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Top Choice Gallery in Menton

Musée Jean Cocteau Collection Séverin Wunderman

Art collector Séverin Wunderman donated some 1500 Cocteau works to Menton in 2005 on the condition that the town build a dedicated Cocteau museum. And what a museum Menton built: this futuristic, low-rise building i…
Top Choice Boulangerie in Menton

Au Baiser du Mitron

A Kiss from the Baker is no ordinary boulangerie. It showcases breads from the Côte d’Azur, inland Provence and places elsewhere in the world that innovative baker Kevin Le Meur has travelled to. Everything is baked…
Top Choice Gastronomic in Menton

Le Mirazur

Design, cuisine and sea view (the full sweep of the Med above Menton town below) are all spectacular at this 1930s villa with a twinset of Michelin stars. This is the culinary kingdom of daring Argentinian chef Maur…
Gardens in Menton

Jardin de la Serre de la Madone

Beautiful if slightly unkempt, this garden was designed by American botanist Lawrence Johnston. He planted dozens of rare plants picked up from his travels around the world. Abandoned for decades, it has been mostly…
Church in Menton

Basilique St-Michel Archange

From place du Cap a ramp leads to southern France's grandest baroque church, the Italianate Basilique St-Michel Archange. Its creamy facade is flanked by a 35m-tall clock tower and 53m-tall steeple (1701–03).
Art Museum in Menton

Musée du Bastion

Cocteau loved Menton. It was following a stroll along the seaside that he got the idea of turning a disused 17th-century bastion (1636) on the seafront into a monument to his work. He restored the building himself, …
Gardens in Menton

Jardin Botanique Exotique du Val Rahmeh

Laid out in 1905 for Lord Radcliffe, governor of Malta, the terraces of the Val Rahmeh overflow with exotic fruit-tree collections, including the only European specimen of the Easter Island tree Sophora toromiro, no…
Architecture in Menton

Salle des Mariages

In 1957 Jean Cocteau decorated Menton’s registry office, inside the town hall. It’s a distinctive space, with swirly drawings, leopard-print carpet and no windows. An audio commentary (French only) runs you through …
Cemetery in Menton

Cimetière du Vieux Château

Meander the historic quarter all the way to the Cimetière du Vieux Château for great views of the old town and the port.
Market in Menton

Halles Municipales

Menton’s covered food market near the seafront bursts with local colours, scents and flavours.