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Food Lover's Guide to Provence

Food Lover's Guide to Provence

Provençal cuisine highlights the bounty of France’s Mediterranean coast. Dishes are made with local herbs and seafood, and are often from traditional recipes passed down through the generations. Here are a few of the flavors and activities to seek out.

Must-Try Dishes

The Mediterranean warmth, coastal rainfall, and fertile soils of Provence provide the perfect conditions for fresh produce to flourish. Sun-ripened vegetables, herbs, and home-grown extra-virgin olive oil are the backbone of traditional Provençal cookery.

With the Mediterranean Sea so close, anchovies, clams, langoustine, mussels, shrimps, squid, and tuna feature on ingredient lists all along the coast. Traditional dishes such as bouillabaisse and ratatouille, built on fresh shellfish and vegetables respectively, are often found in restaurants, while niçoise salad is another popular plate, with tuna steak, lettuce, green beans, and tomatoes layered among crisp salad leaves. Seafood also features heavily in brandade, a fish-and-potato stew made with local salt cod. Rouget (a small, red fish popular in Provence) and loup de mer (sea bass typically grilled with fennel) are fine examples of the fresh fish dishes for which the region is famous.

Provence also has its own regional delicacies to rival the humble baguette. Fougasse is the traditional bread—a circular flatbread typically filled with nuts or olives—and travelers can also look out for socca (a peppery bread made of chickpea flour), pissaladière (a local pizza-style flatbread), and pan bagna (a bread roll topped with anchovies, olives and tomatoes).

Must-Do Experiences

  • Visit a home in Nice or St. Jeannet to discover new flavors in a cooking class.

  • Learn how to pair wine with traditional Provençal cuisine.

  • Follow a guide on a food tour of Nice and discover the diverse ingredients of Provence among its delis, markets, and specialty food shops.

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Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting

Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting

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Treat your taste buds to the flavors of Provençe on a walking food tour in Nice. Explore the old town, or Vieux Nice, with a gastronomic guide, and enjoy different samples of regional favorites, including locally produced French wine. Visit the finest markets, delis, and specialty food shops in town and learn how locals shop and prepare meals on a daily basis. Taste the Italian influence on Provençal cuisine and learn how to make an authentic Niçoise salad back at home. Tour size is limited to 10 people for a personalized small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Food Lovers Tour of Nice Local Markets and Best Shops

Food Lovers Tour of Nice Local Markets and Best Shops

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Sample the gastronomic delights of the French Riviera on this small-group tasting tour of Nice. Accompanied by your guide, a fellow foodie, visit restaurants, artisan shops, and bakeries around the city and taste an array of regional specialties including wines, cheeses, chocolates, and ice cream.
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  • 4 hours
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3-Hour Small-Group French Cooking Class at a Local Home in Nice (shared tour)

3-Hour Small-Group French Cooking Class at a Local Home in Nice (shared tour)

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Discover the secrets of Nicoise cuisine with a small-group cooking class at a local Nice home. Create an array of traditional dishes like Niçoise salad or apple tartlets, master cooking techniques under the guidance of a local chef, then sit down with your host to enjoy a delicious homemade dinner.
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Food and History Walking Tour in Nice

Food and History Walking Tour in Nice

The little food stands and markets in the old village of Vieux Nice are famous around the world. You’ve read about them in magazines and cookbooks. Let a professional, English speaking guide introduce you to the best ones. Taste wines, cheeses and delicacies that only the locals know about, and end your tour at the famous Maison Auer candy factory.
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5-Hour Provencal Market Tour and Cooking Class in Nice (shared tour)

5-Hour Provencal Market Tour and Cooking Class in Nice (shared tour)

Uncover the secrets of Provencal cuisine with a market tour and cooking class in Nice. Shop for ingredients at the Marché de la Libération, create an array of Niçoise dishes under the guidance of a local chef, then tuck into a delicious 3-course home-cooked lunch, accompanied by regional wines.
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  • 5 hours
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