Caught between the sea and La Croisette, Cannes certainly knows how to throw down when it comes to fine foodie affairs. When dining at any of the restaurants in Cannes, the haute couture magic of traditional French cuisine blends beautifully with the yachting lifestyle to ensure that Michelin-inspired flavors follow you at every turn. Whether you’re visiting for the glitzy film festival, the yacht show or simply soaking up the Côte d’Azur lifestyle will find more than popcorn on the menu. Take a look at the finest restaurants in Cannes, not just for taste but for style, energy and potential celebrity spottings.
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 Restauant & Bar
For one of the most beautiful views offered by any of the restaurants in Cannes be sure to bag a table at Le 360 Restaurant & Bar, 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 a flan of pigeon and date chutney or sole meuniere with gratinated razor clams, and finish with black chocolate shells or artisan cheeses.
La Palme d’Or
Easily one of the most celebrated restaurants in the entire Mediterranean, La Palme d’Or has been welcoming guests since its opening in 1986 and gaining two Michelin stars in 1991 under chef Christian Willer, which it has retained to this day. The restaurant is a part of the luxury hotel Martinez, right on the Croisette in Cannes. The gastronomic heights here are unmatched to anything else which is understandable considering its Michelin-starred recognition.
The restaurant enjoys an enchanted setting on the Bay of Cannes where the current Chef Christian Sinicropi serves his cuisine designed for the senses, always daring, always inventive. Impeccable service accompanies the phenomenal culinary creations and the menus feature some amazing seafood options like spider crab, scallops, and wild turbot, while meats are no less exceptional with black angus and veal leading the way. A star player, without a doubt, is the movement menu suggested for the whole table exploring the delicate flavors and textures chosen by the chef and his team.
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.
On the roof of the exquisite boutique Five Seas Hotel, Le Roof is unlike any other rooftop bar or restaurant in the city, the view doesn’t stretch quite towards the sea, but instead looks over the roofs, ridges and other surroundings of the city, exuding authentic French vibes. Intimate and cozy, yet luxurious, the atmosphere on the terrace is calm, comfortable and harmonious. The beautifully designed all year rooftop restaurant serves exceptional cuisine to share, made by Chef Lori Moreau. Baby sardines with algae butter create a lovely spin on traditional Mediterranean finger food while cooked foie gras with Aloe vera and Timut pepper meringue channel more classic French culinary vibes with an edge that’s so typical for Le Roof.