Cannes: Shopping Holiday

Pearl of the French Riviera

If you decide to take a shopping holiday to Cannes you will no doubt be visiting the area between La Croisette and rue d'Antibes. It is a distance that is easily covered on foot.

La Croisette is lined with a wide array of international designer shops such as Chanel, Dior, Gucci and Jean-Paul Gaultier. Rue d'Antibes is best for confiseries, chocolatiers and delicatessens. Rue Meynadier is a bustling and busy shopping street in Cannes, and has a market atmosphere and bargain prices. Marché Forville (Forville Market) is situated between the town hall and the railway tracks, and here you will find locally grown flowers, fruit and vegetables. The fish on sale are from that day's catch. And nearby is the colourful flower market, on allées de la Liberté. Forville Market is open Tuesday to Sunday 0700-1300. Standard shopping hours in Cannes are Monday to Saturday 1000-1200 and 1430-1930. In high season, many shops do not close for lunch.

Sales tax when shopping in Cannes varies between 5.5% (food) to 19.6% (luxury goods). Visitors from outside the European Union can claim a refund upon departure for each purchase over €175. Shopkeepers who have signed a ‘Cannes Prestige' charter will reimburse VAT, and will accept payment in the most commonly used currencies. They will also have at least one assistant who speaks fluent English.