Of all the lovely restaurants on the Côte d'Azur, the one I return to again and again is L'Eden, in the very heart of Nice. Between the sea and the Old Town with a view of the azure water sits this perfectly imperfect little eatery. From a café creme in late morning to a verre de vin (glass of wine) in the late afternoon, there is nowhere I would rather be sitting than the balcony of L'Eden in Nice.
The menu offers everything you can expect at a French restaurant: omelets, salads, pasta dishes, steak, carpaccio de boeuf, fish and, of course, desserts. There is a selection of wines, beers, aperitifs, and cocktails, just what you might expect to find at a small restaurant that is only open during the day.
Since this beautiful little place is not open late, most customers are coming for morning coffee, a late breakfast/brunch, lunch or late afternoon drinks. Weekend brunch gets busy, but it's worth waiting for a table. As I have said in my book, once you have a table at a restaurant in France, you can stay there until you are ready to leave, one of the many wonderful habits of the French, dining in a leisurely unhurried manner.
When I'm in Nice on vacation, I like to go for a swim across the street from L'Eden in late morning after having coffee at my apartment, and then head to L'Eden for an omelet, salad and frites (fries), and, perhaps, my first glass of wine for the day. Or if I have been out on a day trip to Monaco or Cannes, then I might go to L'Eden in late afternoon, sit on the balcony with a glass of wine, and watch the sun set over the Mediterranean.
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