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Emily: In the last series about my trip to France, I talked about how our family of 4 went for our own “tour de France.” With the help of miles earned from credit card rewards, we paid just ~$410 each for our family of 4 to fly round-trip to France in Business Class. And had a luxurious stay in a ~$1,600 per night suite for ~$160 TOTAL.
This series of posts will highlight our time in Nice. And will give you step-by-step instructions so that you can also go to Europe using miles and points! Plus, I’ll share my tips for the cheapest car rentals and the BEST credit cards to use when traveling internationally.
In addition to staying in a beautiful hotel, we enjoyed riding bikes, jet-skiing, and taking a scenic drive into Italy. I’m very grateful that miles & points made this trip possible.
One of my favorite things about Europe is the long, leisurely meals. When I am with friends and family, I treasure those hours-long conversations philosophizing about life, love, and struggles. When I am alone and trying to get work done, it seems like I can’t find anywhere that has quick food (besides the kebabs and crepe stands, lol!).
Below are some of the restaurants we visited, including our favorites and the ones to avoid.
Pro Tip: Many places in Nice fill up quickly, so make reservations! We would stop by a restaurant a day ahead to make reservations for the next evening, and this worked well.
How to Save Thousands Off a Trip to Southern France Trip Report Index:
- Part 1 – Introduction
- Part 2 – The Secrets to Saving Money on Rental Cars in Europe
- Part 3 – Where to Stay | Our Family Felt Like Royalty at This Hotel!
- Part 4 – What to Do | Jet Skis, Road Trip Along the Coast, Visit Italy, Shopping Mall
- Part 5 – Where to (and Where NOT to) Eat
Where to Eat
Acchiardo was a Rick Steves’ recommendation, and he was on target with this one. The service was excellent and we enjoyed great food here.
Food tends to be expensive in Europe. If you want to save money, head to the local supermarket and get some foods for breakfast. You can make some delicious sandwiches by visiting the local meat, cheese, and bread shops! The shopkeepers pride themselves on the freshness and selection they offer.
My non-alcoholic drink of choice was diablos. You can get them strawberry flavored or mint flavored. I liked both of them!
Lou Pilha Leva
This fast food eatery was also a Rick Steves recommendation, but I don’t think it should be on the list. Do NOT go here. The food was bland and definitely skippable.
It was fast, and it was cheap…but I’d rather save my money for a fresh baguette with some local cheese and meats!
Le Luna Rossa
Le Luna Rossa was away from the tourist crowds on a quiet residential street.
They had several specials for the day, as well as many Italian favorites.
The seafood plates were full of fresh, flavorful food. My family and I especially enjoyed the large helpings.
During our drive along the coast, we stopped in Menton. There was a cute square with lots of restaurants.
Usually, the restaurants in a tourist square tend to be poor quality (and expensive!). But we were very hungry and there wasn’t much open. We went for a late lunch, but it was almost too late!
Le Lido was another skippable restaurant. The calzones were bigger than Alfy’s head, and not that flavorful.
Instead of calzones as big as your head, I decided to hold off for something better.
I’m glad I waited because I found Sini, an amazing pizza place behind the main square. Do yourself a favor, and get 2 to 3 slices. You WON”T regret it!
Not only was the food amazing here, but the owners were super nice. If I’m ever in Menton again, I’d love to go back!
Room Service at the Hyatt Regency Nice
Normally I’m not a fan of hotel food, but sometimes you just want to relax in your room and not have to go out for food. Alfy and I decided to try the veal escalope saltimbocca. Wow, it was so good! The only complaint I had was that the portions should be larger.
I really enjoyed this dish and we ordered it once again before we left Nice.
The Hyatt Regency Nice Breakfast Buffet
Our hotel had an amazing breakfast buffet. If I don’t have status, I don’t pay for the buffets. Instead, I find a local café or stock up on some food from the supermarket and store it in the minibar. If the minibar is fully stocked, you can call the Front Desk and request they empty it.
There were several types of baked goods.
As well as yogurt and fresh fruit.
We all really liked the fresh egg counter, where we could order eggs however we liked them, as well as made to order omelets. They also served up made to order pancakes and waffles!
There was also a hot buffet, including roasted potatoes, bacon, sausage, and scrambled eggs.
The restaurant never felt too busy, and we almost always got a table next to the sea, with a view of the Mediterranean.
It cost ~$1,640 for the 4 of us to fly round-trip in Business Class from New York to Europe. I used a combination of miles & points from different programs to book flights for me and my family. Including AMEX Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
I’m so grateful that I could share the gift of travel with my family on this trip. I feel like I grew closer to my cousin, Jered, and his wife, mostly over the long conversations that we had over meals.
One of our favorite restaurants in Nice was La Luna Rosa. And we had amazing pizza Sini in Menton, France. If you don’t want to eat out, you can save money by shopping at supermarkets for some of your meals. And don’t forget to use the right credit card to earn bonus points for dining out!