What are the five best French Riviera food experiences?

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Thomas Samph

One of the best things about visiting the French Riviera is getting to experience the vibrant regional cuisine. A few foods are specific to the French Riviera. Here’s what you’re likely to come across and what our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend you have a taste of while in the French Riviera:
1. Bouillabaisse. The hearty fish stew originated in the port city of Marseille. Exact recipes vary but it contains fish and shellfish in a tomato broth with a healthy dose of saffron.
2. Fish soup. Soupe de poissons, or fish soup, is also very popular along the French Riviera. The soup usually involves pureeing some kind of white fish and adding tomatoes and some cream to cook.
3. Salad niçoise. Salad niçoise is synonymous with a French Riviera summer. The classic French salad consists of tuna, tomatoes, green beans, potatoes and niçois olives.
4. Ratatouille. The dish of stewed vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers in olive oil originated in Nice.
5. Socca. This crepe sold in stands all over Nice is made with chickpea flour and olive oil and is served with black pepper. Locals line up to get them piping hot off the delivery bikes that bring them from kitchens to stands.

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