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ANTIBES TRAVEL GUIDE
We really wanted to relax after spending almost a week in Paris and we always seem to do that well with a beach nearby. I apologize for not having more scenary pictures, but I really did unwind and enjoy reading, sipping rosé, and hanging with my husband as much as possible. Be sure to check out my French Riviera outfit recap where you can easily shop everything I wore in one place and get some outfit inspiration for your trip!
The French Riviera is stunning and so fun. If you love rosé all day, lounging on beautiful beaches, and eating delicious food, you’ll enjoy it. You don’t really need a reason to visit the Côte d’Azur. If you find yourself in Europe, or even not, it makes the perfect luxurious beach vacay.
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WHERE TO STAY
There are so many amazing hotels all along the coast. I’d narrow down which city you want to stay in based on your plans and then go from there. Some people bounce around while staying in the French Riviera, but we didn’t want to have to pack up our stuff and move several times, so we chose one of the towns as a home base. We stayed in Antibes, which we loved because it was a smaller town or city and had a really relaxed vibe. Antibes, Juan Les Pins, and Cap d’Antibes are all towns sort of right there together, but for this Antibes travel guide purpose, I’ll just call them all Antibes. Juan Les Pins has been referred to as the ‘South Beach’ of the South of France, so there is a lot to do and a lot of great people watching!
We stayed at Hotel Sainte Valerie, which is technically in Juan les Pins, but was in an amazing location! It was a smaller, boutique style hotel that was just a short walk from the beach and tons of restaurants. Our room was huge and our AC worked great, which was a nice change of pace from Paris. They have breakfast on site at the hotel for an additional charge and have a pool there, which was nice. It did fill up very quickly though and was small for how many people the hotel holds. Overall, this was a great, laid back spot for a good value.
If we could have stayed anywhere, I would have chosen Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc. It’s the most stunning hotel I’ve ever seen and the service is supposed to be the best of the best. It’s one of those hotels you could stay at and never really have to leave if you don’t want. You’ve probably seen a photo of their amazing pool taken by Slim Aarons and would recognize it! While we didn’t choose to splurge on this hotel this time, we didn’t stay too far from it and did make our way there one day for lunch. It’s a big splurge, but if you can swing it, I’d for sure do it!
WHERE TO EAT
Most of the restaurants in Juan Les Pins were all right around each other and in walking distance, which was nice. Most nights we’d just walk to find a restaurant that sounded good. Venturing into Antibes or any of the neighboring towns was easy, too.
- Eden Roc Grill/Restaurant: because when you don’t stay at the hotel, but want to see it, you eat there. We had lunch at the grill and loved every second. Its definitely a splurge for a lunch (and even more so for dinner at the restaurant), but the service and food is impeccable, the view is unbeatable, and you’re paying for the experience. Go. Make reservations ahead of time and if you want a table right along the water and choose a time shortly after they open.
- Pizza Fifi: super chill and delicious. We walked here straight off the beach one day and each ate our own pizza. It was all great and crazy cheap!
- Le Pousse Pousse: We went here one night when we were craving Asian food and it was really good. I had shrimp pad thai and bae had a really spicy dish to help open his sinuses because he thought he was getting sick.
- Cafe Milano: a popular Italian spot in case you need to get your pasta fix while in the South of France.
- Restaurant Le J: We went here our first night in Antibes and loved it. We tried a few appetizers and entrees and enjoyed it all!
- Tiffany’s Kitchen: this is a highly rated restaurant with a local, seasonal menu. The food is great and the prices are reasonable.
- Restaurant Le Passagère: this beautiful, Michelin star restaurant is perfect for celebrating any special occasions in Juan Les Pins. It has a great ocean view and as expected, the service and food is incredible.
- Cap Riviera: this restaurant has a beautiful, sea view which makes for a great romantic dinner location. It fills up quickly, so make a reservation in advance.
- Le Petit Brunch: this is a little gem of a restaurant that is more than just brunch. It could be easy to walk past, but don’t judge it from the outside. The food is amazing at reasonable prices.
- La Plage: this restaurant at the Belles Rives hotel is a great ocean front spot. They’re known for their amazing salad bar, lobster skewers, and pastries.
- Le Bistrot Juan Les Pins: fantastic, cozy little bistro in the heart of Juan Les Pins. The food is fresh and the atmosphere is great.
- L’Arazur: an unassuming, small restaurant with a big reputation. They have a seasonal menu that changes weekly and focuses on delicious French food.
- Les Pecheurs: this Michelin star restaurant is located in the Cap D’Antibes Beach Hotel and is described as full French culinary adventure.
- Le 44: another amazing Michelin star restaurant with impeccable service and amazing food. The fixed price menu actually isn’t too crazy here. The atmosphere is romantic and unpretentious. A great option for a nice dinner in Antibes!
- L’Horizon: this restaurant is known for their paella, but they also have tons of other great options.
- Glacier Papilla: we went here every single night for gelato after dinner. It’s so delicious! We tried tons of different flavors and loved them all. I think that Nutella and Pistachio were my favorite.
- Boulangerie Veziano: a great little bakery with a baker who Alan Ducasse has named one of the absolute best in France.
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WHERE TO DRINK
There are so many great bars and beach clubs all along the beach in Antibes and the connected towns. I really don’t think you can go wrong, especially when everyone along the coast believes in ‘rosé all day.’
- Bar Bellini: this is one of the bars at Hotel Eden Roc. It’s located inside and is a great place for a pre or post dinner cocktail.
- Champagne Bar: this is the rooftop bar at Hotel Eden Roc. It has stunning views and works exclusively with fourteen champagne houses to ensure you’re getting the best champs to match your views.
- Fitzgerald Bar: this bar is located at Bells Rives and is a really cool piano bar. Hotel bars are usually some of our favorites! Definitely a great spot for cocktails and a beautiful panoramic view of the water.
- Entre 2 Vins: a local favorite with over three-hundred bottles of wine to choose from. They have food, too, which is served tapas style and listed out on a blackboard that changes nightly.
- Café Brun: a classic French bar in the heart of old town that is the perfect spot for a post-beach and pre-dinner drink.
- Drinkers Club: a low key bar in Antibes to grab drinks and hang out in a relaxed setting.
- Absinthe: a fun bar in the heart of Antibes. It’s located down a windy staircase in a basement and puts a fun twist on the drink that inspired the name. They also have live piano on the weekends!
- Le Cosy: a fun bar located just off the main square that is a great spot for cocktails. They serve delicious drinks in a cozy and laid back atmosphere.
- La Petite Plage: this is a popular beach club spot to lounge during the day or grab a cocktail at night. They play great music all throughout the night and day, which makes it fun, too.
- Minimal: just in case you want to go out clubbing or dancing in Juan Les Pins, this is your spot.
- Vins de Stars Juan: this cute little wine bar is a great place to try out some new vino from around the world when in Juan Les Pins.
WHAT TO DO
- Rosé all day on the beach. Le Provencal Beach is a popular private beach spot or Plage de la Salis is a popular public beach. We wanted to go to the coast to relax after being busy in Paris for a few days, so relax we did!
- Rent a boat and take a peak at the yachts in Port Vauban.
- Day trip to Cannes, Nice, St. Tropez, or Monaco. (Travel guides for Cannes and Nice coming soon!)
- Picasso Museum: go see some of the modern style art created by Picasso from the immediate post-War period to the end of the 1940s. Go into the sculpture garden for a panoramic view of Cap d’Antibes.
- Provencal Market: you can find tons of amazing scents and other fun items at this local daily market.
- Antibes Cathedral: a beautiful Roman Catholic church that serves as a National monument in Antibes.
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- Make reservations for lunch if you’re going to Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc. Make dinner reservations everywhere if you’re set on going to a specific place. There are plenty of places you can walk into, but some of the more popular ones do require reservations during the busier seasons.
- You can easily walk around Antibes, Juan Les Pins, and Cap d’Antibes. There are Ubers you can call or taxis, too. If going from town to town, the train is really easy to take or you can Uber. You can also easily ride bikes around!
- Look up when restaurants or places are open. A lot close on Sundays and/or Mondays.
I hope this helps you when planning your trip to the Antibes! I’ll have more recommendations for Cannes and Nice to share with you all, soon. You can get some outfit inspo in my French Riviera outfit recap post. Also, be sure to check out my Paris Travel Guide in case you find yourself there before/after you visit the coast. As always, I love hearing if I missed any of your favorite places in any destinations so I can add them to my list for next time, so please let me know below in a comment, via an e-mail, or in a DM on Instagram. XO