Travel Guide: What to Do During Cannes Film Festival
Every year the top filmmakers, critics, and actors descend on the Cannes Film Festival—a star-studded, 12-day celebration of cinema that runs at the stunning Palais des Festivals et des Congres. It’s where film greats like Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh first cut their teeth.
This year’s festival kicks off on May 15 and ends on the 26. The highly coveted Palme d’Or, awarded to the best feature and short film, has once again drawn a buzz-worthy film selection for 2013.
At night, head to Cannes’ Cinéma de la Plage, an outdoor cinema that will be open to the public and will be screening a new film nightly. And even if you’re not attending the festival, there are still plenty of glamorous spots to eat, drink, and shop in Cannes. Read on for our insider’s-only travel guide.
FOOD La Palme d’Or 73, La Croisette, 06400 Cannes If you can’t make it to Cannes’ Palme d’Or award ceremony, dine at La Palme d’Or, a 2 Michelin star rustic treat.
Cocoon 18, rue Bivouac Napoleon, 06400 Cannes Head to this adorable French café for a casual bite. Le Manoir 4 petite rue Saint-Antoine, 06400 Cannes For a more romantic evening, take a seat at one of Le Manoir’s white tables, where everything from waiters to dishes like foie gras and scallop risotto are done exactly right.
DRINK Morrisons Lounge 8 Rue Teisseire, 06400 Cannes A new addition to Cannes’ night scene, this lively “Irish” pub boasts happy hours deals, keeping patrons coming back for more of its cheap drinks, live DJs, and unbeatable vibe.
Le Baoli 50 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes You may just spot your favorite movie star coming from Cannes festival and heading to Le Baoli, a restaurant slash nightclub where the cool kids wine, dine and dance all night with the spot’s famously giant drinks in hand. La Cave Croisette 15 Rue d'Antibes, 06400 Cannes Wine lovers will fall for this cozy bar with over 800 wines on offer and plenty of tapas and quality charcuterie.
SHOPPING Promenade de la Croisette Boulevard de la Croisette, 06414 Cannes On this famous stretch of luxury shops running along the Mediterranean, you can find top designers like Chanel, Dior, and Hermes, alongside quaint establishments selling one-of-a-kind trinkets and jewelry. Rue Meynadier 5 Rue Meynadier, 06400 Cannes For affordable and unique finds, head to Rue Meynadier for thrift shops and craft stores as well as local gourmet stores that sell wine, rare cheese, and pastries. Trabaud 48 rue d'Antibes, 06400 Cannes This refined and elegant shop, located behind Promenade de la Croisette, carries beautiful Italian fashion labels including Dolce & Gabbana, Cerruti, and Costume National.