Sipping Champagne at a Cozy French Bistro in Albany, California
Low lights, cozy wooden booths, and buckets of icy champagne. Tuck yourself away with a friend or two, order a platter of crispy frites with extra garlic aioli, a bottle of Varichon & Clerc bubbly, and soak up the intimate atmosphere of Nizza La Bella for a couple of uninterrupted hours. Hidden at the inauspicious intersection of Solano and San Pablo Avenues in Albany, its tiny exterior boasts a blue scalloped awning and is draped with lights, making it seem like a Parisian café just left of the Seine. For more substantial fare, try the pizzas cooked to blistered perfection in their wood-fired oven or the famous gratin grand-mère—otherwise known as good old mac and cheese. Quaint, just a bit worn, but always unbeatable.