Top things to do in Monaco

Top Choice Casino in Monaco

Casino de Monte Carlo

Peeping inside Monte Carlo’s legendary marble-and-gold casino is a Monaco essential. The building, open to visitors every morning, including the exclusive salons privés, is Europe's most lavish example of belle époq…
Top Choice Aquarium in Monaco

Musée Océanographique de Monaco

Stuck dramatically to the edge of a cliff since 1910, the world-renowned Musée Océanographique de Monaco, founded by Prince Albert I (1848–1922), is a stunner. Its centrepiece is its aquarium with a 6m-deep lagoon w…
Top Choice Gardens in Monaco

Jardin Exotique

Home to the world’s largest succulent and cactus collection, from small echinocereus to 10m-tall African candelabras, the gardens tumble down the slopes of Moneghetti through a maze of paths, stairs and bridges. Vie…
Top Choice Historic Site in Monaco

Le Rocher

Monaco Ville, also called Le Rocher, is the only part of Monaco to have retained its original old town, complete with small, windy medieval lanes. The old town thrusts skywards on a pistol-shaped rock, its strategic…
Top Choice Market in Monaco

Marché de la Condamine

For tasty, excellent-value fare around shared tables, hit Monaco's fabulous food court, tucked beneath the arches behind the open-air place d'Armes market. Rock-bottom budget faves include fresh pasta from Maison de…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Monaco

Pierre Geronimi

A bit of a local's secret: Monaco's best ice creams and sorbets, made by its eponymous Corsican maître glacier. The flavours are exciting – try chestnut flour, beetroot, matcha tea or honey and pine nut – and for th…
Top Choice Fusion in Monaco

La Montgolfière

Monégasque chef Henri Geraci has worked in some of the Riviera's top restaurants, but he's now happily settled at his own establishment down a shady alleyway near the palace. Escoffier-trained, he's faithful to the …
Sports in Monaco

Formula One Grand Prix

Formula One’s most iconic event spans four days in late May, when Monaco goes completely car crazy and every street in town is closed for the race. At other times of the year, fans can walk the 3.2km circuit through…
Bakery in Monaco

Chez Roger

Monaco's favourite fast-food institution is this little stand in La Condamine market, where owner Roger cranks out fresh socca (chickpea pancakes) and pissaladière (caramelized onion and anchovy tart).
Palace in Monaco

Palais Princier de Monaco

Built as a fortress atop Le Rocher in the 13th century, this palace is the private residence of the Grimaldi family. It is protected by the blue-helmeted, white-socked Carabiniers du Prince; changing of the guard ta…