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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 Gastronomy in Menton

Le Mirazur

Design, cuisine and sea views (the full sweep of the Med) are all spectacular at this 1930s villa with a twinset of Michelin stars. This is the culinary kingdom of daring Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco, who flavou…
Carnival in Menton

Fête du Citron

Menton’s quirky two-week Fête du Citron sees sculptures and decorative floats made from tonnes of lemons weave along the seafront. Afterwards, the monumental lemon creations are dismantled and the fruit sold off at …
Bakery in Menton

Au Baiser du Mitron

This one-of-a-kind boulangerie showcases breads from the Côte d’Azur, inland Provence and other favourite spots from baker-owner Kevin Le Meur's world travels. Everything is baked in a traditional four à bois (wood …
Church in Menton

Basilique St-Michel Archange

From place du Cap a ramp leads to southern France's grandest Baroque church, the 17th-century Italianate Basilique St-Michel Archange. Its olive green and ochre façade is flanked by a 35m-tall clock tower and 53m-ta…
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…
Gallery 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, …
Architecture in Menton

Salle des Mariages

In 1957 Jean Cocteau decorated the marriage registry office inside Menton’s town hall from floor to ceiling, covering the walls with swirly drawings, and installing leopard-print carpet, aloe-vera lampshades and red…
French in Menton

Fleur de Sel

Genuine, reasonably priced Breton crêpes make for a low-key lunch or dinner at this backstreet restaurant in the heart of Menton's old town. Everything, from ham and cheese to house specialties like crab and avocado…
Cemetery in Menton

Cimetière du Vieux Château

For great views of the old town and the port, meander all the way up through the historic quarter to this hilltop cemetery. It's something of a pilgrimage site for rugby fans, who come to pay their respects at the t…