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Top Choice Architecture in Cannes

La Croisette

The multi-starred hotels and couture shops lining the iconic bd de la Croisette (aka La Croisette) may be the preserve of the rich and famous, but anyone can enjoy strolling the palm-shaded promenade – a favourite p…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Cannes

Bobo Bistro

Predictably, it's a 'bobo' (bourgeois bohemian) crowd that gathers at this achingly cool bistro in Cannes' fashionable Carré d'Or (Golden Sq). Decor is stylishly retro, with attention-grabbing objets d'art including…
Top Choice Modern European in Cannes

Mantel

Discover why Noël Mantel is the hotshot of the Cannois gastronomic scene at his refined old-town restaurant. Service is stellar and the seasonally inspired cuisine divine – Mantel's food maximises local ingredients …
Top Choice Bakery in Cannes

La Boulangerie par Jean-Luc Pelé

This swanky bakery by Cannois chocolatier and pâtissier Jean-Luc Pelé casts a whole new spin on eating cheap in Cannes. Creative salads, sandwiches, wraps and bagels – to eat in or out – burst with local flavours an…
Top Choice Sandwiches in Cannes

PhilCat

Phillipe and Catherine’s prefab cabin on the waterfront is a perfect lunch spot. This is fast-food, Cannes-style – giant salads, toasted panini and the best pan bagna (€5; a gargantuan bun filled with tuna, onion, r…
Island in Cannes

Îles de Lérins

Although just 20 minutes away by boat, these tranquil islands feel far from the madding crowd. Île Ste-Marguerite, where the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask was incarcerated during the late 17th century, is known fo…
Cheese in Cannes

Fromagerie Ceneri

With cowbells strung from the wooden ceiling, and a stunning array of cheeses, this is the only place to shop for dairy products in Cannes. A master fromager-affineur (cheesemonger and ripener) in business since 196…
Modern French in Cannes

L’Affable

Fine dining with a price to match, run by experienced chef Jean-Paul Battaglia. The setting is formal – beige chairs and banquette seats, tasteful art on the walls – and suited to Battaglia's intricate modern food, …
Fusion in Cannes

Sea Sens

Perched on the 5th floor of the Five Seas Hotel, this single-Michelin-starred restaurant blends French gastronomy and Asian elegance with panoramic views of Le Suquet and Cannes’ rooftops. Pastry chef Jerôme De Oliv…
Landmark in Cannes

Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

Posing for a selfie on the 22 steps leading up to the main entrance to this concrete bunker – unlikely host to the world’s most glamorous film festival – at the western end of La Croisette is a Cannes essential. Aft…