The beating heart of Cannes, La Croisette is an oceanfront boulevard lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants, and thronged with both vacationers and glamorous locals. Whether you’re stopping for lunch, dinner, or people-watching as you walk along, a stroll along this iconic street is a must-do for Cannes visitors.
Running for a mile (2 kilometers) along Cannes’ famously beautiful seafront, La Croisette is so important to the French people that it’s listed on the cultural heritage register. Shaded with palm trees and home to many top hotels and designer stores, the boulevard is a must-visit destination for guided tours of Cannes. At the western end of the street, you’ll find the old port (vieux port), home to fishing boats and glitzy yachts, while to the east you can walk to Port Palm Beach.
Things to Know Before You Go
- La Plage du Casino just off La Croisette boulevard is a popular spot for sunbathing and swimming.
- The street is lined with cafes, restaurants, and nightclubs, as well as the famous Cannes Casino.
- Head to the Palais des Festivals for your red carpet moment at the famous home of the Cannes Film Festival.
How to Get There
La Croisette Boulevard is in the center of Cannes, in the South of France. Guided tours visit the area frequently, and it’s easy to get here on foot from other parts of the city. Paid parking is available nearby.
When to Get There
A public space, La Croisette Boulevard is open 24 hours a day. One of the most popular times to visit is during the Cannes Film Festival, held every May when visitors try to spot the movie stars who come to town to promote their films.
Stop Off at La Malmaison Museum
Once one of La Croisette’s chicest hotels, La Malmaison (part of the former Grand Hotel) is now an art gallery dedicated to works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Past exhibitions have featured the works of Picasso, Matisse, and Joan Miro, so modern art enthusiasts are sure to be pleased by the paintings and sculptures on display.