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Jul 22, 2008 02:46 PM

2 weeks in Cannes and St. Tropez....

First, I am so excited as I have never to been to the south of France. In that, can anyone suggest your favorite places? Can be high end or low key. We will be going in August and I have yet to do much research on all the restaurants.

Any not to miss or must try?

Thanks...sorry such little info. We prefer French or Provencial.


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  1. Louis XV in Monaco, Chateau de Chevre D'or in Eze, Restaurant Mirazur in Menton are highly recommended. Ate at all of them in May. All wonderful.

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    1. No must – no dont miss.

      Cannes: Felix
      you walk the pedestrian area and stop/eat where you like it
      one restaurant on the beach – look at all and make your own decision
      drive to Grasse, have a coffee at the central square. Visit (any) one of the perfumeries.
      On the Way: Mougins, nice village, many places. Restaurant with reputation: Moulin de Mougins.
      Visit Antibes. Old village, port Hercule with nice boats (unless you arrive there by your own)

      Nice boat (and people) watching from the balcony of hotel Sube (6 chairs)
      Dinner: Nano (recently namechange, now: Joseph?)
      For lunch: walk the “plages” at Pamplonne and make your own choice (Thaiti, Voile rouge etc. etc. – ask for this seasons topspot)
      Romantic dinner for two away from the hassle: Mas Bellevue
      Starrated: La Pinede, Villa Belrose, but recommendation: just walk around and space/seat yourself

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        1. re: Angelina

          Correction: the port of Antibes is Port Vauban ("Quai des Milliardaires"), Port Hercule is Monaco (slightly smaller boats)

      1. In Cannes, at the far lefthand side of the Croisette (when facing the sea) is
        Bijou Plage (Blvd de la Croisette-Square Verdun. Tel 04 93 43 70 55) just before the area known as La Californie. This is a small beach restaurant with an interior open to the beach and loungers on the beach itself. It is not as frequented by tourists as those nearer to "the action" towards the centre, and is more the haunt of local residents and long-time seasonal visitors. Excellent fish and good "everyday" Riviera fare. The real plus is the fact that you aren't surrounded by foreign tourists.
        For the top experience, the two Michelin star La Palme d'Or at the Martinez Hotel is THE place to go. For excellent value, book for the prix-fixe lunch menu @ 61 euros, beverage included (appertif and a couple of glasses of wine).

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        1. re: Piggyinthemiddle

          Sounds great!! Thanks for the tip, piggy! :)

        2. I can't speak for St Tropez, but I know Cannes got unbelievably crowded and sometimes felt more like NYC rush hour than a vacation near the beach. For a relaxing meal, I would highly suggest the village of Eze in the hills overlooking the water and towns below. There are a few Michelin and non Michelin rsstaurants up there and someone below mentions Chateau de Chevre D'or. My wife and I had lunch at Chateau Eza and the views/drinks/food were amazing. Cannes has its place but fora relaxing meal, you can't beat Eze. I've attached 2 pics for you.

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          1. re: UWStoSONO

            Thanks so much! Those pics are certainly beautiful. A freind of mine told me abour Eze. We are excited to see!

            Thanks again....., UWStoSONO!! :)

            1. re: Angelina

              The meal would not be formal, but I lunched a few years ago at La Potiniere, in Cannes, across the street from the Palais des Festivals, where they host the Cannes Film Festival. We started with pissaladiere, which was enough food for a meal, then enjoyed sliced duck breast with a citrus sauce.
              Dessert was delicious. They served pineapple ice cream covered with a pineapple carpaccio drizzled with liqueur. Fresh pineapple is put into a freezer for 30 minutes, then sliced razor-thin and plated on top of the glace.

              The cafe has movie posters and photos of all the stars. It's delightful, festive, and outdoor seating is offered, with a view of the harbor and yachts.

              If I may add something, my group visited the fresh produce market in Cannes that same day, and we'd never seen anything like it. Meat, fish, vegetables, flowers, asparagus in white, green, and purple, huge bags of herbes du Provence for a few Euros. This is not to be missed, bring the camera!

              1. re: Greg in Chicago

                you just made me soooo hungry!!

                I will definately check it out!!

                1. re: Angelina

                  I found the website, they have a wonderful virtual tour. Also, I saw stuff on the menu that looked better than what my tour was served.

                  Also, in Grasse, not far from where you'll be, is a terrific cafe called La Bastide Saint Antoine. Our group had dinner there. Mr. Chibois has two Michelin stars and is overdue for a third.

                  1. re: Greg in Chicago

                    I really appreciate your help and researching all this for me!! One more week!!

                    1. re: Angelina

                      can second la palme d'or. i had a better meal there than some 3 stars, which is just as well because it is every bit as expensive. i certainly thought is better than the bastide saint antoine which disappointed on my visit... it's had the 3 star rising for 2 years now so perhaps it's not just me. there's no denying it's a lovely venue though.