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Unique Things For a Foodie to Do in Monaco

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Updated: 12 November 2017
Did you know Monaco is home to the world’s largest wine cellar? Sadly, it’s not open to the public but fear not, Culture Trip’s round-up of unique activities and events from the principality is enough to keep even the most enthusiastic foodie contented.

Attend the Monte-Carlo Gastronomie event

The 22nd edition of the Monte-Carlo Gastronomie is taking place this November in Monaco. More than 100 French and European producers will be gathering to offer up their produce to taste and buy, from champagne to caviar, truffles to seafood. There will be live demonstrations from French and international chefs. A real foodie heaven if you can time your visit.

November 24 – 27 | €5 Entry / Free for under 12s.

Monte-Carlo Gastronomie, Chapiteau de Monaco, 5 Avenue des Ligures, Monaco, France, +377 92 05 26 00

Eat in the world’s first 100% organic Michelin star restaurant

Monte-Carlo Beach is a 100% organic establishment in Monaco and proud. Its Elsa restaurant was the first restaurant in the world to own an ‘organic’ star and so if you’re a foodie who lives to sample the best there is, this is where you need to pinpoint on your trip to Monaco. Menus start from around €48 per person and the view from the restaurant is almost as exquisite as the food.

Monte-Carlo Beach, 2 Avenue Princesse Grace, Monaco, France, +377 98 06 50 00

Try and perfect pastry making

If you can master pastry you can master the world. Even Mary Berry has admitted to buying filo in the past. When in Rome, then… The Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort offers a pastry making course with chef Marcel Ravin, currently entitled An Afternoon Tea Vision. The course is limited to eight people at a time and lasts about four hours, costing from €115.

Sample Monaco’s only craft beer

La Brasserie de Monaco is a well-known name in the principality. It has been on the brasserie scene since 1905 and in 2016 it evolved to become a boutique brewery, creating patriotic red and white designed bottle beer. There are four different varieties, all of which can be tasted at the restaurant, and if you love them you can stock up online, too.

La Brasserie de Monaco, 36 Route de la Piscine, Monaco, France, +377 97 98 51 20

Stop for Socca at La Condamine market

Socca is a popular Monégasque – and other neighbouring areas in the South of France – street food. It’s a thin crêpe made with chickpea flour and you’ll spot them being made on griddles by the stack load in markets and roadside stalls. Make sure you make a stop at La Conadmine market during your stay in Monaco to not only taste these local bites but to get a feel for old Monaco, where it’s less about Ferraris and more about seasonal vegetables, a morning coffee and watching the world go by.

Take a French Riviera wine tour

Monaco is blessed with an incredible location with some of the country’s best vineyards on its doorstep. If wine is your tipple (whose isn’t it?!) then a French Riviera vineyard tour will tickle you just right. A popular tour company for wine tasting tours in the region is Liven Up, who offer numerous pick up points in and around Monaco. They have an informative brochure to get you started.

Visit (quite possibly) the oldest olive tree in the world

Olives are a big deal in Monaco. The nutrient-dense soil of the region produces some of the world’s most rated olive oil, not to mention the fruit itself being a traditional food, snack and ingredient of the South of France. It comes as no real surprise, then, that just to the east of Monaco sits what is thought to be the oldest known olive tree in the world – definitely worth escaping the city for.

Olivier Millenaire, 184 Chemin de Menton, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France