The Top 10 Restaurants and Bars on the Riviera
The Top 10 Restaurants and Bars on the French Riviera!
The Côte d'Azur is lined with some of the most amazing restaurants and bars to try while on your French Riviera yacht charter. People come from all over the world to sample the glitz and glamour that the south of France provides, with a walk along the Croisette in Cannes, a trip to the Casino in Monaco and the beaches of St Tropez, another essential on your vacation to the south of France is trying out just some of the best restaurants and bars serving local cuisine and impressive drinks menus.
Le Louis XV in the Hotel de Paris in Monaco
Visiting the Hotel de Paris is a ‘when in Monaco’ moment, as it really is a must see. Surrounded by the Monaco Grand Prix racetrack, near the Monte Carlo Casino and close to the superb Port Hercules, it certainly is hard to rival the location of this restaurant. With the recent renovation, chef Alain Ducasse stated ‘the show must go on, even bigger and better than before’ and that it has! This impressive and luxury restaurant highlights the glamorous lifestyle of the French Riviera; once you step foot into the hotel you are reassured that your experience is going to be memorable. From the aperitif to the after dinner chocolate, guests have quoted that you will ‘feel like Louis XV himself’ illustrating the exceptional journey the impeccable staff and world-class cuisine provide.
La Vague D’Or in St Tropez
With three stars from the Michelin Guide it is inevitable that your experience in this restaurant is going to be unparalleled. The location of St Tropez itself speaks volumes; it really is a desirable and glamorous location to dine. The constant pursuit for improvement shines through as well as ingredients of the finest quality and locally sourced. The menu is something special; it is presented like a story, which gives an artistic and unusual vibe. There is also plenty of choice and variety, unlike some restaurants of this standard, which can be limited. The restaurant faces the sea, so try and get a seat on the terrace where you can sit under pine trees gazing across the sea as the sun sets.
Chantecler in Hotel Negresco in Nice
If you have never strolled down the Promenade d’Anglais, you really should! The long stretch of flat path hugs the beach and goes on for miles where you can admire the beach clubs, palm trees and architecture. Hotel Negresco is an iconic building, which you can’t miss due to the pink dome prominently staring out at the bay. Boasting two Michelin stars and gastronomy ‘inspired by the Provence’, it is clear why this restaurant attracts the elite clientele and is the most desirable hotel and restaurant in the city. The meals are inventive and articulate, showing true French style and class and the cuisine respects the traditions of the country. Being sandwiched between the sea and the old town of Nice you can experience the best of both here, perfect for your final dinner as it is close to the airport!
Eden Roc at the Cap d’Antibes
It is easy to admit this is the most luxurious hotel around Antibes, proven by the marvellous guest book where celebrities’ signatures overlap each other on the pages. With views of the Lérins Islands and overlooking the pool which sparkles in the Mediterranean sunshine, you will find this an idyllic spot for lunch or dinner. The hotel stands proud and noticeable near the beach and you can hear the waves gently crashing against the rocks, reminding you that you are on the French Riviera. This restaurant oozes expertise in every area from the fantastic sommelier whose enthusiasm about wine impresses many, to the expert confectioners who conjure up the hotel’s own branded chocolate.
Martinez Hotel in Cannes
The place to dine in Cannes is La Palme d’Or as it is the city’s only two-starred Michelin restaurant; stop by for a memorable culinary experience in one of the leading luxury hotels. Everything about this hotel reflects class, elegance and superiority, it requires all your senses to admire and absorb the décor, service and cuisine. The food is a work of art, guests recommend a ‘movement’ of five small plates to get the perfect combination of savoury and sweet. It is difficult to find the superlative to describe the standard of gastronomy in the Martinez Hotel!
Bacon in Cap d’Antibes
Do not be fooled by the name, Bacon is actually a predominantly seafood restaurant. Increasingly regarded as the best fish on the Cote d’Azur, which, as you can imagine, is an incredible title as seafood along the French Riviera is as plentiful as it is wonderful. With 60 years of experience, the Sordello family look forward to tantalising your taste buds! The location is superb, the food presentation is second to none and the guest book is to be marvelled at. Many important celebrities are repeat customers; there is certainly something special about Bacon. We recommend the bouillabaisse, which is often described as ‘perfection’ and is certainly the specialty!
The Carlton Hotel in Cannes
For an unparalleled view over the bay of Cannes, the Carlton Hotel is the perfect spot! For evening drinks you can gaze over the Croisette and watch the street come to life in the evening as it lights up as the atmosphere begins to thrive. From the furniture to the service and to the exotic drinks everything exceeds expectations, as accommodation to the world’s rich and famous, the experience is inevitably spectacular. And you can’t leave Cannes without having tried a Carlton champagne cocktail!
Le 360 at the Radisson Hotel in Cannes
This hotel boasts a distinctive rooftop bar where you truly get 360-degree views of the bay, the old town and the Esterel hills, which is unheard of! The bar is exclusive and has a classy atmosphere, the drinks menu is varied and impressive and if you are feeling peckish there are culinary delights so you can indulge. It is easy to find yourself spending hours on this terrace as the vibe is inviting and relaxing, you will not want to leave the view behind!
The Fairmont Hotel in Monaco
An infamous meeting point for the international elite, this hotel oozes glitz and glamour and is a renowned landmark of Monaco. The Horizon Deck restaurant and champagne bar is the perfect spot to overlook the port brimming with luxury yachts. See the world through rose tinted glasses on Pink Sunday! The summer tastes and vibes wash through the bar with unlimited rose wine or champagne and all things pink! The Fairmont is also right on the famous hairpin of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit, making it even more of a must-do.
La Chèvre d’Or in Eze
This is the definition of ‘dinner with a view’, La Chèvre d’Or has absolutely stratospheric scenery where you will truly feel on top of the world. Being up in the mountains in the hilltop town of Eze, you can absorb the luscious greenery, rolling hills and sight the sea! Guests struggle to find the words to describe the location of the restaurant and it really enhances the ambience of this living treasure. The talent of the kitchen is not to go without mention; with two Michelin stars, the gourmet restaurant offers the finest cuisine and will provide a new insight into dishes. Be sure to get your glad rags on with their strict dress code though!
Combine these fantastic bars and restaurants, with sun, sand and sea and you have got yourself the perfect yachting holiday. What more could you want?