In Nice, travel with your tastebuds at the Gare du Sud food hall


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La Gare du Sud, ancienne gare reconvertie en halle gourmande, à Nice.
© Ilan Dehé - La Gare du Sud, ancienne gare reconvertie en halle gourmande, à Nice.

Reading time: 0 minPublished on 23 February 2024, updated on 15 April 2024

In the Libération district in the heart of Nice, the old metal train station inspired by Gustave Eiffel is back in business. Transformed into a food and cultural market, the building classified as a historic monument recovers a bit of its original calling: the Gare du Sud mixes flavors, colors and scents of the hinterland of Nice and beyond.

Until 1991, when visitors entered the Gare du Sud in Nice, it was to embark on a train leaving for the Niçoise hinterland, towards Digne-Les-Bains. But, since this spring, you can tour Southern France and the world over without moving from the old quays!

Eat, hunt for bargains or see an exhibition

Enriched with a 1,000-m² (10,764-sq. ft.) mezzanine, in addition to the 1,500 m² (16,146 sq. ft.) on the ground, the train station has become a lovely place where the residents of Nice and tourists alike meet to taste the flavors cooked up by local restaurateurs, as well as also to hunt for bargains, have a drink, see an exhibition or listen to music.

Set de DJ à la Gare du Sud, à Nice.
© Ilan Dehé - Set de DJ à la Gare du Sud, à Nice.

A large central bar, tables to share and about 30 stalls—here, everything is interspersed with exotic vegetation like a winter garden and bright yellow tones echoing the warm colors of old Nice.

A culinary journey through flavors from Nice and other spots

Under the luxuriant vault (18 meters [59 ft.] high), which has been completely reassembled, renovated and restored like its facade wrapped in an aerial tapestry, the Gare du Sud reinvents the excitement of traveling in culinary mode six days a week. From one stand to another, we explore the world in a quirky journey, mixing flavors from here and other places. Japanese sushi platters, bowls of Indian curry and American burgers, all the flavors of the world and southern France parade on counters dedicated to local products.

A menu in the colours of the south

Here you can enjoy :

  • Mezze and tapas to share: Nuda tomato tapenade, tarama, feta with olives, labneh, hummus, patatas bravas, grilled sardines, tzatziki, Iberian jamdon, chorizo, cheeses, croquettes...
  • Salads
  • Grilled and roasted dishes: souviaki, grilled fennel sausages, porchetta...
  • Dishes to share: stradella, lasagne, paëlla.

And delicious desserts such as crème catalane.

The concept: dishes based on fresh, mostly local produce, prepared on the spot, at reasonable prices. In short, authentic Mediterranean cuisine, just the way we like it!

À Nice, la Gare du Sud et ses tables à partager.
© Ilan Dehé - À Nice, la Gare du Sud et ses tables à partager.

And for those who would like to be in terra incognita, go to La Vie en Rose, named for the famous song by Edith Piaf, the central bar that joyfully mixes influences in wines, cocktails and organic juices to accompany shareable tapas, cold meats and local preserves.

Enjoy the sun of the Côte d'Azur on the terrace

Thirsty for sunshine? Everything is planned for you: installed behind the glass walls, there are counters with terraces for those who wish to take advantage of the gentle rays of the Côte d’Azur.

To get an overview, head to the mezzanine, an ideal observation post to admire small architectonic details evoking the Belle Époque or Art Deco, go bargain-hunting for salvage articles, collections of ephemeral objects or limited series, and take advantage of temporary exhibitions. Until the end of November, "Nice's X-ray cuisine by Valérie Marco and Franck Viano" reveals zucchini flowers, artichokes, eggplant and other traditional recipe products from an unexpected angle.

...And activities

Mediterraneo also offers a wide range of activities that change with the seasons and the programme: concerts, exhibitions, films, shows, as well as cooking workshops, yoga or dance classes, theme evenings...

And on weekends, the motionless journey is over: for an aperitif or an evening, DJs and live bands take travelers to the ends of the musical earth! Once on board, it's hard to put an end to the journey!

Recommendations and advice Would you like to spend some time in Nice alone, with family or friends? Then head to the center of town, to the Gare du Sud! The space is open every day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. To get there with complete peace of mind and reduce your carbon footprint, don't hesitate to take public transport. Bus, streetcar and train stops are nearby. Everything you need for a convivial, typically Mediterranean and eco-friendly time!

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