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Cannes has a many exquisite restaurants and even more mediocre/tourist traps. Described herein are some of my favourite restaurants. Beware though, many restaurants close for a period during the winter months. If you happen to be there during this time, check in advance.
Updated Jul 4, 2009
After several years of looking for value and quality in Cannes, quizzing regular visitors and locals, I have concluded: there isn't any. Its too expensive, there is no return on quality, no one else offers it, it doesn't fit with the Cannois lifestyle, so I gave up.
All along the Croisette are kiosks. All the same, offering the same standard items, at identical poor value prices. I can only guess the reason everyone queues here is that everything else is even worse.
There are people who consider kiosks offer great value. A can of cold drink from the cold shelf in Casino is one euro, from a kiosk is two euro fifty. Great value, these kiosks.
Fancy frites? Well tough, no kiosk offers you that. No competition, very French, take what we offer. There is one place to get frites - at the start of Rue Meynardier is the man, and the queue is ten minutes long, and its worth it! The French LOVE frites. Someone has decided kiosks are not allowed to offer them. I once ventured into a street market in Slovenia before the collapse of Yugoslavia. Fifty identical stalls offering identical fruit at identical prices, the "communist" vision of competition.
My advice: nip into Monoprix and buy enough to make up an alfresco picnic at sensible prices. Buy champagne retail and enjoy.
Updated Aug 13, 2007
We wanted to go somewhere other than a touristy restaurant on the Croisette. This was PERFECT. difficult to get in without a reservation. the place is in 3 "layers." think, front section reminds me of a cafe/small quaint restaurant, middle has this beautiful ivy and flower filled archway that leads you to the last upper section of outdoor seating. the place is enclosed and it's quiet - no outside sounds like cars. lots of huge trees to assist in shade and atmosphere. nothing but local french there.
Favorite Dish: I absolutely loved the lamb bruschette (dont know if that's spelled correctly). it was AMAZING. Decicious is an understatement. and it's a LOT of food. it's all grilled on their outdoor grill.
they also have this chocolate dessert to die for. if you're a chocolover, this will please the eyes and tummy!
Written Aug 21, 2003
Address: it's about a 10 min taxi ride from Martinez Hotel
Favorite Dish: My favorite way to fill up when I was on the go and needed something quick and cheap was a Croquette sandwich. You can get them from street vendors, such as those you'll find across from the train station or along the beach near the carnival or the Palais (I recommend the latter). It's a cheese and ham sandwich fried in egg with a cheese coating. Not terribly healthy, but at 1.50 - 4 euros, it's cheap, tasty and does the job.
Written May 24, 2003
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