Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Cannes Story


The Cannes Story



The resort town of Cannes is probably the most well known town on the French Riviera. The Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes on the coast is lined with sandy beaches, designer boutiques, and luxury hotels so of course we decided to stay in an apartment on the Croisette. Cannes is known for its glamour and it does not disappoint - yachts, private planes, amazing fashion and fantastic boutiques. It's your one-stop shop to Glamourville!








There is also a lovely market behind the Croisette , where you can buy everything from fresh produce, flowers, fruits to clothes and local crafts.







We also made our way up to the Old Town in Cannes. Rue Le Suquet is a pedestrian area in the old town. It contains a clock tower and church that overlooks the Cannes bay. It is beautiful with such a rustic feel - so different from Cannes main town. In the evening time this area is rather lively with bars and restaurants.














There is also something for kids in Cannes - we found this lovely double decker carousel on the Croisette. Baby loved it - indeed, it was quite a task to get her out even after 5 set of rounds!







BEACHES
 
La Plage 45,
45 boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France



La Plage 45 is the beach belonging to Grand Hotel on the Croisette in Cannes. The beach itself is not very large but it is quite pleasant, especially with a baby who loves water! You can take decks on the beach or on the pontoon, for a higher premium, than on the sand. The pontoon has sun beds with direct access to the  waters so if you don't like getting messy in sand, go for these.

The restaurant food is average - not great so I would recommend light snacks or fruit while on the beach.  The staff are friendly and very efficient. Would recommend this beach for a nice beach day!







Plage Soleil, Cannes
Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, France


This is the last private beach on the Croisette and its prices are reasonable. Not too impressed with the beach - it was too busy for my liking. The service is very good service, but average food. Not worth the price.
I wouldn't go back simply because I really did not like the beach.




FOOD

Le Pacific Express
6 rue du Suquet, 06400 Cannes, France



This is a lovely restaurant on the cobblestone street rue du Suquet. The food was amazing, service great and ambience just wonderful. Probably one of the best steaks I ever had!  The desserts were great - my Tiramisu was heavenly but the pineapple carpaccio was just thin slices of pineapple - I was expecting a carpaccio-like pineapple! However, the rest of the food more than made up for it. Highly recommend this restaurant.







Carlton Restaurant
58 La Croisette, Hotel InterContinental Carlton, Cannes




This was the first restaurant we went to for lunch while in Cannes. The food was lovely - my chicken sandwiches were very fresh and cooked to perfection. The service was great. The décor was chic and elegant without being over the top and the atmosphere was buzzing with lovely ambience. Highly recommend it.










Le Bistro Croisette
13 rue Commandant Andre, 06400 Cannes, France  





This is a prime location restaurant and looks very nice but sorry to say the food was well below average and not worth the price at all. Pizza was tasteless and the pasta was anything but Italian. The staff were ok - service average. Basically average and would not recommend.





El Charq


Tasty Mezza

 

This a lovely Lebanese restaurant near the Croissat, behind Martinez hotel. In addition to the restaurant, they also have a take away across the road.  Their shawarma, rice, hummous and stew dishes are excellent but their pastries are average. Overall the food is tasty; juices are great and fresh and service is good. Other take out options are available with lots of choice. Highly recommend it. 





For Kids

Carousels, carousels everywhere..





CANNES SHOPPING
Of course the main location for shopping in Cannes is La Croisette where all the designers are located. However, I have chosen to review the less well known gems where you can find great buys from local sellers hence here are a selection of boutiques I highly recommend you check out.
District Boutique
17 rue des Etats unis
06400 Cannes



This is a lovely little boutique selling bespoke womenswear ranging from pretty sundresses to really well designed casual and evening dresses. They also sell a lovely range of python clutches and exquisite pieces of jewellery.
I would highly recommend you check this boutique out for unique pieces that will look amazing anywhere you wear them.












Le Compagnie Des Petits



This is a really cute shop  of children's fashion offering collections of clothing and accessories for children from 0 to 12 years. Everything they have is super cute and very different from other baby shops. We bought some very cutsie clothes for baby. Their service was also very nice - highly recommend it.








JP Paci - Artisan Chocolates
28 rue Hoche, Cannes
 


This is a very innovative chocolate shop in Cannes, just behind Rue D'Antibes. Beautifully presented chocolates decorate the shop demonstrating a true artisan chocolatier.  Loved it. Love the craftsmanship - they have chocolates shaped like fish, cheese, burgers, you name it! Lovely! The most artistic chocolates I have ever seen.  




 Festival of Pyrotechnic Art of Cannes
 Fireworks
The Cannes Festival d’Art Pyrotechnique takes place 6 times during the summer and brings together pyrotechnicians from around the world competing for Vestale d’Argent (trophy given out every 4 years).
So get ready for some fantastic and dazzling displays!
 
 





Holiday style

Dress: Mango; Bag: Prada; Sandals: Jimmy Choo
Dress: Mango; Bah Valentino


Bag: Prada

Dress: Local kaftan shop; Bag: Chanel; Sandals: Jimmy Choo

Dress: Missoni; Bag: Hermes

Bag: Prada

Top: Club Monaco


Top: Club Monaco; Pants: Zara; Bag: Valentino; Sandals: Jimmy Choo



Dress: Mango; Bag: Valentino; Sandals: Jimmy Choo

Dress: Mango

Dress: Mango; Sandals: Jimmy Choo

Stylish hubby


 

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