Welcome to Cannes
Cannes is not a subtle town. The Croisette is a hectic parade of designer stores, casinos and very expensive restaurants, while the beach below is largely divided into private areas, belonging to the hotels and featuring menus whose prices for simple salads would buy a beach hut elsewhere. Cannes is for 24 hour cocktail party people, a place for casinos and conventions, festivals and fame. It’s also a fascinating place to spend a couple of days, exploring the town and its nightlife, enjoying the hotel pool, or the breezy, sandy beach; sitting at a seafood restaurant watching the parade of stars, oligarchs and ordinary people pass by- all drawn to this decadent, dramatic city by the sea.
Le Bistro Gourmand
Tender is the Night - F Scott Fitzgerald
Night Without Stars - Winston Graham
Super-Cannes - JG Ballard
The Garden Of Eden- Ernest Hemingway
Mr Bean’s Holiday
Dizzy on the French Riviera- Dizzy Gillespie
French Riviera House Floor
2011 Festival de Cannes (various)
Although Cannes’s reputation as one of the more expensive outposts of the Riviera is deserved, there are plenty of affordable places to eat and drink- just avoid the Croisette and the tourist bars of Le Souquet and head to the centre of Cannes, where the locals go.
Avoid May- during the film festival, prices shoot up, and it’s impossible to find accommodation in the city itself.Several museums have free entry days- the Musee de la Castre is free on the first Sunday of every month. There is free wi-fi access in the town hall- the login and password is, simply, “Cannes.”
Seafood is excellent in Cannes- there are several good seafood restaurants just behind the Croisette. Be wary of sitting outside however- there may be an extra charge, and the seating areas are a magnet for buskers and beggars. Inside can be cooler and more relaxed.
At the grand hotels, there is valet parking- so be prepared to hand over the car keys when you arrive.