Cannes has plenty of tempting places to stop and have a dessert. In the centre of town, you’ll find ice cream parlours, macaron shops, stylish pâtisseries (of the highest calibre), all of which can be enjoyed with a cup of tea or the essential after-dinner coffee. Here’s our guide to some of the most-loved and highly rated.
This Parisian chain is rumoured to have invented the macaron and is famed for its desserts. The Cannes branch is as much-loved as its Parisian counterparts and sells a lovely selection of macarons and pastries. Ladurée is a high-end pâtisserie specialising in all sorts of cakes and chocolates, but it’s also a great place to have a very sophisticated cup of tea or gourmet coffee with a little chocolate something on the side.
Lenôtre is another Parisian chain, whose chef was the inspiration behind the animated film Ratatouille. It’s a serious business – offering internet delivery, all sorts of amazing desserts, and even a chocolate blog. Lenôtre is situated on rue d’Antibes, the same street as you’ll find plenty of other inviting chocolate shops and pâtisseries. It’s a real favourite.
Bridget Bakery is in the centre of Cannes, not far from the Croisette. The eggs used here are free range and the flour is organic, with everything cooked for maximum freshness. This is not a coffee shop: they have a Nespresso machine to keep customers who want a little coffee with their dessert happy, but it’s the bakery that is the main draw. The bakery takes real pride in its cookies, cakes and other sweet delights.
Jean-Luc Pelé learnt his craft as a pastry chef at Lenôtre in Paris and then decided to set up his own pâtisserie in Cannes. He’s a lover of macarons with adventurous flavours (like foie gras) but he also has a bakery on site and is a chocolate aficionado. You can try every kind imaginable in his much-loved locale.
Jérôme Oliveira runs this pâtisserie near La Croisette – he’s the youngest ever world pâtisserie champion. Oliveira is originally from Lyon and wanted to be a pastry chef from the age of four. His shop is a wonder of sweet desserts and delights – chocolates, macarons, freshly made madeleines and other confections. His website allows you to buy all his delicious creations online.
Amorino is one of the most reputed ice cream chains in France: sometimes the queues here snake out the door. The Cannes branch is no exception. It has hundreds of different flavours – something for everyone – and if you can’t manage a whole tub or cone, ask for a kid’s portion (it’s not always advertised but often available).
People love the crepe restaurant La Galette de Marie. It’s pretty basic, but not very expensive and perfect for that quick early afternoon bite or for a light dinner. What’s better than a crepe? Two! One for your main course and one for dessert. It has short opening hours during lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.