Each May, when the "Palais des Festivals" unrolls its red carpet for the film festival and its accompanying Hollywood nabobs, Cannes has more stars than a cloudless night in L.A. But Cannes also lures the well-minted class year-round, when commoners can spot a stiletto-heeled celebrity or two between bouts of shopping and topless tanning. Ferraris and Lamborghinis fly down La Croisette, a street that personifies the vibe of this très chic city, with rows of sleek mega-yachts crowding the harbor. Stars from Antonio Banderas to Pia Zadora rest their heads at the ultra-elegant Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc. And don't even think of dining before nine, unless you want to miss the more nocturnally prone stars as they come out to preen and play. Neat (+188.8.131.52.29.19) lures the likes of Mark Wahlberg, while other postprandial pleasure-seekers unite at Petit Majestic (+33.4.93-39-94-92), a corner bar that spills celebrities onto the sidewalk.
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