French Riviera Food: Delicious Dishes to Try

Superyacht sojourns don’t get any better than the glitz and glamor of the French Riviera. Long has the shimmering stretch of coastline been a firm favorite with discerning travelers seeking to soak up the sultry sun of Cannes, shop for high-class French fashion on the wide boulevards of Nice and raise the stakes in the old-world casinos of Monaco.

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Yet there is another reason to jump on deck and sail straight for the French Riviera – food. MY Starfire can take you to the dazzling pantry of the French Riviera, a place where the pastries flake perfectly, the vegetables grow plump, the black truffles shine like diamonds, and the lavender fields glow with a vibrant violet gleam beneath the glaze of the summer sun.

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With a prestigious chef onboard, exploring the culinary delights of the Riviera has never been better, let the high-class tender take you ashore where you can lean over white linen tablecloths and drink crisp white wines in Michelin-starred restaurants. Wander the colorful array of market stalls and pick up beautiful produce for your chef to turn into tantalizing dishes. Yet when drifting down the French Riviera on your superyacht make sure you drop anchor to try these signature dishes…

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Whether you decide to take a beautiful breakfast on the aft deck of MY Starfire with sparkling views of the shimmering coastline or whether you stop ashore for the cozy bliss of a checkered seafront table, make sure you start the day well. French pastries are truly la crème de la crème and a flaky croissant smeared with sea salt butter and homemade jam or even a Pissaladière onion tart with slithers of silver anchovies and plump black olives will give you all the energy you need.

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After spending the morning strolling Nice’s Promenade des Anglais, breathing in the glorious perfumed scents of Grasse, poring over perfect paintings at the Musée Matisse, or diving from the deck of your superyacht into the glazed blue waters that ebb around Villefranche, you are sure to have worked up an appetite.

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Visit the local market and fill a picnic basket with crushed black olive tapenade, soft and dreamy Fromage de chèvre, crusty French bread and a bottle of the famed liquid gold olive oil from the lavish little shop called Oliviera in Vieux. Take a tender from MY Starfire to a secluded seashell shore and feast like kings. If you want to dine onshore then order up the Salade niçoise, a perfect plate of broody tuna, bright red tomatoes, peppered celery all drizzled in the finest golden glow of olive oil.

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When the sun sets low on the horizon and the casinos of Monaco stir to life, you can book one of the best tables in town or enjoy a moonlit supper in the calming oasis of MY Starfire. The regional specialty has to be the bouillabaisse. Four different kinds of fish are simmered lovingly in the rockfish stock along with lashings of onions, tomatoes, garlic and freshly plucked herbs. A hint of saffron is thrown in, croutons provide the perfect bite and the whole bowl steams and sends wafts of the richest scent to fill the room. Finish with a wedge of the famous Tarte Tropézienne baked on the glamorous shores of St. Tropez, the sugar-dusted brioche cake is filled with orange blossom cream and is the perfect finish line for your culinary journey.

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Carl Sputh

Carl Sputh

Captain at MY Starfire
Captain Carl Sputh spends the majority of his time at the helms of MY Starfire, a 178' superyacht for charter. When ashore, he enjoys traveling the world, driving his custom Triumph motorcycle and learning to fly helicopters.
Carl Sputh