Two things Cannes Lions attendees often want to know, especially as the festival week grinds on, are where to get a good breakfast and where to recover from a hangover.
As a copywriter who spent five years living in Cannes, I thought it might be helpful to reveal some of my personal favorite breakfast spots, along with a really useful Mediterranean remedy to cure the common hangover.
Last year, I shared 13 “hidden gems” around Cannes, but this year, I’m going to focus on morning spots that will help you prepare for a day of sun and socializing, even if you had a few too many the night before.
Also, if you don’t happen to have a fancy French accent, I supplied some handy phonetic pronunciations you can use. Here’s my list:
Pains de Provence
Pronounced “pehn duh pro vahnce”
24 boulevard de la Republique
(14-minute walk from the Palais)
Hours: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
If you’re looking for a great boulangerie with some exceptional fruit pastry treats, look no further, especially if you’re staying a few blocks inland from the Croisette.
You can go simple and get yourself a warm croissant fresh out of the oven, but the pavé aux fruits (“pah vay o free”) and pavé aux grains (“pah vay o grahn”) are also a must.
Atelier Jean Luc Pele
Pronounced “ahtul-yay zhan loook puh lay”
42 Rue D’Antibes
(four-minute walk from the Palais)
Hours: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Trust me on this one: These are some of the best French pastries you’ll find in Cannes—macarons, religieuses, tartes, you name it. And when you cross the street, you’ll land smack in front of Jean Luc Pele’s bakery, which specializes in bread that is not only a sight for the eyes but also for every other one of your senses. Do not walk out without grabbing his award-winning house speciality, pain aux baies de Goji (“pahn o bay duh go-zhee”).
La Casa di Nonna
Pronounced “la kassah dee no nah”
41 Rue Hoche
(seven-minute walk from the Palais)
Hours: Mon.-Wed., 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Sundays
If you’re the type who’s searching more for that exceptional cup of coffee or cappuccino than breakfast, then this is the spot for you. I’d suggest you start your morning off at La Casa with a grand creme or a noisette (an espresso with just a touch of foamed milk). Then cross the street to Volupté (see below) for some of the best sandwiches in Cannes.
Pronounced “vo loop tay”
32 Rue Hoche
(seven-minute walk from the Palais)
Hours: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; closed Sundays
It’s a very simply designed salon de thé, but let me tell you, the petit pains (puh-tee pahn) are over the top. You just can’t go wrong, no matter which ones you pick, but between you and me, the salmon avocado is prime. Beware: It’s always packed, so come with some time to spare.
Noisette Café et Cuisine
Pronounced “nwazette kafay ay kwezeene”
6 Rue Tony Allard
(nine-minute walk from the Palais)
Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Sundays
Now here’s a real hidden gem, even for the natives. It’s a relatively new address to Cannes, but this small Italian-owned cuisine will not disappoint. Try their Italian-style cappuccino along with their homemade apple tart (Torta di mele). You’ll definitely have something to Instagram with that.
Pronounced “patee-suree air nest”
53 bis rue Meynadier
(six-minute walk from the Palais)
Hours: Tues.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; closed Mondays
Prices are at the higher end, but their treats are a great cure for those with an insatiable craving for sweets. If you’re in the mood for plain and simple, try one of their lemon tarts, or for all you chocoholics out there, the Trois Chocolats (“twa show-ko-la”) is a trusted classic. Pâtisserie Ernest also offers some of the best foie gras in town (using the recipe that their grandfather created when he started the business in 1936).
Bonus Hangover Secret: Fernet-Branca
Still suffering from the previous evening’s revelry? Ask any bartender for a glass of Fernet-Branca (pronounced “fair nay bronca”), a bitter herbal liqueur known for its digestive virtue. It’s a great way to settle the stomach and chase away a lingering hangover. If you can’t take the bitter taste, just add a few drops of Coke or Pepsi.
I hope you enjoy these tips, and if you want any other Cannes insider info, I’ll be there for this year’s Cannes Lions festival. Hit me up if you’d like to connect or need some advice.
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