The Secret French Riviera, Our Must-See Spots

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The Secret French Riviera, Our Must-See Spots

La Côte d’Azur - From Menton to Porquerolles. Where to stay, eat and play.

Sebastian Schoellgen
Mar 10, 2022

84 Rooms Founder Sebastian Schoellgen shares his secret address book of favourite places to eat, sleep and discover. Most people only travel to Cannes, Monte-Carlo & St Tropez, but the real beauty can be found somewhere else.

Mougins

Every year in June, the village of Mougins organises an international festival entirely dedicated to Gastronomy. For 3 days, the streets and squares of the old village welcome French and foreign chefs who come to share their skills and passion with the public.

Where to dine:

Resto des Arts in the vieux village.

Where to stay:

Le Mas Candille - features one of the best SPA’s at the Riviera.

Grasse

The world’s perfume capital.

Easy located between Cannes and Nice, a quick stop is so worth it to pick up a few bottles of perfume and stop to smell the lavender.

Don’t miss:

The International Perfume Museum.

Antibes

The market (Marche Provencal) is the place to come for locally grown produce of all shapes & sizes. Takes place every morning (6am to 1pm). No Antibes stay is complete without a visit to the Picasso Museum, around the corner from the market.

Menton

One of the best-kept secrets on the Riviera - positioned on the Franco-Italian border with beautiful beaches - you can get both French & Italian cuisine. Visit in February for the Lemon Festival.

Saint-Paul de Vence

Where to stay:

Toile Blance - A contemporary Boutique Guest House with wonderful pool, cuisine and hosts.

Where to dine:

La Colombe D’Or - A Riviera Institution, it attracted Europe’s creative elite since the 1930s. Make sure to reserve a table outside far in advance. It’s also a hotel with 25 rooms and probably the finest collections of art in the world. We stayed there, take a closer inside.

Les Remparts - The best hilltop restaurant in the village - small menu but excellent local fresh fish cuisine. Sit at the counter and ask for Romain.

Apéritif:

Chez Andréas

Favourite Beach Clubs

St Jean Cap Ferrat: Paloma Beach

Cap d’Ail (just outside of Monaco): Eden Plage Mala

Antibes: Plage Keller

Porquerolles Island

Fondation Carmignac

A museum and sculpture park on the island of Porquerolles. The island is a 15 minutes boat ride from Hyeres.

Le Palais Bulles, the 'Bubble Palace'

Set in Theoule-sur-Mer, the "Bubble Palace" was built in 1975 - taking 14 years to construct - by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag, before it was bought in 1991 by French fashion designer Pierre Cardin, who passed in December 2020. The 13,000-square-foot home has 29 rooms, including 10 bedrooms and 11 baths, and the Palais has its own private outdoor auditorium that can seat 500 people. Cardin would rent it out to for € 33,000 a day.

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