A Guide to Monte Carlo Casinos

Monte Carlo is famous for its casinos, and the grandest of them all is the Casino de Monte-Carlo. It’s in a beautiful building that was designed by the same architect who built Paris’ Opera House. The lavish design might make you feel like you’re in a James Bond film, as it’s featured in a couple of them. You don’t need a dinner jacket or ballgown to go inside, but you do need to dress smartly and they usually ask men to wear jackets in the evenings. You’ll also need your passport as residents of Monaco aren’t allowed inside.

The interiors are covered in layers of gold, marble and stained glass. You can just go and look around or watch the evening entertainment, but if you do want to gamble, the main gaming room has slot machines, roulette, craps and blackjack, or you can join the high rollers in the Salons Privés.

Monte Carlo’s second best known casino is the Café de Paris. You’ll find a more relaxed atmosphere here, and the dress code’s more casual. It started life as Café Divan in 1868 and has been redeveloped a few times since, but its brasserie’s still a popular place to eat and drink. The casino has the French Riviera’s largest number of slot machines as well as blackjack, poker and roulette tables, and it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There’s also the Sun Casino on Avenue des Spélugues, which is an American-style casino where you can play the slots, blackjack, roulette, poker and craps. It’s decorated like a saloon, with a restaurant that turns into a bar after midnight.

Finally there’s the Monte-Carlo Bay Casino on Avenue Princesse Grace. It’s part of the four-star Monte-Carlo Bay hotel and resort, which also has four restaurants and a nightclub. Inside the casino’s very modern and you can get lost among 150 slot machines.