Andrew Lauren’s RivieraGorgeous beaches, charming villages and lavish, historic hotels—there’s no place on earth quite like the Côte D’Azur. Filmmaker, food lover and cultural omnivore Andrew Lauren gives us the ultimate insider’s guide.
“What’s so extraordinary about this area is that even if it’s changed over the years, what always made it great remains,” Lauren says. “It’s still got glamour, French tradition and natural beauty.” Here, a look at some of Lauren’s favorites, both sentimental and otherwise.
ÎLE SAINT HONORAT, CANNES
Learn More: cannes-ilesdelerins.com; abbayedelerins.com
MARCHÉ FORVILLE, CANNES
Learn More: Marché Forville, 12 Rue Louis Blanc, 06400 Cannes, France; open Tuesday–Sunday, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cave Forville, 5 Rue du Marché Forville, 06400 Cannes, France; open Tuesday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–10 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
L’HÔTEL BELLES RIVES, JUAN-LES-PINS
“This is a magical place,” Lauren says. “F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed at the Belles Rives while writing Tender Is the Night—which was inspired by his encounters with the glamorous American expat couple Gerald and Sara Murphy—and the hotel continues to epitomize the Roaring Twenties with its Art Deco decor and genteel staff.”
Learn More: bellesrives.com/en
CASINO DE MONTE-CARLO, MONACO
Learn More: casinomontecarlo.com
LA CHÈVRE D’OR, EZE
Learn More: chevredor.com
FLEA MARKET, ANTIBES
Learn More: Place Jacques Audiberti, 06600 Antibes, France; open on Thursdays
GRAND-HÔTEL DU CAP-FERRAT, SAINT-JEAN CAP-FERRAT
Learn More: grand-hotel-cap-ferrat.com
LA COLOMBE D’OR, SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE
Learn More: la-colombe-dor.com
FONDATION MAEGHT, SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE
Learn More: fondation-maeght.com
HÔTEL CAP ESTEL, EZE
“This is such a beautiful, secluded hotel with an amazing history, right on the water,” Lauren says. “I’ve stayed here during low season, when there have been few other guests, so I’ve had the chance to get to know the staff a bit. The chef of the restaurant, Patrick Raingeard, is highly talented and also a really warm and friendly guy. He doesn’t speak much English, but he came out to say hello one night and let me know that practically his whole wardrobe is Ralph Lauren. So on top of everything else, he also has great taste.”
Learn More: capestel.com