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CANNES 2005 – THE INSIDER GUIDE

If you are going to Cannes for the film festival (May 11 – 22, 2005), you’ll need plenty of energy, good contacts and access to information; here is a guide to the basics for visitors, courtesy the Festival de Cannes. But first, a few tips from Cannes vets Andrew L. Urban & Louise Keller.

Restaurant tips:
For atmosphere and variety, nothing beats Le Suquet, the narrow, cobbled lane that leads up the hill from the Old Port; notable is Le Machou (0493 396 221), small, with just two outside tables (preferred); unique approach, excellent, earthy food, great atmos. There are about 24 other restaurants in this lane, all display menus outside.

Opposite the lane on the corner of the Old Port quay is La Pizza, Cannes’ most popular pizza eatery; always full, sometimes slow, but perfectly positioned to watch passing celebrities, frequented by the more interesting filmmakers who like the relaxed atmosphere. We also like the totally indulgent café in rue d’Antibes run by Le Notre, which has a deli section, a section for their fabulous chocolates, and a small sit down for lunch; it’s all a flavour sensation. 

Where the Old Port joins the new city on the rue d’Antibes, there is a string of seafood joints, always full, always serving the day’s catch, from exotic and standard shellfish to the finest of the region. Mostly casual but a few smarter ones. 

If you’re still at a loss for ideas, stroll down rue Freres des Predinac (parallel with La Croisette, access via rue Mace near the Palais) which is home to another cluster of restaurants, ranging from Moroccan and Greek to traditional French and even Thai (but Francofied Thai food). This is where you’ll also find fine dining, at the traditional French eatery, La Mere Besson. Bookings essential.

Gastronomes will also be drawn to the famous Le Moulin de Mougins, a 25 minute drive out of Cannes to the gorgeous Moulin village, where Alain Llorca succeeded Roger Verge in 2004, with Roger’s full blessing of course. Llorca comes from the equally famous Negresco Palace in Nice. Le Moulin also has a few guest rooms and a sensational cellar. A place to get lost…

Not to be missed: a Cannes Beach lunch; there are a dozen decent restaurants along the beach, and they offer shaded or unshaded tables right next to the topless sunbaking bimbos – or out of view if you prefer. Seafood is all good, so is the steak tartare (pommes frites are reliably terrific), the best rosé is Domaines Ott (but pricey) and our suggestions are Plage du Festival, the Rado, Long Beach and the smart Carlton Beach on a big jetty that prods itself into the Mediterranean (this is $$$ but superb). 

Buzzy bars:
Starting at the top, the Carlton Terrace and the interior bar are smooching zones for those on expense accounts; the Terrace is expansive and can be posey. The Majestic bar, opposite the Palais, is smaller and despite the hotel’s majestic façade, can’t quite match the Carlton for snobbish elegance.

The evening is different: for inexpensive buzz, Le Petit Majestic, at the dog-leg end of rue Freres des Predinac, is always crowded and good for meeting people (strangers included), with moderate prices.

The seafood restaurant row takes up a stretch of La Pantiero, rue Felix Foure, opposite the Palais, in the centre of the buzz, where the Old Port meets the new section; here is the fashionably darkly lit gay hangout, Zanzi-bar.

Trips:
Get a ferry to the ancient abbey on the Isles des Lerins (Saint-Honorat) for a few hours in the Middle Ages; drive or taxi to the faux 15th century Chateau de La Napoule (20 minutes) with its amazing grounds, its bizarre sculptures and terrific history. And of course if you have time, there is Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix, or St Paul de Vence (35 minutes) for touristy Provence shopping with great art shops and fancy boutiques – not forgetting the famed Colombe d’Or restaurant with rooms.

Urban Cinefile Festival Bureau:
Landline: + 33 (0) 493 395 249
Cannes local mobile: 0616 748 500


Australian Film Commission Office
Level 8, 52 La Croisette
Tel: +33 (0) 493 99 01 57
Fax: +33 (0) 493 99 70 59

Internet:
Cannes tourism http://www.cannes-on-line.com/Anglais/uneuk.html

Health

- Doctors on call : 0 810 850 
- SOS medical assistance: 0 825 005 004
- Ambulance and emergency unit (SMUR) : 04 93 69 71 50
- Hospital Emergencies : 04 93 69 71 50
- Cannes Hospital : 13 avenue des Broussailles, 06400 Cannes, Tel: +33 (0) 4 93 69 70 00 

Security
- SOS Police: 17
- National Police: 04 93 06 22 22
- Local police - toll free: 0 800 117 118
- National Gendarmerie : 122 boulevard de la République, Tel: 04 93 68 01 01
- Fire Department : 18 or 04 93 48 78 00 

Useful addresses & phone numbers 

Cannes Mayor's Office
Place Cornut-Gentille 
Tel. : 04 97 06 41 64 / Fax : 04 97 06 41 57
Open from Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 5:30pm / Saturday from 8:30am to 12pm

Central Police Station
1 avenue de Grasse 
Tel: +33 (0) 4 93 06 22 22 
1 avenue Michel Jourdan - Cannes La Bocca
Tel: +33 (0) 4 93 47 38 00 

Tourist Office
Palais des Festivals & des Congrès
Esplanade Georges Pompidou B.P. 272
Tel: +33 (0) 4 93 39 24 53 / Fax: +33 (0) 4 92 99 84 23
tourisme@semec.com
Open 7 days a week from 9am to 7pm (winter) - from 9am to 8pm (summer) 

Post Office
22 rue Bivouac Napoléon 
Tel: +33 (0) 4 93 06 26 50
www.laposte.fr 

Banking - Foreign exchange offices
- AU CHANGE MIRAMAR
65 bd de la Croisette - 06400 Cannes - Tel : 33 (0) 4 93 94 45 22
- AZUREENNE DE CHANGE 
17 rue du Maréchal Foch - 06400 Cannes - Tel : 33 (0) 4 93 39 34 37
- EUROPEAN EXCHANGE OFFICE 
65 bd de la Croisette - 06400 Cannes - Tel : 33 (0) 4 93 94 45 20
- TRAVELEX 
8 rue d'Antibes - 06400 Cannes - Tel : 33 (0) 4 93 39 41 45
- AMERICAN EXPRESS
1Bis rue Notre Dame - 06400 Cannes - Tel : 33 (0) 4 93 99 05 45
- THOMAS COOK BANKERS FRANCE
8 rue d'Antibes - 06400 Cannes - Tel : 33 (0) 4 93 39 41 45 

Reporting lost or stolen cards

- CARTES BANCAIRES - Tél. 0 892 705 705
- CHEQUES - Tél. 08 36 68 32 08 
- TELEPHONES PORTABLES :
Orange : 0 825 005 700
SFR : 06 1000 1900
Bouygues : 0 800 291 000 

Lost and found property office
1 avenue Saint Louis 06400 Cannes
Tél: 33 (0) 4 97 06 40 00 / Poste 3099
Mon - Fri 8h30 to 12h30 and 13h30 to 17h. 

Published April 21, 2005

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Photos by Andrew L. Urban

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