The most important tip I can give you on Monaco  local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Monaco, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.

What to Eat in

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How to go wrong? Food in Monaco is universally excellent. There are many fine restaurants, beginning with the Cafe de Paris across the street from the casino, to the waterfront restaurants along the Port de Fontvieille. During the winter months, you will find the restaurants to be decently priced–for Monaco. Bouillabaisse is excellent here. Budget There are a huge variety of other restaurants and cafés in the city with a moderate price tag and excellent food.

 

There are a few simple cafés along the marina-side, more like beach bars than anything else, that serve simple meals such as pizza, salads and hotdogs throughout the day. These can be excellent for simply sitting back during the hot midday with a cold beer or glass of wine, a snack to recharge your batteries from exploring the city, and the gentle lapping of the Merranean (and often the roar of supercars) in your ears. Most of these restaurants are equipped with water-misters in the ceilings that gently cool and refresh the clientele. Stars ‘n’ Bars, 6 quai Antoine-1, ? 97-97-95-95. June-Sept daily 11AM-midnight; Oct-May Tues-Sun 11AM-midnight. Bar open until 3AM. American style sports bar serving standard burgers pizzas and sandwiches. Drinking or dining during Happy Hour offers reasonable value for money. Pizzeria Monégasque, 4 rue Terrazzani, ? 93-30-16-38. Mon-Sat noon-1:45PM and 7:30-11PM (until midnight Fri-Sat).

For those on a budget, be sure to grab a slice of one of their delicious gourmet pizzas that taste even better when sitting on the outdoor terrace. Main courses are also available from 10€-22€. Mid-range Somewhere in between these two dining experiences comes the world-famous Café de Paris, just outside the Casino. Tourists and locals alike can often be found during the afternoon and all through the night laughing, drinking, and eating some fabulous (but verging on expensive) meals.

It is definitely a must-go during your stay in Monte Carlo, even if it is just for a snack in the afternoon – it is well worth it. A new favorite in Monaco is Beefbar located in the Port of La Condamine, they serve excellent meat. Cafe de Paris, Place du Casino, ? 92-16-20-20. Daily 8AM-3AM. The nerve centre of Monte Carlo, where people go to see and be seen, buzzing with the feel of old time Monte Carlo, circa early 1900s. Menu items change frequently, as do the waiters, who seem intent on rushing patrons through their meals. For people-watching, you could try a diet Coke for a mere €6(Beer glass 14€,ice cream 16€). Reservations to dine are recommended. Beefbar, quai Jean Charles Ray, 98000. Quality cuts of beef on offer, attached with high, though surprisingly worthwhile price tag. Small cups on puree are available for the meat, though an additional cup (one is far too small), costs 8.5€. Wine selections are paired perfectly with the red meat.

Chic atmosphere and the staff are extremely attentive. Baccarat, 4 Escalier Saint-Charles, ? 93-50-66-92. Serving some of the finest Italian fare in Monte Carlo, Baccarat has an airy and authentic atmosphere. The oven-baked turbot with artichokes has customers such as Robbie Williams coming back again and again. Yoshi, 4 av de la Madone. Sleek and sexy Japanese restaurant of Metropole Hotel that offers authentic sushi favorites at reasonable prices. Splurge Dining in Monaco can be a very sobering experience to whomever is paying the bill. Perhaps the most exclusive and famous restaurants in the city are the Louis XV Restaurant and the Le Grill de L’Hotel de Paris, both centered on the very exclusive Hotel de Paris.

You are more than likely to be seated next to a member of the rich and famous, and the gourmet food is simply out-of-this-world – however, these experiences come with a rather hefty price tag! Louis XV, Hôtel de Paris, place du Casino. In one of the finest hotels in the world, run by one of the finest chefs in the world (Alain Ducasse) this Michelin 3 star rated restaurant serves dining perfection amongst luxurious glitterati.

The level of sophistication for all dishes is hard to be surpassed, the sea bass with Italian artichokes regularly reaches a score of 19/20 by restaurant critics. The restaurant contains the world’s largest wine cellar: 250,000 bottles of wine (many priceless) stashed in a rock cave. Reservations are essential, as are jacket and tie for men. Le Grill de L’Hotel de Paris, In the Hôtel de Paris, place du Casino, ? 92-16-29-66. Although often overlooked by the famed ‘Louis XV’, look above to the Hotel de Paris’s rooftop for its equally elegant contender. Less intimidating than the Ducasse citadel downstairs, Le Grill offers every imaginable sort of grilled fish, and meat that come from the nearby Alps. The selection of 600,000 wines are the perfect accompaniment to every dish, and the service is impeccable. Dining on the rooftop affords you stunning, panoramic views of Monte Carlo, and in the summer, a blanket of starry sky.

What to Drink in Monaco

The legal drinking/purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is 18 and is strictly enforced. Champagne has the status of a national beverage in Monaco. A single glass can cost as much as €40 at a fashionable restaurant! Zelos, Top Floor Grimaldi Forum Ave. Princesse Grace, ? +377 99 99 25 50. Showcasing panoramic views from the top floor of the Grimaldi Forum, the outdoor seating area offers the perfect spot to see yachts cruising into the harbor. Top models and the people who want to be with them dance the early mornings away here and we defy you not to do the same. Cocktail list is impressive and bite sized treats are available.

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Bar at the Columbus Monaco, 23 Avenue des Papalins Monte Carlo, ? 00 377 92 059000. More laidback and informal than some of its counterparts, its subdued atmosphere is a refreshing change from some of the high energy Monaco bars. Decked out in shades of chocolate, its almost as sweet as the chocolate martinis, which come with a big truffle in each glass which slowly melts into your drinks and tastes heavenly. Formula One race car driver David Coulthard is a co owner, which means you’re likely to run into some of his race car competitors. Jimmy’z, Le Sporting Club Avenue Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo, ? + 377 9216 20 00.

The ultimate night club in Monte Carlo, the famed Jimmy’z is frequented by royalty and the uber-rich, which isn’t a surprise considering some of the hefty price tags, a beer will cost you upwards of £20. If you can’t afford it, there are other clubs to go to. There are two entrances -one, two floors down in Le Sporting Club, the other at street level, and many a rock star and billionaire have walked through both. Staff can be quite rude, but so are most of the patrons. Definitely an experience.

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