7 Best Nightlife Hubs and Restaurants in the French Riviera

Set sail for adventure along the French Riviera! The call to explore beckons those with a passion for the unknown and a desire to see exotic lands from the luxury of an elegant yacht charter. A journey through the Mediterranean coastline invokes images of classical voyages ripped from the pages of timeless storybooks. Experience the best of both worlds with sights to satisfy the thrill-seeking seafarer inside all of us and exclusive resort-style service aboard your first-class vessel. When it’s time to pull into port for a little sustenance and a whole lot of good times, 212 Yachts lets you captain your journey. Plan the ultimate foodie-approved itinerary with these Top 7 Best Nightlife Hubs and Restaurants in the French Riviera.

1.)  Le Meridien – Nice

docks on french riviera in Nice, France on sunny day with blue sky

Wine and dine overlooking the iconic Promenade des Anglais. This high-class establishment is located on the 10th floor of the hotel and features a poolside terrace where guests can enjoy unparalleled views of the Mediterranean Coast. Fresh regional cuisine offers a taste of culture alongside signature cocktails fit for royalty.

The Lounge is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for afternoon tea, while the restaurant continues serving up legendary dishes late into the evening. If you have a spring vacation planned to the French Riviera, look out for Nice’s new rooftop bar addition. The ambiance is ideal for couples seeking a more sophisticated nightlife venue and on the coast.

2.) Chez Pipo – Nice

Take a time out at Chez Pipo. This quaint, street food-style eatery has been a Niçoise institution for nearly 100 years. If you’re searching for true, local cuisine, Chez Pipo is the place to be. The restaurant’s wood-fired ovens serve a featured dish of socca – a deliciously doughy flatbread made from chickpea flour and reminiscent of a giant pizza. This is the quirky, strange must-eat treat to Instagram!

In the summer months, travelers can bask in outdoor seating on the terrace or retreat from the heat to the cozy, eclectic dining room.

As Chez Pipo’s motto states, “Aqui si mangia la socca!”

3.) La Folie Douce – Cannes

Clubbing in the French Riviera is unlike any party you’ve ever been to. Take the best of Hollywood red carpet affairs and throw in a coastal paradise with craft cocktails to keep you dancing until sunrise.

If you’re seeking a truly unique nightlife experience, La Folie Douce is so much more than a typical club. This chic, traveling party organisation can be found throughout the Riviera, primarily operating out of Hotel Barrière Le Majestic in the summer time. Imagine the glitz and glamour of Moulin Rouge set in the romantic backdrop of the Mediterranean. From cabaret to world famous DJ’s and local artists and dance nights, the performances at La Folie Douce are unforgettable.

Embrace the moment. Your yachts awaits whenever you’re ready to set sail again.

4.) African Queen – Port de Plaisance

Bibliophiles and classic film buffs will enjoy this establishment from the name alone. The ambiance sets the stage for the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Complete with 1970’s decor and an open-air terrace overlooking the port of Beaulieu sur Mer, this cozy summertime nook features market-fresh cuisine that’s updated daily. The African Queen’s famous white summer truffles are used in a variety of dishes to enchant the senses.

Sit and stay awhile. You might just run into the likes of regulars such as Tina Turner, Bono, and Sir Elton John.

5.) The VIP Room – St Tropez

Take the party off the beaten path with this little known gem tucked away in the quiet village of St Tropez. As the name implies, The VIP Room is the height of exclusivity. It’s no wonder the likes of Karl Lagerfield once hailed this thriving nightlife spot as the “the best club in the world.” Imagine the most sought after clubs in Miami, Vegas, and NYC combined and you’ll arrive at something close to the legendary VIP Room.

Reservations must be made in advance as there’s no getting in otherwise. Book well ahead of time to ensure you’re on the guest list.

6.) La Vigie – Av. Princesse Grace

When you’ve had your share of bustling clubs and dazzling lights, take a moment to relax at one of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the French Riviera, La Vigie. This serene gem sits between a small pine forest surrounded by crystal clear water. A must for vegetarian and vegan dining abroad, Chef Paolo Sari uses the freshest organic pasta to craft dishes in a regional Italian style. There’s also a host of local seafood, including Monaco-inspired caviar to sample.

The dress code at La Vigie is laid back chic. Sunglasses and hats recommended, sandals highly suggested.

7.) Longchamp Palace – Marseille

Palais Marseille Restaurant

You can find the crown jewel of your journey at Longchamp Palace in the heart of Marseille. A favourite among locals, wear your best dancing shoes and get ready for the party of a lifetime. It’s the casual vibe that draws in guests from across the globe where the rich and famous can enjoy a few drinks alongside travel enthusiasts of all walks of life. Truly a melting pot of the French Riviera’s finest, craft brews and great food abound.

If a bar crawl throughout Cours Julien is on your vacation shortlist, Longchamp Palace is a great place to start. The easy walk to the best bars in the French Riviera attracts many to this iconic nightlife hub. Be warned — once you step through the door, you may not want to leave.

From nightclubs to afternoon tea, the wealth of culture, entertainment, and restaurants in the French Riviera offers new adventures daily. A yacht charter is the perfect way to see it all. Captain your own journey with a custom itinerary tailored to suit your tastes and priorities for the trip of a lifetime. Our knowledgeable crew is available to offer helpful insight when it comes to planning your voyage.

Set sail with us today and contact 212 Yachts to book your excursion.

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