Need to take a break in the pedestrian zone while in Nice?
The pedestrian area off of Place Massena is called the Zone Pietonne (pedestrian zone). Lots of cafes, restaurants, and shops line this long street that starts near the Place Massena tram stop, in front of Gallerie Lafayette and extends all the way to Rue de France.
It may change names along the way, but it’s always the same pedestrian street.
CHEZ MAITRE PIERRE for a croissant break
Maitre Pierre is a small “boulangerie” filled with fresh bread of all types and sizes.
Besides, the croissants and pains au chocolat are delicious! If you’re going there around lunchtime, make your choice among various sandwiches and quiches behind the glass display.
It’s quite small inside, so be prepared to stand in line.
The outside seating area is small but colorful, and you can people-watch while enjoying your coffee.
Location: 41 rue Massena, Zone Pietonne
CAFFE VERGNANO for the best coffee
If you’re looking to take a break on the pedestrian zone after walking your feet off, then Vergnano has a few tables inside but sits outside as their large terrace is where you can people watch.
They serve excellent Italian coffee.
You may also want to try some pastry or cheese toast, but their specialty is coffee. Cappucino, macchiato, affogato, you name it.
If you don’t drink coffee, then order homemade iced tea with mint, also very delicious, sit back and relax.
Location: 11 Rue Halevy, Zone Pietonne
LE GRAND CAFE a chic stop to take a break on the pedestrian zone
Le Grand Cafe is a cafe/restaurant decorated in an art deco style that looks more like a Parisian “brasserie” than a coffee shop.
The corner terrace is heated in winter and large enough for breakfast, lunch, or to take a break on the pedestrian zone at any time.
For lunch, you can try simple but delicious dishes such as the plat du jour (the dish of the day) for less than 20 euros. Or order from the menu: Hot onion soup, Nicoise salad, among other basics.
Keep your choices simple for breakfast and lunch, as not everything is excellent here. Most come for the beautiful decoration and great location to take a break.
Location: 7 Rue de France, Zone Pietonne
This corner cafe, like many others in the area, is quite touristy as it sits in the center of the Zone Pietonne.
Locals living in the neighborhood come here in the morning or for an evening drink. Which is why it’s on the list “where to take a break on the pedestrian zone in Nice.”
It’s a great place to have your morning coffee or a simple lunch and enjoy the vast outdoor seating area.
Heated in winter and shady in summer, it’s a nice place to hang out. The waiters’ are sometimes stressed out but don’t pay attention to them.
The Libert’tea has just undergone extensive renovations, making it a bit more upscale than before, which means their prices have gone up.
But still, you can’t beat the location to people-watch and enjoy a nice break.
Come to the Bazar Cafe, located for a small bite to eat just a coffee.
If you’re in the area during their happy hours, you can share dishes and various types of tapas.
With its outdoor terrace, this cafe is a great place to take a break in the pedestrian zone.
Location: 5 Rue de France, Zone Pietonne