In Cannes the sun shines brightly and the sea sparkles temptingly during the hot summer months, calling for spending as much time outdoors as possible. The Boulevard de la Croisette, famous for its red carpet events and luxury shopping, also offers fine dining and sunbathing al fresco at the city’s private beach clubs. The best part? Delicious Mediterranean cuisine can be enjoyed while relaxing on a sunbed between sips of chilled rosé and swims in the warm turquoise sea. Whether you are planning to visit Cannes for one of the annual festivals or for leisure, here are our top picks for the best beach restaurants in town.
La Môme Plage
After the great success of La Môme, a chic and trendy gourmet restaurant in the heart of Cannes, its founders – twin brothers, Antoine and Ugo – opened a private beach club on the Croisette, only a few steps from the world-famous Palais des Festivals. This elegant, vibrant beach restaurant offers Mediterranean, Greek and Italian-inspired cuisine with a Japanese twist. During the season, La Môme Plage is open for lunch and dinner, as well as for brunch and apéritif – speaking of which, this place is also known for its amazing cocktails.
La Plage Barrière Le Majestic
Chef Mauro Colagreco’s three Michelin-starred restaurant, Mirazur, was ranked the best restaurant in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2019. Colagreco, an Argentinian chef with Italian roots, was the first non-French chef to have ever earned three Michelin stars in France. BFire by Mauro Colagreco at the Plage Barrière Le Majestic offers its guests an extraordinary dining concept – cuisine based on cooking over a wood fire, with a seasonal menu that changes several times a year. Enjoy fine dining inside the beach restaurant or a special beach menu that can be ordered from the comfort of your sunbed – which gourmet experience would you choose?
Carlton Beach Club
Part of the legendary Carlton Hotel, Carlton Beach Club was the first private beach inaugurated in Cannes in 1930. In 1954, Alfred Hitchcock chose this beach for the shooting of an initial scene of his classic romantic thriller “To Catch A Thief”, starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. Today, the luxurious hotel and its private beach maintains its status as a hot spot for celebrities, aristocrats and politicians. During summer, the Carlton Beach Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. The menu offers a variety of Mediterranean dishes including vegetarian options. Cocktails and tasty snacks are served all day long at the beach and its lounge area.
La Plage du Martinez
Martinez is another legendary hotel on the Croisette, built in the late 1920s. Its private beach remains the place to see and be seen in Cannes. The signature colors of Martinez, blue and white, paired with wooden accents create a true Mediterranean atmosphere. The beach restaurant offers a wide choice of dishes blending local produce with flavors from around the world. On weekends, La Plage du Martinez welcomes guests with children to experience its unique Family Beach Brunch. Parents can relax and enjoy the incredible location and delicious Mediterranean food accompanied with a glass of champagne, while their children enjoy the diverse animations and workshops.
CBeach is one of Croisette’s most popular private beaches. Bohemian inspired accents bring a laid-back California vibe to the space. The restaurant offers a seasonal Mediterranean menu based on fresh local produce carefully selected by the chef. It includes a variety of fish and meat dishes, pasta, risotto, salads and hamburgers, complemented with wine, cocktails and stunning views of superyachts on the horizon. Snack and cocktail options can be enjoyed on the sunbeds at any time of the day. CBeach is a perfect spot to spend a relaxed day in Cannes with family and friends.