Posted by: kimberlysullivan | November 27, 2012

The Café de Turin in Nice, France

Cafe de Turin, NiceNice is a wonderful city for visitors to southern France, offering beautiful architecture, art and an ideal position along the turquoise waters of the Riviera.

Nice is also – not surprisingly – a wonderful place to enjoy seafood. The Café de Turin  has been famous for serving up seafood to visitors and residents alike since 1908. It sits just at the edge of Vieux Nice, on Place Garibaldi (incidentally, Giuseppe Garibaldi, who led the Risorgimento movement that unified Italy in 1861, was born in Nice).

Judging from old photos, the Café de Turin looks pretty much as it must have looked when it opened one hundred years ago.

Cafe de Turin, Nice, seafood plattersThis is a great place to eat the fruits de mer platters, a specialty of the Café de Turin. You can find various options and sizes for your seafood platters – filled with oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp, prawns, crab, crayfish and periwinkles. There’s a full wine list to perfectly accompany your seafood feast.

It may be difficult, but try to leave  a little a space for dessert. We managed to try the tarte tatin and the chocolate mousse. Both were excellent.  Bon appétit on your next visit to Nice’s Café de Turin!

If you’re on your way to Nice, you may want to look at my earlier posts about the outdoor market at the Cours Saleya and taking a day trip to nearby Èze.


  1. Agree, Nice indeed wonderful visiting and enjoy the seafood too…🙂

  2. Thanks, Ledrakenoir! Glad to learn that you like Nice, too. And yes, the food (and wine) aren’t too bad either. : )

  3. Lovely. I’d appreciate some more pictures; Nice may become the future setting of one of my short stories.

    • Oooh! You chose a great place to set your story, Julia. Now can’t you make up some great excuse to go over and do ‘research’? I’ll meet up with you and be your research assistant. : ) Can't wait to read it!

  4. This just makes me think about running away to Corsica next summer. I am already thinking about it – and the ski season is about to begin! Some days I think I could run away and live in a tent! Xcat

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