Eat and drink – ANTIBES (Le Cameo)

This weekend is the Antibes Déantibulation festival whereby the streets, alleyways and squares of Antibes old town are filled with trapeze artists, buskers, comedians and performance artists.  We ventured out on Saturday to experience a Brazilian percussion band, and a 2-person trampolining act dressed as the Blue Brothers.  Antibes old town was busy with locals and tourists alike all eager to experience their own slice of free theatre and music.

After wandering around we wanted to stop for a refreshment (but not wait an eternity for service) so we stopped for a drink at Le Cameo Hotel, an unassuming bar/hotel situated at Place Nationale.  The ‘Cameo’ as it is known locally is a basic hotel but I am not sure of the exact hotel standard – our reason for stopping here was it was not busy (usually I would take this to NOT be a good sign of a remarkable eating establishment) therefore we could possibly be served quickly and avoid the throngs of people surging every bar/café in Antibes old town; and it offered a shady restful place on a hot day.

Within minutes of seating, we were approached by a friendly waiter who took our drinks orders and returned promptly with our drinks and a bowl of table crackers.  He was friendly and pulled funny faces with my son.  Friends joined us later and received the same warm service from various bar staff.  We did not eat here but drink prices were good for Antibes.  The toilets were on the ground floor, very clean and accessible for strollers/buggies, and wheelchairs.

A worthwhile bar/caféteria to visit if you want somewhere fuss-free, shaded from the hot sun and close enough to people watch without being part of the action.


One thought on “Eat and drink – ANTIBES (Le Cameo)

  1. My original review above we stopped at Le Cameo for drinks only. This week we visited for dinner as a family group of 4 adults and one child (20 months old). The good: Le Cameo has a high chair for children. Wait staff were friendly. The bad: I ordered the menu at 19,50€ – my entree ‘Ficelle Picard’ (a pancake with ham, cheese and cream) was average tasting and the cream was runny; my main course of Penne with meatballs was flavourless; I waited a long time before I flagged a waiter to ask if I could now have a dessert. They were apologetic and the restaurant was busy, however I shouldn’t have had to ask for my last course. My dinner companions said their moules (mussels) were far too salty. I would still recommend for a cold drink during the day, but perhaps choose another restaurant for dinner service.


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