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I naively thought I knew ALL the hot spots in Nice from when I lived here… oh how I was wrong! So wrong. On one of our walks we stumbled on the amazing Le Plongeoir – a unique restaurant / bar on the edge of the coast. The views are absolutely stunning.

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It’s the perfect place for a long boozy lunch whilst catching some sun and taking in the views. Honestly, time does fly here. Without wanting to sound corny, I got lost in my thoughts just taking in my surroundings. It’s breathtaking.

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Sadly, the food at Le Plongeoir didn’t match its views. It was a little on the pricey side and didn’t feel it was great value for money. However, this is the kind of place you come for the overall experience. Also, I’d say at night the restaurant / bar comes alive and it’s definitely worth a visit just for drinks and charcuterie.

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During our trip I took my fiancé to all my favourite places. I was surprised to see that not a lot had changed. Yes there were a number of new restaurants but mostly it felt the same as seven years ago. In many ways I found that comforting and reminded me of all the good memories I had.

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A restaurant I’d recommend without question is Olive & Artichaut located in the Old Town. It’s a very cute, small-cover restaurant with an open kitchen. Being the first to arrive, we grabbed the best seat in the house – right opposite the kitchen and watched the chefs work their magic.

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A warning: it was hard to get a table here, clearly a popular spot. It took three attempts before we managed to bag a table for lunch. Definitely would recommend booking in advance.

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The food is well executed, the menu is creative and flavour is right on point. The standout dish was the seabass with pumpkin purée. I could have happily just eaten that and would have been satisfied.

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After our mega three-course lunch, a long walk was needed and it doesn’t take much convincing for my favourite stroll in the city – walking along Promenade des Anglais up to the port.

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The port is colourful – the buildings are a beautiful backdrop to the yachts and fishing boats. It’s also really relaxing here – ideal if you want to escape the noise from the rest of the city. A walk to the lighthouse gives fantastic views of the coastline. There were a few snapping away on their cameras but the majority like me, sat in silence taking in the natural beauty and just being in the moment.

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www.nicetourisme.com

S.L.