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Cannes – France

BARS & CAFES

  • Au Bureau – Restaurant, bar and lounge with a DJ in the evenings and into the night.  The menu includes light bites and larger entrees. (49, rue Felix Faure / +33 4 93 68 56 36 / www.aubureau-cannes.com).
  • Avenue 42 – Formerly the Havanna bar, it’s a nice spot on the Croisette for a drink either outside on the terrace or inside in bad weather (42, La Croisette / +33 4 93 38 58 68).
  • La Chunga – Located on a side street across from the Martinez Hotel, this small piano bar is a popular venue, often the last to close and always a good bet for a (very) late night drink (24, rue Latour-Maubourg / +33 4 93 94 11 29).
  • Loft – A lively post-dinner bar located in-between the Croisette and rue d’Antibes (13 Rue du Docteur Gérard Monod / +33 (0) 4 93 39 40 39).
  • L’Up – Convenient bar, often full of locales, on the square roughly opposite Le Palais (4 rue, d’Antibes – 5, place De Gaulle 06400 / +33 4 93 61 22 46).

BEAUTY

  • Yves Rocher – Centrally located by the market at the foot of the old town, this is the best and most reasonably priced place for massages, facials and manicures/pedicures in Cannes (6, rue Meynadier, 06400 Cannes / +33 4 93 68 67 88).

CLUBS/KARAOKE

  • Le Baoli – As well as a lively restaurant with an eclectic menu, this is one of Cannes’ most glamorous dancing spots (Port Pierre Canto, 50, Bd de la Croisette / +33 4 93 43 03 43 / www.baoli-group.com).
  • Black Pearl – Swanky, high-end bar that describes itself as an ‘English Pub’ in the middle of Cannes offering every kind of cocktail along with bar snacks (22, rue Mace / +33 4 93 38 17 30 / www.blackpearlcannes.com).
  • Le Carre Blanc – Small, sophisticated lounge bar that’s good for small groups (14, rue Mace / +33 4 93 99 70 01).
  • L’Entrecote – Bar & resto open ’til 1am specialising in traditional and speciality meat and fish dishes, followed by Karaoke after dinner (21, rue des Freres Pradignac / +33 4 93 39 59 91 / www.entrecote-cannes.com).
  • Zanzi Bar – Cannes’ and perhaps Europe’s oldest Gay club and an institution in the area. No credit cards; closed Tuesdays (85, rue Felix Faure / +33 4 93 39 30 75 / www.lezanzibar.com).

DEPARTMENT STORES

  • Galeries Lafayette – Great department store covering everything from make-up to clothing (6, rue du Marechal Foch).
  • Monoprix – Reasonably priced, Monoprix-branded clothing, food, stationery and more (9, rue du Marechal Foch).

EVENTS

  • Evenementiel de Baoli – The Baoli Group’s Head Office which also houses its events team (3, rue des Mimosas, Immeuble 16 Republique / +33 4 93 43 04 32 / www.events@lebaoli.com).

FASHION

  • Le Grand Bazar – Biba Folleat’s renowned clothing shop selling a mix of French and int’l labels, as wel as being a great place for that last minute cocktail or evening dress during the film festival (68, rue d’Antibes / +33 4 93 38 33 83 / le-grand@wanadoo.fr / www.e-grandbazar.com).
  • Style Junky – Possibly the best clothes shop in the world!  Run by ex-pat Danish couple Julie and Nicolas, this bijou boutique on a small side street running between the Croisette and the rue d’Antibes (Palais end), stocks a brilliantly edited womenswear selection of largely Scandi labels and up and coming designers (2, rue Mace / +33 (0) 493 394 259  /  julie@stylejunky.fr / www.stylejunky.fr).
  • Vilebrequin – French swimming shorts and bikinis at their best (37, rue d’Antibes / +33 4 93 68 63 53 and 77, rue d’Antibes / +33 4 93 68 02 72)
    • Designer and high street French labels along rue d’Antibes:
      • American Vintage (91), Comptoir des Cotonniers (10), Ikks (77), Maje (115), Princesse Tam Tam (67), Repetto (65), Sandro (101), Zadig & Voltaire (131).
      • Vanessa Bruno (19, rue des Etats-Unis); Agnes B (3, rue des Freres).

HOTELS

  • Le Canberra – A great alternative to the grand Palace hotels and brilliantly located, just off rue d’Antibes, with a small swimming pool in the garden and a good restaurant, Le Cafe Blanc (Hotel Canberra, 120 rue d’Antibes / +33 (0) 4 97 06 95 00 / hotel.canberra@hotels-ocre-azur.com / www.hotel-cannes-canberra.com/uk/index.php).
  • Novotel Montfleury – It’s a reasonable stroll from the Croisette but it has a pool and due to its size, the chance of finding a room is high, even during the film festival (www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-0806-novotel-cannes-montfleury/index.shtml).
  • JW Marriott Cannes – The old Noga Hilton went under serious renovation surgery circa 2008/9 and has a more contemporary look and feel as a result, although sadly it’s now lost its private beach to Le Baoli group.  The concierge staff are great, location is perfect and the rooftop pool area has wonderful views across the bay.  Also previously known as Le Palais Stephanie, the hotel changed hands again in 2010 and is now part of the Marriott hotel group (50, bld de la Croisette / +33 4 92 99 70 00 / www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ncejw-jw-marriott-cannes).
  • Hotel Rachel – A taxi ride from the Croisette but it’s a very cheap option during the festival; clean with friendly staff and a cute swimming pool (5 rue de Cannes, Le Cannet, 06110 / +33 4 93 94 72 72).
  • Radisson Blu Hotel – An easy to walk to the Suquet and the Palais, yet tucked away from the madness.  It’s right on the beach with a lovely safe swimming spot, a fantastic roof terrace and good spa.  The restaurant has spectacular views across Cannes and Guest Experience Manager, Rachel, could not be more welcoming.  Check out the post for a full review (La Croisette, 2 boulevard Jean Hibert, 06414 Cannes / t: +33 (0) 4 92 99 73 20 / www.radissonblu.com/hotel-cannes/).
  • Untried but recommended alternatives:
    • Park and Suites – (www.parkandsuites.com/en/apparthotel-cannes-croisette); Sun Riviera – On rue d’Antibes, at the Martinez end, so very central with a little swimming pool at the rear.  Very calm and peaceful and probably a much better price than any of the Palace hotels (www.sun-riviera.com); 5 Hotel & SpaCannes’ brand spanking new five star boutique hotel & spa brilliantly located on a small side street running parallel to the Croisette and just steps away from Le Palais (1, rue Notre Dame / +33 4 63 36 05 05 / info@five-hotel.com / www.five-hotel-cannes.com)

PUBS:

  • Morrison’sCannes’ best and most central Irish pub which is also home to the city’s Comedy Club.  Good spot to watch the football and listen to live music (10, rue Teisseire / +33 4 92 98 16 17 / www.morrisonspub.com)

RESTAURANTS:

Beach

  • 3.14 – Beach resto, belonging to the hotel of the same name just to the left of the Hotel Carlton if you’re facing the sea.  Good salads, pastas and fish and steak dishes.  The chic clientele brings their swimmers and relaxes on the sunbeds on the restaurant’s private beach after lunch (5, rue Francois Einesy / + 33 4 92 99 72 00 / www.314cannes.com).
  • L’Annex – Beach resto specialising in fish, roughly opposite Hotel Carlton (Abysses Bd de la Croisette / +33 4 93 39 73 79).
  • Baoli Beach –  Located directly opposite the new JW Marriott Hotel, this is what used to be the old Noga Hilton’s private beach.  Now part of the Baoli group, it’s a standard beach restaurant, less swanky than its sister restaurants but has a nice setting and the food is good (50, boulevard de la Croisette / +33 4 93 99 49 26).
  • Z Plage – Stunning beach restaurant and cocktail bar.  The menu is super-healthy – yet tasty – and the deco stylish.  This is where the beautiful people come to catch some rays (Martinez Hotel / +33 4 92 98 73 00).
    • New and untried:
      • The Festival Beach (Hotel 5 / +33 4 63 36 05 05 / www.five-hotel-cannes.com); La Plage 45 (Le Grand Hotel, 45, La Croisette / +33 4 93 38 15 45)

Brunch / Lunch

  • Felix – Slick restaurant decorated in sparkling white giving it an Ibizan feel, serving local French food in a contemporary way.  A great all-rounder with its lovely sun terrace and low, banquet seating as well as more traditional tables inside for dinner (63 La Croisette / +33 (4) 93 94 00 61 / www.felix-cannes.com).
  • Le Fouquet – Ideally located for a reasonably quick client lunch in a swish palace hotel setting, directly opposite the Palais (Hotel Majestic / +33 4 92 98 77 18).
  • Da Laura – Brilliant family-run Italian that’s always packed with locals.  The menu offers all the usual dishes, the vibe is great and the staff are genuinely friendly (Corner rue Hoche & rue du 24 Aout, off rue d’Antibes, rue des Belges end / +33 4 93 38 40 51).
  • Pastis – Fantastic old school bistro in the centre of Cannes serving excellent pizzas, pasta and salads, plus simple and seasonal Mediterranean style meat and fish dishes etc.   Wonderful, convivial atmosphere, it’s also one of the best places in Cannes for coffee.  Packed out at weekends especially, with a few tables on the outdoors pavement, booking is imperative (28, rue Commandant Andre / +33 4 92 98 95 40 / www.pastis-cannes.com)
    • Le Melaudy, next door to Pastis, is a really good alternative if Pastis is heaving.
  • La Pizza A Cannes institution!  Probably the best pizza place in town and sister resto to LaPizza on Nice’s rue Massena, and Taverne Massena & Le Quebec also in Nice (3, Quai Saint-Pierre, sur Le Vieux Port / +33 4 93 39 22 56).
  • La Scena Excellent hotel restaurant at the JW Marriott with indoor seating plus outside tables on the sunny, raised wood-decked terrace with views of the sea (JW Marriott, 50 La Croisette / +33 4 92 99 70 00).
  • Le Voilier The perfect pit-stop cafe-resto offering great people-watching opportunities in the sunshine.  Food is served all day long, with the wide-ranging menu switching to a slightly shorter version outside usual dining hours (61, la Croisette / +33 4 93 94 26 82).

Dinner

  • L’Affable – One of Cannes’ best restaurants.  The contemporary space is always buzzing, the dishes are perfectly executed and beautifully presented.  Book in advance and definitely before 9pm to avoid waiting for your table (5 rue Lafontaine / + 33 (0) 4 93 68 02 09 / www.restaurant-laffable.fr).
  • L’Auberge Provencale Super-cute restaurant up the hill in the old town or ‘Le Suquet’.  Bags of atmosphere, delicious provencale dishes and warm & friendly service (10, rue Saint-Atoine, Le Suquet / +33 4 92 99 27 17 / www.auberge-provencale.com).
  • Le Baoli An eclectic menu ensures this restaurant-cum-club offers something for everyone.  A great place for large groups, the glamorous setting and entertaining bar staff guarantee a fun night.  Definitely worth the five-minute cab ride to the far end of the Croisette (Port Pierre Canto, 50, Bd de la Croisette / +33 4 93 43 03 43 / www.baoli-group.com)
  • Barbarella – Ian Schrager-wannabe style restaurant at the top of Le Suquet.  The menu is a mix of pan-Asian and French specialities such as fresh local prawns. Fun and different (14-16 rue Saint Dizier / +33 4 92 99 17 33 / www.barbarellarestaurant.fr).
  • Bruno Oger The hotel Majestic’s head chef at its now defunct Villa de Lys restaurant has moved on to open up his own gastronomic XX just north of Cannes’ city centre.  With two restaurants, there’s something for everyone: for special occasions La Villa Archange is plush and cosy while the Bistro is a more spacious, cheaper serving equally excellent dishes (15 b Rue Notre Dame Des Anges, Le Cannet 06110 / +33 4 92 18 18 28 / www.bruno-oger.com).
  • Casa Mia The security guard outside the walled garden belies Cas Mia’s status as Cannes’ most stylish Italian restaurant and lounge bar.  Nab a table outside on the terrace in warmer months or sit inside and enjoy the muted tones and sophisticated dining room (7, rue Marceau / +33 4 93 38 93 93 / geronutti@casamia-cannes.com / www.casamia-cannes.com).
  • Cinquanta CaffèA popular, contemporary Italian with a bar-like feel to it: good value and well positioned (10 Rue des Frères Padignac / +33 4 93 39 00 01).
  • La Colombe D’Or A 20-minute drive east from Cannes, but well worth it.  The traditional food is good but it’s the location and sense of history that make this place extra special.  Where else can you enjoy a fantastic meal surrounded by original paintings by Picasso, Braque, Miro, Chagall and their contemporaries? (St Paul de Vence, / +33  4 93 32 80 02 / www.la-colombe-dor.com).
  • Felix – Slap bang in the middle of the Croisette and a great spot for dinner (63 La Croisette / +33 (4) 93 94 00 61 / www.felix-cannes.com).
  • La Grosse Tartine Every kind of tartine you can imagine with big salads and plenty more.  Friendly service and reasonably priced for Cannes (9, rue du Bateguier / +33 4 93 68 59 28).
  • Mantel  Run by Noel Mantel, a well known chef in the region who trained under and worked alongside France’s celebrated Alain Ducasse, this eponymous and  chicly decorated restaurant specialising in traditional Mediterranean cuisine, is the best in the Old Town.  Book well in advance, especially during conference and festival times (22 Rue Saint Antoine, Le Suquet, t: +33 4 93 39 13 10 / www.restaurantmantel.com).
  • Le Mesclun Family run and incredibly popular – if a little over-priced – restaurant in the Old Town (16 Rue St-Antoine / +33 4 93 99 45 19).
  • Mon Reve De Gosse Due to re-open under new management in April 2012.  Previously highly recommended (11, rue Louis Blanc / +33 4 93 39 68 08 / www.monrevedegosse.com).
  • Le Park 45 A slice of gourmet heaven with prices to match but certainly a fantastic treat (Le Grand Hotel, 45 boulevard de la Croisette / +33 4 93 38 15 45 / www.grand-hotel-cannes.com/uk/contact.php#restaurant-le-park-45-et-bar-le-cercle.php).
  • Tantra A great spot for large, fun-seeking groups, this popular, noisy restaurant serving Mediterranean/Asian fusion dishes, has a clubby edge to it  (13 Rue du Dr. Monod / +33 4 93 39 40 39).

SHOPPING

  • L’Atelier Jean Luc Pele – Exquisite pastries, cakes, chocolates and macarons (42, rue d’Antibes / +33 4 93 39 89 46 and also 36, rue Meynadier / +33 4 93 38 06 10).
  • Oliviers & Co – Cute olive produce shop selling everything from oil to trees (4, rue Mace / +33 4 93 39 00 38 / www.oliviers-co.com).
  • Sarl Kaly – Great for espadrilles (24, rue Meynadier / +33 4 93 99 82 48).

WINE

  • 1862 – Wines & spirits boutique owned by Herve Thoron (5, rue du Marechal Joffre / +33 4 93 39 44 56 / www.cave1862@orange.fr).
  • Cave Riviera –  Cave a vin, bar a vin, degustations, grands crus, vins, spiritueux, accessories, Sommelier conseil (7, rue Teisseire / +33 93 38 82 17 / www.cave.riviera.cannes@orange.fr).

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