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.
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!
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.
Owned by a lovely Italian lady, Volupté advertises itself as a teahouse. Although it does serve a large variety of gourmet teas, the place is more of a café offering wide range of other drinks, including hot chocolate, coffee and wine, as well as delicious light lunches. Volupté is located on rue Hoche, a small street parallel to la rue d'Antibes in the centre of Cannes. Through an expansion, Volupté is split between two spaces located across from each other, both with ample outdoor seating.
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.
Located on the narrow, uphill, pedestrianised street, rue Saint-Antoine, le Maschou is a unique restaurant in Cannes. It is set in a tiny cavernous dining room, dimly lit with burning candles, that tends to get packed every night. The menu is simple... or rather it hardly exists. One is afforded a choice of two appetisers (ham with melon, or bresaola with melon) accompanied by delicious grilled bread and followed by a big basket of tasty fresh vegetables. The main course offers three options: grilled whole chicken, seasoned lamb chops, or steak. If you still have room after this big feast, then definitely try one of their tempting desserts.
Hidden between Port Canto and Palm Beach, l'Ecrin is another elegant option for dining on the beach. It is both a private beach during the day and a restaurant/bar open for lunch and dinner, and was designed by Miguel Cancio-Martin, the same architect who designed Man Ray, Buddha Bar and Barfly in Paris. It is located at the small stretch of beach between Palm Beach and la Croisette and tends to attract an exclusive (and good looking!) crowd. Not many who visit Cannes know about it due to its inaccessibility; the beach and restaurant can only be reached through Port Canto (you actually have to enter the port area to reach the entrance). The well executed menu offers a mix of typical French bistro and Italian dishes, but is on the expensive side.
Whenever I go to Cannes, I usually have lunch, but I've been usually disappointed with the quality of the food. Well, I think I found the right place to come next time and it's called "Le Bistrot Gourmand". It's a very charming restaurant near the "Forville" market. I was surprise that we were their very first customers of the day.
They propose 4 options: entree + main course = 17€, main course + dessert = 16€, entree + main course + dessert = 19€ or entree + main course + dessert from their menu card = 29€.
My friend and I had the 17€ option. We chose "Beignets de fleurs de courgettes à la ricotta et basilic" (battered and deep fried zucchini flowers filled with "ricotta" and basil) served with a sauce (which reminds me the one you eat with spring rolls, but a little bit spicy) which was divine (the zucchini flowers not the sauce), then as main course, we chose "Entrecôte poêlée et pommes allumettes maison". Nothing extraordinary, just a steak served with homemade fries and sauce tartare.
We skipped the dessert since there was nothing interesting. Still, I would definitely come back.
I don't know Cannes very well, I mean, knowing the street names by heart, so I had to ask how to get from the train station to this place. If it helps, you should try looking it up on Google Maps first.
I came here with a friend and it was her first experience eating Japanese food. She liked it a lot and we'll probably came back. And the chef's husband is very friendly and chatted with us a little bit and was very patient with my friend's questions.
As usual, most real Japanese restaurants in the French Riviera are tiny, so this place isn't any different and it's run by Japanese chef Yoko and her French husband. It's also advisable to book a table, especially if you arrive after 12h30 PM.
For lunch, they have special prices for 2 combos. I don't recall the names but one was 10 € and the other, 13 € . We tried the first one which was all with salmon (nigiri, gunkan and gunkan-maki). NOTICE: Sushi here is eaten the traditional way, i.e., with your hands!
The fish was very fresh and the sushi rice was really good.
We also had "daifuku" (rice cake filled with sweet red japanese beans) for dessert (4 €) at the end . Apparently it's served with green tea or sake. As we didn't understand at first, they brought us green tea. I don't know if the "daifuku" was homemade. It was served cold, so I thought that maybe they are actually those frozen ones that you can get at Asian supermarkets.
Anyway, my friend loved everything, so I'm glad that I brought her here.
Check their website for more information (also to check their prices). The chef looks younger in person than the photos.
They are open from monday to saturday, lunch from 12 PM to 2 Pm and dinner from 7 PM to 10 PM.
There are many restaurants in this area, but this Italian restaurant has very interesting prices for lunch. They propose a set meal for lunch for 11 € which consists of a main dish of the day and dessert. I've already been here twice and I can't really complain. Of course, it isn't a gastronomic restaurant, so the quality of the food isn't the same. The portions are good-sized.
If the restaurant isn't full, you can choose a table at their terrace or inside. The decoration is rather simple but modern. The service is very friendly and they will try to accomodate any special demand. Toilets were clean.
Just new with fresh ideas for Italian kitchen. Very interesting food, Chef will be particularly attentive to ingredients and coking. Pasta very good. Meat T-bone, so tasty and right preparation. Wines good choose! Service friendly, good hospitality. Interiors is fashion, modern and romantic
Favorite Dish: T-bone "Florentina"
It is delightful combination of rustic and Breton decor, a family style crêperie. They provide the set menus at lunch around EUR4.75, EUR7 and EUR8.50. For single order, the savoury galettes around EUR5-8.
Favorite Dish: My personal taste is sweet galette with a little taste of sweet kirsch to balance the cooked caramel fruit. It's good to taste galettes with a bottle of cidre!!
I never quite understood the relevance of this restaurant's name to its menu nor the quality of its food. Various translations which I heard ranged from references to so-so weather, to some of the good, some of the bad (which apparently was its original 15th Century connotation), or to some of this, some of that. I tend to think that the latter is most appropriate because the menu was almost larger than the restaurant, ranging from a minty couscous to beef steak, tuna steak, and duck. In this area, if you are going to try the wine, you may want to lean toward the local rose.
Favorite Dish: My choice for lunch turned out to be a very good one, but just as I did not understand the essential meaning of the restaurant name, I also did not understand the name of the dish which I so enjoyed. It was a very unusual veal stew, because in addition to the vegetables which we Americans tend to expect in our stews (such as potatoes and carrots), it also contained pears and I am told that it can also contain other fruits. Again, like the restaurant, its name was the most confusing aspect. It was called "cocotte," which may mean chicken as it is a diminutive of "coq," the French word for rooster or cock or it may mean prostitute, perhaps related to the English word coquette, but neither of those seems to relate in any way to "veal stew." Finally, it could relate to an upscale brand of cookware but I asked and the cook on duty had never heard of Cocotte sookware. Anyway, it was a delightful stew with large, yet tender and well cooked veal chunks, vegetables, pears, and a spectacularly seasoned light gravy.
I love discovering new places that make a good impression and a desire to return.
New Italian restaurant in a modern chic design, everything is thought out for comfort and convenience.
Favorite Dish: Good and friendly service (you are welcome and can be seen)
All very tasty appetizers, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes (taste and quality!) Pasta hands made with sauce garganelo (best of !!!), sea bass in salt!
At the moment in Cannes, there is no such a second restaurant!
Price is not too high, and justified.
Strongly recommended for those who want to pass a pleasant evening and without bad surprises...
Not the best in the world but it has a certain charm, and its cheap. Ten minutes walk from the...more
This is a 4 star hotel, but it feels like, and looks like, a 5 star. It is not one of the amazing...more
This is considered one of the five-star "palaces" in Cannes, and even when it's not festival time I...more