CREATIVE CITIES: CANNES

With the help of its network of journalists, The Epica Awards recently launched a series of insider city guides. In this edition, French journalist Nawal Bonnefoy shares some of her home town's creative hotspots.


The most creative museum or gallery

La Malmaison art gallery, on the Croisette. I’m fascinated by this majestic building surrounded by palm trees. I’ve heard, by the way, that it will soon be completely refurbished, in connection with the artists’ residence in Le Suquet, with a new curator who is (very) well known in the contemporary art world. Sounds promising!

The café where you go to read, write or be inspired

Without hesitation, the Da Laura, an indispensable address when I’m in Cannes. It’s an Italian restaurant that’s also a café and bar. Their wines are incredible, and always served with a selection of charcuterie and Italian cheeses. It’s also ideally placed on the corner of the rue Hoche, which virtually guarantees a light breeze and a few rays of sunshine every time…Ideal for daydreamers and bon vivants!  

 A restaurant with a difference


 Le Jardin Secretan unusual and hidden away place in la rue des Frères, in the old town.

 The most creative neighbourhood

Without doubt Suquet-Forville, with its artists’ residence, its exhibition spaces, the restored Castre (chateau, seen from the harbour above), L’Association des Beaux Arts, the future Victor Tuby Museum and the Budin/Goutte de Lait space dedicated to contemporary music, not to mention the galleries that are moving in there at the moment. 

A building you find stunning

The museum of La Castre, which crowns the hill of Le Suquet, in the vestiges of the medieval chateau founded by monks from the Lerins islands. I often ask myself why Game of Thrones hasn’t been filmed there yet! 

The store you can’t pass without going in


Couleur de Lune, an adorable pink-hued boutique, which has sublime retro dresses and nostalgic pin-up ensembles; some designed by the shop’s owner and others rare pieces imported from London. A treat for a vintage fan like me!

Nawal Bonnefoy works at BFMTV in Paris and has a blog about vintage clothing, Serial Chineuse

 

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