Top ChoiceCasino in Monaco

Casino de Monte Carlo

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...

Top ChoiceAquarium in Monaco

Musée Océanographique de 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...

Top ChoiceGardens 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....

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Monaco

Le Rocher

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...

Top ChoiceMarket 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...

Top ChoiceIce 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...

Top ChoiceFusion 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...

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...

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...

Mall in Monaco

Les Pavillons de Monte Carlo

No, the Tellytubbies haven't moved into Monte Carlo. The five giant snow-white 'pebbles' that sprang up on the lawns of Jardins des Boulingrins in 2014 are a temporary home to the luxury boutiques previously...

Museum in Monaco

Collection de Voitures Anciennes

Starting in the early 1950s, car-mad Prince Rainier amassed an impressive array of over 100 classic automobiles, which he opened to the public in 1993. His haul includes various Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis,...

Opera in Monaco

Opéra de Monte Carlo

Also known as the Salle Garnier, Monaco's opera house is an 1892 confection of neoclassical splendour adjoining Monte Carlo Casino, designed by Charles Garnier (who also designed the Paris opera house). The...

Mediterranean in Monaco

U Cavagnetu

The crush of tourist-oriented restaurants in the narrow streets of Le Rocher may make you want to run screaming, but U Cavagnetu is worth sticking around for. The tasty line-up of authentic Monégasque treats...

French in Monaco

Castel Roc

This fine-dining stalwart has perhaps the most princely location in all of Monaco – it's literally steps from the palace's main gates, with a suntrap patio to boot. Well-heeled patrons come here for rich,...

Seafood in Monaco

La Marée

La Marée's 'fish & chic' tagline says it all: if you're after seafood with a stunning sea view, then this swish rooftop restaurant at the Hotel Port-Plage is the place. From turbot, red mullet, sea bass and...

Gardens in Monaco

Roseraie Princesse Grace

Thoroughly revamped in 2014, this exuberant collection of over 4000 rose bushes – along with the adjacent Parc Fontvieille – stands out in dramatic contrast to the otherwise sterile high-rise environment of...

Cafe in Monaco

Snowflake

Stop in for a spot of tea at this serene and stylish English bookshop, cafe, teahouse and work space, which provides a peaceful respite from the portside tourist pandemonium. Decor is Scandinavian design, with...

Italian in Monaco

Maison des Pâtes

In the morning, locals besiege this stand in Marché de la Condamine for fresh pasta to take home; come lunchtime, it morphs into an informal restaurant, with more than a dozen pastas and a dozen sauces on offer...

International in Monaco

Tip Top

A favourite haunt of Monaco's night owls, this tiny, check-clothed bistro sticks out like a sore thumb, just a stone's throw from the fancy Café de Paris and the casino. It's been going for donkey's years and...