Destination: France: Cannes
La Palme d’Or
Walk past the large and echo-filled lobby of Le Martinez, try not to feel too much like you are standing in a Vegas shopping center, and ascend the carpeted steps to a quiet gastronome’s sanctuary. This second-story restaurant has a more casual bar at the foot of its steps (like the Carlton’s lobby bar restaurant and Le Fouquet’s outdoor patio); but the experience that’s long been calling international jetsetters to the table is still one to be had. Behind the inconspicuous doors at the top of the stairs, there are adequately modern interiors, which have held up decently well but in no way break cutting-edge stylized ground. The cuisine—the main attraction, of course—has earned two Michelin stars. Outside, a small hanging terrace holds four tables. With large parties, the outdoor tables with views over la Croisette and the Baie de Cannes can seat up to 25 people and offer views of swimmers at Le Martinez’s palm-fringed pool below.
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