Elegance al fresco

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This is exactly what the Principality of Seborga has been missing - a refined restaurant with superb views from one principality to another, high above the coastline of the Italian Riviera. What Marcellino's represents is not only a place for quality dining, but also a meeting spot for residents and visitors of the picturesque principato in the mountains above the town of Bordighera.Read more

Spanish tapas in Nice

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It's always exciting to hear about the opening of a new restaurant/bar, even better when the venue is offering something completely different. Nice in particular is oversaturated with French brasseries and restaurants all offering the same thing, so when I heard about El Merkado Bar and Tapas I was overjoyed and armed with, as always, high expectations.Read more

Dreaming of stars

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He is (so far) the only man I have ever arranged to meet in a wholesale market at the unearthly hour of 3am. That was almost 20 years ago. At the time, Alain Llorca was the star chef at the Chantecler restaurant in Nice's Negresco hotel, and we met to do some shopping for the next day's menu. Since then, we have both gained in age and experience - not to mention a few more kilos, but he more than me.Read more

A decision looms for Pampelonne

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Pampelonne beach could be drastically changed if plans to restructure the coastline are approved. After years of debate, commissioners are now looking at development plans that aim to increase tourism along the iconic strip of coastline, while maintaining the natural environment. Local businesses, however, fear that they will be the biggest losers if the new plan goes ahead.Read more

The pick of the bunch

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There are 15 private beach restaurants along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, and I have tried about 80 per cent of them - one of the joys of living so close to the sea. The standout so far is Florida Beach, situated at the western end of the coastline. If you are tired of the Niçois salad/goats cheese salad/steak tartar/ pizza/entrecote menus that saturate the city of Nice, then you'll appreciate the Asian flavours that appear here alongside traditional French beachside dishes. Add to that service with a smile and a sparkling Mediterranean Sea, and there's simply no other place you'd wish to beRead more

Gone fishing Cannes style

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Lined side by side on the Cannes coastline are a plethora of private beach restaurants. Each has something to offer, whether it's relaxed service, regular beach food or entertainment. At Miramar Plage, it's seafood. Each day, head chef Guillaume Goube proudly presents fresh fish on giant silver platters for the guests' choosing. You like what you see, you order it. Then you let the kitchen do its magic.Read more

Dining like a star for the day in Cap Ferrat

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Paloma, situated on the rocky peninsula of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, is more than a beach restaurant, it's an institution. First opened in 1948, Paloma is the gem that arose from the post-war years, quickly becoming the vacation resort of the world elite. And so it has remained, attracting the likes of Jack Nicholson, Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Keanue Reeves, Tom Cruise, Mick Jagger, Jean Cocteau and Winston Churchill, to name but a few.Read more

Picture perfect Juan les Pins

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Juan les Pins is a lovely stretch of coastline. The soft sand between your toes, gentle waves lapping at the shore, happy children building sand castles - it's just a nice place to be, any time of day. It's also a beautiful setting for a lunch or dinner by the sea, and situated at the western end of the busy promenade is Bijou Plage, a comfortable, relaxed beachside restaurant with reasonable prices and an award winning view.Read more

Flavours of the Orient

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Maya Bay in Monaco has taken the best of Asian cuisine - Thai and Japanese - and put them side-by-side in a wonderful display of skill and sophistication. Impeccable service and contrasting oriental design all work to elevate a 'nice meal out' to an 'exceptional dining experience' - and at a surprisingly reasonable price.Read more

The Italian stallion of French Riviera food fairs

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L'Italie à Table is an authentic Italian food fair, now in its ninth edition, that will run in Nice from 30th May to 2nd June this year. The event draws in food lovers and culture enthusiasts from all over, offering the best of Italy in terms of its food, tourism and unique heritage.Read more

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