While Cannes is traditionally known for its luxury restaurants, there are plenty of places to eat without breaking the bank, especially if you know where to look. Here are the best cheap restaurants in Cannes.
Bar du Marin
Bar, French, Mediterranean
Locals swear by the Bar du Marin, which is tucked down a little side street near La Croisette, Cannes’ main boulevard. The bar is packed full of workers throughout the day who pop in for a good-value meal and service with a smile. It’s a family-owned restaurant where you can grab meals such as omelette, lasagna or a chef’s special, like veal liver. Drinks start at a very reasonable €2.50, so you can afford to wash your meal down with a carafe of local wine without waking up in the morning worrying that you’ve spent too much the night before.
Bar, Restaurant, Italian, French, Mediterranean, European
Ristorante Panini Federal is a charming, cosy bistro with a friendly atmosphere that serves authentic Italian paninis. There is also a wide selection of sharing platters on offer and the drinks are very reasonably priced, with a Bellini or a glass of Sicilian red costing around €7. The restaurant has an excellent choice of Italian wines and they also boast South American-inspired salads. If you’re looking for somewhere simple yet elegant, you’ll find that this place is well worth a visit.
Eating out on a budget in Cannes usually means avoiding most of the restaurants located along the waterfront, with one exception: L’Assiette Provençale. This restaurant offers a menu fixe for €25, which is a steal for a place overlooking the port. The terrace has a roof, so you can enjoy eating their popular courgette flowers and cannelloni whatever the weather.
Situated between two of Cannes’ main shopping streets, L’Épicurieux wears many hats, including café, restaurant and wine bar. The extensive wine list is accompanied by a simple and delicious menu. It can be busy, which may lead to slower service, but the fantastic pasta dishes are more than worth waiting for – the restaurant’s signature dishes are the truffle pasta and the entrecôte. For food this good (and this cheap), the chance of a small wait shouldn’t be a deterrent.
Named after its owners, Phillipe and Catherine, Philcat is a little different from the other entries on this list. It might be a kiosk but it’s the best place in Cannes to pick up pan bagnat (a speciality sandwich from the Nice region) – just the thing for an affordable lunch, with spectacular sea views to boot.
L’Éponyme is a friendly, fashionable, family-run restaurant that provides good value for money. The €30 set menu is excellent and the prices of the wines and side dishes are also very reasonable. Dishes focus on contemporary French cuisine with the occasional Asian twist – an interesting combination that pairs turbot with lemongrass or beef with wok vegetables. The restaurant can be busy, so reservations may be necessary and, while the atmosphere may be homely, this restaurant specialises in fine dining, not comfort food.
If you’re looking for good-value burgers in the neighbourhood of La Bocca (the area to the west of Cannes’ city centre), you could do worse than heading to Twenty Nine. It may be fast food, but the burgers here are freshly made in house each day. It’s a super deal – burgers, fries and a drink come in at just €10.