From the season’s top tables and Michelin-star spots to the old classics we keep going back to, Northrop & Johnson recommends the restaurants to book while attending the Cannes Yachting Festival.
It’s not all French baguettes and steak frites in Cannes – the gamut of gastronomic restaurants in this glamorous French town will leave you spoiled for choice. From traditional bistros to fine dining, these are the best restaurants to discover in and around Cannes right now.
LA PALME D’OR, HÔTEL MARTINEZ
You don’t need to venture far from the Vieux Port to find a freshly seared catch-of-the-day alongside innovative dishes from world-renowned chefs. Sitting on the glitzy La Croisette, the long beach promenade that traverses Cannes, the Hôtel Martinez is home to the classic French Riviera restaurant La Palme d’Or. The only restaurant in Cannes with two Michelin stars, reserve a table on the terrace for spectacular views while enjoying the highly recommended tasting menu by Chef Christian Sinicropi.
Recommended by Michelin, the authentic bistro-style L’Affable is where you will find creative dishes that change according to what the market offers. The à la carte menu is as varied as it is tasty – enjoy cod aioli with fresh vegetables, followed by the signature dessert, a classic Grand Marnier soufflé.
BFIRE BY MAURO COLAGRECO, LA PLAGE MAJESTIC BARRIÈRE
One of the most atmospheric places to have lunch during the show, BFire at La Plage Majestic Barrière, is affiliated with the eponymous five-star hotel. The scene-stealing location is at the heart of the action, with the largest jetty on the Croisette. Wood-fired dishes combined a fusion of Italian and Argentinian flavors to create an à la carte menu that is varied and unique. At the same time, the seafood buffet has become a firm favorite with the yachting crowd.
LE BISTROT GOURMAND
With just a dozen tables, it is hard to get a reservation at this little gem of an establishment, but worth it if you can. Here Chef Guillaume Arragon serves Provençal classics, including fish bouillabaisse made with catch-of-the-day, while the fresh vegetables accompanying the lamb or fish dishes come straight from the neighboring food market: Marché Forville.
With more than 500 varieties of grapes on the wine list, this laid-back bistro is perfect for a fun evening in town. The menu is based on local ingredients and changes with the seasons with traditional French dishes, including frog’s legs, escargot and foie gras among the many highlights.
Located in the old town, also known as Le Suquet, Auberge Provençale is an old favorite with locals and the yachting crowd who have been coming to Cannes for decades. Savor traditional Provençal dishes, including bouillabaisse and stew, in the cozy setting of the authentic traditional Inn that has been in this spot since 1860.
Another old town favorite, Table 22, serves seasonally inspired, traditional Mediterranean cuisine with a twist. Headed up by Chef Noël Mantel, who trained with Alain Ducasse, the food and service are as refined as one might expect from such a protege.
LA MÔME PLAGE
For mouth-watering Asian dishes with a Mediterranean touch, reserve a spot at La Môme Plage. Whether grilled meat and fish or signature sushi, the beach club is ideal for a long, lazy lunch (perhaps with a refreshing dip in between courses) or lively dinner, starting with cocktails at the bar.
AWAY FROM THE SHOW…
EDEN-ROC RESTAURANT, HÔTEL DU CAP-EDEN-ROC, CAP D’ANTIBES
The iconic location of the Eden-Roc restaurant is worth the 25-minute journey by car or just 10 minutes by tender. For the latter, the private teak jetty welcomes you ashore, and if it is choppy, head to the main marina in Antibes and the hotel will send a car to collect you. Either way, arrive in style and enjoy an aperitif at the Eden-Roc Champagne Lounge or the Bar Bellini. For those visiting during the evening, the Eden-Roc restaurant serves classic Provençal cuisine, with signature dishes such as wild sea bass with basil and fennel mousse. If you are looking for a classic Riviera lunch, the Eden-Roc Grill serves light cuisine with everything from a club sandwich to a marinated crab salad on the menu.
LA GUÉRITE, ILE SAINTE-MARGUERITE
Lying just off Cannes, the sun-drenched Ile Saint-Marguerite is where you will find one of the best restaurants along the Riviera, La Guérite. Dishes are influenced by Chef Yiannos Kioroglou’s Greek heritage combined with local French and Italian ingredients, with fish playing a starring role. Open for lunch only.
If you plan to visit the Cannes Yachting Festival, Northrop & Johnson’s yachting experts will be on hand with all the advice you need on the show and the most suitable yachts to fit your requirements.