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Sun-soaked Cannes, the original playground for the Hollywood jet set, has begun to foster a new modernity. Savvy travelers can today find a more eclectic array of temptations. From authentic foodie spots and ultra-contemporary accommodations to sleek holistic spas, Cannes has new gems to discover.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…at the über-luxe Majestic Barrière
  • Experience…the saltwater pool and a caviar lunch at H02 Thermes Marins de Cannes
  • Splurge…on a meal at the two-Michelin-starred La Palme d’Or
  • Eat…sophisticated takes on traditional dishes at L’Affable
  • Drinkune coupette de rosé at the locals’ favorite wine bar, La Cave du Marché
  • Savor…the sunset from a bench on the Croisette, the same scene admired by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo Picasso
  • Visit…bibliophile Louis-Daniel at Librairie Rossignol, purveyor of rare books
  • See…an extraordinary collection of vintage perfume bottles in the charming town of Grasse at Le Musée International de la Parfumerie
  • Shop…along Rue d’Antibes, hitting Mercedeh for shoes, Ahimsa for blouses and Manoush for funky finds
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations, great guides and drivers and itineraries

Lay of the Land

The main promenade running along the beach in Cannes is La Croisette, which is lined with lavish hotels and apartments, as well as restaurants and cafés. At the eastern end of La Croisette is the Film Festival Hall, which is buzzing with celebrities and paparazzi come May. Behind the promenade is Rue d’Antibes, which has all the luxury stores and boutiques, and to the east is Rue Meynadier, another main street with a pedestrian shopping area and a covered market.

Further east from the promenade is the port, where the glittering mega-yachts dock in the summer. A 15-minute walk above the port is Le Suquet, which is Cannes’ charming old town, including the Notre Dame d’Esperance. There are incredible views from Notre Dame, but the area is primarily residential. 

Getting There

The best way to get to Cannes is via Nice’s international airport, which offers direct flights to/from New York and most cities in Europe. From the airport terminal, visitors can take a direct train to Cannes. Other options include driving (though the road is often clogged with traffic), high-speed powerboat or helicopter.

When to Go

Visitors arriving in April, June or early fall will enjoy the warmer weather and a quieter feel. In May, the month of the film festival, the city is packed with celebrities, media and visitors. In July and August, the yachters and jet set descend upon Cannes, giving it a more frenzied and flashy scene.

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