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Monte Carlo is a 30-minute drive from both Nice and Italy, and you will taste how the city is influenced by both French and Italian cuisine. But great food experiences in Monte Carlo are defined not so much by any specific regional foods, but from the settings in which meals take place. From star-studded eateries to restaurants serving up some regional fare, there are plenty of great food experiences to be had. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks of the five best Monte Carlo food experiences:
1. An elegant dining room. Since the rich and famous often flock to Monte Carlo, the city is filled with elegant dining rooms where you can rub elbows with A-listers. Our favorite is Le Louis XV — a Monte-Carlo must. Come here for the traditional cuisine, and stay for the luxurious ambience.
2. A sidewalk cafe. There are few better ways to soak in the French Riviera than by watching the day pass by from a sidewalk café. Try Café de Paris, where you can grab a seat on the terrace and savor the seasonal and classic French dishes. Though most tourists know about this hotspot, it’s still a must-do in Monte Carlo. You can eat here day or night — Café de Paris is open until 2 a.m.
3. Dining along the yachts. Monte Carlo is almost always lined with yachts, and we love taking in the glamour while we dine. Stars ‘N’ Bars is a great place to do this. The sports bar — done with an international twist, of course — serves up dishes like sushi and burgers. It’s a legendary bar on the waterfront at Port Hercule, where you can watch mega yachts pull into the harbor from the Star Deck.
4. Visit a celebrity chef restaurant. Both Joël Robuchon and Alain Ducasse have restaurants in Monte Carlo. Visit Le Grill, one of Alain Ducasse’s outposts, in the summer when the roof slides back and the irresistible Mediterranean sun shines down on the dining room. You’ll enjoy Mediterranean-style gourmet cuisine with a view that will make your jaw drop.
5. Relaxed dining by the race tracks. Every visitor should spend an afternoon at La Rascasse to get a taste of Monte Carlo. Sitting on the famous bend on the Monaco Grand Prix course, it’s a great place to go for an afternoon bite.