We made a quick run to Nice this morning to (very reluctantly) drop off our friends at the airport, & while I would love to dedicate a whole post alone to our people-watching expedition along the Promenade des Anglais (including a stationary bicycle-in-the-sea/aerobics class taking place on the beach), our most enjoyable moment of the morning came from a bit of noshing at Le Pain à Table; located just in front of the Flower Market on Cours Saleya.
Being a native Californian, anytime I see wood tables, heaping cappuccinos, & the word Brunch scribbled nearby, I immediately think of many pleasurable (if not slightly overpriced) mornings in the company of some fine strawberry pancakes & bacon.
Having brunch in France seemed both exotic & delightfully homey at the same time, but as we had already consumed pain aux chocolates and (very overpriced) espressos at the airport, we went the cappuccino, warm bread, & marmalade route while I mentally bookmarked the strawberry pancakes for our next Nice outing. The place was packed, and it looked as if several Niçoises have chosen Le Pain à Table as their ritual weekend spot. As a local mime started getting his "white face" in order, and I overheard the cafe owner chatting casually with a few customers in Italian, I wondered if Le Pain might actually become one of my Sunday rituals one day. Although I may opt to leave my mini-skirt & pink stilettos as home (yeah, we saw her this morning too) I realized trés eccentric Nice has really grown on me.
Le Pain à Table
Brunch every Saturday & Sunday
Rue Saint Francois del Paule, 1 (Cours Saleya)
PH: +33 188.8.131.52.32
Via della Milizie, 13
PH: +39 06 37.50.05.80