Sometimes all you want when you are hungry is to find an old favourite – a restaurant where you can order your favourite dish and know that the quality will be consistently good and the service great. For me, one of those restaurants is La Cave Provençale at 7 rue Aubernon. You could easily walk by La Cave Provençale and not blink an eye; there is nothing outstanding about the façade or decor, and the location is on a busy through-road which does not allow for meandering strolling. However, what brings me back to La Cave Provençale is my ‘favourite dish’ the ‘Gourmand’ salad – a delicious, fresh mix of rocket, coppa, jambon cru, roquefort, roasted pinenuts, olives and mini toasts with lightly melted chevre cheese, mmmmm! The salad is a decent-sized portion, tastes fresh and is priced well for Antibes. Service is friendly and prompt even when tables are full. When I visited last week on a hot day (with friends and two children under 18 months of age) the waiter bought chilled water for the children, and put out the sun awning to avoid sunburn for the children. The menu offers burgers, salads, pastas and the like. Downside is there is no high chair for families to use. The toilet is accessible for those with reduced mobility.
I have friends visiting here from Sweden and as the sun is shining we have many options for sightseeing due to good weather but unfortunately the car battery has died overnight! Two families navigating busy streets with 2 baby strollers means that planning and easy accessibility for restaurants at meal times and toilet breaks is crucial.
We decide on an afternoon stroll from Juan les Pins to Antibes walking up the small hill on Chemin des Sables and over to Salis beach. There is a children’s playground near the boules court, and many park benches to admire the view of sailing boats. Beside the boules court is a public toilet (accessible) with coin donation to the attendant.
Afterwards, we follow the path along the Antibes remperts which is wheel-accessible, though busy due to tourists enjoying the sunshine. The path snakes along the old Roman wall with views across to the Baie des Anges, Nice and Monaco in the distance. We stop beside the Picasso Museum to take in the views, before pausing to take photos of Plage Gravette.
Continuing walking down the hill toward the port we pause at Félix Café near the arched entrance to the port (50 Boulevard Aguillon) for a pizza lunch, the waiter is friendly and charming and the ‘Felix’ pizza delicious. A high chair was available, and there is ample room for a stroller (or wheelchair) to access the toilet facilities.
We cross the road and have trouble choosing which gelato to tickle our tastebuds – my final selection of mango and passionfruit is mouth-watering – and we finish our leisurely stroll along the Antibes port admiring the superyachts on the International Quay.