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F1 Destination Guide: Monaco

Food & Wine

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.

Monaco has everything from Tex-Mex to Japanese, from sublime dining in the Louis XV to portside cafés. Be sure to try some of the Monégasque specialties like barbagiuan, a delicious tidbit of rice, spinach, leek and cheese, served as an appetizer.

Current favourites for "lite snack" sandwiches are toasted paninis, focaccia, and open faced bruschettas found in the Old Town.

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 Mediterranean (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, open 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,open 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.

Restaurants:

Monegasque:

Le Castelroc
Place du Palais
Monaco-Ville
Tel: 93 30 36 68
Fax: 93 30 59 88
E-mail: catelroc@monaco377.com
Monégasque and Italian - One of the best-kept secrets in Monaco. It offers the largest selection of Monégasque specialties.

Cavagnetu
14, rue Comte-Felix-Gastaldi
Monaco-Ville
Tel: 93 30 35 80
This restaurant has a traditional menu and also features Monégasque specialties. Open year-round.

La Chaumière
Moneghetti
Rond-point du Jardin-Exotique
Tel: 93 25 74 34
Fax: 93 25 74 33
Pizzeria and Monégasque specialties.

Le Cyrnos
2, rue des Roses
Monte-Carlo
Tel: 93 50 82 60
Only Monégasque cuisine.

Le Loga
25, boulevard des Moulins
Monte-Carlo
Tel: 93 30 87 72
Fax: 93 25 06 41
Monégasque, Italian and French - A reasonable menu in a cozy atmosphere.

La Strega
4, rue de la Colle
La Condamine
Tel:92 05 67 77
Monégasque, Italian and French - Italian, French and Monégasque cuisine.

Tea For Two
11. boulevard Albert-ler
La Condamine
Tel: 93 50 10 10
Monégasque and Mediterranean

 

Continental:

Balmoral Hotel
12, avenue de la Costa
Monte-Carlo
Tel: 93 50 62 37
Fax: 93 15 08 69
Website: www.hotel-balmoral.mc
E-mail: resa@hotel-balmoral.mc

Café de Paris
Place du Casino
Monte carlo
Tel: 92 16 20 20
Fax: 92 16 38 58
Web site: www.montecarloresort.com
The menu has an international flavour. Daily specials are always good; favourites are streak tartar and fresh oysters in season.

Le Côté Jardin
Hôtel de Paris - Place du Casino
Monte-Carlo
Tel: 92 16 68 44
Fax: 92 16 38 40
Web site: www.montecarloresort.com
E-mail: mb.catena@sbm.mc
Here is the place for your power breakfast or discrete lunch in a charming, sun-filled room or on the garden terrace. Mixed menu, pleasant atmosphere.

Hirondelle
Les Thermes Marins - 2, avenue de Monte-Carlo
Tel: 92 16 49 30
Part of the spa complex, this restaurant can help you cut calories in the most satisfactory way.

La Maison du Caviar
1 avenue Saint-Charles
Monte-Carlo
Tel: 93 30 80 06
Fax: 93 30 23 90
E-mail: jpdcl800@hotmail.com
Mediterranean - As the name implies, a place to indulge in caviar and fine dining.

Le Perigordin
5, rue des Oliviers
Monte-Carlo
Tel: 93 30 06 02
Fax: 93 30 06 02
Traditional cooking from southwest France, duck, duck, duck and foie gras! Traditional country cooking from the Périgord region in southwest France.

Les Privés
Casino de Monte-Carlo
Tel: 92 16 23 76
Fax: 92 16 38 62
Web site: www.montecarloresort.com
Traditional Italian. This restaurant serves great Italian and seafood dishes.

Il Terrazzino
2, rue des Iris
Monte-carlo
Tel: 93 50 24 27
Fax: 93 50 24 27
An intimate non-smoking restaurant serving home-made-dishes from Sicily. Bring a group and sample the antipasto bar.

Tony
6, rue Comte-Felix-Gastaldi
Monaco-Ville
Tel: 93 30 81 37