Cannes is undoubtedly an amazing place to visit, but finding the right spots for food or drinks away from the crowded Croisette can be a challenge.
Luckily, young copywriter Julian Cohen has a pretty fair deal for ad execs heading to the Cannes Lions this weekend: He'll give you a local's guide to enjoying the town, and all he asks in return is that you give his portfolio a glance.
Having spent five years living in Cannes, Cohen decided he'd create a list of "hidden gems" that might attract the notice of agency leaders. Wondering how to get the attention of recruiters and creative directors, he realized he needed to "give to get."
"My list includes restaurants where you are sure to enjoy some memorable meals, along with some bars that are ideal to slip away from the large crowds of industry folk you'll often find yourself surrounded by," Cohen told Adweek.
"Of course, Lions are a huge part of our industry, but there's more to Cannes than wild animals made out of gold, silver and bronze … and I guess titanium and glass too," he said. "Take a moment to experience a town the way a true Cannois would, a town that offers a rare combination of style and charm."
So check out Cohen's recommendations below, then consider visiting JulianRCohen.com to check out his work. He's looking for a junior copywriter position at an agency.
Now on to his list of hidden gems:
Le Voilier, 61 Boulevard de la Croisette
"Just go, you'll understand once you're there."
The Canberra, 120 Rue d'Antibes
"Hotel has a small pool that you can sit by while devouring your croustillant pain au chocolat."
Marché Forville, Rue du Marché Forville
"Just a great place to roam (and munch). Careful, though! Hours are from 7 a.m.-1 p.m., closed on Mondays."
LUNCH AND DINNER
La Table Du Chef, 5 Rue Jean Daumas
"Don't tell everyone about this one or I'll have a hard time reserving a table for myself. Reservations recommended at this very moderately priced traditional bistro. Surprise du chef four-course, prix fixe dinner menu!" Phone: 04 93 68 27 40
L'Affable, 5 Rue LaFontaine
"Stylish and reasonably priced contemporary bistro. The soufflé au Grand Marnier is really something special." Phone: 04 93 68 02 09
Restaurant Mantel, 22 Rue Saint Antoine
"Memorable French cuisine located au Suquet, probably one of the most charming streets in Cannes' old quarter. It's a bit hidden and has a two-step-down entrance, so watch out! Call for hours." Phone: 04 93 39 13 10
La Salsamentieria di Parma, 86 Rue Meynadier
"This intimate Italian bistro prides itself on perfectly cooked Italian specialties. Don't hesitate to order the thinly sliced meats with fromage. Live music keeps this place bumpin'!" Phone: 04 93 99 66 67
Le Factory Cafe, 17 Boulevard de la Croisette
"Reliable burgers, meat and pasta dishes. You just can't go wrong here. Located in the arcade of the Galerie du Gray d'Albion between Rue des Serbes and Rue des États-Unis." Phone: 04 93 68 82 47
Le Vesuvio, 68 Boulevard de la Croisette
"You cannot go to Cannes without eating the best pizza in town at Le Vesuvio. If Antoine is there, tell him I say 'what up.'" Phone: 04 93 94 08 28
DRINKS AND PEOPLE WATCHING
La Mocca, 1 Boulevard de le Croisette
"A chill/fun bar, combination glam and chic."
Rooftop of Radisson Blu, 2 Boulevard Jean Hilbert
"Panaromic views of Cannes that won't disappoint."
Morrisons, 10 Rue Teisseire
"A good ol' local Irish bar. Unpretentious fun. Enough said."
Le Zoa Bar, 2 Place Charles de Gaulle
"Into sushi? Then this is the spot. A trendy restaurant/bar facing the Palais des Festivals."
For the record, Julian Cohen is not getting a kickback from any of the venues listed above. "I'm just a nice guy, looking for a job as a junior copywriter. Got any openings by you?"