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Food Lover's Guide to Provence

Food Lover's Guide to Provence

Provençal cuisine highlights the bounty of France’s Mediterranean coast. Dishes are made with local herbs and seafood, and are often from traditional recipes passed down through the generations. Here are a few of the flavors and activities to seek out.

Must-Try Dishes

The Mediterranean warmth, coastal rainfall, and fertile soils of Provence provide the perfect conditions forfresh produceto flourish. Sun-ripenedvegetables,herbs, and home-grownextra-virgin olive oilare the backbone of traditional Provençal cookery. 

With the Mediterranean Sea so close,anchovies,clams,langoustine,mussels,shrimps,squid, andtunafeature on ingredient lists all along the coast. Traditional dishes such asbouillabaisseandratatouille, built on fresh shellfish and vegetables respectively, are often found in restaurants, whileniçoise****saladis another popular plate, with tuna steak, lettuce, green beans, and tomatoes layered among crisp salad leaves. Seafood also features heavily inbrandade, a fish-and-potato stew made with local salt cod.Rouget(a small, red fish popular in Provence) andloup de mer(sea bass typically grilled with fennel) are fine examples of the fresh fish dishes for which the region is famous. 

Provence also has its own regional delicacies to rival the humble baguette.Fougasseis the traditional bread—a circular flatbread typically filled with nuts or olives—and travelers can also look out forsocca(a peppery bread made of chickpea flour),pissaladière(a local pizza-style flatbread), andpan bagna(a bread roll topped with anchovies, olives and tomatoes).

 

Must-Do Experiences

  • Visit a home in Nice or St. Jeannet to discover new flavors in a cooking class.

  • Learn how to pair wine with traditional Provençal cuisine.

  • Follow a guide on a food tour of Nice and discover the diverse ingredients of Provence among its delis, markets, and specialty food shops.

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Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting

Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting

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Treat your taste buds to the flavors of Provençe on a walking food tour in Nice. Explore the old town, or Vieux Nice, with a gastronomic guide, and enjoy different samples of regional favorites, including locally produced French wine. Visit the finest markets, delis, and specialty food shops in town and learn how locals shop and prepare meals on a daily basis. Taste the Italian influence on Provençal cuisine and learn how to make an authentic Niçoise salad back at home. Tour size is limited to 10 people for a personalized small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Food Lovers Tour of Nice Local Markets and Best Shops

Food Lovers Tour of Nice Local Markets and Best Shops

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Sample the gastronomic delights of the French Riviera on this small-group tasting tour of Nice. Accompanied by your guide, a fellow foodie, visit restaurants, artisan shops, and bakeries around the city and taste an array of regional specialties including wines, cheeses, chocolates, and ice cream.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-group French Cooking Experience in Saint-Jeannet

Small-group French Cooking Experience in Saint-Jeannet

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French cuisine is renowned around the world and this morning cooking experience in Saint-Jeannet offers the ideal introduction for traveling foodies. Step inside an authentic French home kitchen and get hands-on as you create a delicious 3-course meal using fresh organic ingredients. Tour size is limited to eight people, ensuring personalized attention from your instructor.
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  • 4 hours
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