DESTINATION OF THE MONTH
WEEK 2 OF 4
Monaco may be the world’s second-smallest country, but what the destination lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in gastronomic treasures.
Boasting more Michelin-starred dining establishments per square metre than any other location in the world, the Principality is a gourmet delight at every turn.
If you are seeking to taste the best cuisines in the world, Monaco is FOR YOU. At Last!
Get your taste buds tingling with these 5 Monaco Gourmet experiences:
Indulge in Michelin stars
From local cuisine inspired by the French Riviera to a modern twist on traditional Japanese flavours, Monaco’s Michelin-starred restaurants are one of a kind. The world-class, three Michelin-starred Louis XV – Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris boasts dishes inspired by the Riviera, using regional products, aromas and colours. Its otherworldly dining room is done up in gold, gilt and dappled light, with chandeliers, busts and ceiling paintings lending a Versailles-like magnificence. At the Yoshi restaurant, founded by grand chef Joël Robuchon, you can indulge in rare Japanese cuisine in a cosy atmosphere devised by architect Didier Gomez. Other Michelin-starred highlights include Le Grill, Elsa restaurant, Blue Bay, Yannick Alléno at l’Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo and the newly awarded La Table d’Antonio Salvatore– Rampoldi.
There’s more to the Principality’s gourmet appeal than what meets the eye. From rooftop vegetable gardens to organic restaurants, the reasoned choice of products and the fight against food waste, the environmental approach is deeply rooted in the principles of the Monégasque gastronomy. The Elsa restaurant, at Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel is the first 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant certified by Ecocert. All produce on the restaurant’s menu is from organic agriculture and labelled as such. Next door, at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, you will find a 400 m² organic vegetable garden that is maintained by urban agriculturist Terrae, and exquisitely prepared by the Hotel Chef, Marcel Ravin.
Eat like the Locals
For the sake of gastronomy, don’t miss the traditional La Condamine market where, under the red and yellow parasols, you can see, smell and touch fresh products 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: Barbagiuàn, Pissaladière and Socca. Then, nestled between grand Mediterranean pines, and overlooking Fontvielle harbour since 1953, you’ll fin the Castelroc, a historical landmark. Enjoy traditional delights from their veranda facing the Prince’s Palace or while enjoying the breathtaking views of their terrace.
Unique and Innovative
In the new One Monte-Carlo district, discover the Mada One restaurant and enjoy its innovative chic and varied “snackonomy” concept. Mada One embodies a “prêt-à-manger” concept which also serves as a café, bistro and bakery, offering elegant and varied snacks and drinks including their famous Mad’Champagne Tea. You can further pursue your day of gustatory exploration at La Chocolaterie de Monaco, chocolate makers since 1920, official suppliers of the Prince’s Palace, and bring back a fine box bearing the Principality’s colours. Tucked away at the tip of the pier in beautiful Port de Fontvieille is the oyster bar, Perles de Monte-Carlo. Established by two biologists armed with a remit to cultivate fine seafood products in a region with little traditional oyster farming, the bar invites you to sample the finest local seafood.
New and Notable
Komo Monaco is a new concept that houses a restaurant, a patisserie and a fashion store – all in one. The restaurant serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine realised by three-star Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco. At the exclusive Pierre Hermé pastry shop you’re in for a fine sweet treat with macarons or chocolat-praliné cakes. For a pleasant, tasty meal, head to 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. Cozza, the latest addition to Monaco’s thriving foodie scene, recently opened its doors only a few metres from Larvotto beach, and its fish and seafood menu is nothing short of delicious.
For more information:
For details on gastronomy, go to: visitmonaco.com/en/routes-and-walks/27579/gastronomic-getaway
For general destination information, visit visitmonaco.com/en/38135/monaco-for-you-at-last
For official Monaco Government COVID-19 information, see covid19.mc/en/
For #MonacoSafe information covering the key measures taken by various kinds of establishment, go to youtube.com/watch?v=WFi1XNzOt74
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