How To walk the Gastronomic Trail in Monaco

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Whether you want to savour the finest cuisine in the Principality’s best restaurants, or charm your palate by tasting some traditional Monegasque specialities, the Principality leaves you spoilt for choice.

Here is how to explore Monaco’s gastronomic trail:

Settle in at the Port Palace (External link) (****) for this sweet escape among Monegasque scents and flavours. After arriving in the morning, have a pleasant, tasty lunch at one of only two Gaia restaurants in the world (the other one being in Dubai), where you will get a unique taste of Greek cuisine. Then, take a nice walk to world-famous Place du Casino and the new One Monte Carlo district (External link) , and stop at Mada One to sample some of their famous Mad’Champagne Tea.

Gaia Monte-Carlo
Greek salad at GAIA ©Gaia Monte-Carlo

Through the entrance way of the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, the Yoshi (External link) restaurant (1-star) with its rare Japanese cuisine, awarded with a Michelin star, you can enjoy dining in the cosy atmosphere devised by the architect Didier Gomez. Founded by the late Joël Robuchon who said of the restaurant: One comes here by curiosity, is enticed by the produce quality and meets there for pleasure. For the final touch, let yourself be tempted by an after-dinner drink or a glass of wine at the Wine Palace, at the Yacht Club de Monaco, not far from your hotel.

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One Monte-Carlo - Mada One - Tea Time-©Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer

At Cova (External link) , you will delight in a refined breakfast served in a private ‘lounge’ atmosphere. For the sake of gastronomy, you won’t want to miss the traditional La Condamine market (External link) where, under the red and yellow parasols, you can see, smell and touch fresh produce on the stands of market gardeners who have been coming here for centuries. As you go along, you won’t want to resist sampling local specialities: Barbajuan, Pissaladière and Socca. Then, we suggest you stroll up to the Rock. There, nestled between grand Mediterranean pines, and overlooking Fontvielle Harbour since 1953, the Castelroc Restaurant has become a historical landmark. Enjoy traditional delights, from their veranda facing the Prince’s Palace or while enjoying the breathtaking views of their terrace. Nearby, in a quaint pedestrian street of the old town, the gastronomic Montgolfiere (External link) , a little family-run restaurant, is the perfect counterpoint to all the trendy and ‘bling’ places in Monaco!

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© Michael Alesi FB

You can further pursue your day of gustatory exploration at La Chocolaterie de Monaco (External link) , chocolate makers since 1920, official suppliers of the Prince’s Palace, and bring back a fine box bearing the Principality’s colours. At the Tea Shop, you can take a break by sampling one of the 130 teas from the world over available à la carte and why not take your favourite home with you?

One Monte-Carlo ©Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer
One Monte-Carlo© Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer

Continue your gastronomic journey by discovering the Maya Jah restaurant, where Mediterranean cuisine meets oriental flavours. Chef Mustapha El Hajraoui, sublimates traditional and contemporary recipes with the desire to create and surprise guests. Maya Jah (External link) reveals an elegant and delicate space allowing an escape with a thousand and one scents in two universes that complement each other harmoniously. While summering, we invite you to bid farewell to Monaco by visiting the beach of Méridien Beach Plaza (External link) (****), at the Balinese-style Alang Bar, to start sipping delectable cocktails with your feet in the sand.

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