Socca is unpretentious cooking so, unsurprising, two of the best places to try socca are in the daily market in Vieux Nice (old Nice) on the Cours Saleya and in the Port.
I was reminded of how French women eat while dining at a restaurant with an American friend recently. Halfway through our meal he noticed that as each course arrived I would methodically divide up the food and set aside a third.
Very little on the Côte d’Azur is undiscovered. The deep-water harbour is ideal for cruise ships and day-trippers are off-loaded en masse during the peak summer season. It gets busy. Nonetheless, Villefranche somehow manages to guard its small fishing village atmosphere.
Most visitors to Nice at some point head for the best-known food and flower market in the city’s Old Town (Vieux Nice). The historic Cours Saleya Marché, named after the street it runs along, is a bustling, vibrant market with fruit and vegetables, olives, herbs and Provençal gifts.