renowned for its international designer boutiques and world-class shopping.
The rue Meynadier:
restricted to pedestrian traffic only, runs near the rue d'Antibes and has excellent shops and boutiques of every kind. It is also less expensive, with many more trendy shops that open on to the street.
is the covered produce market in Cannes. It is a lively, colourful, a very noisy French affair taking up an entire city block. Stalls sell vegetables, fruit, fish, oysters, every conceivable variety of paté and olives marinated in a thousand flavours. The flower market lies at the western end of the covered area. On a Monday, Forville transforms itself into a Flea Market (Marché Brocante).
La rue d'Antibes is a long narrow street in Cannes, running from the Hôtel de Ville eastwards, parallel to la Croisette only a few blocks away from the beach. Most of the shopping in Cannes centres around rue d'Antibes and its adjacent streets, offering everything from expensive goods to tourist souvenirs. It is one of the best shopping streets in the whole of the Côte d'Azur, probably even better than Nice. A good day could be spent walking along la rue d'Antibes from one shop to the other. In the peak summer months, crowds of people fill the street especially in the late afternoon. However, on a typical Sunday, even in mid-summer, rue d'Antibes is deserted as all the shops are closed (see photo).
When in Cannes make sure that the yachts and the beautiful sea don't mesmerize you into just sitting at a table of an open air restaurant enjoying the street awash with people while you sip a glass of french wine. Well, nothing is wrong in doing just that, but the pulse of Cannes lives on the back streets filled with shops and more restaurants to satisfy your every need. The fun is finding that one special gift for someone or that unusual find that will fit in nicely on your mantel or shelf back home.
What to buy: There is something for everyone on the side streets of Cannes.
You get so blase about Cannes high prices it almost comes as a shock when you find not only are you not being ripped off, but offered fantastic food choice and quality at very low prices - low even for France.
No designer bananas or haute couture haricots here. Just fresh fruit and vegetable bursting with flavour.
What to buy: Back home in our supermarkets, everything has been freighted and chilled in a distribution warehouse for months, and long since lost what little flavour it had. Here you can buy clementines fresh from Corsica, and of course the French are very fussy about their apples. Grapes have stunning flavour also fresh picked from Corsica or Provence. Oh and just about anything else you can think of, including exotic fruits flown in from former French colonies like Martinique. The French were smart about where their Empire stretched!
Tip: the French understand garlic. And how. They grow the very very best garlic, and the variety "Rose de Lautrec", which is not only the most pungent but has longest lasting quality. So you will feel better that it costs twice as much as ordinary garlic . Consider taking a tress home with you, and cook a la Francaise for the next week.
What to pay: 12 Euro for a tress of Rose de Lautrec.
Get away from the Croisette or the Rue d'Antibes. The street where the train station is located is loaded with small grocery stores and other necessities. What a difference a few blocks make - the prices are reasonable.
Also, cross the freeway, get away from the Croisette craziness and you'll be among locals - and more stores with decent prices.
I found that if you're willing to do some searching, you can find deals even on souvenirs. Rather than shop on the Croisette, just turn the corner and shop on a side street. Or rather than pay for expensive, official Cannes Film Festival items, buy something from the Tourism Office at the Palais - they're just as "official" but cheaper and no one back home will know the difference between a "Palais" souvenir and one specific to the festival.
What to buy: I especially recommend the inflatable cell phone protectors from the Tourism office at the Palais. Cheap at 1 euro each. And they're such a novelty that they're probably the most unique souvenir you'll ever give.
What to pay: About average if you get away from the tourist traps.
The Grey Street "Shopping Mall" crossing between La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes crams many illustrious labels under one roof. "How handy", I hear you say.
Shops that line the Croisette feature every top name of the fashion label world. Lacroix, Chanel, Valentino. £300 for a T-shirt with one sleeve longer than the other ("dahhling that's fashion !") , £700 for a pink leather microskirt ("dahhling that's fashion !"). £1,200 for a bag ("How reasonable! Do they deliver?") See you in Hello or Heat next week..
Just the place for the stars to "pop in" for a little something original to wear to a party, probably worn only once. Attentive service and outrageous prices. You need to dress up just to go inside.
What to buy: Designer gear - but wait for the Sales mid January to late February . 50 - 70% off reduces absurd prices to merely excessive
In the late 80's the billboard poster read something like "It takes over forty dumb animals to make a fur coat. It takes only one to wear one"
Teenage girls would throw red paint over anyone daring to wear animal fur in the street. Fashion models were hissed on the catwalk for wearing animal fur. Furriers shops were burned to the ground.
Strangely all this seems to have passed France by. Fur is elegant. Its warm. It's classic and good for a lifetime of Winters. And they don't care if you don't like it.: "dumb animals are for eating, nor worshiping" Nothing sentimental about furry animals here - they reseve that for their little dogs.
Now there's a thought. I wonder how a Chihuahua stole or hat would go down?
What to buy: A fur coat. Probably one of the few places in the world that still sell the real things. And people buy and wear them!
What to pay: Ooooodles
The Cannes market called Forville opens in the morning and closes around midday. Under a large roof they sell flowers, fish, meat, vagetables, fruit, cheese, oliv oils and much more. Don't miss to pass it, ask anyone for it. It's just a few streets up from the smaller port at the old Cannes. Sunday it might be closed.
A short walk along the Croisette from the Palais des Festivals brings you to the Alee des Armees, where a weekend open market pitches up between the plane trees.
What to buy: Browse a while for antiques, collectibles and craft offerings
For travelers that year after year, confine themselves in the center of the visited area, right where the touristic businesses want them, it might seem impossible to find bargains in Cannes. I was never a simple shopper... "just hit the streets" is far from my shopping motto. I search and dig and scratch and always find a way to buy cheaper, very far from the souvenir shops that charge 3 times the price for something made in China. In Cannes you will find a marvelous industrial zone (ZI) called "Les Tourrades", obviously it is far from the tourists site, close to highways, McDonald's, mechanic shops and everything unpretty. But for bargains, deals and good shopping you will not find better: lots of outlets, similar to flea markets style stores and just large surfaces to which, we North Americans might be more used to. I found great carpets, dishes, clothes and gifts for really great prices (actually did all shopping other than food, in that area). There is no members association to this place so no specific web site, the only detail I can give you is that Cannes' buses go there ...have a good time shopping! and don't forget that this shopping area is closed right after lunch time, just as most other stores... for the afternoon "sieste".
What to buy: Everything from clothes, kitchen accessories, decorative items, jewelry, shoes and much more... as you will find outlets of all kinds of specialty.
What to pay: from 1Euro items to expensive jewelry and such.
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.
I'm not a fan of macarrons, but I know someone who used to work here and one time she brought us some of their macarrons. I had the chocolate one and it was delicious!!!! I will definitely go there someday to buy some.
UPDATE: I've finally gone to their newest shop on Rue d'Antibes. Gluttony is a sin, so the desserts were a bit pricey, but they were soooooooooo good.
The great thing about this place is that they leave a few dessert samples (macaroons, chocolate, etc) near the cash register (at the end of the shop).
What to buy: Macaroons.
What to pay: I bought 4 and paid a little less than 6 €. My friend bought 2 for 3,51 €.
Rue d'Antibes is the main shopping street in Cannes. You will find Fnac, Sephora (2 stores), Zara (2 stores), Mango, Esprit, Madura, Diesel, Darty (for electronics), Kenzo, just to name a few shops.
If you feel like having some ice-cream (or something else), there's Häagen Dazs or if you're looking for a more sophisticated snack, try Café LeNotre.
We found shopping to be a great variety ....
Cannes is great for "upper-crust" shopping. You
should be in Nice for serious or business shopping,
while Cannes is a shopper's paradise for chic and
expensive items. Although you might want to buy your
yacht in Antibes, the Rolls-Royce dealer is in Cannes,
and there's an endless collection of top of the line
jewelry shops, haute-couture clothing shops and
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** Best Areas For Shopping In Cannes **
Bvd de la Croisette
Zone Pietonne - Walking Street
Even if you can't afford to buy anything, it's always a wonder to have a look at the shop windows on La croisette (near the festival palace). The most famous brands have shops there and it's worth a look.