Monte Carlo from Breakfast to Dinner
For the ultimate food lovers’ day in Monte-Carlo, start at Valentin on Avenue de la Costa for breakfast. Join the locals at this relaxed little Italian restaurant for some of the best coffee in town and delicious flaky pastries. You can eat in or get a takeaway and head down to the harbour and tuck in while you watch the yachts float by.
Stay near the water for lunch with a view at l’Horizon Deck at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo on Avenue des Spélugues. This restaurant and champagne bar has a terrace with a 360 degree view. You can see Monaco’s casino, Opera House, Prince’s Palace and right out along the Riviera coast. Tuck into some Mediterranean food that makes the most of local and seasonal ingredients. Start off with a glass of champagne before choosing from dishes like bouillabaisse (fish stew) or Salad Niçoise.
Make sure to leave some room after lunch for an ice cream at Boulevard de France’s Gelatorino. This genuine Italian gelateria makes smooth, creamy ice creams and sorbets using old fashioned ice cream machines brought over from Italy. You can slurp on classic flavours like vanilla, pistachio and salted caramel, as well as more unusual ones like pumpkin pie and bunet (an Italian dessert that’s made with chocolate and amaretti).
Stop off for a pre-dinner drink in the futuristic bar at Blue Gin before dinner at Blue Bay, both part of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort. You can enjoy panoramic sea views at this smart, modern restaurant. The chef, Marcel Ravin, comes from Martinique in the French West Indies, so he mixes French and Caribbean flavours with subtle herbs and spices. You can devour dishes like roast John Dory with Jamaican pepper and smoked chicken with palm hearts, which were good enough for Ravin to be given a Michelin star.