Cannes: A Practical Guide to the Festival, From Blow-Out to Takeout

Cannes Red Carpet High View - H 2013
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Cannes Red Carpet High View - H 2013

Beauty emergencies, house calls, tech support — everything a high-maintenance Hollywood-type needs for the marathon fest but doesn't know how to ask for en francais.

This story first appeared in the May 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.


Sure, it’s a chain, but Lorenzo Cosi’s hairdressers can take last-minute appointments, and all shops are English-friendly. Owner Sergio also will solve style emergencies with a blow-out or updo at your hotel. A blow-out and style at the salon starts at about $78 (€60); an in-room hotel visit is $262 (€200). 11 rue des Etats-Unis,

Dry Cleaning

Pressing Moliere will pick up and has same-day service available. Prices range from about $8 (€6) for a shirt to $26 (€20) for a gown, plus 30 percent for same-day service. Otherwise, the item will be ready by noon the next day. 8 rue Moliere,


Line (pronounced Lee-na, the savvy seamstress’ name) Couture will arrange pickup and delivery and can handle next-morning or late-night emergencies. it’s open every day, but prices are higher on Sundays and vary depending on scope of alteration. 17 boulevard de la Croisette,

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For an elegant thank-you for a helpful publicist, a single orchid from Black Card Fleuriste will run you about $40 (€30); bouquets start around $52 (€40), with a $7 (€5) delivery fee to hotels. 10 rue Jean de Riouffe,

Tech Support

Fnac, an electronics chain throughout France owned by Kering (its CEO is Francois-Henri Pinault — that’s Mr. Salma Hayek to you), can help with Mac or PC emergencies. While you await your device’s diagnosis, hang out in the store’s cafe, which will have an exhibit on Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln throughout the festival and Cesar-winning composer Eric Serra in-house May 22. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. 83 rue d’antibes,

American Coffee

While Starbucks has invaded Paris and even opened in nearby Nice, Cannes remains free of Seattle’s siren. For a homey caffeine fix, either head to the American Pavilion or try the American-inspired Coffee & Cookies, which offers Frappuccino-style blended coffee drinks, smoothies, muffins and “not-too-bad-for-France” bagels. Drinks starting at Starbucks prices, about $5 (€4). 2 square Merimee,


You can get sushi or pizza delivered by motorbike, but anything better can be hard to come by. For a late-night Big Mac jones, call Couby’s Cafe — open until midnight, it will pack up American-style burgers (and fries) for takeout. 3 boulevard de Lorraine,

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Need a chakra boost before your 9:30 sales meet or a zen detox to restore your will to live? The Vinyasa Yoga Studio offers a full program of classes — from power morning sessions to meditation relaxation designed to eliminate that jet lag. One-hour private lessons are available at the studio between 3 and 5 p.m. daily for about $105 (€80), or an instructor will come to your hotel room for $130 (€100) an hour. Call Cathy at least 24 hours in advance to arrange private sessions. Open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. 14 rue Buttura,


Looking for the perfect cadeaux to take home? Famed macaron maker and longtime goody-bag favorite during fashion week — even models love the colorful bite-sized cookies — Laduree opened an outpost in Cannes in the fall. Boxes start at about $26 (€20), and you can pick your favorite flavors from the daily options. 79 rue d’Antibes,


Revel in the old-fashioned house call, still de rigueur across France: A GP comes to your door within an hour. Prices depend on diag- nosis, but be prepared to pay about $98 (€75). Your medecin will give you a receipt to submit to your U.S.-based insurance. Cannes has a special area number: SOS Medecins Cannes Grasse et region,

Getting around

Want to avoid cab lines and get around the fest in style? App-based car service Uber will be cruising the streets in Cannes this year. Download the app for iPhone, Android or Blackberry -- with cars available from the wee hours in the morning.