Perched atop the hill on which stands the Grimaldi Castle Museum, it is the oldest district of the present day City of Cagnes-sur-Mer. Patinas several centuries old, stone houses laden with history, winding narrow streets, surprising vistas to the Mediterranean, flowers everywhere, all conspiring to enchant the visitor in search of authenticity. Numerous painters who fell in love with the light of the Mediterranean settled in this picturesque town also known as the “Montmartre of the French Riviera”. Amongst the most famous Auguste Renoir - his house and atelier, now a museum, has stayed virtually unchanged since his death.
Haut-de-Cagnes was also home or a favoured destination of other famous people as, Simenon, Foujita, Yves Klein, Suzy Solidor, Soutine, Cocteau, Modigliani. In the 1950`s / 1960`s the village was a much frequented hangout for celebrities (wishing to shun the limelight of Cannes and Monte Carlo) with small bars and cozy jazz clubs.
Today that status is making a come-back with many restaurants offering a broad choice of cuisines and ratings. Le Black Cat, the Grimaldi`s Jazz- Club and Piano Bar is situated next to the Grimaldi on Place du Chateau.