Cheap Bites in the Old Town

Whether you’ve just arrived at at Hostel Smith after a long day of travelling or lounging on the beach, one thing is for sure: you’re going to want to taste the delicious Niçoise cuisine whose aromas drift through the open window.

View from hostel's window down to Place Rosetti

View from hostel’s window down to Place Rosetti

Whether you are a backpacker, student, or just on holiday looking to save a few euro, this budget hostel’s location couldn’t be better to find cheap eateries with delicious food.  Take a look from the accomodation’s kitchen window for a wonderful view of the ever bustling Place Rossetti: the centre of the old town and home to Fenocchio’s, Nice’s oldest and most famous ice cream spot.  A walk from any corner of Place Rossetti into the winding streets of Vieux Nice provides ample opportunities to sample Niçoise and wider French cuisine while watching the ever bustling events of Vieux Nice unfold. From musicians to opera singers to dancers, Nice’s old town is still very much alive!

So…where to start with this abundance of restaurants and cafes?  If you’re looking to try some Niçoise specialities, then Lou Pilha Leva is a must.  They serve a variety of snacks and meals typical in Nice like pissaldières, pizza, mussels, and sardines.  The best and cheapest at this particular street-side cafe though is the socca- a chickpea flatbread speciality of Nice that’s only 2.80 euros per portion here.  There is also a taster platter of Niçoise snacks which is an excellent option if you are only in Nice for a day or two on your backpacking travels.  As you can see from the photo below, it can get particularly busy at lunchtimes!

Lou Pilha Leva

Lou Pilha Leva

Next stop is just across the road at Pizza Pili a super-speedy take-out pizza parlour with plenty of options, all for only 6.50 euros which is far cheaper than the seaside restaurants. Grab your pizza and head to the beach where you can watch the waves roll in and the sun set over Nice’s riviera cityscape.

Pizza Pili

Pizza Pili

There are many more cheap restaurants in the old town of Nice to choose from that are perfect for hostel goers for our hostel guests.  Below are some photos of different affordable restaurants less than a five minute walk from the hostel.

Finally, it is time for dessert!  There is certainly no shortage of options for those with a sweet tooth in Vieux Nice.  Take your pick from a choice of crêpes, macaroons, pastrys, or icecreams.  Fenocchio’s, back in Place Rossetti, is a family-run business that offers 94 different flavours.  If you’re feeling adventurous try the tomato and basil or cactus, or if you’re looking for a classic there’s a wide range from nutella to bailey’s to lemon to mint. With 94 different flavours, you’re bound to find a favorite by the end of your stay with Hostel Smith-let us know in the comments!

Fenocchio Maitre Glacier

Fenocchio Maitre Glacier

 

Cocoa is my favorite so far!

Cocoa is my favorite so far!