Guide to Cannes for a Congress Goer

Posted by rachel in Cannes | October 22nd 2010

Eating and Entertainment Guide to Cannes for the Conference Goers

From Midem to the infamous Film Festival, Cannes plays host to nearly 20 congresses throughout the year. In this glamorous city you will be spoiled for choice of restaurants, bars and late night entertainment. So we’ve done some of the legwork for you. In the following pages you will find a comprehensive guide to the city of Cannes specifically for all those attending the Congresses.

Breakfast

If you would like a sit down breakfast before a full day of congressing, here are some of our suggestions:

Pause Café39 rue Hoche, Open from 7:30am.

Sample coffee from 15 different countries from all across the world.  Check your emails with their free WiFi connection or watch the world go by on their Terrace. English spoken and credit cards accepted.

Brasserie La Claridge – 2 Place General de Gaulle, Open from 7am

Le Claridge is as close to the Palais as possible and will be happy to welcome you for a typical French breakfast including pain au chocolat, croissant, French tartine of bread and jams, omelets, assortments of fruits juices and more.

Lux Café – 144 Rue d’Antibes, Open from 7am

Located just behind the Carlton Hotel, this terrace café can offer you either a typical French breakfast of coffees, pastries and fruits salads. For those who want a heartier option they also offer a brunch menu.

La Galette de Marie – 9 Rue Bivouac Napoleon

Located opposite the Palais on a quiet side street, this quaint cafe offers very reasonably priced breakfast options such as a coffee and croissant for only 2 Euros! Perfect option for a quick bite on the way to the Palais.

Groceries

If you need a quick breakfast  there are several local supermarkets that will offer plenty of take away breakfast options such as cereal bars, yogurts and fruit. These shops are also helpful for those who want to stock up on supplies for their apartment or are intending on cooking for themselves.

Carrefour – 6 Rue Meynadier, 8:30am – 20:00pm

This is the closest supermarket to the Palais and is perfect for picking up a quick breakfast on your way.

Monoprix – 9 Rue du Maréchal Foch

Relatively large supermarket where you can stock up on snacks or buy fresh produce for home cooking. Monop also does a varied selection of sandwiches and salads if lunch time is pressed for time as well.

Spar – Rue le Cerf

More expensive than the larger supermarkets but its proximity to the center is very helpful.

For a truly French shopping experience you could visit one of the local markets that take place every morning either at Place Gambetta or at Marche Forville.

The local bakeries are also very nice options for a take away breakfast croissant or pain au chocolat. They also sell freshly made sandwiches every day and salads that you could pick up for lunch later in the day. There are plenty of little ones dotted around and you’ll probably find one on your way to the Palais, just look for the sign “Boulangerie.” Here are some of the ones closest to the Palais.

Boulangerie Patisserie ForvilleAdresse : – 2 Rue Halles

Starsquash – 1 Rue Bivouac Napoléon

Martin Damien – 18 Rue Meynadier

Le Fournil Cannoise – 152 Rue d’Antibes

Boulangerie Pâtisserie Tordjmann – 12 Rue Mar Foch

Dinner

We are often asked to recommend good restaurants by our conference guests, be that a restaurant for relaxed nights out with colleagues or places to impress clients. Most of Cannes’ restaurants tend not to disappoint but here are some of our past clients’ favorites.

Le Pizzaiola – 10 Rue Marceau

Family run, authentic Italian restaurant with the best pizza in town. Added bonuses of a central location and generous portions for very reasonable prices. Perfect for a pleasant group meal before heading to one of the bars next door on Place Gambetta such as Morrisons or SOF.

Sushi Shop – 11 Rue Hélène Vagliano

Fresh and good quality take away sushi restaurant that does special lunch time deals. Only a 10 minute walk from the Palais so perfect option for grabbing something to bring back and eat there.

Le Caveau 30 – 45 Rue Felix Faure

Very popular classic French style restaurant two minutes from the Palais. This restaurant is very popular with congress goers and does some of the best seafood and escargot around.

Pizzeria Pizzicato – 24 Rue Pasteur

A personal favorite of the staff, Pizzicato provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere with reasonably priced and delicious pizzas, steaks, salads and more.

Le Maschou – 15 Rue St Antoine,

Quaint and unique restaurant up in the picturesque Old Town.

“One of the best restaurants in town that does these really great baskets of huge vegetables. It’s a great place to take clients, especially those who’ve already been to Cannes and want something a little different.”

Pierrot 1er51 Rue Félix Faure

Located in the heart of Cannes, opposite the old harbour and 300 meters from the Palais des Festival. Specializes in seafood, bouillabaisse and Provencal style meat dishes.

Le Palme D’or – 73 Boulevard de la Croisette

Michelin Star rated restaurant ideal for impressing those very important clients. Located on the second floor of the Martinez hotel, Le Palme d’Or boasts sea views, professional service and exquisite food, anyone will be hard pressed not to be impressed. Due to the restaurants quality and caliber, prices are steep but worth it.

There are several areas in Cannes that are packed with great restaurants. If you don’t know what you’re in the mood for these are good places to wander around and find a restaurant.

Quai St Pierre

Rue du Suquet/Rue St Antoine

Rue Felix Faure

Drinks after the Congress or before dinner

Morrisons – Rue Teisserie

British clients will feel at home in this authentic Irish pub that attract many locals and conference goers. Quoted as a “relaxed and inexpensive place to unwind” by past clients, Morrisons will become a staple in your conference schedule due to its central location and good reputation.

The Quays – 17 Quai St Pierre

Another Irish bar located on the other side of town that will be of special note to our guests staying nearer the Suquet. The Quays has a more relaxed and local clientele than Morrisons which is good for a quiet pint after a tiring day if you’re not quite up for a wild night out.

Drinks with Clients

These bars are a little less Anglophone focused and are instead a little more stylish for showing  clients a good time.

Café Roma –

Trendy meeting place for drinks and dinner, highly frequented by conference goers as its right across from the Palais. “Great place for meals and casual drinking.”

Bar Au Vin –

“Small, intimate and typically French” is the perfect way to describe this tucked away wine bar. “Cool place to go, it’s where the locals go to drink so you know it’s a good place to start off a night.”

There is one particular street, Rue des Frères Pradignac, that houses a cornucopia of restaurants, bars and late night clubs. An entire night can be spent on this street hopping from one bar to the next, Le Must and Cavok deserve particular mention.

Late Night Entertainment

Here in Cannes a quiet drink can turn into a full on party, you’ve just got to find the right place. We’ve asked previous congress attendees for their favorite post Congress haunts and added some of our own.

Le Barracuda Club – 22 Rue la Tour Maubourg

Advertised as dusk til dawn, Le Barracuda is a self proclaimed party place. A piano bar with a great selection of cocktails, live music and great atmosphere. “Le Barracuda becomes one of the main out of hours bars during the congress.”

La Chunga –

This chic piano bar is infamous in Cannes for its all night parties and fantastic atmosphere. Dancing on tables and cocktails into the early hours makes La Chunga the place to be during the congresses.

La Baoli –

Exclusive restaurant and bar with large decadent terraces with Panoramic views of Cannes. Luxurious décor modeling after an Indonesian palace. Party the night away until 5am.

These are but a handful of suggestions but Cannes has a lot to offer, all our restaurants are top notch and we have a very diverse nightlife so such a small city. All suggestions are but a 15 minute walk from the Palais so are very close and convenient. You’re bound to have a great time!

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