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Daki-Daïa Tasty Vegetarian Dining in Nice

Vegetarian Dining in Nice

Something a bit different on Nice port – Mediterranean food with imagination!

I had been looking forward to trying out Daki-Daïa having included them in a previous article for vegetarian-friendly dining of the French Riviera for Perfectly Provence. I am always on the hunt for decent vegetarian fare here on the French Riviera.

We are based just an hour north in the Mercantour National Park. However, our schedule at Space Between walking and active holidays leaves us with little chance to escape from our mountain idyll to “hit the town.”

Reason to Visit Nice

Delighted, then, to welcome and enjoy the company of a friend from England, on one sunny weekend in January 2019. Having talked until the early morning, bagged some delish croissants at a local bakery, we were very keen to top up our Vitamin D levels on a sunny terrace on the French Riviera.

Daki-Daïa is located on the west side of the U-shape of the Port of Nice  (Port Lympia). The most visible of its neighbours being the Bistrot du Port  – a well known fishy haunt for local and often, political, luminaries!

Once there, there is an immediate smiley welcome from Aurélia, keen to fetch a carafe of the very pleasant house rosé, and explain how the restaurant’s menu works – mezze – sharing style.

And so to eat – a shared minestrone (obviously plenty for the three of us!) – was mopped up by homemade flatbread with local organic olive oil.

Daki-Daïa Vegetarian Nice

Aurélia at work explaining the menu concept

Menu Delight at Daki-Daïa

My carnivore companions then opted for a chicken liver dish, plus lamb in a spanakopita type pastry (filo – often filled with spinach and feta).

I was tempted by shakshouka (baked eggs on spicy tomato/pepper sauce) plus a pumpkin risotto.

A glass of red Greek wine “tailed” my lunch, although the homemade ice cream plus did not last more than about 2 minutes!

Dishes are from €6 and €10/13 – have as much as you like. Every mouthful is a delight.

It was lovely to sit outside – especially out of season when the port traffic is calm, or inside where the décor is contemporary and tasteful – AND all immaculately clean.

For an omnivore, this restaurant is perfect.

For a veggie/foodie on the French Riviera, it is often difficult to find a decent restaurant. Sadly non-flesh options are frequently over-boiled green beans with a cube of cheese.  “Worthy” but tasteless – 70s style in the UK where vegetables dressed as meat – burgers/sausages and even “foie gras”.

Better get there!

Call ahead for gluten-free and other dietary requirements.

Daki-Daïa Vegetarian Nice France

A working lunch regular!

Restaurant Details

Daki-Daïa Facebook Page                              
Owners: Bénédicte Zervudacki & Aurélia Sammut
Fusion Greek/Mediterranean, veggie-friendly
English speaking
26 Quai Lunel, 06300 Nice
Tel: +33 (0)9 82 41 18 68
Summer hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 19.00 – Reservations recommended.

Read the Trip Advisor reviews of this charming restaurant.


Photo credits: 
Daki-Daïa Logo from their Facebook Page

Spacebetween – Offering self-catered accommodation and walking holidays in the Mercantour.

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Liz Lord

Liz Lord

Liz Lord and her husband Mel Jones have been living in the Mercantour National Park for the past 15 years.

Most people would already be saying “where?”, but in fact the Mercantour remains a delightfully unknown area straddling the Franco-Italian border, in the Alpes-Maritimes. Liz and Mel live just an hour North of Nice – so can enjoy the best of best worlds, their life concentrated in their home in Berthemont les Bains, yet being able to enjoy the hubbub on the coast when the need for culture arises.

Choosing to decamp from the UK (and their “normal” corporate lives!) after a chance encounter with their current home in 2001, they now earn their living by renting out their two gites, and offering walking and adventure holidays at Space Between.

With experience of an ex-pat life, setting up a small business in France, house renovation, and land and horse management!, with a keen interest in food and wine and travel, Liz has much to contribute for those interested in a new life in France or with a zest to dip their toe in the water on holiday.

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