Cannes Restaurants and Dining
(Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France)
Cannes is a cosmopolitan resort and this is reflected in the wide variety of different cuisines available in its restaurants, brasseries, cafes and tea rooms. Whether you want to dine out Italian-style, or sample something different, from Armenian to American food, there are always plenty of restaurants on offer in Cannes. Diners in search of rustic French fare will also not be disappointed.
It's worth noting that the price of a meal in Cannes can vary enormously. When dining out in Cannes, it is possible to find a reasonably priced meal, although it's also possible to pay a small fortune for gourmet cuisine in one of the city's most exclusive restaurants.
When to Eat / Opening Hours
Lunches tend to be served from 12:30 onwards and are certainly not hurried. Although many restaurants open relatively early in the evening, most diners tend not to sit down to eat before 20:00. Many dining venues in Cannes stay open until quite late in the evening.
What to Eat
Cannes' seafront location means that many of its local delicacies are based on fish or seafood, including sea bass, salmon, cod and skate. Restaurant menus also include some traditional Mediterranean dishes, such as bouillabaisse and ratatouille, and dishes featuring local truffle, garlic and olives aplenty.
Where to Eat
The best area for dining is the beautiful old district of Le Suquet. Restaurants in this part of Cannes offer great views of the town below, as well as the Vieux Port. If you don't want to tackle a full menu at lunchtime, then there are plenty of cafés and bakeries which offer lighter fare, including snacks and pastries.
Cannes has a number of high-class restaurants, which offer unrivalled cuisine in the exclusive surroundings of its palatial hotels. La Palme d'Or, located within the Martinez Hotel, enjoys a prime location on the Croisette promenade and offers fine dining, attracting the rich and famous, particularly during festival season. Others include Royal Gray, the Belle Otéro and La Villa des Lys.
The city of Cannes also features a very wide choice of fish and seafood restaurants. Many of these are located in and around the Vieux Port area and serve such delicacies as bouillabaisse and shellfish platters.
Finally for fans of American dining, and to get in the mood at Festival time, the world-renowned Planet Hollywood is just a stone's throw from the famous Palais des Festivals.