Cannes—More than the Red Carpet

This article was excerpted from The Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Cannes.

Cannes’ legendary palm-studded seafront, La Croisette, is a place where everyone from foreign royalty to movie-industry glitterati from all over the world have rubbed shoulders. The annual Cannes Film Festival, a two-week binge of premieres and fetes, kicks off the season each May, followed by summer festivals that span the musical gamut, from celebrated house DJs, electro and hip-hop groups to classical music in the Old Quarter of Le Suquet. Yet there’s much more to Cannes—it’s a place where you can enjoy an early-morning jog along the Quai St.-Pierre and the Plage du Midi while local fishermen haul in their catch of the day, visit the Lérins Islands to sample the Cistercian monks’ superb homegrown wine, or take a languorous swim in the sparkling Mediterranean, a pleasure at any hour of the day.


Hôtel 3.14 Cannes. This boutique hotel is a nice change from the huge palaces. Fun private beach, eclectic Pop Art décor and a friendly, welcoming staff. 5 rue François Einesy.

La Colombe d’Or. Lunch on the terrace is magical. A former haunt of the late Yves Montand and Simone Signoret—the restaurant serves up traditional Provençal family-style cuisine.

Bâoli. Fun for the young and the not-so-young, and the liveliest spot in Cannes. It serves everything from Provençal dishes to sushi and turns into a raging nightclub after dinner. Port Canto, Plage de la Croisette.

Cannes nightlife



Abbaye de Lérins. The resident monks at the monastery produce award-winning wines, grown on the island.

Bar l’Amiral. Comfortable, classic and bursting during the festival.

Le Petit Majestic. Fun, casual little bar behind the Croisette—there’s always overflow of people onto the sidewalk and street, drinks in hand. 6 rue Tony Allard.

Cannes bar


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