05 September 2021 4 min read
We are so thrilled to have been featured in the October 2021 edition of Condé Nast Traveller. Check out our feature, starring the elegant Antibes Studs in print or here.
The team at illi love to travel. When we aren’t busy running things here, you'll find us planning our next adventure.
Our love of travel and the earth inspired us to start this company. Every piece in our collections is named after somewhere very close to our hearts.
So, with that in mind, we’re excited to begin a series of blog posts talking about some of our all time favourite spots.
First up, a look at some of the best cafés in Antibes.
Nestled along the French Riviera, the charming town of Antibes is a picture of old world glamour and romance.
Beach in Antibes, France
Antibes’ effortless allure has attracted many famous names over the decades. From Hollywood royalty the likes of Cary Grant and Sophia Loren, to celebrated creators such as writer F Scott Fitzgerald. One of Antibes most renowned former visitors was Pablo Picasso. The artist spent much of his life there and the Musée Picasso is a must visit for art lovers, with many of his works on display.
Built on an ancient greek fortified town, Antibes looks out onto the stunning Côte d'Azur. Its historic 16th century ramparts house old town Antibes, with cobbled streets and red roofed, pastel coloured buildings that exude old world charm. The town’s world famous daily marketplace, Marché Provençal offers a diverse range of regional produce, perfect for taking in the varied tastes and scents of Southern France.
Antibes is home to Port Vauban, the largest marina in the Mediterranean. The historic port dates back to before the Roman Empire, and now boasts several of the world’s most luxurious yachts. Visitors can enjoy a stroll past the marina and indulge in a bit of fantasy yacht shopping.
The town boasts plenty of places to stop and enjoy some delightful French refreshments before venturing out again to explore this beautiful region.
Here’s our lowdown of the five best cafés in Antibes.
There’s only one place to satisfy your morning coffee fix in Antibes. La Torref de Fersen, run by Franck, serves up delicious freshly roasted coffee like you’ve never tasted before. It’s the only coffee house in Antibes where coffee is roasted in house every day. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming.
For coffee aficionados, Franck also runs coffee and espresso workshops on demand, imparting his expert coffee wisdom, gleaned from years as a high end barista and coffee roaster.
Situated along the Rue de Fersen, Torref de Fersen is just a 4 minute walk from the Picasso Museum.
Address: 25 Rue de Fersen, 06600 Antibes, France
Open Tuesday to Saturday
For something sweet, pop into the delightful Choopy’s. Known for its colourful cupcakes and delicious coffee, Choopy’s is a cute, family friendly café with tons of charm. Most of the menu is gluten free, with a wide range of vegetarian and vegan fare.
Choopy’s warm, friendly atmosphere is well known by its many visitors over the past decade. A great place to meet friends, relax and treat yourself.
Enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch. Or simply stop in for a coffee and cupcake.
Address: 19 Rue de Marc, 06600, Antibes, France
Open Tuesday to Saturday
For something a little more grown up, Café Brun, situated just steps from the Cathédrale Notre-Dame, is the perfect spot. Featuring a stylish, mid century interior with wood panelled walls, leather armchairs and bicycles suspended from the ceiling, Café Brun is the perfect place to stop for lunch.
Known for its great wine list and array of mouthwatering cocktails, why not pop by for a drink or two, plus some tempting dishes at the end of a long day of sightseeing or lounging by those stunning azure waters.
Address: 8 Rue Aubernon, 06600, Antibes, France
Sample some local products and enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or dessert amidst the beautiful scenery offered at Le Café Jardin. A short stroll from the Place Nationale, this friendly bar and coffee shop is a popular spot among locals and visitors alike.
With a picturesque hidden garden and shaded patio with an aquarium and water feature, Le Café Jardin is the perfect stop for some refreshments on a hot afternoon.
Great for families and solo travellers, the rustic atmosphere combined with a warm welcome from the staff makes Le Café Jardin a firm favourite.
Address: 23 Rue des Bains, 06600, Antibes, France
The crystalline Mediterranean waters and old world glamour of beautiful Antibes inspired this collection. Featuring deep azure lab-grown sapphires and solid 14k recycled gold, our Antibes studs and necklace make a perfect pair.
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