Travel black book: This is very Nice

Travel black book: This is very Nice

Who: Rachel Khoo, 34, is a cookbook author and host of Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: Cosmo- politan Cooks, currently airing every Tuesday at 8pm on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub TV Channel 432).

Favourite destination: Nice, France.

Why: I love that Nice has an old-fashioned, glamorous Riviera feel, with the palm trees, beach and the backdrop of mountains. I have been to Nice half a dozen times over the last five years. I usually travel on my own to visit friends there.

Favourite place to stay

Le Negresco (; Promenade des Anglais, 06000 Nice, France; tel: +33-4931- 6640). Both the exterior and interior exude old-school glamour. Rooms start at €185 (S$296) a night.

Favourite restaurant

Restaurant Chat Noir Chat Blanc (; 20 Rue Barillerie, Vielle Ville, 06300 Nice). I love the laid-back vibe and the seasonal, classic bistro menu with a little twist.

Chef-owners Giorgio Grilenzoni and Nicolas Sikic make you feel at home with their friendly service and party atmosphere. Giorgio sometimes sings in the open kitchen and Nicolas breaks into a little dance. They go to the market every day and the menu varies, depending on what is in season. The last time I was there, I had a fantastic petits farcis (stuffed tomatoes, courgettes and peppers) and delicious peach tatin.

A meal here will cost €36 to €50.

Favourite museum

Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain ( It is the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon, with its eclectic mix of modern and contemporary art collection.

Favourite tourist site

Place Massena at night-time, with its black-and-white chequered floor and Nicoise buildings. I enjoy the contrast between the old buildings that surround the square and the seven resin sculptures that illuminate its centre. They change colours throughout the day, adding a pop-art element to the square.

Favourite market

Marche aux fleurs cours saleya (Cours Saleya) where you will find a stunning array of flowers, fruit, vegetables and delicious treats. If you go in winter, be sure to buy citrus fruit. Nice's orchards grow delicious oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits.

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