Cannes Shopping and Districts
(Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France)
Cannes is sheer heaven for shopaholics with a penchant for spending lots of money. Upmarket shops can be found on La Croisette, the most famous of shopping districts in Cannes, as well as throughout the city and on Rue d'Antibes and Rue Meynadier.
The most famous French and international brands can be found in Cannes, including the likes of Gucci, Lacroix and Armani. Perfumes, cosmetics and fashion are all popular purchases, with many visiting tourists enjoying duty-free shopping.
When to Shop and Opening Hours
Shops usually open from Monday to Saturday between 10:00 and 19:00, although hours can vary. Many small shops in Cannes close for two hours during the middle of the day. Some shops, particularly those that attract tourist trade, do open on a Sunday. Cannes' Marché Forville opens from 07:00 until 13:00.
Where to Shop
Within central Cannes, the elegant Rue d'Antibes is well known for its trendy international fashion boutiques, perfumeries and florist shops. Nearby Rue Meynadier has the benefit of being pedestrianized and, as such, makes a pleasant place for a spot of window shopping. Less expensive than the shops on the Rue d'Antibes, this is the place to look for delicatessens, shops selling regional specialties, and fashion clothing that costs considerably less than its haute couture counterpart.
Just to the west of Cannes, close to the motorway and the Cannes Mandelieu Airport, the Cannes-La Bocca district has a large number of superstores and shopping complexes, selling sports gear, furniture and the like.
Cannes boasts a large covered market, Marché Forville, which opens every morning and is a great place to experience traditional day-to-day shopping. Stalls sell vegetables, fruit, freshly caught fish, oysters, paté and olives. A flower market lies at the western end of the covered area. On a Monday, Forville is transformed into a popular flea market, selling all manner of bric-a-brac.