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The squid bread is outstanding at this two-Michelin-star spot, but I’ll never forget the smoked sea urchin tongue, brioche and foie gras, cooked in sea salt and seasoned with citrus zest. The restaurant is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, so swing by for ‘duo dinners’ with a Michelin-starred chef, food and wine pairings and other exclusive culinary events. cannesmartinez.grand.hyatt.com
There’s no better spot to order a cold beer and watch the world go by than this rooftop bar at Radisson Blue Cannes. Admire views of the bay, Old Town and Esterel hills — and ogle the yacht parties below. radissonblu.com
Don’t miss this private beach on the main boulevard, La Croisette, for some of Cannes’ best beachside dining. Laid-back beats are spun on the decks while diners sip fine wine and tuck into fresh seafood. cannesbeach.eu
Set your alarm for an early start at this food market, close to Rue Gazagnaire, and sift through a huge variety of fruit, veg, fish and cheeses, plus amazing honeys. You’ll be in good company: it’s a favourite haunt of local chefs. From 7am-1pm every day except Monday.
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Head to this hideaway on Rue du Suquet for seafood classics — calamari, garlic prawns, sole meunière — that won’t break the bank. The sea urchins are a standout dish. T: 00 33 4 93 39 20 34.
Cannes needn’t be off limits for those taking it easy on the wallet. Pop into this place and order from its set menu, with classics including foie gras brioche, soup de poisson, veal and Grand Marnier soufflé. Three courses for €40 (£29). restaurant-laffable.fr
Published in the May 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)