Sample fine food in southern France
Sunny Cannes, where the bronzed get more bronzed, the yachts just keep getting bigger and the glitterati gather for their awards. But, there's one thing about Cannes that is in everyone's reach, and that's its delicious food. It's not all expensive restaurants and glamorous bars (although there's plenty of them, if that's what you're looking for). This stylish seaside town has some hidden gems, affordable luxury and authentic restaurants which stay true to its fishing village heritage. There's something to suit all budgets and you'll soon be on your way to foodie paradise with our guide to the best restaurants in Cannes.
Exploring Gastronomic Rue Meynadier
There's a good reason, Rue Meynadier is the most famous street in Cannes. Charming 18th century houses have been transformed into boutiques, restaurants and cafes. This is a great street for food adventures in Cannes that won't squash your budget. You'll find rows of specialty food shops here including Ceneri (22, Rue Meynadier), a fromagerie which sells to the region's most famous restaurants! For your sweet-tooth, step into chocolate heaven at
L'Atelier Jean-Luc Pelé (number 36, Rue Meynadier), a patisserie filled with handmade chocolates, glorious cakes and what is said to be the best macaroons in town. When the sight of all that yummy food has made you hungry, pop into Chez Thérèse (88 Rue Meynadier) for traditional French fare. Choose your dish from the chalkboard menu and enjoy an inexpensive meal. Recommended: For exploring gourmet shops and restaurants.
Seafood at Astoux Brun
Coquillages Astoux Brun, on the corner of rue Louis Blanc and rue Felix Faure has some of the best seafood in Cannes. Pick from a menu of quality, fresh seafood including oysters and paella. Tuck into a steaming bowl of mussels or pick a platter full of goodies to share. You can even make up your own seafood platter. Why not head here for a late-lunch to avoid the crowds? Recommended: For the best oysters in town.
Authentic Provençal dishes
If you're looking for a cosy atmosphere for dinner, try
24 Suquet Restaurant (24 rue du Suquet) in the oldest part of Cannes. It serves up authentic Provençal cuisine such as duck aiguillette and the menu prices are reasonable, at this little gem. Recommended: For affordable and authentic regional food in a cosy setting.
Fusion Food with a View
Sea Sens restaurant (1 rue Notre Dame) is the Five Seas Hotel's crowning glory…literally. Dining in this 5th floor restaurant, you'll see panoramic views of historic Le Suquet and the glamorous city below. Chef Arnaud Tabarec and his team mix French and Asian influences to create their taste sensations. And, you can finish off your meal with a dessert created by renowned pastry chef Jérôme de Oliveira. Bon appétit! Recommended: For a romantic dinner (Thurs-Sat) or a great value lunch while you bask in the sun (Mon-Fri).
French Bistro Food
Hidden away, a block from Rue d´Antibes, is the traditional French bistro
L'Affable (5 rue de Lafontaine). Relax in the modern dining room and watch Chef Battaglia work his magic in the adjacent kitchen. Along with a buzzing atmosphere and attentive service they offer some great lunch deals. This small restaurant is very popular so it's best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Recommended: For a leisurely, 2 or 3 course lunch at affordable prices.
For a complete sensory experience the Michelin-starred
La Palme d'Or has it made. Found in the Hotel Martinez on 73 boulevard de la Croisette, dining in this art deco restaurant is a real treat. Chef Christian Sinicropi prepares inventive French cuisine using local produce. You'll enjoy his lovingly prepared, contemporary dishes in stylish surroundings with beautiful views overlooking the bay of Cannes. Known for its impeccable service, it's one of the best restaurants in Cannes, so you might even spot a movie star or two eating here. Recommended: For a special treat or those with a big budget.
Dine in a Converted Medieval Farm House
This is definitely out of the ordinary and all the better for it. At Chateau-Hotel Vignette Haute restaurant, you'll drink from tumblers and eat from table sets made of pewter while oil lamps cast an atmospheric light on your table. The restaurant is tucked away in the hilltop village of Auribeau-sur-Siagne, a short 20-minute drive north of Cannes. You can choose to enjoy your meal in the medieval ambience of la Bergerie (Animal Barn), la Grange (Barn), la Tour (Tower) or on the Terrace, recommended for lunch with picturesque views or dinner by candlelight.
Once the mega yachts have sailed, it's time for Cannes' fine food to shine. Are you ready to tuck in?
Getting there and around
Cannes is a 10 hour 20 minute drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais terminal. Why not break up your journey with a stopover in lovely Lyon? Or explore Dijon at the halfway point (5 hours' drive from Calais), also famed for its good food and wine.
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