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ROUND-UP: Valentine’s Day on the French Riviera

Updated: Feb 12

A table for two in your favourite restaurant isn't possible this Valentine’s Day but that doesn't mean the evening can't be special! Riviera businesses have some exciting ways to make it as romantic as possible and to show local businesses some love, too.



Restaurants


Le Figuier de Saint-Espirit, Antibes

The Michelin starred family-run French restaurant is offering delivery of romantic meals of the highest quality. You can even opt for a box of decorations to go with it, including flowers and red petals from Roni Floral Design. It is the perfect way to make the occasion as special as possible from the comfort of your own home, and a day you won’t forget. Orders for the ‘Prestige’ Valentine’s Day menu made before 13 February will even come with a complimentary bottle of champagne. The full menu options for the weekend can be found here: LE FIGUIER DE SAINT-ESPRIT ‎• Boissons ‎• Livraison de repas étoilé de Cannes à Monaco (shop-and-go.fr)


Utopia Vegan Restaurant, Nice

Recently reopened, a meal from Italian restaurant Utopia is the best way to show some love to the planet this year as well as your partner - with all meals from the small business 100% vegan and natural. A Valentine’s menu is on offer for the 14th, at €69 per couple. The special menu includes peppered ricotta and vegetable parcels as main and a chocolate dessert as some of the highlights. More information here: Utopia Restaurant végitalien | Facebook


Boccaccio, Nice

Another Nice restaurant offering the chance to recreate the restaurant experience at home this Valentine’s day is Boccaccio. Menus for delivery are set at €78 for two without dessert and €96 with all three courses. With a menu including salmon and octopus, it is set to be a luxurious experience, even if we can’t dine in! Reserve here: Menu duo avec dessert - Boutique Gusto Family


Dinner for 1!

Who said Valentine’s Day was only for couples? Chef Lyubov Yevsyukova has created a delivery box that will transport you on a romantic solo journey. Amongst the 12-part goody box is a beetroot, mint and pickle hummus, duck filet with plum confit, orange honey and Tamari sauce, and, of course, a bottle of champagne. Invest in yourself this Valentine’s Day with this luxurious box at €75. Order from Mon Panier Bleu: Boutique Les Chef(e)s Azuréen(ne)s - Antibes - Mon Panier Bleu


Gourmet selections from Ville de Mougins:

  • The special menu of the Brasserie de la Méditerranée, around the fillet of beef in peanut crust, valid Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th. Free delivery, reservation at 06.59.09.14.53. The menu is proposed in the Luxury Retreats flats and villas rented on Valentine's Day weekend. Information: reservation@mouginsluxuryretreats.com

  • At l'Almondier de Mougins, around a medallion of grilled veal. To be reserved no later than 13 / 02 : 04.93.90.00.91

  • The Love Box of Le Clos Saint-Basile, with braised veal chuck or scallops a la plancha as main courses. Pre-order by email: info@clossaintbasile.fr.

  • The special menu of La Place de Mougins by Denis Fétisson, around the braised Rossini veal shank. Delivered or to take away, with a free rose! Served from Friday to Sunday: 04 93 90 15 78.

  • The one at La Verrière around its risotto of prawns with champagne and bourbon vanilla. Reservation: 04.92.92.04.04.

  • The "Menu des Zamoureux" of Le Petit Fouet feature a duo of scallops & prawns in risotto or a fillet of beef with foie gras sauce. Available on February 13th and 14th. Delivered or to take away. Order: 06.50.26.48.82

  • Try an exotic menu at L'Asia, with shrimps, scallops and squid in sweet and sour ginger sauce. Delivered or to take away. To order at 04 92 99 15 04

  • Sandrine Events offers food and wine pairings to order today: 06.98.18.19.04

  • The special Cosmo Sushi platter to be enjoyed with Philippe Martin Champagne. 04.93.43.71.66

  • You can even choose to offer the breakfast in bed lovingly prepared by the bakery Le Pain d'Olivier...


Celebrate all night long!


Le Meridien, Nice



One of the most beautiful hotels in Nice is offering a killer deal for Valentines Day! The "Balade Romantique" offer features a 3-course dinner, an overnight stay with a free room upgrade, breakfast in bed, 20% discount on spa treatments and several lovely perks like a 1/2 bottle of Champagne, chocolate hearts made by their chef, rose petals in the room and more. Stunning views included!! Click here to the book the special offer: https://www.marriott.fr/hotels/hotel-deals/details/ncemd-le-meridien-nice/1357989


Hotel Amour, Nice

Enjoy a getaway for the night at Hotel Amour, NIce

Right from the name, it’s clear this is the perfect spot to spend this weekend! Priced at €60, the festive menu includes a glass of champagne and options including taramasalata truffles to share, veal fillet main and a dessert of clementine, pistachio and mint salad. To celebrate even harder, go for the full package at €269 for you both and add a room for the night! Reservations made at Hotel Amour Nice à Nice - Réserver un hôtel hotel près de la promenade des anglais.



Private catering


Enjoy a fully prepared, private meal delivered right to you by a local private chef! It's a great option for an intimate and personalised experience this Valentine’s Day. These experienced professionals have been tried and tested by Riviera Insider at our own events, and we can’t recommend them enough.


Adams & Adams

Let a caterer take care of everything! Adams & Adams does lovely picnics.

A team with backgrounds in yachting and experience catering for royal families and celebrities alike, an Adams & Adams meal is the perfect way to show your loved one how important they are to you this weekend. This Valentine’s Day, the team can deliver romantic picnic boxes for you both to enjoy inspired by a variety of themes, from Winter Wonderland picnic to beach picnic. The company also caters to health conscious clients, stocking a range of ‘superfoods’. Organise your own here: Event Management | South of France | Adams and Adams Catering


Theodora Hauzer of United Flavours of Food, Villeneuve-Loubet

Theodora Hauzer is an award-winning Eurasian chef who will bring the best of the best to any Valentine’s Day celebration. The myriad of flavours and ingredients from across the globe means there really is something for everyone. Find out more here: theodora hauzer chef (google.com)



Bakery and Sweets


Fluffy Donuts, Nice

Donut lovers can indulge in Fluffy Donuts’ Valentine’s Day special offer available this February - a box of 12 mini donuts for €22. Each box includes 3 personalised donuts, 3 vanilla glazed with a little heart, 3 dark pink and 3 with pistachio and crunchy raspberries. Get the sweetest gift for the person you care about here: Fluffy Donuts | Facebook


LAC Chocolatier, Nice

This Nice boutique has brought out a Valentine’s range all chocolate lovers would adore as a gift or to indulge in together on the day. The beautifully decorated heart shaped sweets range between €6-15 in price, with the ultimate gift of a box comprising several chocolate surprises and a half bottle of champagne retailing at €60. Shop the collection: Saint Valentin (patisseries-lac.com)


Choco Mon Amour

Located in the hills of Bellet above Nice, this artisan chocolate factory run by Xenophon and Sara Kitsas, makes dark, rich, 72% cocoa chocolate. In combination with high-quality local ingredients, the company produces chocolate truffles and bars in many different flavours and also pralines, marzipan, orangettes and citronettes (candied orange or lemon peel covered with chocolate). For V-day, they've made original chocolate creations, like a shoe filled with chocolate truffles! Order online: www.chocomonamour.fr


Brunch


EOLA, Monaco

The name standing for ‘Eat Organic Live Active’, this health food spot in Monaco is delivering ‘Love Boxes’ to the principality, Beausoliel and Cap d’Ail. The €58 box for two includes, amongst many other treats, avocado toast, granola bowls and pancakes. There is also the option of a ‘Self-love Box’ for €30, with the same variety but for one. Take a look here: EOLA (eolamc.com)


Emilie and the Cool Kids


A well-known brunch spot with locations across the French Riviera, Emilie and the Cool Kids is a reliable old favourite for a Valentine’s Day treat. This weekend, they are offering a brunch box for two at €45. Featured treats include brunch bowls, pancakes, cheesecakes and smoothies. Special love cookies are also in store this weekend. At €5.50, they are filled with nutella and marshmallow and come with a ‘love card’, with a scratch away secret message. Sure to satisfy sweet and savoury preferences, check it out here: Emilie and the cool kids - Cookies & Coffee Shop - de Nice à Reykjavik : Emilie and The Cool Kids (emiliescookies.com)



Gifts and Activities


L’Amour Box from Une Pincée de Provence

We couldn’t resist this lovely gift box ‘L’Amour’ from Une Pincée de Provence! Filled with hand, body and home fragrance products perfumed with romantic rose and orange blossom and a full bottle of lush rosé wine, it’s like a blooming Provençal garden in a box! It’s the perfect gift to spoil your special someone this Saint Valentine's day (€99). Available from

Unepinceedeprovence.com



44N Gin + gift perfume

Our favourite Grasse-made gin is offering a lovely gift with purchase! In celebration of Valentine's Day, they have partnered with Alex Simone Parfums to offer you "a sensorial romantic trip to the Mediterranean". Treat your partner by sending them the fabulous Alex Simone Parfum 'Discovery Set' with your purchase of a bottle of 44°N. Every fragrance within the Discovery Set is unisex, so it works a gift for your leading lady or man... Purchase on their website: https://www.44gin.com/blogs/news/alexsimone


Antibes Bookshop

For the book lovers, consider a gift of an English book with a lovely English greeting card! A wide selection of travel, memories, historical pieces, fun guides and so much more right in Antibes centre. Browse their collection online or stop by the shop. www.antibesbookshop.com


Rose Heart Macaron Making with Pierre Hermé

A glimpse of sweet luxury is free to everyone as renowned pastry chef Pierre Hermé will be making rose heart macaroons live on Instagram (@pierrehermeofficial) on Wednesday 10th February at 6 pm. If you don’t fancy trying to recreate them yourself, the real thing can be bought at Koko Monaco.


However you are spending it, we wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day! Treat yourself or someone you love with some of the packages being offered by our amazing local businesses who have been through so much this year.


-Kimberley Mannion


Know of others? Let us all know in the comments!

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