Cannes is a small city on the French Riviera with a thriving, cosmopolitan atmosphere. It is a delightful contradiction that makes it the ideal setting for international industry festivals, A-list visitors, and some of the best beachfront restaurants in Europe. The international jet set descends upon the glamorous town via Nice to Cannes helicopter transfers each summer to soak up the sun and sample gourmet cuisine in a Mediterranean setting. We’ve chosen five of the best beachfront restaurants in Cannes to satisfy those who crave delicious food and stunning surroundings.
This beautiful seaside restaurant has remained a firm favourite among visitors and locals alike since it was established 30 years ago on Cannes’ iconic Croisette. L’Ondine Restaurant is a bastion of French gastronomy that is popular for its warm and relaxed atmosphere, where a five-star service is the norm rather than the exception. It is open all year round and forgoes the sunshades for a covered and heated terrace during the winter. The fish comes straight from the sea and the high-quality seasonal produce is sourced from farmers, agriculturists and the local Forville market. Sample salads, casseroles, bisques and pasta dishes with a regional twist.
4. Le Cabanon
On the other side of the town centre sits Le Cabanon, a restaurant that can rival the very best. Le Cabanon is a great escape from tourist traps and has a wonderful beachside position, with sun loungers and umbrellas. The delicious specialities include lobster, salmon tartare and a variety of substantial salads that go wonderfully with a refreshing glass of rosé. The service is friendly and discreet, adding to the casual atmosphere that makes it popular with locals.
3. C Beach
This fashionable beach restaurant is one of Cannes most popular hotspots on the Croisette but without any pretentions. Regulars love C Beach’s Nicoise salad, tuna & salmon carpaccio and burgers. The terrace is sleek and minimalist with white decor – a great example of understated luxury. The service is attentive, efficient and friendly with the beach club consistently abuzz with activity. C Beach is the perfect place to enjoy scallops and cocktails with a stunning view of the superyachts on the horizon.
2. Le Plage 45
La Plage 45 is a private beach club restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Sebastian Broda, who is passionate about seasonal ingredients and flavourful Mediterranean cuisine. He serves up a casual and inventive menu in Le Grand Hotel’s dynamic beachfront restaurant on La Croisette. The restaurant is open from mid-April to late September and provides a stylish but unpretentious place to sample seafood with an Aperol and enviable sea views. When you have had your fill of octopus salad, burrata and other delicacies, find a deck chair, parasol, Bali daybed or lounger to lay back and people watch at your leisure.
1. Palme D’Or Restaurant
The Palme d’Or Restaurant is the only 2-Michelin starred restaurant in Cannes and tops many lists of the finest Riviera eateries. Located with pride of place on the beautiful Croisette at the ultra-exclusive Grand Hyatt Cannes Martinez Hotel, it is highly coveted by a high-profile clientele who enjoy the Art Deco setting. Chef Christian Sinicropi prepares innovative delicacies that celebrate the Mediterranean Sea, which the spacious terrace overlooks. If you prefer more casual dining closer to the water, the hotel also has its own private beach club restaurant, Zplage, renowned for its healthy menu and signature cocktails. At the weekend and during special occasions, it is the hottest spot in town with live music and fireworks.
If you would like to reserve a helicopter from Nice to Cannes to sample these restaurants for yourself, please contact Monacair for more information.