Monte-Carlo is arguably the most well-known ward in Monaco, since it houses the infamous Monte-Carlo Casino. If you have only 24 hours or less in Monaco, follow our guide to get the most from this pocket of the principality.
You might be within the buzz of Monaco but you are still on Mediterranean time, which means a lazy brunch to start the day. There’s only one place in Monte-Carlo for your first meal of the day and that’s Café de Paris. It has a great location right on the Casino square and it’s the perfect way to people-watch your way into your morning in Monte-Carlo. The food is French/European, tasty and not eye-wateringly expensive.
Café de Paris, Place du Casino, Monaco, France, +37 798 067 623
Nowhere is far in Monte-Carlo, and right behind Café de Paris is a collection of little galleries that are well worth visiting. Hardly ‘little’, though, as they contain fantastic collections of world-renowned art and exhibitions. Opera Gallery Monaco is one of Culture Trip’s favourites and a great place to get a feel for Monaco and the arts.
Opera Gallery Monaco, 1 Avenue Henry Dunant, Monaco, France, +37 797 975 424
Get back out into the sunshine and head down to Port Hercules. This is Monaco’s only deep-water port and so this is where all the flashy boats come to stay. Walk around the port from the Monte-Carlo Ward all the way to the Monaco’s old town, easily visible, perched on a rocky headland in front of you. Quai Etats-Unis is a good vantage point from which to spot Monaco-Ville and other landmarks.
With a brunch already behind you and fine evening foods to come, it’s time for something sweet. Leave the port behind you, head back into the heart of Monte-Carlo and stop and savour its delicious pastries with the melting pot of French and Italian flavours and styles. Valentin is a gorgeous, whimsical Italian restaurant right in the heart of Monte-Carlo. At the entrance is a glass cabinet filled with their homemade tarts and pastries, so simply couple with a coffee and have a pause.
The Monte-Carlo Casino is the main landmark and attraction of Monte-Carlo and indeed the whole of Monaco. The Casino opens at 2pm, so for those of you who are just keen for an experience, head there for opening, get a couple of hours out of the sun, and enjoy the opulence and feeling like James Bond.
Take a look at our Guide to Monte-Carlo Casino for everything you need to know about your visit and a little interesting history.
The Métropole Shopping Center is quite a delight. Of course, all of the shops are high-end, so if you’re browsing on a budget you might find it tricky, but even so, the interiors are gorgeous and very ‘Monte-Carlo’. It’s the perfect place to amble in opulence at the end of your day in Monte-Carlo. By end, we mean the last stop before the drinks and dining begins…
Monte-Carlo has a pretty incredible setting overlooking the Mediterranean Sea for as far as the eye can see. It wouldn’t be a break without kicking back and having an afternoon drink, would it? Head to Saphir 24, the bar of the Fairmont Monte-Carlo Hotel in Monaco, for one of the best views in the principality. There is only glass separating you and the ocean: no better place for an afternoon drink and relaxation.
Saphir 24, 12 Avenue des Spélugues, Monaco, France, + 377 93 50 65 00
After watching the sunset with a drink in hand, it’s time to get some evening food. Depending on your budget, there is a wide range of high-end restaurants, but also a good choice of more affordable ones, too. For spectacular views out over Monaco, and the Mediterranean cuisine that boasts to be under 500 calories per plate, then book a table in advance at L’Hirondelle. If you’re on a budget, McCarthy’s will wine and dine you in great atmosphere.
Take a look at our Monaco Restaurant Guide for our extensive list of where to eat in Monte-Carlo and the other wards.