Where do the locals go for a drink in Old Nice?

When you're wandering around Vieux Nice, it can be tempting to stop off at the most popular bars and cafés. However, if you want to discover the real Nice atmosphere and enjoy an authentic moment without breaking the bank, it's best to venture into places frequented by the locals. Here are three places where the locals like to go out for a drink.

Small café on the corner of an alley in Nice

Small café on the corner of an alley in Nice

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Café de Turin, a Nice institution

Café de Turin is a true Nice institution, frequented by both locals and visitors looking for an authentic culinary experience. Situated in a charming cobbled street, this establishment is renowned for its seafood, and also offers a fine selection of local wines and beers at affordable prices.

In an elegant, retro atmosphere reminiscent of the old Parisian cafés, you can enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer while admiring Place Garibaldi, one of Nice's most beautiful squares. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, making it the perfect place to mingle with the locals and get a taste of the local atmosphere.

Practical info

📍Location: it's here on GoogleMaps

⏰Hours : Open every day from 9am to 10pm

Chez Pipo, for an authentic evening

Chez Pipo is the place to go for the speciality of Nice: socca. This restaurant-bar has been a favourite with the locals, who have been coming here to enjoy this delicious chickpea flour cake for over 90 years. To accompany your socca, order a small local beer. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.

The bar is small and picturesque, with rustic wooden tables and a warm, friendly atmosphere. It's the ideal place to discover the local cuisine and share an authentic moment with the locals. And the value for money is incredible, with a socca costing around €5 and beers from €3.

Practical info

📍Location: it's here on GoogleMaps

⏰Hours: daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm and from 5.30pm to 10pm

The Bar du Coin, for a friendly atmosphere

The Bar du Coin is a small, intimate bar frequented by locals in the Vieux Nice district. You'll find a typical Nice atmosphere with stone walls and friendly waiters. It's the perfect place to enjoy local drinks such as panaché, a mix of beer and lemonade. The bar also offers a selection of tapas and boards to share, ideal to accompany a drink.

The bar is warmly decorated, with stone walls and wooden tables, creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere that feels just like home. What's more, prices are very affordable, with drinks starting from just €2.50.

Practical info

📍Location: it's here on GoogleMaps

⏰Hours: every day from 12pm to 1.30pm and from 7pm to 9.30pm

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