Find out more about the city of Cannes to make the most of your stay, no matter which congress you’re attending. From restaurants and nightlife to shopping and beaches, Cannes is full of things to see and do for locals, business delegates and tourists alike. Located in the French Riviera, Cannes boasts highs of 28°C in the summer and average of 10°C in the winter. Plus, don’t miss our free Everything Cannes guide to help you really make the most of your time here.
Cannes is known for its luxury shopping, especially along the sophisticated Croisette, which is lined by the big names in fashion for both men and women. It is home to famous clothes and jewellery boutiques including Dior, Chanel, Bulgari, Cartier, Fendi & Gucci. The stores stretch from the Hôtel Carlton almost to the Palais des Festivals, with the best names closest to the Gray-d'Albion, which is both a mall and a hotel.
At this bustling market, sellers come with the best produce the region has to offer. Along with wonderful displays of fresh fruit and vegetables, the stalls sell cheese, cold meats, fish, oysters, patés, olives, homemade pasta, and flowers. The 'producteurs' are local farmers who sell their own produce, all home grown or hand made and brought to market each day. Visit on a Saturday, and the surrounding bars and cafés get packed with locals enjoying drinks and lunch after the market closes. There are little bars serving a glass of wine with oysters, wonderful wine shops, quality butchers, and the bread shops selling specialist Provencal bread.
Much of the shopping in Cannes centres around Rue d'Antibes, known as the Oxford Street of Cannes. While the haute-couture designer shops line the Croisette, the Boulevard d'Antibes offers several more moderately-priced French brand names. For the teens and twenties buyer, there's Kookai, Pimkie and Sinaquanone and La City; fashionistas will like Tara Jarmon; businesswomen will find chic professional wear at Gerard Darel and more casual items at Blanc Bleu and Agnes B
For low-key shopping head towards Rue Meynadier which has souvenir shops and boutiques, as well as some good restaurants. It is more affordable than the Rue d’Antibes and you can also buy some great gourmet foods in the local emporiums including wine, olives and pastries.
A tiny restaurant with a limited set menu, but very popular and serving good quality food. In business for over 60 years, the cuisine is traditional and the restaurant offers a warm and friendly bistro ambience with extremely friendly service.
Le Barista is located on the rue Teisseire, near the station, and offers a wide range of ‘breakfast to tea time’ foods to enjoy on the go. The café offers an excellent formula for breakfast, lunch on the go, but also a tea time break with excellent homemade pancakes. So, if you’re looking for a place to hold a breakfast meeting, or just to ‘switch off’ and refresh with good food, this is the perfect place to rest and take a break.
Slightly away from the centre of Cannes (10 minute stroll from the Palais) this restaurant is definitely worth walking to. The quality of food is excellent, prices are very reasonable, and the staff are friendly. Booking is advised, they generally respond very quickly to messages sent via their Facebook webpage.
Telephone: 0033 (0)4 93 38 60 28
Address: 12 Avenue Saint Louis, 06400, Cannes
It is well worth the drive to this restaurant (approximately 15 – 20 minutes). Arrive early if you can and wander around the lovely village centre before you sit down for your meal. The food is delicious, beautifully presented, and served by very friendly staff. It is very popular, so book in advance, and if it is warm ask for a table on the terrace, which has great views.
This small restaurant is well located, facing the port. Of all the restaurants along this street, this is our favourite - great French food, at reasonable prices. Booking is advised, essential during the congresses. There is no children’s menu, but the owners are more than happy to prepare simple meals such as fish or steak with mashed potatoes and vegetables.
Telephone: 0034 (0)4 93 38 52 14
Address: 9 Quai St Pierre, 06400, Cannes
Very popular with local residents, this is another very small restaurant, so make a reservation if you want to be sure of a table. With a bistro ambience and classic cuisine, as well as an extensive wine list, a meal at La Cave is both enjoyable and filling.
This restaurant has a pleasantly old-fashioned feel, and specialises in local fish & seafood and has an excellent wine list
A small yet very popular bistro with very good quality food & friendly staff.
Despite the front-line location, they serve a very reasonable 3 course set menu for 26.80€, which offers a good selection of great food – especially the desserts! Glamorously refurbished, there is a small open air terrace upstairs in the warmer months.
For delicious meat dishes and a cosy atmosphere, ‘The Meat’ is located in the Old Sequet of Cannes, offering the best and freshest pieces of meat in the region. It has a minimalist menu of sirloin or tuna steak with a variety of different sauces, accompanied by homemade side dishes and French fries. There’s also a wide wine list for all budgets, making for an affordable meal in a prestigious setting.
A large restaurant, ideally located close to the Palais, with a good selection of food and an excellent cocktail bar. Well run by efficient and friendly staff - one of the few restaurants in Cannes that serves food all day. Perfect for large groups, but also for families as children are made very welcome.
Telephone: 0034 (0)4 93 0678 27
Address: 1 Allée de la Liberté, 06400, Cannes
Prepared using the finest local produce, Chef Christian Willer's elaborate creations are served on the specially designed, 1930s-style tableware, and it has an excellent wine list to match. You can enjoy gourmet cuisine with a distinctly Provençal flavor in equally attractive surroundings; a bright, sunny dining room with windows on three sides and the added bonus of a fantastic sea view from the terrace. This is an expensive restaurant, but they often have very good lunch time deals that are worth trying. Lunch Tuesday to Saturday - 12:30 to 14:00 Dinner Tuesday to Saturday - 20:00 to 22:00
Open from 8.00am – 2.30am, Pastis offers breakfast through to night-time aperitifs. There is a good selection of salads, sandwiches, omlettes, pizzas, pastas, all of good quality.
A visit to Les iles de lerins, less than half an hour’s boat trip away across the bay from Cannes, will bring you to some beautiful unspoilt beaches. The "Iles de Lérins" are the islands of Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat. The Ile Saint-Honorat has a Mediterranean coastal forest of native pine, eucalyptus and cypress trees. It was on the island of Sainte-Marguerite that the “Man in the Iron Mask”, made famous by Alexandre Dumas, he spent eleven years in the prison of the Isle of Sainte-Marguerite.
The beaches of Palm beach are a little walk from the Croisette but have a completely different atmosphere from those on the Croisette, here the beach is more family orientated as the waters are very shallow. This area is also fantastic for watching kite surfers.
The public beach near to the Palais des Festival at the Western end of the Croisette spans from the Hotel Majestic to the end, near to the Vieux Port. The area closer to the Majestic and the volley ball can become very crowded in the summer months so it is best to head down to the other end for a more relaxing day in the sun.
This is one of the more famous private beaches, and is the biggest on La Croisette. The rich and trendy of Cannes come here for lunch, to sunbathe and hang out . If you're feeling more energetic there's parasailing; helicopter rides; waterskiing; sailing; wind-surfing; and scuba diving on offer.
This public beach area is open from 1st June to 30th September, from 08.30 to 18.30 daily. The benefit of this section of public beach is that you can rent deck chairs and sun umbrellas for a reasonable charge. There is a kiosk in the Croisette within a very short walk where you can buy food & drinks
The Plage Royal is a restaurant with private beach. Sun beds are available to hire (18€ whole day / 15€ half day) and there are changing and washing facilities inside the club. You can have a meal at the restaurant or you can arrange for lunch to be served on the beach. It is worthwhile booking your sun beds if you want a spot in the front row of overlooking the sea, as they get full very quickly.
This is one is one of the more reasonably priced private beaches and the most popular with the locals. You can play some beach volley ball; take a swim; or rent a sunbed so you can sunbathe and relax. There is an excellent lunch-only restaurant on the beachfront, which sells delicious seafood at reasonable prices. This beach is a great place for the whole family to have some fun in the sun and is open September to June everyday from 10h00 - 16h00; and July to August everyday from 09h30 - 20h30
Looking for exceptional wines? Located in a small quiet street in the heart of Cannes, Le Bar à Vin is an intimate wine bar where congress professionals can wind-down or meet colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. With leather club chairs, high chairs or billiard tables on the first floor - the atmosphere is cosy, spacious and friendly. The manager, Cédric, is known locally as an accomplished sommelier. He offers a beautiful wine list that can be tasted by the glass. It is one of the few wine cellars in the area to offer so many different references to the glass. Gourmet dishes can also accompany your drink: a plate of cheeses, delicatessen or antipasti. Tastings are regularly organized on the occasion of thematic evenings.
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Morrison’s Irish Pub has been a regular reference in Cannes for a festive and relaxed atmosphere, being very popular during festivals and congress events. The large outdoor terrace invites guests to enjoy friendly atmosphere and lively aperitifs, making it a place to be for professionals and groups that want to step into Cannes nightlife. Here, they speak exclusively ‘Shakespeare’s language’ and the beer flows freely! Happy Hour is every evening from 5pm to 8pm. For dedicated musical evenings, it’s every Tuesday night with the ‘Open Mic’, every Thursday it’s ‘Acoustic Live’, on weekends (Friday and Saturday) are Le Rock at au blues with live bands. And every Sunday evening, they hold their famous ‘Ladies Night’ to close the week.
If you’re looking for a ‘pub’ atmosphere that is outdoors during a congress, Cannes’ most famous pub (Morrison Irish Pub) is also available in a lounge version. With English language as the common dominator, it is a great spot for professionals to network and meet other expats. Spread across two addresses and two outdoor terraces in the heart of Cannes, nestled in the small Teisseire alley, crowds blend together for cocktail time mixing and mingling. Between outdoor quiz nights every Monday and karaoke nights every Wednesday, every evening has something new to offer visitors. There’s even dance and club nights at the weekend!
Want a good beer on the seafront? The Quay’s Irish Pub is located in front of the charming Old Port of Cannes, well known as the main meeting place for sailors and crews stopping over in Cannes. As a mainly English-speaking atmosphere, it’s a very friendly pub to enjoy a nice ice-cold beer with colleagues, or meet other professionals on their travels. The clientele are mixed: some are there to watch a football match, others are there for the live evening concerts, while during the Summer it is a very pleasant spot for corporate groups to have a drink in front of the yachts!
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