Nothing says Monaco like pancakes (or crêpes, as you’ll commonly see in the principality). You might have heard of Monaco’s traditional socca dish – chickpea-based pancakes – but for the classic crêpe to start your day with a kick, or finish it with something sweet, here is our guide to the 11 top spots in Monaco.
Cafe, Restaurant, Fusion, Vegan, $$$
If you’re looking for a plant-based place to eat, then be sure to head to Eqvita. You can get pancakes without the guilt at this healthy food joint. There is less cream and more green but the food here is equally as delicious, if not more.
Quai des Artistes
Restaurant, Mediterranean, French, European, $$$
This is a gorgeous venue right on Monaco’s Hercule Port that remains traditional, given its prominent tourist location. Both the outdoor terrace and the interior rooms are gorgeous at different times of the day and year – so find yourself a cosy corner. The Crêpes Suzette — French pancakes, butter, orange juice and Grand Marnier — shouldn’t be missed here.
Crêperie Pizzéria du Rocher
Restaurant, Italian, French, $$$
Crêperie Pizzéria du Rocher is situated in Monaco
‘s lovely old town, where you can still wander the ancient streets and find quaint squares to pause in. The main problem you’ll have here is too much choice. With a menu of about 20 savoury crêpes, we’d recommend sharing with a friend to get as many flavours in as possible.
Bakery, Cafe, French, Mediterranean, $$$
Situated on a quaint street, this cool bijoux shop and snack bar offers incredible chocolates to buy and sweet and savoury pancakes to snack on. Perfection, no? There are a few chairs outside if you want to linger and the little delicatessen shop portion is perfect for gifts.
Brasserie, Mediterranean, $$$
Dine next to the super yachts at Pattaya and indulge in one of their vast selections of pancake dishes — from the ‘Antigua’ with salmon to the ‘Miami’ with cured ham. All are accompanied by chips and a salad. The bright yellow furniture and awning only adds to the sunshine feel of this pancake spot.
Café de Paris Monte-Carlo
Restaurant, European, $$$
Make sure to try the iconic French dessert, orange crêpes, at this iconic Monaco cafe. Sit and watch the world go by — as everyone else does here — with an afternoon espresso and sweetened pancake. The cafe is perfectly placed to explore the rest of the principality by foot and it’s open all day and evening so you don’t have to adhere to set times to enjoy a pancake – it’s utterly perfect.
Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
Not far from Larvotto Beach, you’ll find Le Loga restaurant. Their menu changes a little but you should normally be able to find a lovely crêpe dessert dish for something sweet to end your meal. Its location can’t be any better if you’re looking to pop by and grab a table after an afternoon at the beach.
Cafe, Sandwich Shop, French, European, $$$
Shop ’til you drop and then drop by Sphere in the Metropole Shopping Centre for a glass of something and a hint of Nutella. A simple cafe that is not as dazzling as some in Monaco
, of course, it’s the perfect spot to escape the shops and the heat for a while to regroup.
Cafe, Deli, Mediterranean, $$$
This is a gorgeous delicatessen located next to Monaco’s famous Condamine Market, which sells wines and biscuits. It is also open for breakfast and snacks (including sweet and savoury pancakes, of course). It’s places like this that provide a feel for the ‘real’ Monaco, away from the main dazzling thoroughfare.
Bakery, French, European, $$$
We’ve snuck this cute boulangerie onto the list as it’s a real favourite in Monaco with an ever-changing selection of pastries, bread and sometimes, crêpes. There are worse places to be in for a second choice if pancakes aren’t available, wouldn’t you agree?
Eat Me By L'Inattendu E
Sandwich Shop, Healthy, Salad Bar, $$$
Eat Me By L’Inattendu E is the perfect place for some morning pancakes. For the gluten-free eaters, you can buy them to eat in or take away. Eat Me By L’Inattendu E lies on one of Monaco’s quieter streets away from the humdrum but there’s always a steady flow of locals and visitors alike.