Caught between the sea and La Croisette, Cannes certainly knows how to throw down when it comes to fine foodie affairs. The haute couture magic of French cuisine blends beautifully with the yacht lifestyle to ensure that Michelin inspired flavors follow you at every turn. Those visiting for the glitzy film festival will find more than popcorn on the menu. Take a look at the finest restaurants in town, not just for taste but for style, energy and potential celebrity spotting….
Le Park 45
Michelin starred bliss is always the way to go in the culinary jewel of Cannes. Le Park 45 is one of the most famous restaurants in town. perched beside the gardens of the glitzy Grand Hotel, you can choose to dine on the relaxed terrace or in the elegant dining room where muted tones are lifted with pops of pretty color. Christophe Poard is the man behind the menu, serving up such French delicacies as smoked beer tartare, line caught sea bass and apples stewed in champagne, and blue lobster in an oyster sauce with fennel cream.
Le 360 Rooftop
For one of the most beautiful views in Cannes be sure to bag a table at Le 360 Rooftop perched at the top of the Radisson Blu. Sit at white linen tables and gaze out across the Old Town, the beautiful bay and the hills of Esterel as you work your way through the wonderful wine list. The a la carte menu is beautifully refined, with a pinch of giddy creative style and stunning presentation. Start with butternut cappuccino of foie gras or golden scallops in a pearl juice. Follow with flan of pigeon and date chutney or sole meuniere with gratinated razor clams, and finish with black chocolate shells or artisan cheeses.
Nikki Beach Pop Up
One of the most famous beach clubs in the world, Nikki Beach brings her sultry vibes to Cannes to celebrate the film festival in perfect pop up fashion. A stone’s throw from the action of La Croisette, you can kick back beneath billowing white canopies sipping champagne and rubbing shoulders with the social elite. Food is bright and breezy – ideal for not filling up too heavy prior to hitting the red-carpet party scene. Nibble on beautiful burrata, wild salmon poke bowls, delicate selections of caviar and famous ceviche boats.
The Intercontinental is the Grand Dame of La Croisette so it only seems fit that her restaurant would follow suit. The famous terrace is the ultimate people watching spot or you can go graceful in the fresh palate of the dining room. Always winning awards for its sustainable approach to fabulous food, every morsel is made with love and magic at the Carlton Restaurant. Laurent Bunel is a master behind the helm, whipping up pumpkin with hazelnut shavings and bacon cream, sashimi powdered with lime, and fresh pasta with Opale Coast lobster, basil cream, and lemon zest. All dishes are perfectly complemented by deep cellar wines expertly chosen by sommelier Daniel Canton.
La Terrasse Du Gray
Tongue in cheek fun takes up the mantle at the hedonistic party place of the Terrasse Du Gray. Carefully chosen ingredients come together to be devoured and adored in the chic outdoor terrace that delivers a sultry vibe throughout the night. Signature cocktails from barman Emanuele Balestra are a must for starting as you mean to go on. Fall head over heels with the Mediterranean spun menu weaving together primavera spelt risotto, pan fried tenderloins, vanilla soaked sea bass, and beautiful yellow curried bisques.