South of France Hot-Spots

“I’m lucky enough to call the south of France my second home. Lock down has taught me to never take this for granted again! The Cote D’Azure is an incredibly versatile place & often people think of this as Cannes and Nice, but there is so much more to this beautiful region.”

Emma Halsall Head of Marketing Net-A-Porter

Emma Twyman, Head of Marketing at Net-A-Porter

Saint Paul de Vence is a medieval walled village, nestled in the hills behind Cannes. This incredible place is home to lots of fabulous art galleries and interesting boutiques. What brings me back here on each visit is the hidden gem known as Le Colombe D’Or hotel and restaurant. Founded back in 1920, over the years many artists have frequented this fabulous restaurant. To name one-Picasso, who settled his bills by gifting the owners works which can be seen throughout the restaurant. In the spring and summer dining in the courtyard is simply divine. 

Heading back down the coast to Nice, one of my favourite dinner spots is La Petite Maison. Again this is a iconic spot that has been there for years. Nicole the owner is there each night and has received the highest French accolade for the restaurant. Must haves on the menu; the tuna tartar followed by the sharing roast chicken and finished with the white chocolate mouse. A night there isn’t complete without a Bellini on arrival. 

Last but by no means least, arguably the most fabulous beach restaurant on the coast is Paloma Beach. Paloma is nestled on Cap Ferrat and offers the most incredible food in their lunch and dinner sittings. There are also deck chairs available so you can spend the day on the beach whilst enjoying the setting and delicious food, a day really well spent! Must haves on the menu are their fried zucchini fritters, followed by the salt baked seabass, finishing with their violet ice cream. This is single handedly the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted and have never seen this anywhere else. Paloma has a special place in my heart because this venue hosted our post wedding beach brunch. The restaurant has never seen so many aperol spritz’s consumed.”

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