From Michelin-star restaurants to family-run bistros, Cannes boasts many wonderful places to dine. And, beyond the traditional wine-tasting and crêpe-eating that you’d expect from the French Riviera, the city (and its surrounding countryside) also offers some more unique opportunities: take part in a chocolate workshop; have dinner in a chef’s home; or learn how to cook a three-course meal with local ingredients.
Socca is a local delicacy, more commonly found down the road in Nice or on the Italian Riviera. It’s made from flour, olive oil and water, which are mixed together in a batter and cooked in a flat copper pan, much like a crêpe. Legend has it that locals poured the batter on the heads of the invading Turkish army in the 16th century when they ran out of ammunition. Similar dishes can be found along the Italian Riviera, in India and in Gibraltar, where it is the national dish. Hunt some down at the Marché Forville, where it has been sold from carts since the 1920s; it’s the French Riviera’s version of fast food.