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The 10 Best Restaurants in Cannes

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Updated: 15 June 2017

Cannes may be more famous for its film festival than its food, but it’s a close race. With its modernity, palm trees, and shopping streets, it’s no wonder that it’s a popular destination. Our guide will help you find the best food in Cannes, from cheap and cheerful to premium gastronomy.

La Palme d'Or

This restaurant, affiliated with the Martinez Hotel, opened in 1985, and in 1991, it truly started to shine. In the 25-or-so years since then, the restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars and four toques Gault&Millau. Obviously, this comes at a premium price, and reservations are required. For people looking for more affordable luxury, the five-plate lunch menu runs to around €80, and is an amazing sampler of Chef Christian Sinicropi’s menu. With a beautiful restaurant inside as well as a terrace, there is more than one way to enjoy a meal at La Palme d’Or.

Keep an eye out for: Meals on the terrace

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Wed - Sat :
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Sun - None :
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
L'Éponyme

This family-run restaurant is friendly, fashionable, and good value for money. The €30 set menu is excellent, and the prices of wines, side dishes, and so on are exceedingly 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 (the most obvious sign of a good restaurant), so reservations may be necessary. The friendly owners and servers (often the same people) create a homely atmosphere, but the food is fine dining, not comfort food.

Keep an eye out for: The owners

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Tue - Fri :
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat :
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aux Bons Enfants

Another bistro, and another place to find traditional fare. Extremely traditional fare. The owner doesn’t have a phone and doesn’t accept cards. Reservations must be made in person, but all of this somehow adds to the atmosphere of the place. Expect stews, but also local seafood. Like Bistrot Gourmand, the menu changes frequently, largely based on what is available at the market. This restaurant is a favourite of the local foodies, who swing by on their way to and from the market.

Keep an eye out for: Daube, a Provençal beef stew

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sun - None :
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bobo Bistro

“Bobo” is a term coined by David Brooks meaning “bohemian bourgeois,” which Brooks describes as the 1990s successors to the Yuppies. Unsurprisingly, the crowds that this Carré d’Or restaurant draws in are as stylish as the name would suggest. With their floral wallpaper, retro furnishings, and fantastic (and organic) food, this is a fashionable haunt for the local urbanites.

Keep an eye out for: The spools of yarn lining one of the walls

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Le Park 45

Like La Palme d’Or, this restaurant is attached to a hotel. Le Park 45 is attached to the Grand, and is one of the few hotel restaurants shooting for gastronomy. This has paid off, as chef Sébastien Broda recently earned a Michelin star. The ground-floor terrace is also a dining area, so you can get your Michelin meal while looking towards the sea, in an almost perfect Cannes experience.

Keep an eye out for: Meals on the terrace

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
7:00 am - 10:00 am 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
L'Epicurieux

Situated between two of Cannes’ main shopping streets, this venue wears many hats. Café, restaurant, wine bar, it’s all there. The extensive wine list is accompanied by a simple and authentic menu. It can be busy, which can in turn lead to slower service, but the fantastic pasta dishes are more than worth waiting for. For food this good (and this cheap), the chance of a small wait shouldn’t be much of a deterrent.

Keep an eye out for: The salade du jour, always a good choice

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Rush Gastronomie Rapide

The choice of “gastronomie rapide” is an apt choice of name, with this little spot serving quick and healthy juices, salads, and sandwiches. The location is right by the train station, so it’s perfect for discerning tastebuds in a rush. Certainly, it’s orders of magnitude above what we would traditionally think of as fast food. Disregard cheeseburgers and fries, and sample soup and a sandwich instead.

Watch out for: The number of people nipping across to get their trains

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The food here is fast, but it is not fast food.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Le Bistrot Gourmand

This is a simple bistro, selling simple food of excellent quality. Provençal staples make up the menu, but with a typically Cannes twist in preparation or presentation. The modern art lining the walls reflect the little flicks of modernity and gastronomy in the dishes. The menu is as lively as the restaurant itself, changing several times a week. People who like their surroundings vibrant, and their ingredients local will find this bistro one of the best.

Keep an eye out for: The seafood

Opening Hours
Tue - Sat :
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Federal – Panini

From pasta to panini, this bistro is another location plating up the flavours of Italy. With a broad selection of paninis, a range of sharing platters, and a fantastic drinks menu, there is something to suit everyone’s lunch tastes. A fine selection of Italian wines are on offer to accompany your meal. A cosy bistro with a simple yet elegant feeling, this is a unique experience in the heart of Cannes.

Keep an eye out for: Their excellent coffee

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
8:30 am - 11:00 pm
Philcat

Named for its owners, Phillipe and Catherine, this is a little different from the other entries on this list. It’s a kiosk. However, it’s the best place in Cannes to pick up pan-bagnat. A speciality of the Nice region, it’s a rustic sandwich doused liberally in olive oil. PhilCat’s version is nigh-on perfect, just the thing for a waterfront lunch.

Keep an eye out for: The spectacular sea views

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
9:00 am - 7:30 pm