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Top 3 Rooftop Bars in the Côte d’Azur

Updated: Jun 4, 2021

Dining al fresco isn't just for the beach, we do have some wonderful unique rooftops with spectacular views and a cool breeze to beat the heat!

Vertigo at Radisson Blu Cannes

With patios and terraces now open, we can finally enjoy some extended evenings outdoors with friends and when the beach gets too hot, we can head up to some of our great rooftops, enjoying the sunset with a drink in hand. We’ve chosen three of our top picks for the most unique spots to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Côte d’Azur, plus an additional pick for a great place with a group!


Vertigo at Radisson Blu Cannes

Radisson Blu Cannes, 2 Boulevard Jean Hibert

Not the typical pick on the bustling Croisette, the Radisson Blu is located by Cannes’ old port and at the foot of the Suquet, on the quiet side of town. But this restaurant with rooftop bar offers something the others can’t-- some of the best sunset views of the Riviera. Given the sun sets just behind Cannes La Bocca, most spots on the Côte d’Azur don’t benefit from the bright, vivid orange sunsets that west Cannes and Mandelieu do. But at ‘golden hour’, this 7th-floor rooftop looks straight out towards the Esterels, silhouetted black against a glowing orange sky. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more gorgeous spot!

The natural beauty of the sea, mountains and sky is complemented by the bar’s chic surroundings, which just reopened from a complete redo. Now run by Vertigo, the new concept will host pop and jazz evenings or parties with a live DJ. The cocktail menu will set you back, but when in Cannes, do you drink anything other than Champagne?


Radisson Blu Cannes

2 Boulevard Jean Hibert, Cannes


La Terrasse at the Le Meridien

La Terrasse rooftop lounge, Le Meridien Nice, 1 Promenade des Anglais

Perched atop the 10th floor of the Le Meridien Hotel in Nice, La Terrasse offers stunning 360-degree views of Nice, the Promenade des Anglais and the sparkling blue water of the Med. Super chic and modern, this is known as THE rooftop bar in the Cote d’Azur and it will not disappoint.

The chef, ERIC BRUJAN offers a varied selection of French, Italian and Asian dishes, a nod to his international experience. Dishes include heirloom tomato and caesar salads (from €17), braised duck nems (€18), Angus steaks and burgers (from €24), squid wok (€29), and steamed local fish (€34). The extensive bar menu will sting a bit but it comes with those views! The fizzy pear cardamom cocktail comes highly recommended.

La Terrasse

Open daily for lunch from 12pm - 2:30pm, dinner from 6:30 - 9:00pm and the lounge bar serves from 11am - 9:00pm. (Hours to change when curfew is lifted.)

Le Meridien Hotel, 1 Promenade des Anglais, Nice


Bocca Nissa by Farago

Bocca Nissa rooftop in old town Nice. DR

Only a few steps from the Cours Saleya, in Old Town Nice, you will find one of the newest addresses of the gastronomic scene - and the only spot in Vieux Nice with a rooftop. Farago's newest roof terrace is a perfect spot for an evening cocktail and sharing plates. “Bocca Nissa" captivates with its Mediterranean flair, stylish interior design and delicious pan-Mediterranean dishes like tapas of Pata Negra, feta, hummus, olives and fresh Italian burrata; entrées of grilled fish, buttered octopus, speciality paellas such as "Riz du Pêcheur" with local fish and vegetarian options like roasted cauliflower. Appetisers from €7, discovery menus and speciality dishes start at €25 per person.

On the rooftop bar with a view of the hustle and bustle below, the smooth sounds of the live music (Thursday to Saturday), great drinks (try their house special Cava sangria, €8) and perfectly placed pots of lush plants making intimate coves for eating a meal with friends.

And it is worth mentioning, ahem, the bathroom: it is certainly one of the most beautiful the Côte d'Azur has to offer.

Restaurant and rooftop bar open for lunch every day from 12pm - 2.30pm; for dinner, from 5:30 - 7:30pm, closing at 8:45pm. (times will change with the change in curfew on 10 June)

Bocca Nissa

3 Rue Saint François de Paule, Nice

Honourable mention: IT Villaggio at CAP 3000

IT Villaggio at CAP 3000

It’s arguable whether this is a terrace or a rooftop, but it makes our list because it is perched on a deck of Cap 3000 shopping centre with breathtaking views of the Baie des Anges and is a great place for an affordable apero or group party with friends.

This creative concept eatery is designed like a Southern Italian village (thus the name), transporting you the moment you cross the threshold, leaving behind a normal mall, you voyage to Italy with your ascent up the little escalator, underneath a canopy of orange trees and clothes hanging on a line. Serving pasta, pizza, salads and desserts, all the food is prepared from scratch on the premises, which you can watch at different stations and most of the ingredients are imported directly from Italy.

The vibe is welcoming, the staff often sing and Italians are, after all, masters of aperitivo. A gigantic bar lines the windows, offering every type of Italian libation ever created. With a massive expanse of outdoor seating, a live DJ all week and an entire bar dedicated to the evening apéro, there’s no better place to get your Spritz on! (€6.90).

With the added amenities of ample free parking and individual pay stations, IT Villaggio is excellent for large groups.

IT Villaggio

Open Mon-Sat from 11:30am - 8:30pm; Sunday from 11:30am - 7pm.

Centre Cap 3000, 317 Avenue Eugène Donadeï, Saint-Laurent-du-Var



This article is originally from our Oct/Nov/Dec 2020 issue. If you would like to subscribe to the magazine, click here.

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