The Secret French Riviera, Our Must-See Spots


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.


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.


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 at the Riviera.


Grasse is the world’s perfume capital and is located between Cannes and Nice. A quick stop is worth it to pick up a few bottles of perfume. Don't miss a visit to the International Perfume Museum. A public institution labelled "Museum of France" allowing visitors to discover the history and uniqueness of the profession of manufacturers and large perfumery houses.


The market (Marche Provencal) is the place to come for locally-grown produce of all shapes & sizes. It takes place every morning from 6 am to 1 pm. No Antibes stay is complete without a visit to the Picasso Museum, around the corner from the market. For beach lovers, Plage Keller is a great spot for lunch and swimming.


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, and 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.


Chez Andréas

Porquerolles Island

Fondation Carmignac

A museum and sculpture park on the island of Porquerolles. The island is a 15-minute 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 for € 33,000 a day.

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