The Insider's Guide to Cannes: Finding your way ..., Friday, 17 June 2005 01:31PM

1 Palais du Festivals

This is where all the work action takes place. Delegates have to register here and all of the shortlisted work is shown in air-conditioned cinemas. The majority of the week's seminars are held here, as is the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase. The Film awards show on the Saturday night also takes place in the Palais.


2 La Croisette

The place for either shopping or window shopping (depending on your budget). Cartier, Christian Dior and Chanel (at No 5, of course) are some of the outlets available.

3 Rue d'Antibes

Less glitzy than the Croisette, but more useful. Stop by Sephora for your forgotten suncream, Zara for a budget sarong or pick one of the many cafes for the ubiquitous cafe au lait and croissant that will ease any hangover.


4 Majestic Barriere

For many people's money (and, of course, it never is), this is the best hotel in Cannes. Dripping with old money and boasting the best pool and smallest beach on the Croisette.

5 Carlton Intercontinental

The "wedding cake" is the place to see and be seen at Cannes. Favoured hostel of the Kings of Madison Avenue when they fly in to pick up the Grand Prix.

6 Martinez

A triumph of art deco that boasts the Gutter Bar as a neighbour. The favoured hotel for Germans and Scandinavians during Cannes week.


7 Carlton Terrace

The place to meet for a Kir Royale. Early evening, the terrace hums with informal business meetings. Late at night, it's humming with the banter of the well-inebriated.

8 The Gutter Bar

Although it's not a hotel, you'll probably find yourself spending at least one night at this strangely popular venue. Gets going from about midnight and is still pretty full when the sun comes up.

9 Jimmy'z

Drinks at breathtaking prices and proof that the 70s never really died, this nightclub near the Palais du Festivals is very South of France.

10 Le Baoli

Starts the evening as a restaurant full of slick and sophisticated ad types. By midnight, however, Baoli is transformed into a disco that's not ashamed to play a bit of Abba.


11 DDB's party is held on the Martinez beach annually. A must-see event.

12 Leo Burnett is hosting its party at La Terrasse de l'Atelier, at the Pointe de la Croisette near Palm Beach, having thrown a plush event at Pierre Cardin's villa last year. Publicis is opting for Baoli (10) as the venue for this year's shindig.

13 Condor's annual bash is held on 3.14 beach, opposite the Carlton.


One long beach stretches along the Cannes esplanade. It is sectioned into tiny hotel beaches, with umbrellas, sun loungers and waiters at your beck and call.

14 The Casino beach, near the Palais du Festivals, is free. Best place if you don't want to be spotted in your bikini by a colleague (most prefer the snobbery of the Carlton).

15 Vieux Port

This is where the big boats get parked. Ogilvy, TBWA and Clemmow Hornby Inge are among the agencies who have been known to favour this strand of maritime hospitality.


16 Media Planning Group has set up shop on the Croisette and allows guests to use its e-mail, computers and air con away from the cut and thrust of the Palais du Festivals.

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