Guide to Luxury Shopping in Cannes
Attracting some of the wealthiest people in the world, the gentrified ambiance of Cannes is backed up by its luxury accommodation, fine dining restaurants, and the ubiquitous designer shopping. A true slice of Parisian elegance and opulence on the Côte d’Azur, Cannes keeps in well-heeled step with the most sought after high-end retail shopping districts in the world.
The compact centre of town makes it perfect for a short stopover, as you can take in all the most prestigious shopping precincts within an entirely walkable area. So serious are they about their luxury retail culture that Cannes dedicates an entire festival to it every year, in spring – with four fashion filled days of haute couture shows, entertainment and a slew of other related events. The Cannes Shopping Festival is held every spring in March or April.
Discover Cannes’ unmistakable glamour and opulence through the city’s best places to shop:
Visit La Croisette to start off your luxury shopping day in the natural habitat of the wealthy jet set. This boulevard is home to a dizzying array of high-end designer shops tucked in between an equal number of famous and very exclusive hotels. The lovely palm-lined promenade, set on the doorstep of the Bay of Cannes, is a true Mecca of luxury shopping –- shoes and views, what more could you ask for? Along La Croisette all the big names in fashion, jewelry, and accessories jostle for your attention, many represented with flagship stores.
Set one street back, parallel to La Croisette, and with a distinctly French feel, Rue d’Antibes is a mixture of familiar High Street brands, super-chic interior design shops, teashops, and upmarket designer label boutiques. If you’re a serious retail devotee you could spend an entire day wandering from one end to the other without getting bored. It’s an excellent place to shop for gifts for fashionable relatives as well.
Rue Meynadier is located behind Rue d’Antibes’ main shopping street and has a selection of local shops and delicacies. Its houses date back to the 18th century and got refurbishments to become boutiques, with more affordable shops nearer to the port. It is pedestrianized (no cars) and thus offers a more relaxed surrounding, and is particularly pleasant for shopping or watching in a window. This is the place to go for fashion at a lower cost… local shops often offer attractive, unique items at a smaller cost.
For a very different kind of shopping experience with a very local feel, Marché Forville is the gastronomic heart of the town. Crowded with florists, fromageries, charcuteries, poissonniers, pâtisseries and every other kind of continental food vendor you care to imagine, the market is a magical symphony of color, culture, and delicious aromas. Marché Forville closes early in the afternoon, so plan to visit before lunch – and then perhaps stop for lunch in one of the many bistros. Check out our complete guide to visiting the best markets on the French Riviera.
A short walk away (one block further inland away from the sea), the very trendy Rue Hoche offers a more relaxed version of Rue d’Antibes. A totally pedestrianized street, which adds to its relaxed ambiance, it’s very close to the famous Palais des Festivals et des Congrès (most famous for hosting the Cannes Film Festival). It is lined with boutiques, cafes, interiors shops, and exclusive hair salons.
Gambetta Market is the place to be for fresh and succulent foods; but for clothes, leather and more you are also at the right address. Another market, just off Rue Hoche, Marché Gambetta is famous for its shoes, silk, leather, and cashmere fashion goods. Wander through the covered market to browse the wonderful selection of exquisite cashmere scarves and chic printed blouses, then continue through to the grocery stalls selling traditional Provençal herbs and food stuffs – perfect for small, easy-to-carry gifts. The market is open every day except Monday. Check out our complete guide to visitingthe best markets on the French Riviera.
The famous Parisian ‘grand magasin’ translates its chic style to the Côte d’Azur on Rue du Maréchal Foch. An upmarket department store, with everything from jewellery, hats, scarves, home ware, to fashion, lingerie and gourmet food, Galleries Lafayette also hosts regular fashion shows. If you missed picking up one of their signature cashmere sweaters on your stopover in Paris, now’s your chance to make amends.
Opening hours tip: In general, Cannes follows the normal French opening times, which are Monday to Saturday between 10am-7pm, often closing for a couple of hours in the middle of the day for lunch. Some of the more tourist-focused boutiques will open on a Sunday, but not all, and some markets and smaller shops are closed on Monday.
Cannes has it all: wonderful views, fabulous shopping, and that certain French, “je ne sais quoi”!