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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 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 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, is Europe's most lavish example of belle-epoque architecture. Prince Charles III cam…
Top Choice Fusion in Monaco

La Montgolfière

Monegasque 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 …
Modern French in Monaco

Café Llorca

This chic bistro on the 1st floor of the Grimadi Forum conference centre is Michelin-starred chef Alain Llorca’s gift to lunch-goers: fabulous modern French cuisine with a fusion twist at affordable prices. The two-…
Top Choice Food Court in Monaco

Marché de la Condamine

For tasty, excellent-value fare around shared tables, hit Monaco's fabulous market food court, tucked beneath the arches behind the open-air market stalls on place d'Armes. Fresh pasta (€5.50 to €9) from Maison des …
Seafood in Monaco

La Marée

This stunning rooftop restaurant, with chic tables gazing brazenly down on the port, is a temple to seafood. The choice of fish and shellfish is exceptional and Sunday brunch is a hot weekend date.
Cafe in Monaco

Café de Paris

The grande dame of Monaco's cafes (founded 1882), perfect for un petit café and a spot of people-watching. Everything else is chronically overpriced, and the waiters can be horrendously snooty, but it’s the price yo…
Gardens in Monaco

Jardin Japonais

Sandwiched between built-up Monte Carlo, Larvotto and the Mediterranean, the Jardin Japonais is intended as a piece of paradise. It was blessed by a Shinto high priest and quiet contemplation and meditation is encou…
Gardens in Monaco

Jardins St-Martin

The steep-sided, statue-studded Jardins St-Martin runs round the coast outside the Musée Océanographique.