During the tour, we received a lot of information but we also played our own episode of Mythbusters to see if the myth “Wine is cheaper than water in France” was true.
What do you think? Is this myth true or false?
After this we learned about the local wines and hopped on the tram to the real local market of Nice.
I sampled different cheeses, like fresh mouth-watering goat’s cheese and the best mozzarella I have ever tasted.
Local market sellers offered us vegetables and after browsing the market, we returned to the old city.
Lunch time in Nice
By now, it was time to sit down and have some lunch. Now where would you go to sample some excellent Niçois food? How to choose from the abundance of restaurants and eateries without breaking the bank?
How to get the feeling you’re eating local food with the locals? Luckily for me, I didn’t have to worry about all that. Our guide took us straight to the best little restaurant in town, where we were welcomed by the most friendly hosts.
She treated us to her award-winning Socca, a local fast-food snack. We had a full lunch meal with some pastis, appetizers, and mouth-watering onion tart with wine.
By now, my belly was almost exploding from all the delicious foods.
Local Produce for tasting and shopping
We continued for more tasting of local produce like olive oils and truffles. We were introduced to more local shop keepers who explained about their trade and offered us all kinds of their products for tasting. At the end of the tour, we returned to the boulevard and there we had some amazing gelato at the beach.
The above describes my experiences on this food tour around Nice. The A Taste of Nice tries their best to offer you the best Nice has to offer, but tours can be a little different. The itinerary can change depending on the season and you might taste different foods & wines on this food tour around Nice.
A Taste of Nice tours
If you Google “Nice food tour” or “food tour around Nice”, the first hits are raving reviews on TripAdvisor and other compare sites for the tour company A Taste of Nice.
They are a small tour company who cater to tourists and try to offer you a local experience, away from the beaten path.
A Taste of Nice offers cycling tours and wine tours, but I strongly recommend the food tour around Nice if you’re a foodie or just love local food. With a set itinerary, you could explore on your own, but you would never get the fun and quirky little details the guide can give you.
The tour takes you to the most authentic shops in town, the most delicious restaurant and market people with the fairest prices.
The guide will introduce you to local shopkeepers and offers an abundance of information during the tour! I learned so much about local life, the food and nature of Nice but I do not want to spoil all the fun by sharing everything here. You have to discover for yourself.
- The food tour around Nice runs every day, except Mondays
- The tour starts between 9.45 am or 10.00 am. It will take 4 hours
- You will walk around the city, easy flat walking. It will be around 2km/ 1.2 miles
- You will sample over 10 different foods and drinks of Nice
- You can inform the company if you have any dietary needs. We didn’t like mushrooms and our guide took them off the menu instantly
- The tour costs €75, everything included. You do not need breakfast or lunch on the day of the Nice food tour.
- You need to make a reservation, you can do that here: book your Food Tour around Nice
What I liked specifically about this Nice food tour
- Our guide made sure we were always standing or sitting in the shade. This was very welcome because Nice can get really hot in the summer.
- I tried a lot of food, I wouldn’t have tried myself. Who knew onion tart would be so delicious?
- Taking the tour with other people is an extra fun way to meet other people, because let’s be honest, food is best enjoyed with others! Groups can be from 4 to 12 people.
- I didn’t have to worry or pay for anything on the tour. We were offered food and drink continuously, we didn’t have to pay for transport either. Everything is included in the price.
- Our guide was like a French Mary Poppins with a trolley full of surprises. Water, cups and paper napkins. You really do not have to bring anything.
- The tour guide explained a lot about the food and drink culture in Nice. She also pointed out little details of the architecture and shops
- We received a full leaflet of tips and recommendations for other foods to try and local restaurants, bistros and shops. An excellent starting point for more foodie adventures around town!
Foods & Drinks on the tour
As a travel blogger, I try to bring my enthusiasm for my travels across to you via the written word. Unfortunately, I cannot offer you the smells of the food or even the taste of the food.
But, I CAN offer you some visuals as inspiration. Please enjoy the colours I snapped for you during my food tour around Nice. These are some examples of the foods I tried on the Nice food tour and I hope they will work up your appetite for more!
Is your mouth watering up already? Are your taste buds tingling? Are you thirsty for some delicious Niçois wines and would you like to eat your way around the old city of Nice? Good news for you: YOU CAN!
If you’re planning a holiday on the Côte d’Azur or just stopping in Nice, you can easily join the food tour around Nice yourself. Book here.
I recommend you book the tour as soon as you arrive, because it will add flavour to your stay in Nice and enrich the food you put in your mouth.
For more tips on fine dining in Nice, check out the blog from Cédric.