7) Jar din Thuret
Located along 90 Chemin Raymond in Cap d’Antibes, Jardin Thuret is a colorful garden that commemorates the life of famed botanist Gustave Thuret. It plays home to a variety of fantastic flora, including the first Eucalyptus tree which was planted outside of its native Australia. Admission to Jardin Thuret is free of charge.
Where to Eat
After a day of frolicking underneath the Antibes sun, head out to these top Antibes food joints for a delectable gastronomic experience.
1) Restaurant de Bacon
When it comes to seafood entrees, nothing beats Michelin-star Restaurant de Bacon by Boulevard de Bacon. Set on a peninsula, this 60-year-old restaurant offers breathtaking views, and of course, succulent meals for its diners. Whether it is sea bass, John Dory or saltwater Crayfish you’re after, the restaurant’s expert chefs can create the cuisine that will have you craving for more. Main courses are a little pricey at USD60 to USD194, but with its splendid tastes (not to mention a great view of the ocean,) Restaurant de Bacon is truly worth every penny you spend.
2) Cote Jardin
Dining in Antibes need not be expensive, as evidenced by the mostly positive reviews of the restaurant that goes by the name of Cote Jardin. Located at 55 Avenue De Cannes, Cote Jardin specializes in sea bream, bavette eschalotte, among many other sumptuous entrees. With its fantastic views of the beach and an extensive menu with prices that range from USD18 to USD37, Cote Jardin is definitely worth a try.
3) Pizza d’Or
Located along Rue James Close is a quaint pizzeria that boasts of big flavors – Pizza d’Or. Whether it is takeout or delivery, or a simple late night snack, this should be your first option when in Antibes. Most say it has the best pizza and pasta in the district – maybe in all of France! Since it can only accommodate 15 guests, make sure to drop by this pizzeria at the earliest time possible! Tip: Do not forget to drizzle your food with the chef’s homemade chili oil, perfect for all its Italian entrees.
4) Bistro Du Port
As a former Greek seaside town, Antibes boasts of heavenly Mediterranean food. One such restaurant that brings this fact to the table is Bistro du Port, situated along Boulevard des Freres Roustan. Apart from its delectable menu, Bistro Du Port is also known for its scenic views of the old harbor. With entrees ranging from USD20 to USD40, you will not have to worry about maximizing your credit card funds over majestic Mediterranean fares.
5) Cap Riviera
The best French cuisine, of course, can be found in the French Riviera: Cap Riviera. This swanky restaurant along Boulevard Edouard Badouin is a reservations-only restaurant that features affordable USD52-menus. Formerly known as Le Paradis, this go-to food joint is well-known for its foie gras, crayfish, sea bass and pepper steak. For dessert, make sure to try Cap Riviera’s most-wanted pistachio macaroons.
6) Le Figuier de Saint Esprit
Another expert in French Cuisine, Le Figuier de Saint Esprit is the perfect restaurant for business meetings, special occasions, even anniversaries with the spouse. Located along Rue Saint Esprit, this Michelin-star restaurant features spectacular food and a cozy ambiance for all of its diners. With food ranging from USD37 to USD148, Le Figuier de Saint Esprit can give you a memorable dining experience unlike any other.
7) Le Vauban
Located at 7 bis, Rue Thuret, Le Vauban is a charming restaurant that is tucked away in the streets of the old port in Antibes. It is traditionally-themed, with cozy French style also being reflected on the food it serves.
8) Les Vieux Murs
Located at 25 promenade Amiral de Grasse, this gourmet restaurant is situated on the ramparts of Antibes. Offering a spectacular view of the Mediterranean, Les Vieux Murs boasts a cuisine of provencal influence. Prices start at USD22 for main courses.
9) Cafe Copenhagen
If you’re a fan of bagels, smoothies, and muffins, head out to Rue Thuret, Antibes. Cafe Copenhagen is an excellent spot for breakfast and light snack, serving an endless array of croissants and sandwiches.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Antibes, and money is not much of a consideration for you, here are some great choices:
1) Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc
For the best views of the Mediterranean Sea, your top choice should be Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc, located along Boulevard JF Kennedy. Although it was constructed in the 19th century, you can surely enjoy modern-day luxuries in this pricey hotel.
If you would like to have some privacy, you can rent a villa within the hotel premises. Whatever accommodation you choose, you can live your days like a millionaire! Just immerse yourself in its sea pool or dine in its elegant, open-air restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean. Rooms start at USD661 during low season, and can go as high as USD1,000/night during the peak season.
2) Hotel Belles-Rives
Once the home of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the Hotel Belles-Rives boasts of scenic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Located along Boulevard E. Baudoin, it features tastefully-designed suites, complete with en-suite bathrooms and terraces with fantastic views, all for a lavish price of about USD848 per night. Tip: Don’t forget to order from the hotel’s La Passagere restaurant, headed by renowned chef Alain Llorca.
3) La Bastide du Bosquet
For a memorable yet affordable stay, try the pink-colored, 18th century structure also known as La Bastide du Bosquet. Located along Chemin des Sables, it is considered as the best bed and breakfast option in Antibes. With its affordable nightly rates, you will be glad to know that you will be part of literary history as this was the place where Guy de Maupassant wrote his novel “Mont Oire.”
Most villas in Antibes are owner-operated. One is Elegant Villa, a 5-bedroom reprieve which features a pool and stunning views of the Cannes Beach. It comes with internet and allows pets, but the minimum stay should be 7 nights. The rate is USD5,329 per week.
Another hot choice amongst tourists is the simple Prestige Luxury Villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. With 4 double bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms and fully-furnished kitchen and dining spaces, this villa is perfect for a family vacation. Weekly rates start at USD5,329, while weekender getaways cost about USD1,333.
For truly luxurious living, you can opt for renting a penthouse. Most spaces are located near the beach, such as the Juan-les-Pins Europa penthouse, which is 50 meters away from the nearest swimming stop. It sleeps 7, and is available at just USD102/night for a minimum of 7 nights stay.
There is also the Palais de la Mer, a 2-bedroom penthouse located 150 meters away from Antibes’ famed beaches. It can accommodate up to six persons, and offers free WiFi as well as access to kitchen utilities. Rate starts at USD154/night.
Antibes maybe small, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for its premier luxury harbors, beautiful Mediterranean weather, and its attractions that boast a perfect blend of man-made and natural beauty. So get your gear ready and plan your trip ahead, you’re bound to have lots of fun in Antibes. And of course, don’t go without your camera!
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