Coming to Cannes and the Cote d’Azur? Here’s RLR’s definitive guide (version 2!)

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DINING IN CANNES

Arcimboldo | 22 Rue Latour-Maubourg

Discover italian favors at this see and be seen italian hot spot near La Croisete.

ASTOUX & BRUN | 27 Rue Félix Faure

There are technically three of these restaurants with the exact same name, (guess they don’t have strict copyright laws in France?), but only one is actually worth going to, the one at the botom of the hill, right on the corner with green signage. So to help you remember, just think “green means go.” And by that I mean go crazy! The seafood is so fresh you’ll be horking down shellfsh like a sperm whale.

Baoli | Port Pierre Canto, Boulevard de la Croisete

A restaurant that turns into a nightclub after dark, Baoli ofers prime people-watching — “among the stars and the international jet set” — in addition to dinner and dancing.

 Le Bistrot Gourmand | 10 Rue du Dr Pierre Gazagnaire

A classic Provençal bistro – simple, bustling, friendly… and rather brighter than most. Inside, there’s lightwood paneling enlivened by daubs of modern art; outside, beyond the French windows, a little pavement terrace. It’s clear that the owners care about the place and care, more especially, about what’s on the plate. These are generally Provençal classics with a modern twist and attention to presentation. Fillet of turbot in a lemon sauce with veg from the nearby Forville market looks and tastes terrific. As do cod in fig leaves or lamb chops in a mustard sauce. The menu changes several times a week, and for a ffth, or less, of the price you’d be paying in more refined, Michelin-starred surroundings.

Carlton Restaurant | 58 Boulevard de la Croisete

For a real treat, visit this legendary restaurant that has been masterfully combining hospitality, service quality and refnement for decades.

Casa Mia | 7 Rue Marceau

Tucked away on quieter, chicer Rue Marceau away from the unpredictable brashness of the Crosiete comes a glamorous Italian hideaway that puts a modern French spin on an truly delicious tratoria.

Côté Jardin | 12 Avenue Saint-Louis

A Cannes favorite, this beautiful restaurant changes menus frequently according to the seasons and sources cheeses and produce locally. Go for the prix fxe — don’t miss the gazpacho, langoustines, or clafoutis if they’re on ofer — and grab a seat in the garden.

Da Boutau | 10 r. St-Antoine

This restaurant founded by Alexander Boutau in 1860 is on the road that climbs up to Le Suquet. Take your seat at a table in one of the small, classic-style dining areas, then tuck into these traditional dishes, which are well made and favoursome. Between courses, you can peruse the photos of celebrities who have dined here.

Da Laura | 8 Rue du 24 Août

A perfect Italian restaurant that could be found anywhere on the coast of Italy. Jammed at lunchtime as prety people sip rose at the outdoor tables, but they move it along so the wait is never crushing.

Gaston et Gastounete | 6-7 quai Saint-Pierre

With its terrace facing the old harbour, this restaurant has local specialties such as Bouillabaisse. This is one of the best seafood tables in Cannes for its local atmosphere.

Le Jardin | 2 Rue des Frères

Le Jardin Secret, designed by Max the owner, is an unusual and cozy lounge that welcomes lovers of entertainment and surprises of all kinds.

L’Afable | 5 Rue la Fontaine

As soon as you walk through the door, the atmosphere feels like any major city’s “hot spot”. Leather, fine wood, glass and marble combine to create a sensation of elegance, comfort and harmony.

L’Antidote | 60 Boulevard d’Alsace

This charming restaurant ofers three set menus and great wine in addition to a la carte Provençal options.

Le Maschou | 5 Rue Saint-Antoine

A ‘unique experience’ that is not to be missed when in Cannes. The menu at this small restaurant with a wood-burning oven is prix fxe, serving a rustic French country three-course menu.

Le Mesclun | 16 rue Saint Antoine

For seasonal Southern French cuisine, head to Le Mesclun. Expect standout food and service in an elegant setting.

La Mome | 6 Rue Florian

Ideally located in the heart of Cannes between the Rue d’Antibes and the Croisete, La Mome fuses Mediterranean and Italian cuisine with fresh seasonal produce in the restaurant in Cannes.

La Palme D’ Or at Hotel Martinez | 73 Boulevard de la Croisete

In the 25-or-so years since La Palme D’Or opened at Hotel Martinez, the restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars and four toques GaultMillau. Obviously, this comes at a premium price, and reservations are required. For people looking for more afordable luxury, the fve-plate lunch menu runs around 70 euros.

Le Park 45 | 45 Boulevard de la Croisete

Atached to The Grand, Le Park 45 is one of the few hotel restaurants shooting for gastronomy. This has paid of, as chef Sébastien Broda recently earned a Michelin star. The ground-foor terrace is also a dining area, so you can get your Michelin meal whilst looking towards the sea, almost a perfect Cannes experience.

Pastis | 28 Rue du Commandant André

Enjoy Mediterranean and Provençal food in this beautiful French bistro located near the Cannes waterfront. On the handwriten chalkboard menu, fnd a variety of dishes to choose from. Try the Cote de boeuf avec frites maison, gnocchi, and poulet a la trufe.

La Petite Maison de Nicole

Located in the heart of the Hotel Majestic, La Petite Maison de Nicole excels in the art of magnifying mullet and shellfsh. Perfumes and southern favors delight the plates in the cozy and upbeat atmosphere.

La Table du Chef | 5, rue Jean Daumas

There’s no menu at La Table du Chef. Let the chef Bruno Gensdarme, a veteran of the celebrated Guy Savoy restaurant in Paris, choose dinner for you.

La Villa Archange | Rue de l’Ouest

A quirky village that’s just a 10-minute taxi ride from Cannes, city streets of 5-story apartment blocks and chaotic gas stations abruptly turns to a rural landscape where chef Bruno Oger builds a food destination that’s become a culinary pilgrimage for Cote d’Azur foodies and Cannes’s celeb paletes. A terraced garden of perfect lawn and 100-year old trees surround a period villa that’s divided into a 25-table gastronomic restaurant serving a prix-fxe menu of French specialties with neighboring more-casual Le Bistrot des Anges with an ala carte menu in a slightly larger dining space.

La Mirabelle | 24 Rue Saint-Antoine

Located in the heart of the historic district of Le Suquet, La Mirabelle takes place in a charming Provençal building and ofers Mediterranean and local cuisine of high quality.

Mantel | 22 rue Saint Antoine

Located at the foot of Le Suquet, this restaurant invites you to discover a Mediterranean cuisine in an intimate seting.

Pastis | 28 Rue du Commandant André

Enjoy Mediterranean and Provençal food in this beautiful French bistro located near the Cannes waterfront. On the handwriten chalkboard menu, fnd a variety of dishes to choose from. Try the Cote de boeuf avec frites maison, gnocchi, and poulet a la trufe.

Le Relais des Semailles | 9-11 Rue Saint-Antoine

This small, romantic restaurant is located in Old Cannes in a building that dates back to the 17th century. Try the fsh of the day or the foie gras.

Sea Sens | 1 Notre Dame

This young chef, who has successfully completed stints in some top establishments, is a world champion pastry chef. From starter to dessert, the duo hits the bulls-eye. Quality ingredients, masterful execution, distinct favours. On the ffth foor of the Five Hotel you get a prety view over the rooftops of the city.

BEACH CLUBS

 Baoli Beach | 50 Boulevard de la Croisete

For daytime partying and Rose fueled lunches, head to Baoli Beach Club.

C Beach | 45 Boulevard de la Croisete

By its location and atmosphere, the CBeach became one of the most popular private beaches frequented by locals and tourists who appreciate the French Riviera sunlight. Relax on deck chairs in the shade of a parasol, or tan with your feet in the water.

La Mandala | Boulevard de la Croisete, 06400

This friendly, comfortable beach-restaurant serves up hearty portions of Mediterranean-style food at a reasonable price point.

L’Annex Beach Club | 52 Boulevard de la Croisete

With its views of sun-drenched sand and soft breezes of the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean,

L’Ecrin | Port Pierre Canto

Located at the far end of La Croisete near Port Pierre Canto, L’Ecrin is an upscale beach club specializing in glamorous lunches and summertime dinners along the sea. Miguel Cancio-Martins, the designer behind Man Ray and Buddha Bar in Paris, curates this indoor/outdoor space, designed the space.

La Guerite | Ile Sainte Marguerite (15 minute boat ride)

Accessible only by boat, La Guerite is just ten minutes from Cannes. Cruise over for the seafood-focused menu and stay for the harbor view and people watching.

Plage du Festival | 52 Boulevard de la Croisete

Seasonal beach club with a chic restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine.

Z Plage | 73 Boulevard de la Croisete

Trendy and glamourous venue on the famous Boulevard de la Croisete, the Zplage, beach restaurant in Cannes is the perfect place to bask in the sun of the French Riviera. Have lunch in an exceptional setting, surrounded by the white sandy beach, the gleaming waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the Estérel mountains.

NIGHTLIFE

 Baoli | Port Pierre Canto, Boulevard de la Croisete

On a balmy night along Cannes’ Croisete, pistol-packing bodyguards determine who will wait and who will enter the temple-like doors of the area’s hotest nightclub. On any given night, the crowd includes Monegasque royalty, yacht-hopping billionaires and the intoxicated Hollywood starlet having overindulged on the champagne bong.

Gotha Club | Place Franklin Roosevelt

Launched in the late summer of 2011 inside the former-Palm Beach Disco, Gotha Club exploded onto the same by the same promoters as nearby Le Palais.

Carlton Bar | 58 Boulevard de la Croisete

Before being launched, the Lounge Bar of the InterContinental Carlton Cannes already had its place in history. Inspired by the fgure of one of the most prestigious hotel guests, LE GRANT shines through the unique atmosphere that the bar exudes.

Bar L’Amiral | 73 La Croisete

Located at the heart of the hotel, le Bar l’Amiral at Grand Hyat Cannes Hôtel Martinez ranks alongside the best piano bars in Cannes.

WHAT TO DO IN CANNES

 Entertainment/Activities

The city is full of designer boutiques, including Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuiton, as well as Parisian favorites Vanessa Bruno and Maje. The high-end boutiques are on rue d’Antibes and along La Croisete. For smaller shops, head to the western end and rue Meynadier, which is full of charming litle boutiques, gorgeous fine food shops and sweet cafes. P.S. Shops are closed on Sundays.

L’Abbaye de Lerins

The monastery on l’Ile Saint Honorat, L’Abbaye de Lerins, is home to a wonderful restaurant run and vineyard by the resident monks.

Water Sports

Upon request we can provide rates and availability for yacht chartering and various water sports including jet skiing, water skiing, and kayaking.

Exotic Car Rental

Upon request we can provide rates and availability for exotic sports car rentals including Ferrari, Bentley, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Porsche, Maserati, Mercedes, and McLaren.

Spas

Spa at Hotel Martinez | 73 Boulevard de la Croisete, 06400 Cannes, France

Situated on the 7th foor of the hotel, the L.RAPHAEL Beauty Spa in Cannes is a haven of peace and tranquility. Step inside the world of the Swiss brand in one of the most prestigious addresses on the French Riviera.

Spa at Intercontinental | 58 Boulevard de la Croisete, 06400 Cannes, France

Experience top notch luxury with the best staf and line of products. All technicians are trained and passionate about assisting each client for all services and treatments.

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

 Musée de la Mer, Iles de Lérins | Ile Sainte Marguerite, 06400 Cannes, France

Located on the beautiful Iles de Lérins this museum is focused on the history of France and the French Riviera. Its location is perfect to enjoy an historical museum in the best spot of the island and is very close to famous beaches and exclusive restaurants.

Musée de la Castre | Le Suquet, Rue de la Castre, 06400 Cannes, France

Located on the heights of Le Suquet, the historic district of Cannes, in the ruins of the medieval castle of the Lérins monks listed building, the museum has prestigious collections owned by the City of Cannes: primitive arts of Himalaya-Tibet, Oceania, Ancient America and Mediterranean antiquities, world music instruments (Africa, Asia, Oceania and America) and also landscape paintings 19th century.

CHILDREN’S ACITIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE RIVIERA

Parc Zoologique de Frejus

Located just outside Cannes, the beloved park was designed for its animals to live in habitats that are as natural as possible.

Le Bois des Lutins | 2559 Route de Grasse, 06270 Villeneuve-Loubet, France

A spectacular itinerary of nets loom over 1.5 hectare of games and discovery activities (huts, slides, nets, centennial trees). Go and search for hidden elves and gnomes… an adventure for the whole family!

Le Labyfolies | 2559 Route de Grasse, 06270 Villeneuve-Loubet, France

The Labyrinth of Adventure is a huge 4 km maze, made of intertwining lanes and alleys, where various games are hidden, intended for children from age 4 and up. As well as being entertaining and educational, its atmosphere allows visitors to tread on the path of great explorers.

Pitchoun Forest | 2559 Route de Grasse, 06270 Villeneuve-Loubet, France

Pitchoun Forest is simultaneously an educational course on the life of the forest and a tree-to-tree balance exercise path, which is completely secured. For children between 3 and 5 feet.

Turtle Village | Quartier des plaines, D75, 83590 Gonfaron, France

In the heart of the countryside, 2500 tortoises are bred, cared for looked after. This unique park gives you the opportunity to get to know those friendly animals.

Aqualand | Camp de l’abbé, 462 Route départementale 559, 83600 Fréjus, France

Between Cannes and St Tropez, set in a luxuriant 8 hectares environment: Nautical leisure park (10 000m2 of water). Featuring the largest wave swimming pool in Europe and slides for children in an exotic jungle seting with a new wave river.

Antibes Land | 301 Route de Biot, 06600 Antibes, France

Antibes land ofers many breathtaking atractions! Both young and old will fnd their activities and enjoy a delighted moment.

Marineland | 306 Avenue Mozart, 06600 Antibes, France

You will have the opportunity to admire spectacular shows presenting dolphins and killer whales, discover the terrifying shark tunnel, the penguin arena, sea lions, polar bears as well as aquariums with medusas and wide variety of tropical fsh.

VENTURING OUTSIDE OF CANNES

All of the following destinations can be reached by Car and/or Helicopter.

15 MINUTES TO MOUGINS

The more residential area of Cannes, Mougins ofers more rural activities such as horseback riding while still having the class and charm of the surrounding towns.

Where to Eat

Le Moulin de Mougins | 1028 Avenue Notre Dame de Vie

Le Moulin de Mougins is one of the most celebrated gourmands in the region with 2-star Michelin marquee restaurant with on-site hotel and culinary school. Behind a cheerful villa facade of pastel wooden shuters and overgrown garden.

L’Amandier | 48 Avenue Jean-Charles Mallet

In the heart of the old village of Mougins, the former address of Roger Vergé rewrites its history around the sunshine cuisine of Denis Fétisson. L’Amandier has been completely refurbished in Provençal style and has kept its famous 17th century oil mill. An absolute must on the Côte d’Azur for lovers of southern gourmet cuisine.

What to See & Do

Espace de l’Art Concret | Castle of Mouans, 06370 Mouans-Sartoux, France

Modern-art and architecture lovers shouldn’t miss Mouans-Sartoux’ contemporary-art centre. All the old familiars (Eduardo Chillida, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, César, Philippe Starck) are here, along with lesser-known practitioners and temporary exhibitions.

20 MINUTES TO MANDELIEU

Where to Eat

L’Oasis | 6 Rue Jean-Honoré Carle

Under the shade of century-old plane trees or in the verandas of our winter garden, discover a simple yet gastronomic cuisine at the crossroads of Asia and the Mediterranean.

30 MINUTES TO CAP D’ANTIBES & JUAN LES PINS

Enjoy the beauty of the medieval old town: its ramparts along the sea, the picturesque narrow streets, its Provençal market.

Where to Eat

Bistrot Terrasse | 19 Avenue Georges Gallice

Chic and easy-going, the professionalism of a modern bistro enhancing all the know-how of their Michelin-starred chef, in a nouvelle cuisine style, on a very cozy terrace.

La Passagère | 33 Boulevard Edouard Baudoin

Executive Chef Yoricre Tièche, who was awarded his frst star in the 2016 Michelin Guide, serves a signature menu at La Passagère called the «Grand Bleu» which features dishes such as the new “Bouillabaisse from Juan les Pins,” which is served in three courses to represent the stages of diving.

Le Figuier de Saint-Espirit | 14, rue Saint-Esprit

The creative and pioneering cuisine distinguishes Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit from the rest, as an inspiration,which came into life by the hand of Head Chef Christian Morisset. This gourmet restaurant is a gastronomical paradise on the rampart of the Old Antibes, awarded with 1 star Michelin.

Restaurant Eden Roc | Boulevard JF Kennedy

Overlooking the Lérins Islands, with the hush of waves below, the Eden-Roc Restaurant is the quintessence of elegance on the French Riviera. Eden-Roc Restaurant hosts the celebrated team of Executive Chef Arnaud Poëte, Head Chef Olivier Gaiato and Pastry Chef Lilian Bonnefoi.

Le Grill at Eden Roc | Boulevard JF Kennedy

Perched on the tip of Cap d’Antibes, overlooking the seawater pool blasted out of the rocks below, and bathed in sunshine, this is the place to savour the unquestionable style and pleasures of the French Riviera.

Les Pecheurs | 10 Boulevard Maréchal Juin

Located In Juan Les Pins, an area that hasn’t seen a signifcant hotel opening in decades, the town varies between a Cancun-minded party oasis for French teenagers and an out-of-touch homestead of privilege like the legendary Hotel du Cap Eden Rock. This destination beach club ofers two separate restaurants, Restaurant de la Plage and Michelin-starred Les Pecheurs, as well as an upstairs nightclub.

Le Bacon | 664 Boulevard de Bacon

Located on the coast with beautiful views overlooking the bay, this place is also known for its popular bouillabaisse.

Tetou | 8 Avenue des Frères Roustan

Named after Ernest Cirio, the “King of Bouillabaisse,” this beachfront restaurant’s been open for almost a century. It’s also cash-only so don’t forget to plan ahead.

Chez Mamo | 2 Rue des Cordiers

Michelangelo is a true institution on the coast. Here you will fnd the big classics of the Italian tradition: pastas, meat, fsh but also their famous pizza with trufe. Mamo, the owner, will seduce you with his smiling welcome.

Les Vieux Murs | 25 Prom. Amiral de Grasse

Located about a half-hour drive from Cannes in Antibes, this cozy restaurant serves gourmet seafood with a fantastic view overlooking the sea.

 What to See & Do

La Garoupe Beach | Plage de la Garoupe, 06160

Panoramic views of the sea and the old village of Antibes, perfect to follow up after visiting Musée Picasso.

Musée Picasso | Place Mariejol, 06600

Set in the hometown of the famous French artist, Picasso, the museum is located in the château Grimaldi of Antibes and is an excellent option to spend a couple of hours admiring his private collection of artwork.

Musée Peynet et du Dessin humoristique | Place nationale, 06600

This museum set up in an old 19th C school has nearly 4000 works of the famous comercial artist Raymond Peynet (1908-1999). Who setled down in Antibes in 1950. His works include lithographs, ink drawings, watercolours, gouachesand sculptures – always of lovers.

Villa Eilenroc | 460 Avenue Mrs Beaumont, 06160

This exceptional residence symbolizes the luxury and voluptuousness of the Belle Epoque. It was built in 1867 following plans by Charles Garnier, the architect of the Paris and Monte Carlo opera houses.

25 MINUTES TO BIOT

 Famous for glass manufacturing, Biot still practices the traditional art of glass blowing. Coupled with the panoramic Mediterranean scenery, it is the perfect day-trip from Cannes.

Where to Eat

Les Terraillers | 11 Chemin Neuf

Housed in a historic sixteenth century building with stone walls in the nearby town of Biot, this elegant Michelin starred restaurant serves top-notch Southern French cuisine with seasonal ingredients. There’s also outdoor seating for those who want to enjoy their meal in the sheltered green terrace.

Les Arcades in Biot | Place des Arcades, 06410

Experience Mimi Brothier’s slow-cooking for yourself. She decides what she’s going to ofer you, often ravioli, sardines with a breadcrumb stufng, bourride [fsh soup] with aïoli, or soupe au pistou. If you ask, they’ll take you to see her husband’s collection of contemporary art.

What to See & Do

Verrerie de Biot | 5 Chemin des Combes, 06410 Biot, France

The famous Verrerie de Biot is at the foot of Biot village. Its bubbled glass is produced by rolling molten glass into baking soda; bubbles from the chemical reaction are then trapped by a second layer of glass. You can watch skilled glass-blowers at work and browse the adjacent art galleries and shop.

30 MINUTES TO GRASSE

Where to Eat

Les Vieux Murs | 25 Promenade Amiral de Grasse

Located about a half-hour drive from Cannes in Antibes, this cozy restaurant serves gourmet seafood with a fantastic view overlooking the sea.

La Bastide St Antonie

An internationally famous fgure in French cooking, Jacques Chibois is the head chef and figurehead of La Bastide Saint-Antoine. He uses his restaurant near to Cannes and Mougins, which has won Michelin stars and Gault & Millau ’toques’, to tell culinary stories where every season in Provence is represented in his delicious food.

What to See & Do

Fragonard Perfumery | 17 Route de Cannes, 06130 Grasse, France

Located in the region village of Grasse, Fragonard is one of the most well known perfumeries in France. It is famous for its quality and for only using natural ingredients in their products.

 

35 MINUTES TO NICE

Where to Eat

Keisuke Matsushima | 22 Rue de France

A well-deserved Michelin star now guides gastronomes, expense-accounters and well-heeled tourists to his minimalist modern dining room, where the cooking is every bit as discreetly contemporary as the surroundings.

Le Chantecler | 37 Promenade des Anglais

Jean-Denis Rieubland, a two Michelin Star Chef, defnes his cuisine and his style as “inspired by Provence, with the respect of its products and traditions”. He likes transmiting his taste of “the true” and ofers a masterly menu served in the great tradition of French gastronomy.

Restaurant Jan | 12 Rue Lascaris

Sensational food from young South African chef Jan Hendrik. The copious menu, inspired by Hendrik’s grandmother, includes slow-cooked lamb shank simmered in cofee and Pinotage, and traditional South African malva pudding.

La Chaumière | 384 Boulevard de l’Observatoire

A hidden gem ofering meat grilled over a wood fre with potatoes cooked in the ashes, and a salad. In summer, try la Bohémienne, a ratatouille-style dish of aubergine, tomato, peppers, onion, garlic, Provençal herbs and olive oil.

La Petite Maison Nice | 11 Rue Saint-François de Paule

On the edge of Old Nice, close to the famous Promenade des Anglais, the most popular restaurant on the French Riviera serves a host of southern delights, with absolutely every type of regional dish on the menu. Diners can enjoy all of these sensational specialities on the heated terrace in winter.

Le Plongeoir | 60 Boulevard Franck Pilate

Occupying an iconic location in Nice, hovering above the sea on the famous pillar of rock and the base of the diving boards themselves, the restaurant welcomes you in this most unusual setting, steeped in history. They ofer a friendly and convivial cuisine with a modern Mediterranean infuence, prepared with fresh, seasonal market produce.

What to See & Do

Colline du Château | 06300 Nice France

Climb the steps up to the Colline du Château in Nice where you’ll fnd the best view of the city.

Matisse Museum | 164, av. des Arènes de Cimiez 06000 Nice, France

This museum houses a fascinating assortment of works by Matisse, including oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, tapestries and Matisse’s famous paper cut-outs. The permanent collection is displayed in a red-ochre 17th-century Genoese villa in an olive grove. Temporary exhibitions are in the futuristic basement building. Matisse is buried in the Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez cemetery, across the park from the museum.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art | Place Yves Klein, 06000 Nice, France

European and American avant-garde works from the 1950s to the present are the focus of this museum. Highlights include many works by Christo and Nice’s New Realists: Niki de Saint Phalle, César, Arman and Yves Klein. The building’s rooftop also works as an exhibition space

Musée National Marc Chagall | Av Docteur Ménard- (Angle Bd. de Cimiez) 06000 Nice, France The strange, dreamlike and often unsetling work of the Belarusian painter Marc Chagall (1887–1985) is displayed at this small museum, which owns the largest public collection of the painter’s work.

Musée Renoir | 19 Chemin des Colletes, 06800 Cagnes-sur-Mer

Just a short drive from Nice, Musée Renoir now occupies the house in Cagnes-sur-Mer where the famous painter resided for the last 12 years of his life. Original paintings, photographs and personal artefacts are on display throughout the house, and a stroll through the picturesque olive and citrus groves on the property will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into one of Renoir’s works of art.

40 MINUTES TO ST PAUL DE VENCE & VENCE

The village is an open-air gallery with artists at work in their studios and staging exciting exhibitions. A painting hung in the morning can fnd a home before evening falls if it captures the heart of a visitor.

Where to Eat

 La Colombe D’ Or | La Colombe d’Or, 06570 Saint-Paul-de-Vence

This 1920s café turned hotel has a strong artistic heritage, and past guests Matisse, Miró, and other painters have left behind “artwork beter than at many museums.” The restaurant serves traditional Provençale dishes such as chicken fricassee with cream and morels under the dining room’s exposed beams or the terrace’s overhanging trees.

What to See & Do

Foundation Maeght | 623 Chemin des Gardetes, 06570 Saint-Paul-de-Vence

A museum focused on modern and contemporary artwork in the charming village of St Paul de Vence.

45 MINUTES TO LA TURBIE

 Where to Eat

Hostellerie Jerome | 20 rte. Comte de Cessole

Prince Albert’s country home Roc Angel is located about 10 kilometers behind Monaco in La Turbie, so it’s no wonder a top-notch dinner restaurant (read: expensive, expensive, expensive) is situated here as well.

Le Café de la Fontaine in La Turbie | 4 Avenue du Général de Gaulle

A convivial atmosphere, good choice of unpretentious, enjoyable wines, as well as tasty and generous market sourced cuisine of Provencal inspiration. They do things like cod brandade [saltfsh stew] or fresh ravioli as a starter, then rabbit à la nicoise [with tomatoes, black olives, garlic and anchovies] or roast leg or lamb with garlic as a main course.

45 MINUTES TO EZE

The famous eagle nest, medieval village is home to an exotic garden at the top, alleys, small places, and the chapel of the White Penitents. It’s most known for its perfume factory, which hosts private session to create your own fragrance with a maitre parfumeur.

 Where to Eat

La Chevre D’ Or | Rue du Barri, 06260 Eze Village

An institution amongst the eating establishments of the French Riviera, Le Château de la Chèvre d’Or combines the highest quality ingredients to produce sophisticated, fresh tasting cuisine served in a high-class seting.

Les Remparts | Rue du Barri, 06260 Eze Village

Les Remparts serves Mediterranean dishes on a terrace with views over the bay to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

What to See & Do

Jardin Exotique d’Èze | Garden in Èze, France

The best panorama in Èze village is from this cactus garden right at the top of the craggy hilltop village (along with old castle ruins). Take time to relax in the ruins or the garden’s Zen area to contemplate the stunning view – few places ofer such a wild panorama.

45 MINUTES TO GOURDON

 A charming village with a more extreme side than most towns, Gourdon ofers extreme activities such as hang-gliding and go-karting.

What to See & Do

Fun-Kart | Plateau de la Sarrée, Route de Gourdon, 06620 Le Bar-sur-Loup, France

Just 30 minutes from Cannes, Nice, and Antibes, Fun-Kart is the only track in the Alpes Maritimes. Equipped with electronic timing, European standards safety equipment, mechanical assistance, and a restaurant on-site, they also have a separate children’s track (minimum required is 1 m 30).

50 MINUTES TO VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER

Villefranche-sur-Mer has the deepest bay in France and a beautiful port to match. Only minutes from Nice, this village ofers tranquility but close to the hustle and bustle of the city.

What to See & Do

La Citadelle | 06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Villefranche’s imposing citadel, also called Fort St-Elme is worth a visit for its impressive architecture. It is home to the Fondation Musée Volti, the Musée Goet-Boumeester, and the Collection Roux comprises several hundred ceramic fgurines depicting life in medieval and Renaissance times.

50 MINUTES TO CAP D’AIL

Arrive by boat or car to the Plage de la Mala at Cap D’Ail to experience this intimate beach with white sand and pebbles and two great beach clubs.

Beach Club & Restaurant

Restaurant La Réserve de la Mala | Plage de la Mala, 06320 Cap-d’Ail

This private beach, which has been in operation since 1933, is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Côte d’Azur. The beach club, with its wooden decking and white décor has a sense of calm and is an idyllic place to while away the afternoon with a glass of rosé or one of the delicious cocktails on ofer.

50 MINUTES TO SAINT- JEAN CAP FERRAT

Where to Eat

Le Cap | 71 Boulevard du General de Gaulle

Michelin-starred chef Didier Aniès brings his unique gastronomic approach to Le Cap restaurant at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel. The understated elegance of his delicious cuisine defnes this as Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat’s best restaurant.

Club Dauphin | 71 Boulevard du General de Gaulle

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat restaurant ofers a light menu of delicious Mediterranean fare, highlighting a traditional Provençal bufet. Stylish and intimate, the upper-level Dauphin Lounge is one of the most coveted bar locations on the French Riviera for watching the sunset.

What to See & Do

 The Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa and Gardens

The villa of Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild on the Côte d’Azur in France houses a rich fine and decorative arts collection in a Belle Époque Italian-style palazzo. The magnifcent park with nine distinct gardens is equally atractive year-round. The Rothschild villa is beautifully located on the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula and gives a rare glimpse into the lives and homes of the superrich that generally guard their privacy jealously behind high fences on the French Riviera.

Villa Santo Sospir | 4, Avenue Jean Cocteau

The Villa Santo Sospir is one of Cap Ferrat’s local secrets. The private estate was home to the socialite Francine Weisweiller, who quickly became close friends with writer, flmmaker and artist Jean Cocteau. The idyllic seting, located on the southeastern tip of the exclusive Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, close to the landmark lighthouse on the peninsula, is somewhat in contrast to the nontraditional activities held back in the day with a house consistently full of family and friends. If you are an art history buf, you will love to hear the juicy details of an interweaving group of friendships installed in the villa.

1 HOUR TO MONACO & MONTE CARLO

 The second-smallest country in the world, Monaco is a playground for the rich and famous to relax in style in the city or to try their luck at the Monte Carlo Casino.

 Where to Eat

 Le Louis XV by Alain Ducasse | Place du Casino

Together Alain Ducasse and Executive Chef Franck Ceruti create Mediterranean haute cuisine that astonishes, charms and beguiles its diners. But it has not earned these awards through food alone: the service is meticulous, the table décor is immaculate and the wine list is legendary.

Joel Robuchon at Hotel Metropole | 4 Avenue de la Madone

Joël Robuchon, ofers a sophisticated, accessible cuisine with Mediterranean favors, executed by Head Chef Christophe Cussac, who promotes fresh seasonal products.

Cipriani | 1 Avenue Princesse Grâce

In one of its beter global installments, Cipriani Monte-Carlo fnds its home nestled inside a quaf high-rise just north of the main port near the Fairmont Monte-Carlo.

Nobu | Fairmont Monte Carlo, 12, Avenue des Spélugues

Celebrity chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa has opened a branch of his Japanese/sushi restaurant in the Fairmont Monte Carlo, in the former space of L’Argentin.

Song Qi | Avenue Princesse Grace, Monaco

Monaco’s frst luxury Chinese restaurant, opened May 2014. Chef Alan Yao is also known as the man behind the leading London Chinese restaurants Yauatcha and Hakkasan, which has earned two Michelin stars.

Sass Café | 11 Av. Princesse Grace

In a refned décor with subdued lights, enjoy a traditional Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. At dinner’s end, the SASS CAFE spirit works and the metamorphosis begins, the resident DJ spins, and the crowds arrive.

Beef Bar |42 Quai Jean-Charles Rey, 98000

Born of a European meat importer’s love for all things beef, Riccardo Giraurdi created the iconic Beef Bar in this principality once devoid of prime cuts and now home to perhaps the world’s most fashionably delicious steakhouse. Tumbled marble accents extend into the more playful lounge bar and series of semi-private dining rooms privy to the most elite dining crowd in Monte-Carlo.

Le Vistamar | Square Beaumarchais, Avenue Princesse Alice

For one of the best views in Monte Carlo, meander down to Le Vistamar, where head chef Joël Garault concocts delightfully original dishes with foods of the water-dwelling kind. Take a seat on the expansive terrace that ofers virgin views of the sparkling Mediterranean whilst supping an aperitif. The fsh on ofer are fn-fappingly fresh, and an excellent choice from the diverse menu would be the blue lobster, which is served with foamy garden peas, caramelized pearl onions, and bathed in a fne froth infused with smoked duck breast. Wash down your briny fare by quafng a piquant by-the-glass wine from the restaurant’s enormous and intoxicatingly varied wine menu.

Joseph | Route de la Piscine

For anyone that’s spent more than a minute in Saint Tropez, the restaurant group Joseph is an omnipresent fxture along the town’s waterfront. Now, the posh proprietors have descended on the Monte-Carlo Harbor within a chic compound near Le Black Legend. A cool, crisp style mixes neutral tones with clubby chairs and sand foor that ubiquitous of its other restaurants. Floor to ceiling doors open to a large terrace ideal for long summer nights when DJs spin until early morning. Enjoy lunch in the sand, and after 11pm the restaurant is converted into a dance club.

Tratoria | Italian | Sporting Monte Carlo, Avenue Princesse Grace

Overlooking Jimmyz gardens and the Mediterranean sea, La Tratoria-Sporting Monte-Carlo, Alain Ducasses’ most recent Italo-gourmet gem, delivers authentic and generous, full favoured Tuscan cuisine.

La Vigie | Monte-Carlo Beach Avenue Princesse Grace

Set back from the concrete sprawl of the surrounding principality, La Vigie is tucked away inside a forest of coastal pines along a historic sea wall. Arrival comes by sea and land with mooring available for day trippers that arrive to a marquee-covered dining room and more coveted terrace facing the sea.

Horizon Deck | Hotel Fairmont Monte Carlo, 12 Avenue des Spélugues, Monaco

Restaurant and champagne bar the Horizon Deck is nestled high up on the face of the Hotel Fairmont Monte Carlo.. Drench your parched lips with a chilled glass of champagne whilst soaking in the view of Monaco’s Opera House, the Prince’s Palace, and the infamous Casino, all framed in the deep blue of the mid-morning Mediterranean.

Jimmy’z Monte Carlo | 26 Avenue Princesse Grace

An iconic institution An exceptional place that is truly a destination in itself, Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo has been enchanting night owls in Monaco as the Principality’s ultimate hotspot since 1971.

What to See & Do

 Shopping

In the heart of the city-state is the famous Cercle d’Or where all the elegant shops are located, filled with luxury goods and prestigious brands. Then there are the alleys of the old town where street merchants display typical souvenirs, and the galleries of the Métropole shopping centre, the Allées Lumières, or the Fontvielle Shopping Centre, with their window displays showcasing ready-towear, decorations, leather goods and gifts

Musée Oceanographique | Avenue Saint-Martin, Monaco

A museum focused on maritime history located in the exclusive Monaco area.

Monte Carlo Casino | Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco

Test your luck in the world-famous casino, located in the exclusive country of Monaco.

 1.5 – 2 HOURS TO ST. TROPEZ

One of the most prestigious and expensive villages in France, St Tropez is an old city famous for hosting some of the largest yachts and best parties in the world.

Where to Eat

Rivea | 27 Avenue Maréchal Foch 83990 Saint-Tropez

Rivea, the historic word for Riviera, showcases Chef Alain Ducasse’s ongoing quest for the freshest produce on spotlight in his innovative Mediterranean cuisine.

The Strand | 2 Rue du Petit Bal, 83990 Saint-Tropez

Below the Citadelle, the oldest restaurant has now become The Strand, St-Tropez’s best kept secret. The Strand ofers a much more cosseted atmosphere with its cozy interior and the romantic candlelit patio. The menu includes succulent French dishes by young up and coming chef and a carefully chosen wine list.

Cristina Saulini | 13 Rue des Feniers, 83990 Saint-Tropez

By far one of the most successful restaurants in recent seasons, Cristina Saulini creates a delicious Italian dining room that ofers the chic casualness of a St. Tropez beach eatery that just happens to

be in the old town. Cristina Saulini is a laid back dining concept with gourmet beach club vibe on a narrow inner-village street with one-room dining area flled with local elite.

Brasserie des Arts | 5 Traverse des Lices, 83990 Saint-Tropez

Brasserie des Arts is chic as can be; cool and exclusive in that inimitable St Tropez way. White linen and sunshine; blue skies and the crispest wine. Inside its all subtle tones of stone and sand, soft suede seating and low lights.

Bistrot à la Trufe | 2 Rue de l’Église, 83990 Saint-Tropez

“Emperor of the Trufe” Bruno Clément opened his trufe palace in a typical Provençal house, just down the street from the church in St-Tropez. Only he could revolutionize a simple oven-baked dish with cream of Tuber brumale (winter trufe), grated Tuber melanosporum (black trufe), and a dash of olive oil to create a meal of startling decadence.

Dior Des Lices | 13 Rue François Sibilli, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France

It’s the summer pop-up restaurants to beat them all, namely the seasonal eatery located within Christian Dior’s resort fagship where 3-star Michelin chef Yannick Alléno presides over a quaf garden space of billionaire housewives and fashion elite that’s the chicest lunch currently found in the Saint Tropez village.

L’Opera | Résidence du Port 83990 Saint-Tropez

Since opening in 2014, L’Opéra has fast become one of the coolest and trendiest restaurants in St Tropez! From the most beautiful terrace in all of St Tropez, guests have fabulous views over the huge yachts in the port with the stunning backdrop of the Citadel and the old town of St Tropez. Come here for a glass or two of champagne, or a beautiful dinner by the water.

Villa Romana | 1 Chemin des Conquetes, 83990 Saint-Tropez

Villa Romana, a culinary institution of brashness and old-school Italian cuisine, has been a meeting point for St. Tropez elite. Since Mr. Jean-Luc Fournier bought this restaurant in 1996, clients who love to party and enjoy a good dining experience come there to share the unique mood of Saint Tropez’s evening spirit, enjoying a Mediterranean cooking inspired by Italia.

Restaurant Colete | 151 Route des Salins

Chef Pierre Gagnaire opened this cool, contemporary restaurant back in 2010 in the Hotel Sezz. Chef Patrick Cuissard uses the fnest ingredients to create dishes such as farm chicken stufed with foie gras and trufes, and beef fllet with anchovy buter and sweet and sour pickles.

L’Escale | 9 quai Jean Jaures

High-rise yachts dock side-by-side along the glitering St. Tropez port as bronzed bombshells in white linen stroll into one of the hotest restaurants in town. Oversized glass windows allow for a protruding façade of ratan lounge furnishings amongst sculpted terracota planters and spotlighted marquee.

Le Quai | 22 Quai Jean Jaurès, 83990 Saint-Tropez

Opened in 2007, Le Quai occupies a prime piece of oceanfront real estate overlooking wellpositioned mega-yachts occupying coveted front row slips. Within an all-white facade, an iconic black sand patio is lined in Indonesian lounge furnishings packed-together with mojito-sipping models and 50-something playboys.

 Beach Clubs

The below beach clubs have 2 sitings the frst at 1:30pm and the second at 3:30pm *Don’t forget to reserve your lounges on the beach (we suggest you to be at the beach club before noon)

Le Club 55 / Pampelonne Beaches | 43 Boulevard Patch, 83350 Ramatuelle, France

Considered a St. Tropez institution for lunch, the very prestigious Club 55 is located in Ramatuelle in the famous Pampelonne beaches.

Bagatelle Beach |Route de l’Épi Plage De, 83350 Ramatuelle

Not since the demise of La Voile Rouge has a beach club of this party-stature arrived to St. Tropez’s famous Pampeolone Beach with the sounds of popping corks and sunset catcalls. Located adjacent to Nikki Beach, this waterfront dining room occupies a posh piece of sand with newly renovated dining room ofering daily lunch in high-season as well as hosted sunset parties of varying themes of decadence.

Les Palmiers | 34 Boulevard Vasserot, 83990 Saint-Tropez

It doesn’t get the YouTube-documented champagne baths of Club 55, but Les Palmiers is one of the hotest and least known beach clubs along St. Tropez’s Pampelonne Beach.

Nikki Beach | 1093 Route de l’Épi, 83350 Ramatuelle, France

Nikki Beach is where Saint-Tropez’s ‘in-crowd’ can be found, bronzing themselves on exotic, oversized plush lounge sunbeds, sipping champagne on the beach, and dancing to the all-day grooves of Nikki Beach’s world-class DJs and live entertainment.

Where to Party

Les Caves du Roy | Avenue Paul Signac (Nightclub)

Perhaps the most famous nightclub in France, Les Caves du Roy is a dance institution that defies age and time. Located within the renowned Hotel Byblos, the club is a sanctuary of modern music that has recently been resurrected with a namesake CD that has circulated the world over.

La Gioia @ VIP Room| Résidence du nouveau port, 83390 St Tropez (Nightclub)

Jean Roch’s VIP Room lives up to its name as this legendary venue atracts the most famous guests in the world.

What to See & Do

The Tasting Room at Minuty in Gassin | 2491 Route de la Berle, 83580 Gassin

Experience Chateau Minuty while passing through the St Tropez region. It is, as are its wines and the Maton family, an open, welcoming place, a place to discover new pleasures and enjoy a warm friendly atmosphere.

Gassin Polo Club | 1999 Route du Bourrian, 83580 Gassin, France

Only minutes from St Tropez, the polo club hosts the most famous polo matches on the French Riviera.

Shopping

The golden triangle formed by the Place des Lices, Rue Gambeta and Rue Allard is St.-Tropez’s equivalent of Fifth Avenue, with Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuiton among the luxe boutiques studding the area. And every Tuesday and Saturday, a maelstrom of Provençal foods, linens, shirts, dresses, shoes and handbags makes up the morning market at the Place des Lices. But dig deeper and one can fnd shopping treasures of every stripe—often crafted and available exclusively in this French town.

Museê De L’Annonciade | Museum of the Annunciation 2, rue de l’Annonciade Place Grammont This can be considered the frst museum of modern art in France since, from the outset; it ofers on its picture rails often works most relevant to living artists. Some of these artists include; Picasso, Matisse, and Seurat, and their fne art is a must see. It’s easy to get to –right on the harbor- and worth popping into even briefy. It’s open every day from 10h to 13h and 14h to 18h except Tuesday.

La Maison des Papillons | Museum Dany Lartigue 17, rue Etienne Berny, 83990

This museum is dedicated to all things buterfies. This place is not what you would normally expect to fnd in a luxurious beach resort town, but that’s what makes it so special. During peak season it’s popular with families especially when the sun is at its strongest.

La Citadelle de St. Tropez | 1 climb of the citadel, 83990

This 16th century fortress is arguably St. Tropez’s best known building- with one of the best views of the city. It was the most important element of defense between Antibes and Toulon for centuries, andd remains one of the only monuments of this magnitude on the Var coast. An easy walk from the waterfront it’s worth opting for one of the guided tours to hear about life in this (perhaps surprisingly) historic town hundreds of years ago.

Place de Lices | Rue du Parc des Lices, 83990

The Place des Lices in the heart of St.-Tropez is a delightful place to hold an open-air market. When the Place is clear, you can see how its 100-year old plane trees divide it into seven long arcades and create an overlapping canopy of dappled sunlight. A view down a plane-tree lined arcade today is almost exactly the same as it was when Charles Camoin captured it in 1936.

Chapelle de Saint Anne | Chapelle Sainte-Anne, Ramatuelle, 83350

It is the only one of the four chapels which has been saved. It was also called the chapel of the White Penitents. Built in the 16th century, abandoned for a long time, it got restored during the sixties. It adjoins the actual graveyard. A service is celebrated for the Sainte Anne‘s Day.

 

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