Food Tour around Nice with A Taste of Nice

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!”

Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour.

Are you traveling to Nice or the Provence and look for an 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 flavours of Nice and eat your way around town.

Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. Trying some "fast food from Nice", the Socca. Made from chickpea flour, this dish is usually eaten with your hands.
We ate some “Socca” the local fast food dish. It is made from chickpea flour and is considered a Niçois snack.

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 flavours of Nice are inspired by the link with Mother Nature and what she has to offer.

Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. Herbs the Provence - or flavours of the Provence, these herbs are a must have in every kitchen. You just buy them at the local market in Nice.
Herbs de Provence, these herbs are a must have in every kitchen. You just buy them at the local market in Nice.

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.

Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. Chocolate and cacao covered almonds. Again, one of the best I have ever tasted.
Chocolate and cacao covered almonds. Rich dark flavours with a crunchy surprise on the inside.

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 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!

Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. Sweet candied fruit for your sweet tooth.
Sweet candied fruit for your sweet tooth.

 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?

Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. History continues in Nice at Patisserie Henri Auer, a 5th generation confiserie store where even Queen Victoria had her tea and sweets.
History continues in Nice at Patisserie Henri Auer, a 5th generation confiserie store where even Queen Victoria had her tea and sweets. Could you resist the sweets?

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.

Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. Trying some artisanal Buffalo mozzarella.
Sampling some of the cheapest red wine I have ever had, it was also one of the tastiest wines I had. But is the myth busted or not? Is wine cheaper than water in France?

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.

Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. For starters we had this Niçois union pie "Pissaladière"
The “Pissaladière” is the local speciality. The onions have been caramelized and the anchovis too. I don’t like onions and I don’t like fish, but this was delicious.

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.

Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. The main ingredient for every French dish: olive oil. Good quality oil from the region. We samples some and learned more about the trade of olives and oil making.
The main ingredient for every French dish: olive oil. Good quality oil from the region. We sampled some and learned more about the trade of olives and oil making.

Looking for more Foodie Inspiration?
Check out my Malaga Food Tour and Seville Tapas Tour.

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.

Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. We sampled some of the best and freshest goats cheese.
This lady was selling all kinds of cheese and she sampled some of her freshest goat cheese. The cheese didn’t taste like any goat’s cheese I had before. It was very smooth and almost silky.

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.

Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. Trying some artisanal Buffalo mozzarella.
Did you ever put anything in your mouth that was so delicious you have to fight back the tears? I almost cried tasting these Artisan Buffalo mozzarella balls. Because I was thinking: what have I been eating before and when will I ever taste anything that good again! Pure heaven.

Some Facts

  • 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 €65, 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
Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. Even at the market, they wear the seal of quality, so you know the food is good.
At the market, we tasted some of the best and freshest foods in the city. This seal is to show that the products are made in the artisan way and have the quality that comes with it.

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!
Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour.
Give me a yellow please. Having an aperitif before lunch.

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!

Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour.
The vibrant colours at the market make the perfect ingredient for a nice ratatouille.
Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. Courgette flowers are a real delicacy when you stuff it with veal or mixed meats.
Courgette flowers are a real delicacy when you stuff it with veal or mixed meats.
Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. Vibrant colours at the market in Nice
Vibrant colours at the market in Nice.
Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. Purple artichokes are available by the dozen.
Purple artichokes are available by the dozen.
Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour.
Have you ever seen aubergines like these? Cute, pink round little balls of aubergine/eggplant.
Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour. Eating some "Petits Farcies" or "little stuffed ones". The vegetables of the region stuffed with meat or herbs.
I tried some “Petits Farcies” or “little stuffed ones”. The vegetables of the region stuffed with meat or herbs.
Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour.
We had this rosé wine with our lunch. Again, one of the best ones I have ever had. We found out the price quadrupled if we would want to buy this wine outside of France.
Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour.
Mouth watering delicious candies at Maison Auer

Hungry yet?

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.

Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour.
Finish the food tour with some ice cream and share this pin on Pinterest with your friends.
Do you look for an unique local experience in Nice? Try the food tour around Nice: You learn about the city AND get a taste of Nice on the Nice food tour.
Are you hungry already? Save the desert for later and pin it to your Pinterest boards

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.

69 Comments

  1. The food scene around Nice really appears to be nice. The local fast food Socca bears some resemblance to Indian cuisine. I love the fresh produce that is available in the market. I am sure that food is really healthy.

  2. France does have good food! And they have different specialties in different regions, so even though I lived 8 years in France I never heard before about the socca and pissaladière. They look so tasty!
    I smiled at the wine inside the Evian water bottle 🙂
    So cool that the tour included everything from food, transport and even napkins! Great way to explore the food and the city.

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