Created in the United States, brunch takes its name from the contraction of breakfast and lunch. Traditionally served as a buffet, the locals love to gather around a copious spread every weekend on the Côte d’Azur. From Monaco to Cannes, via Nice and Antibes, here is a selection of good places for a delicious brunch on the Côte d’Azur!
JW MARRIOTT IN CANNES
Have brunch in an idyllic setting overlooking the sea! JW Marriott Cannes: the place to brunch!
Ideally located in the heart of Cannes, the JW Marriott offers brunch for €59 on Sundays. Whether in its warmly decorated restaurant or on its terrace overlooking the famous La Croisette, the locals like to enjoy a glass of champagne (offered when you arrive) followed by a buffet of starters, cheeses, seafood, cut meats and homemade desserts, all served with a glass of wine, mineral water, coffee and fruit juice.
JW MARRIOTT CANNES
50, Boulevard de la Croisette – 06400 Cannes
Tel. : 04 92 99 70 92
NOVOTEL MONTE-CARLO IN MONACO
Looking for somewhere for brunch in the Principality of Monaco?
Located in the former premises of Radio Monte-Carlo (what’s left is exposed in the 4 corners of the establishment), Hôtel Novotel Monte-Carlo offers an all-you-can-eat brunch in its Novotel Café on the first Sunday of every month as well as on public holidays (New Year, Easter, etc.). The €50 per person set menu includes a glass of champagne, a buffet of sweet and savoury delicacies and as many soft drinks as you like. Please note that the hotel car park is free for restaurant guests.
NOVOTEL MONTE-CARLO – MONACO
16, boulevard Princesse Charlotte – 98000 Monaco
Tel : +377 99 99 83 20
HÔTEL JUANA IN JUAN-LES-PINS
Bistrot Terrasse, chic and not-to-be-missed in Cap d’Antibes!
Nestled in a green setting, on Sundays Hôtel Juana’s Bistrot offers brunch in its cosy restaurant with vintage decoration, which extends into a secret garden in the heart of the Côte d’Azur. The €42 set menu offers a wide choice of Mediterranean-inspired gourmet specialities, as well as a detox corner designed in partnership with a naturopath and wellness coach where a fish tartar, aubergine caviar and a Buddha bowl are completely guilt-free!
La Pinède, avenue Gallice – 06160 Juan-les-Pins
Tel : 04 93 61 08 70
CAFÉ MARCHÉ IN NICE
With family or friends, here is a great place for a meal in Nice’s old town.
On Sundays go to Nice’s old town with all the other brunchers. At the Café du Marché there are 3 complete and gourmet set menus served in a discreet and friendly place where families and friends can share simple pleasures. On each table, there’s a little form where you can choose the composition of your €22 menu, which includes a hot drink, a squeezed fruit juice, savoury and sweet dishes, and some suggestions that change from week to week with the fruit and vegetables from the Saleya market close by.
CAFÉ MARCHÉ – NICE
2, rue Barillerie – Le Vieux Nice
Tel : 09 81 84 92 49
MONTE-CARLO BAY IN MONACO
With its panoramic view of the lagoon and the gardens, it’s a great place for brunch in Monaco.
On Sundays in its 1 Michelin starred Blue Bay restaurant, the legendary Hôtel Monte-Carlo Bay offers classic brunches or themed brunches for special events. Chef Marcel Ravin creates bold and colourful cuisine, a true fusion of Caribbean and Mediterranean flavours, with a €125 buffet menu served with Veuve-Cliquot champagne at will, all in a dream setting offering panoramic views of the lagoon and gardens.
40, avenue Princesse Grace – 98000 Monaco
Tel : +377 98 06 03 60
O’MORENA IN NICE
Somewhere for brunch in Nice: O’Morena!
In the heart of Nice’s old town, the O’Morena restaurant, well known to locals for its cocktails, tapas and good humoured atmosphere, offers a gourmet brunch every Sunday for €25. Served with hot drinks and fruit juices, the meal includes a hot dish of your choice (English, New York, seafood), pastries and bread, as well as an assortment of homemade desserts. When you’re not very hungry or are famished, the different brunch dishes can also be ordered “à la carte”.
O’MORENA – NICE
4, rue du Pontin – 06300 Vieux-Nice
Tel : 04 93 85 51 72
FIVE SEAS IN CANNES
Exquisite food with a unique view of Cannes!
Located on the 5th floor of the Five Seas hotel, in the heart of Cannes, Chef Arnaud Tabarec’s Roof restaurant offers a brunch menu all weekend (Saturdays and Sundays). On the program, a moment of real food delight in a modern atmosphere, with contemporary decoration and offering a unique view over Cannes and its beautiful Notre-Dame de Bon Voyage church. As for the €45 menu, it gives you an all-you-can-eat buffet, accompanied by fruit juices, hot drinks and mineral water.
FIVE SEAS – CANNES
1, rue Notre Dame – 06400 Cannes
Tel : 04 63 36 05 06
KILILIE’S IN NICE
In a pleasant and warm setting, try this brunch spot in Nice!
Every weekend and on public holidays, Kililie’s, a restaurant specialising in brunches, welcomes Côte d’Azur locals with 35 homemade dishes from 9.30am to 4pm. For €26.50, food lovers can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet accompanied by hot drinks and freshly squeezed fruit juices. During the week, other brunch options are available for €21 with 6 savoury specialities, 6 sweet specialities, scrambled eggs, and baked beans with bacon or sausages (drinks also included).
21, rue Delille – 06000 Nice
Tel : 04 93 91 35 65
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