10:00pm PT by Rhonda Richford
Move Over, Steak Frites and Foie Gras: 4 New Vegan Options at Cannes
For vegans, or even plant-forward eaters, the land of steak frites and fromage can be difficult to navigate. When it comes to healthy requests that can flummox Cannes waiters, Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, jokes: “Ordering a cafe au lait with fat-free milk is often a challenge!”
While Paris has seen dozens of vegan restaurants open in the past year, Cannes has added a few outposts:
11 rue Mace, 09 54 16 76 98
Put down the rose and pick up a superfood smoothie or a seed and matcha bowl. From Santa Fe native Mandarine Rouff, the smoothie bar that opened in April offers drinks like the mood-boosting Green Goddess, with banana, kale, avocado and cardamom, and energy balls in four flavors with a chia seed and coconut core. There’s even a nine-day detox delivery to get you through the festival.
TRAITEUR O’PONO PONO
1 boulevard d’Alsace, 06 25 97 90 79
Named after the Hawaiian practice of healing, the takeout and delivery (even to the beach!) spot just north of the train station posts its organic, seasonal menu on Mondays. French chef Christelle and naturopath Melanie create bowls, fresh juices, smoothies and salads, like pea curry with raw veggies and rice noodles. The Directors’ Fortnight staff orders daily office lunches all fest long.
South side of Marche Forville, 06 19 64 07 88
This food truck from native Cannois Cedric Vella rolled into town last August and sources ingredients from the market it parks in front of for such dishes as organic, handmade veggie burgers with parsley veganaise and risotto with asparagus and spring peas. He keeps farmers market hours (and is closed Mondays and Thursdays), so get there before 2 p.m.
85 rue Felix Faure, 09 81 32 30 75
Perhaps the most Instagrammed ice cream on the planet, with its rose-shaped cones, the French treat comes in nine vegan flavors as of last August. Batches are freshly churned every morning; open from 11 a.m. until midnight.