Cannes achieves a blend of resort-style leisure, glamour, and media glitz more successfully than many of its neighbors. You’ll see every big-name designer you can think of, plus a legion of one-off designer boutiques and shoe stores. There are also real-people shops; resale shops for star-studded castoffs; flea markets for funky junk; and a fruit, flower, and vegetable market.
Books — Autour d'un Livre, 11 rue Bivouac Napoleon (tel. 04-93-68-01-99), is a combination bookshop and cafe with a small selection of English language novels and travel guides.
Designer Shops — Most of the big fashion names line promenade de la Croisette, the main drag along the sea. Among the most pricey are Dior, 38 La Croisette (tel. 04-92-98-98-00), and Hermès, 52 La Croisette (tel. 04-93-39-08-90). The stores stretch from the Hôtel Carlton almost to the Palais des Festivals, with the top names closest to the Gray d’Albion, 38 rue des Serbes (www.lucienbarriere.com; tel. 04-92-99-79-79), both a mall and a hotel (how convenient). Near the train station, department store Galeries Lafayette has all the big-name labels crammed into one smallish space at 6 rue du Maréchal-Foch (www.galerieslafayette.com, tel. 04-97-06-25-00).
Young hipsters should try Bathroom Graffiti, 52 rue d’Antibes (tel. 04-93-39-02-32), for sexy luggage, bikinis, and designer houseware. The rue d’Antibes is also brilliant for big-brand bargains (Zara and MaxMara), as well as one-off boutiques like budget fashion mecca Future (around the corner on 10 rue Macé). If you can afford it, JP Art (also on rue Macé) sells sailing boats made from deconstructed Hermès luggage and pop art homages to Serge Gainsbourg and Steve McQueen.
Food — The Marché Forville (see below) and the surrounding streets are unsurprisingly the best places to search for picnic supplies. For bottles of Côtes de Provence, try La Vinothèque, 14 rue Marceau (tel. 04-93-99-94-02) where knowledgable staff can select the right bottle. La Compagnie des Saumons, 12 pl. Marché Forville (tel. 04-93-68-33-20), brims with caviar, bottles of fish soup, and slabs of smoked salmon. Local cheese shop Le Fromage Gourmet, 8 rue des Halles (tel. 04-93-99-96-41), is a favorite of celebrated chef Alain Ducasse.
Markets — The Marché Forville, in place Marché Forville just north of the Vieux Port, is a covered stucco structure with a few arches but no walls. From Tuesday to Sunday, 7am to 1pm, it’s the fruit, vegetable, and flower market that supplies the dozens of restaurants in the area. Monday (8am–6pm) is brocante day, when the market fills with dealers selling everything from Grandmère’s dishes and bone-handled carving knives to castaways from estate sales. Tuesdays to Sundays, 8am to 12:30pm, the small Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market) takes place outdoors along the edges of the allée de la Liberté, across from the Palais des Festivals.
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