It doesn’t get much more glamorous and opulent than the tiny but wealthy and beautiful Principality of Monaco, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe.
A monarchy with prince Albert II as head of the state, the presence of the Grimaldi royals is felt everywhere from the Prince’s Palace whose state rooms are open to the public during the summer and whose courtyard has since 1960 been the setting for open air concerts given by Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, to the rose garden inaugurated by Prince Rainier in memory of Princess Grace Kelly.
Monaco is the ultimate jet set destination, with many luxury events throughout the year, such as the formula 1 Grand Prix and the Monaco Yacht Show which attract thousands of visitors every year. Monaco’s nightlife is renowned from the famous Stars ‘n Bars to Jimmyz Nightclub and of course its grand casino.
From the top floor of the Hotel de Paris in Monaco and overlooking the Principality, enjoy the breathtaking azure of the endless panoramic sea view Le Grill has to offer. The roof opens up to a starlit sky, revealing the famous rotisserie visible to the guests, with a masterfully balanced Mediterranean menu completing the experience.
Café de Paris is an ideal place for lunch or dinner in the heart of Monte-Carlo, right on the legendary Place du Casino. Inside the décor featuring Belle Epoque style windows, recalling the old Parisian bistros, creates a bright and friendly atmosphere. Outside the terrace offers you the privilege of being outside at any time of the year.
Stars ‘n Bars is a three story entertainment complex featuring one of the largest celebrity sports collections in the world and ideally located on the port of Monaco with breathtaking views of the harbour and skyline. Stars ‘n Bars offers the best steaks, burgers and American-style service in the principality as well as a diverse choice of other international cuisines including Mexican, Indian and Asian.
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Overlooking the Mediterranean, the Hôtel Hermitage epitomizes a certain carefree elegance at the highest level. Built in the early 1900s, this historic luxury hotel offers an intimate and relaxed ambiance, a haven of peace in the heart of Monte-Carlo. Access to Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, the beach at the Monte-Carlo Beach Club and to the Children’s Club.
Le Bar Américain, Hotel de Paris Cosy, elegant, low-key ambience, beautiful wood, leather armchairs, soft lighting and windows onto the sea, plus live music every evening from Doctor Gabs’s piano accompanied by double bass and drums. Nothing but the finest, this is what guests can expect when they sit at the bar or sink into a leather chair here. This hotel bar has the largest wine cellar in Europe.
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MC 98030 Monaco Cedex
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Area Code: +377
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Café de Paris
Type of Cuisine: Trendy
The delicious harmony between the magic of Paris and the prestige of Monaco makes for an enchanting atmosphere at the Café de Paris Monte-Carlo, the most popular venue for a ‘rendez-vous’ in Monaco. A warm welcome in a décor featuring Belle Epoque style windows, recalling the old Parisian bistros, creates a bright and friendly atmosphere. This is an ideal place for lunch or dinner in the heart of Monte-Carlo, right on the legendary Place du Casino, to enjoy the cuisine prepared by Chef Jean-Claude Brugel. Discreet and private, the terrace offers you the privilege of being “outside” at any time of the year.
Place du Casino, 98000 Monte-Carlo, Monaco 00 377 92 16 20 00
Type of Cuisine: Fine dining
Be enticed to discover all the subtleties of Mediterranean gastronomy, between the sea, the sky and the earth, at the Grill. From the top floor of the Hotel de Paris in Monaco and overlooking the Principality, enjoy the breathtaking azure of the endless panoramic sea view Le Grill has to offer. The roof opens up to a starlit sky, revealing the famous rotisserie visible to the guests, with a masterfully balanced Mediterranean menu completing the experience. Amongst the dessert choices, the famous soufflé, on the menu since 1898, is an all time favourite.
Hôtel de Paris
Place du Casino, 98000 Monte-Carlo, Monaco 00 377 98 06 88 88
Type of Cuisine: Haute cuisine, International
Yoshi, the first Joël Robuchon Japanese restaurant in the world, offers healthy, modern cuisine orchestrated by the Japanese chef Takéo Yamazaki, under the guidance of Joël Robuchon and Christophe Cussac. French interior architect Didier Gomez has created a warm and slick décor which gracefully combines the Japanese influences and the elegance of the Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo. The restaurant room has a sushi bar and opens into a Japanese-inspired garden, designed by the landscape artist Jacques Messin.
Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo
4, avenue de la Madone, BP 19, MC 98007 Monaco 00 377 93 15 15 15
Stars ‘n Bars
Type of Cuisine: Trendy
Originally an old, abandoned warehouse, Stars ‘n Bars is now a three story entertainment complex ideally located on the port of Monaco with breathtaking views of the harbour and skyline. Stars ‘n Bars offers the best steaks, burgers and American-style service in the principality as well as a diverse choice of other international cuisines including Mexican, Indian and Asian. The restaurant features one of the largest celebrity sports collections in the world, including an actual F1 racing car donated by two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen. Each May, the restaurant’s terrace serves as the Grand Prix “paddocks” where the greatest Formula 1 drivers in the world and their teams set up headquarters during the four day Monaco racing event.
6 Quai Antoine 1er, 98000 Monaco 00 377 97 97 95 95
Type of Cuisine: Fine dining
A little paradise between sky and sea. Basking in the sunshine, surrounded by lush greenery as you listen to the sound of the waves, this is an ideal spot to treat yourself to a tasty grill or buffet at mid-day; and in the evenings to yield to the temptations of a well-orchestrated menu featuring grilled fish and crayfish specialities. La Vigie takes the most exquisite products from the Mediterranean and serves them at your table. Chef Paolo Sari’s Vision: A menu is like a wholehearted journey to a land of flavours: sitting down at the table for a meal should never be thought of as a burden, but as an opportunity to partake in the pleasures of choosing, tasting and mixing foods.
Monte Carlo Beach Hotel
Avenue Princesse Grace, 06190 Roquebrune Cap-Martin 00 377 98 06 52 52
Type of Cuisine: Late night
Inaugurated in 1993, the Sass Café owes its name to the owner “Sassa”, and is a must of the Monegasque nights. In a refined décor with subdued lights, you can appreciate a traditional Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. It all seems peaceful but when dinner is finished, the Sass Café spirit works and the metamorphosis begins. The musicians arrive, voices start to warm the atmosphere and the live music accompanies you. Then the resident DJs begin their eclectic mixes to lead you until the end of night. Mythical place in the Principality of Monaco, the Sass Café is internationally known for its exclusive parties! On the menu: Lobster salad with spinach shoots, duck Foie Gras and onion marmalade, tagliatella with truffle butter and fonduta sauce.
11 Avenue Princesse Grâce, 98000 Monte Carlo, Monaco 00 377 93 25 52 00
Hotel de Paris*****
A simple flight of steps leads from Place du Casino to the majestic lobby of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. Low relief sculptures, marble colonnades and crystal chandeliers combine to create a sense of awe-inspiring solemnity which makes this such a memorable destination. The privileged quality of its location, just a stone’s throw from the legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo, means guests have front row seats to watch the glittering life of Monaco and unforgettable sunsets over the sea. With restaurants of international renown, notably Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse and Le Grill, and direct access to the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, a 6,600 m² Spa.
Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco 00 377 98 06 30 00
Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo*****
The Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is a place which is complete in itself. It is a source of wonder for your senses, emotions and dreams. The architecture and decoration are classical and timeless with a touch of modernism. Its warm Mediterranean spirit makes it different from other hotels – it is nearer to being an independent house. The innovative and personalized services are a source of surprise and they charm its guests. It is a fashionable, elegant hotel. It is a place of sparkling life with a life in synergy with the Principality. It is also a refuge, offering relaxation and intimacy, where every guest has enough time to take pleasure from the hotel.
Metropole, 4 Avenue de la Madone, 98007 Monte Carlo, Monaco 00 377 93 15 15 15
Vista Palace Hotel, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin*****
An aura of refined elegance meets an abundance of stylish simplicity and an air of tranquillity throughout the charmingly appointed rooms and suites, in which soft pastel shades and crisp, clean furnishings are complemented with prettily patterned fabrics and great views. Rooms boast balconies on which to soak up the sun, whilst select suites feature jacuzzis or private pools. The Vista Palace Hotel’s fitness facilities and wellness centre speak of a dedication to well-being, the outdoor pool glistens enticingly from its spot overlooking the sea and the Lounge Icare invites guests to sample creative cocktails and drink in the view.
1551, route de la Grande Corniche, 06190, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Le Méridien Beach Plaza*****
Ideally located within walking distance of Monaco’s most renowned tourist attractions, Le Méridien Beach Plaza hotel is the most serene place to stay in Monte Carlo, in a chic and contemporary atmosphere. Rooms and suites designed to stimulate and offering breathtaking views, spacious private terraces and outstanding resort facilities will enrich your experience. Le Méridien Beach Plaza is the only hotel in Monte Carlo with its own private beach with direct access.
22, avenue Princesse Grace, 98000, Monte Carlo 00 377 93 30 98 80
Overlooking the Mediterranean, the Hôtel Hermitage epitomizes a certain carefree elegance at the highest level. Built in the early 1900s, this historic luxury hotel offers an intimate and relaxed ambiance, a haven of peace in the heart of Monte-Carlo. 278 Rooms including 25 suites, 52 junior suites and 9 Diamond Suites. Restaurant with a terrace that offers a panoramic view, Le Vistamar. Large function room, the Salle Belle Epoque. Winter Garden with Gustave Eiffel dome. Fine wines served by the glass, a selection of vintage champagnes and cocktails in the Crystal Bar. Access to Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, the beach at the Monte-Carlo Beach Club and to the Children’s Club.
Square Beaumarchais, 98000 Monaco 00 377 92 16 40 00
Hotel Monte Carlo Beach*****
A 1930s legend revisited by India Mahdavi. The Monte-Carlo Beach offers a modern experience, combining the spirit of the Riviera’s golden era with the intimacy of a luxury resort. A remarkable place to live, inspired by the glamour of those Roaring Twenties it exudes a spirit of the great Mediterranean residences, combining the beauty of its site with the natural elegance of an inimitable way of life. Henceforth an essential port-of-call, 8 months out of 12, ranking among the great legendary hotels and luxury resorts; rooms with private balconies, views of the beautiful bays of the Mediterranean, a great swimming pool, three excellent restaurants.
Avenue Princesse Grace
06190 Roquebrune Cap-Martin, Monaco
Le Crystal Bar is a friendly place for an aperitif or after dinner drinks. It’s the perfect place to enjoy an aperitif, a drink after dinner or a cigar with a grand cru or a liqueur. The beautiful open-air Crystal Terrace offers a remarkable view of the Principality, perfect for enjoying a cigar with a grand cru. Enjoy your unique flavour macaroon and signature cocktail on the Crystal Terrace; an original creation specially designed for the Hôtel Hermitage. The cigar lounge located on the heated winter terrace offers a selection of fine brands.
Square Beaumarchais MC 98000 Monaco 00 377 98 06 98 98
The Salle Blanche at the Casino de Monte-Carlo is a comfortable and prestigious lounge bar, located in the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo – Belle Epoque jewel. Take your place at the Bar Salle Blanche for aperitifs with friends, after-dinner drinks or a break from the gaming tables during a night out at the casino. Casual Chic until 7 pm / Elegant Dress starting from 7 pm (jacket recommended). La Salle Blanche also gives access to the new outdoor terraces with gaming tables and a marvellous ocean view.
Casino de Monte-Carlo, Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco 00 377 98 06 21 21
Le Bar Américain, Hotel de Paris
Cosy, elegant, low-key ambience, beautiful wood, leather armchairs, soft lighting and windows onto the sea, plus live music every evening from Doctor Gabs’s piano accompanied by double bass and drums. Nothing but the finest, this is what guests can expect when they sit at the bar or sink into a leather chair here. This hotel bar has the largest wine cellar in Europe. Sit by the windows looking out onto the sea, gather in the piano music, sip a fine cognac or sparkling Champagne, Le Bar Américain always beckons its guests back, you have to visit this extraordinary spot.
Casino de Monte Carlo
Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco 00 377 92 16 30 00
Jimmy’z Sporting Monte-Carlo
At the heart of the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex, Jimmy’z is one of the world’s legendary nightclubs and hosts the Riviera’s most glamorous nights out on the town for the international jet set. Spacious yet intimate, Jimmy’z unique design and location by the sea has created a very special atmosphere, attracting the world’s biggest names to the turntables: Bob Sinclar, Martin Solveig, and Boy George to name a few. Year after year Jimmy’z continues to enchant a chic international clientele, including stars of show business, fashion and sport, who come to relax or celebrate important events. More than just a nightclub, Jimmy’z includes Michelin Star dining.
10 Avenue Princesse Grâce, 98000 Monte Carlo, Monaco 00 377 98 06 36 36
Le Dressing is founded by Helen Rimsberg in year 2000, and has since become known for being unparalleled in offering current and recent second hand garments and accessories by the seasons hottest labels. In the world of consignment store’s, Le Dressing has since opening been one of the best-kept secret’s for high-end designer clothes, bags, shoes and accessories. Some of the worlds most glamorous and stylish women live on the French Riviera, and Le Dressing help them share some of their best wardrobe pieces with you with labels like Chanel, Hermes, Balmain and Balenciaga among many others.
2 rue des Orangers, Monte-Carlo 98000 Monaco 00 377 932 58 22 6
1 Rue Princesse Florestine, Monte-Carlo 98000, Monaco 00 377 977 04 56 0
Centre Commercial de Fontvieille
The Shopping Centre in Fontvieille combines elegance with practicality and a wide array of products with its large car park and 36 shops selling hi-fi, records, furniture, clothes and shoes, and with a variety of places to eat.
Avenue Prince Albert II 98000, Monaco
Galerie Allées Lumières
Luxurious shopping mall Allées Lumières is an elegant gallery located in a renowned building in the heart of the Golden Circle of Monaco shopping, opposite the gardens of the Casino. This shopping gallery is part of the ‘Cercle d’Or’ (Golden Circle) of Monaco shopping. Shops stock designers such as Versace, D&G and Jimmy Choo. After shopping the ideal place to refuel is the nearby Café de Paris.
27, av de la Costa, Monte Carlo 98000
Sorasio was founded in 1905 and is the most renowned florist in Monaco, having a longlasting tradition of excellence and quality. Available to decorate interior and external events with rigorous choice of top of the range products creating a special and unique ambiance.
6 avenue des Beaux Arts, Monte-Carlo, MC 98000 Monaco 00 377 93 30 71 01
Métropole Shopping Centre
The Métropole gallery, with its 80 boutiques, opposite the Casino Gardens, welcomes you into a luxury décor of beautiful marble under a magnificent period chandelier. Open monday to saturday from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Métropole Shopping Center
17, Avenue des Spélugues, 98000 Monaco 00 377 93 50 15 36
La Condamine is the second oldest district in Monaco, after Monaco-Ville, known for its distinctive wide harbour and moored expensive yachts. You will have the most diversified shopping experience in La Condamine where over 200 shops are located in an area full of character around the traditional market at Port Hercule. Visitors can expect to find an eclectic mix of everything from high fashion to wonderful oranges and flowers at the local markets.
Rue Grimaldi, Rue Princesse Caroline, Rue Millo, Rue Terrazzani
Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée or the Monaco Cathedral is the cathedral where many of the Grimaldis were buried, including Grace Kelly and more recently, Rainier III. The cathedral was consecrated in 1875, and is on the site of the first parish church in Monaco built in 1252 and dedicated to St. Nicholas. Of note are the retable (circa 1500) to the right of the transept, the Great Altar and the Episcopal throne in white Carrara marble. Pontifical services take place on the major religious festivals such as the Feast of Sainte Dévote (27 January) and the National holiday (19 November).
4 Rue Colonel Bellando de Castro, 98000 Monaco 00 377 93 30 87 70
The Prince’s Palace of Monaco
The Prince’s Palace of Monaco is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco dating back to 1191 when it was built as a Genoese fortress and has been the home of the Grimaldi family since the late 13th century. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the palace and its owners became symbols of the slightly risqué glamour and decadence that were associated with Monte Carlo and the French Riviera. Glamour and theatricality became reality when the American film star Grace Kelly became chatelaine of the palace in 1956.The palace remains the residence of the current Prince of Monaco.
Prince’s Palace of Monaco B.P. 518 MC 98015 Monaco 00 377 93 25 18 31
Larvotto is a north eastern residential and tourist area and part of Monaco and it is home to Monaco’s only public beach. The Larvotto is a man-made beach laid in front of the pre-existing sea-front some time after the Second World War. It comprises three concrete jetties, protected by large boulders and a gravel beach. In the last few years, the restaurants and bars at the back of the beach have grown substantially, both in size and quality, and this is a lovely area for families. Note: From 2008-1010 Avenue Princess Grace located alongside Larvotto Beach was the world’s most expensive street to live on.
Musée Océanographique is Monaco’s stunning aquarium, boasting more than 6000 specimens in their faithfully reconstructed natural habitat. Discover the amazing species of the Mediterranean, the incredible diversity of the inhabitants of the coral reef and the monumental Shark Lagoon, all under the same roof. The one hundred or so pools, ranging in size from 100 to 450,000 litres, are home to several thousand fish specimens, more than 200 species of invertebrates and around one hundred species of hard and soft corals.
Av. St-Martin, MC 98000 Monaco 00 377 93 15 36 00
The Jardin Exotique de Monaco has been, for over 75 years, collecting the rarest and most amazing varieties of exotic plants. The Exotic Garden is a magic spot; a real garden open to the sky and overlooking the Mediterranean. This is simply an unbelievably beautiful garden, where visitors and locals come to spend an idyllic day in an exotic environment with many rare species of plants and flowers to admire.
62, boulevard du Jardin-Exotique, Les Révoires, Monaco 00 377 93 15 29 80
Casino de Monte-Carlo
A magnificent belle époque extravaganza, Monte Carlo’s Casino was designed in 1878 by Charles Garnier, architect of the Paris opera house. With its commanding position and dazzling views of Monaco, it is impressive enough from the outside, but within it is truly dazzling: a veritable temple to luck, luxury and ostentatious self-indulgence, haunted by the phantoms of royal and aristocratic gamblers including the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia, and many more.
Place du Casino, 98000 Monte-Carlo, Monaco 00 377 98 06 21 21
Willow Stream Spa
Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Monte Carlo is a multi-award winning spa. Inspired by the energy and magic of Monte Carlo, and drenched in the amazing colors of Monaco, the spa is complete with eight generously-sized treatment rooms and a manicure/pedicure nail spa all awash in the deepest of sea greens and aquamarine to the coolest of sapphire and cyan.
This light and airy spa includes two couples experience suites with double tubs, double steam showers and overhead rain showers as well as an authentic hamman and experiential showers in the men’s lounge area.
12 Avenue des Spélugues, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 98000 00 377 93 506600
Carol Joy London
One of the most exclusive Hair Salons in Monte Carlo, Carol Joy London at the Fairmont Hotel was founded by Carol Joy Hatton on the philosophy that the secret to beauty lies in the intake and application of key ingredients. With 25 years of research and knowledge, the Carol Joy collection was created within the products so as to achieve the finest clinically proven results for skin, hair and nails. A Quintessentially British brand with the highest standards, Carol Joy London’s exclusivity and expertise is sought after all around, from London and Monaco to Moscow and Hong Kong.
12 avenue spelugues Mc98000, Monte-Carlo, Monaco 00 377 93 30 80 21
SPA Cinq Mondes
Tradition, beauty, quality, authenticity… With these shared values, the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort and the Cinq Mondes SPA invite you on a unique sensory journey to five different worlds. With 900m² dedicated to well-being, a wonderful array of treatments and ancestral traditions enhanced by incomparable quality and service, the spa offers clients a truly unique experience. Body and face treatments, massages, slimming and firming procedures and more.
Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
40 avenue Princesse Grace MC 98000, Monaco 00 377 98 06 02 00
Salon Éric Zemmour
Salon Éric Zemmour is one of the best salons in Monaco. Éric Zemmour counts many personalities among his clients who have total confidence in his expertise. Éric Zemmour’s passion combined with his artistic and professional talent has guided him on the road to success. Thus he became one of the hairdresser ambassadors for L’Oréal Professionnel and he joined the prestigious creative team of Haute Coiffure French. Now he owns 10 salons in France and Monaco, all refined spaces, modern and comfortable with his team of 80 employees that combine energy, talent and creativity to enhance your beauty.
6, boulevard des Moulins, Monte-Carlo 00 377 97 70 01 91
Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo
This magnificent four-storey 6,600 m² complex enjoys a fabulous location, facing the sea and directly connected to the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. The centre specialises in sea water therapies and manual relaxation therapies, blending ancestral techniques with leading edge methods, such as aquagym baths, hydromassage, pressotherapy, shiatsu, sophrology, energising massages with essential oils, etc. The delightful L’Hirondelle restaurant offers tasty, light meals and also looks out over the sea. Discover the wide range of treatments offered by the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo and enjoy moments of total relaxation, genuinely individual programmes and personalised care.
2, avenue de Monte-Carlo, MC 98000 Monaco 00 377 98 06 69 00
Le Metropole Espa, Hotel Metropole
Both elegant and modern, a source of harmony and tranquility, this Spa offers a complete range of personalized consultations in its numerous treatment rooms and VIP suites. The Metropole ESPA Monte-Carlo has been voted « 3rd best SPA » by the CONDE NAST TRAVELLER readers, making it top of its category “Europe, Asia Minor and Russian Federation”, just after the spa at Four Seasons Hotel Georges V Paris and the Anassa in Cyprus. Thanks to this distinction, the Metropole ESPA Monte-Carlo is the only one in Monaco to be ranked among the 25 best Spas in the World and confirm the Principality as a unique SPA Destination.
Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo
4 Avenue de la Madone, 98007 Monte Carlo, Monaco 00 377 93 15 15 15