You know the Antibes tourist gold rush has started when that blimmin’ petit train touristique starts to shove you off the road and the Port Vauban walking tours start to come in by the bus load. Avoid the herds and explore the crew corners of Antibes.
Coffee Shop | Salad & Juice Bar
This cosmopolitan eatery is new on the Antibes coffee shop scene. Owned by yacht chef Anais Martelly, Lucky Break offers a variety of international favourites like their famous egg and bacon muffin with cheese and New York-style salmon bagel. The juice offering includes a great crew-pleaser called the ‘hangover cure’. All fresh produce is locally-sourced and cakes are baked with love at the shop. For those who want to study and work, Wi-Fi is fast and free.
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16 Rue Aubernon
Store | Literature
London-born, English literature teacher Fenella Holt opened Antibes Books on Valentine’s Day 2015. It’s not your typical high street bookshop with one of their bestsellers including a book on Toilet Paper Origami. Antibes Books also stocks a variety of specialist yacht titles, coffee table books, cooking books, turn-down treats and pretty stationery. Take your time, there are books galore.
Fitness | Pilates Training
Owned and run by yours truly (The Swedish African), CREW Pilates offers exclusive outdoor and on board Pilates training. Sessions run for 55-minutes and are instructed in English. The CREW Pilates Studio is five-minutes walk from Port Vauban and is equipped with an Allegro 1 Reformer, Combo Chair and Align Pilates Ladder Barrel. Bookings can be made by email.
Control Movement Body
Massage | Deep Tissue & Health
If there’s one woman who knows sport’s massage, it’s Caroline Blackburn. An ex-Olympic hurdler and professional athlete, Caroline went on to study a BSc (Hons) in Sports Studies and a Diploma in Sports Injury and Rehabilitation. Caroline has an impressive list of clientele including Tour de France cyclists, triathletes, racing drivers, musicians and mums-to-be. The Control Movement Body massage clinic is a moment’s walk from the bustling postal square. Book well in advance, especially over summer.
Restaurant | Pizza & Pasta
There’s one place to go when you feel like a good, greasy Pizza in Antibes… Pomodoro. Owned by the delightful Martine Le Doré Bianchi, the restaurant is run from the heart. Martine is a local with a great passion for the history of Antibes. The restaurant’s red, red (did I say red?) walls are covered in tomato-esqueness: hand-drawn pictures of tomatoes, poems about tomatoes and anecdotes from all over the globe. Highly recommend the Primavera and Pomodoro Special.
11 Rue du Migrainier
Harmonie Rock Therapy
Massage | Rock Therapy & Beauty
With over ten years experience working at the most exclusive spas and health centres in the Cote D’Azur, Australian-born Natalie Boddy decided to start up her own thing. The Harmonie studio is tucked up from the famous Rue James Close. Natalie specialises in heated and chilled rock massage, with each rock instrument hand-crafted and highly polished to suit individual muscles and areas of the body. Natalie also offers beauty treatments, including facials, waxing and tinting.
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33 Rue des Revennes
Education | Learn French
The totally passionate Sylvie Galli has been a teacher of French as a foreign language for 20 years. From the first lesson, Sylvie pulls up her sleeves and gets dirty with the language, encouraging her students to talk, talk, talk. French Express comes to you or Skype lessons can be arranged at your convenience.
French Express comes to you
The Cutting Shop
Beauty | Hair & Nails
The Cutting Shop by Marc Ramo is about to celebrate its third birthday in Antibes. This English-speaking, French-owned salon is renowned for treating both yacht guests and crew to beauty treatments of distinction. The vibe is upmarket but relaxed. And owner Marc is a total maestro with the scissors!
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7 Rue Thuret
Coffee Shop | Cupcakes
Choopy’s is like a little doll’s house packed with yummy, home-baked smells and quaint sitting areas. Their specialty is without doubt their gluten-free cupcakes and sweet treats but they also do a delish eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce. Get there early as it fills up quickly at meal times. Choopy’s also do takeaway lunch boxes for those clammy beach days or deliveries around Antibes.
Facebook: Choopy’s cupcakes and coffee-shop
16 Rue Vial
JP The Barber Shop
Trend | Male grooming
JP The Barber Shop is a trendy and creatively designed hair salon for men. The shop is always busy with bearded, happy-looking customers. Appointments available in the morning. Walk-ins available in the afternoon.
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21 Rue Général Baron d’Andréossy