Dining in Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo is known for luxury, but the Louis XV restaurant at the Hôtel de Paris takes things to another level. It’s decorated with chandeliers, sculptures and giant floral displays, and even the crockery and cutlery are gold plated. The kitchen’s run by famous chef Alain Ducasse and has three Michelin stars. On the menu you’ll find fancy Mediterranean food like blue lobster and milk-fed lamb. If you really want to splash out then go for the lavish gourmet set menu.
Joël Robuchon is another celebrity chef with a restaurant in Monte Carlo. His two-star restaurant at the Hotel Métropole is a bit more subtle than the Louis XV, with muted colours, creative French food and a good value set lunch. Robuchon also has a Japanese restaurant called Yoshi at the same hotel where you can have great sushi.
Monte Carlo’s by the sea, which means you should try the seafood while you’re in town. Head to Square Beaumarchais’ Le Vistamar for some of the best. This elegant restaurant has a beautiful terrace overlooking the port, while the menu takes the best ingredients and keeps things simple so the flavours shine through.
Maya Bay on Avenue Princesse Grace brings a taste of Asia to Monte Carlo. It specialises in Thai and Japanese food and puts a twist on traditional dishes with things like spring rolls with foie gras.
If you fancy something more casual, Il Terrazzino on Rue des Iris is an Italian restaurant that’s one of racing driver Jenson Button’s favourites. You can have an antipasti buffet as well as meat, fish and pasta dishes. Or get transported to Paris at the Quai des Artistes by the port. The entrance looks like a Paris metro station and you’ll step inside to find a zinc bar, mirrored walls and traditional French dishes like fish soup and beef tartare.