The Hôtel Belles Rives used to be the haunt of several famous artists and writers

A selection of the best hotels, restaurants, bars and cafés in the département

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NICE

Hôtel Negresco

The Hôtel Negresco, on the Promenade des Anglais, overlooking Neptune Plage, opened its doors in January 1913 and has been an integral part of the legend of Nice and the French Riviera ever since. www.hotel-negresco-nice.com

Hôtel Windsor

The Hôtel Windsor, ten minutes on foot from the Promenade des Anglais, in the heart of Vieux Nice, was built in 1896. Its cut-stone façade is quintessentially fin de siècle; the art with which it is decorated is drawn from more styles and periods. www.hotelwindsornice.com

Hôtel Suisse

With a plum location below the Colline du Château, the Suisse’s unfussy décor sets it apart. With stellar views of city, ocean and beaches – and reasonable prices for a luxury hotel – this is a good choice in any season. www.hotel-nice-suisse.com

Sentimi

One sure thing about this popular pizzeria: you will not leave hungry. Opt for a thin crust or the house speciality, stuffed with a mild Italian cheese. Outdoor seating on the place Garibaldi is a plus. Tel. +33 (0)4 93 56 68 88

Hôtel Juana was built in the 1930s

A Buteghinna

This tiny, mostly outdoor restaurant is run by three native Niçoises who prepare the tried and tested recipes of their mothers and grandmothers. Do not miss the tarte aux blettes, a house speciality made with chard, rum-soaked raisins, apples and pastis. www.abuteghinna.fr

ANTIBES JUAN-LES-PINS

Hôtel Belles Rives

You can’t go wrong with this Art Deco gem on the Cap d’Antibes. Rooms are compact but lovely; many have terraces and views of the bay. It boasts a Michelin-star restaurant, plus one of the Riviera’s most beautiful terraces. www.bellesrives.com

Hôtel Juana

Another Art Deco beauty, with a chic outdoor pool set among its own lush rose gardens, the Juana overlooks a pretty park and the bay beyond. www.hotel-juana.com

The food at L’Amandier (The Almond Tree) is as good as the views

Lilian Bonnefoi

Pastry artist Lilian Bonnefoi’s two outposts in Antibes’s old town are stocked with his signature pastries, chocolates, confitures, and other local delights. At the brand new 2 place du Safranier shop you can watch the goodies being made. www.lilianbonnefoi.com

Le Transat

This is the place to go in Antibes’s picturesque port for the freshest seafood in town, served in the yacht-like interior or out on the sprawling terrace overlooking the sea. www.restaurant-le-transat-antibes.com

Balade en Provence

Tucked beneath a local specialities shop in the old Marché d’Antibes (at 5 cours Masséna), this dusky bar in a vaulted Roman-era cellar serves 50 kinds of absinthe with all the traditional accoutrements. Tel. +33 (0)4 93 34 93 00

Beware of green fairies at the Balade en Provence absinthe bar

La Torref de Fersen

Quite simply the best coffee in Antibes, roasted here at 25 rue de Fersen and served by a skilled barista. Plus homemade pastries and juices. Tel. +33 (0)9 07 04 64 68

SAINT-PAUL-DE-VENCE

La Colombe d’Or

Once a country café, this elegant retreat became the haunt of so many legendary artists that its collection rivals many museums. Its panelled rooms and outdoor gardens are always serene, but it’s best in the off-season, when you can enjoy it and the town without the crowds. www.la-colombe-dor.com

Le Caruso

One of the town’s more inventive gastronomic restaurants, at this chic eatery set in a medieval stone cellar you’ll eat like a king without paying a king’s ransom. www.lecarusodesaintpaul.fr

MENTON

Mirazur

Chef Mauro Colagreco uses produce from his own garden and the local markets. He was awarded with a third Michelin star in 2018. A place of pilgrimage! www.mirazur.fr

Mirazur

MOUGINS

L’Amandier

Set right at the entrance to Mougins, this chic, casual restaurant is always reliable for a satisfying meal meticulously prepared with seasonal ingredients. The views from its spacious terrace are sublime. www.amandier.fr

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Jennifer Ladonne
American journalist Jennifer Ladonne, a Paris resident since 2004, writes regular features on French heritage, culture, travel, food & wine for France Today magazine, and is the restaurants and hotels reviewer for Fodor's Paris, France and Provence travel guides. Her articles have appeared in CNN Travel, AFAR, The Huffington Post, MSN and Business Insider.

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