Do not hesitate to go for a drink in the big hotels. Contrary to what you might think, they are very welcoming places.
Here are the most beautiful hotel terraces of the French Riviera:
Hotel Belles Rives, Juan les pins
Located in Juan Les Pins, facing the sea, this terrace is a magical place to have lunch or just a drink; during the week end, the Thea Time formula at 24 euros gives you the right to an all-you-can-eat pastry buffet, and to cold drinks as well (between 3pm and 6pm). In the evening, for an aperitif, the place is ideal.
La Véranda, Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat
In the heart of a magnificent garden with Mediterranean essences, the Veranda welcomes you every day for an exceptional moment of relaxation. Warm and attentive staff.
Bar Gordon Bennett, Hotel Réserve de Beaulieu sur Mer
Just come and have a coffee in this magical place where you will forget time... facing the sea and above the pool of this famous hotel, this place is still preserved because it is not very well known.
La Terrasse, Hotel Versailles, Villefranche sur Mer
Facing the bay of Villefranche, with Saint Jean Cap Ferrat in front, the view from this terrace is magical! You can just have a drink, lunch or dinner, the welcome is excellent, the meal too. A real place of relaxation and beauty.
360 Lounge Bar, Hotel Raddisson Blu, Cannes
During the day or in the evening, come and relax as a couple or with friends in this chic and magical place. Terrace overlooking the whole bay of Cannes and facing the Lerins Islands, absolute relaxation.
La Terrasse du Méridien, Hotel Méridien Nice
Facing the Bay of Angels, this terrace is one of the most beautiful in Nice. Wonderfully well located, easy to access (Meridien parking), you can just have a drink or lunch, and stay as long as you want. A moment of absolute relaxation, and an undeniable charm.
Le Blue Gin Monaco, Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel
One of my favorite places on the coast. Here you forget everything to spend an exceptional moment. Facing the sea, calm and serenity, luxury and pleasure. In summer, parties with DJ. Chic and trendy.
Horizon Deck restaurant and Champagne Bar, Fairmont Hotel
Facing the sea, on the top floor of the Fairmont Hotel (former Loews Hotel), this place is a famous place for lovers of beauty and luxury. For lunch, dinner, or just a drink, come and spend a magical moment surrounded by beautiful people.
Bar Eden Roc, Hotel Eden Roc Antibes
This mythical place of the French Riviera has seen the greatest stars. This magical place is very closed, go there dressed very chic, high range prices. Open from April to October.
Terrasse de la Voile d'Or, Hotel la Voile d'Or Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
"A cheek against the sea" said Jean Cocteau... this mythical hotel has welcomed the greatest stars. To have a drink, or to eat, this place is a haven of serenity, and an undeniable chic. Very romantic for two or festive with friends or family, you will spend a magical moment.
Source: Official websites of the hotels mentioned.