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The top things to eat, see and do when attending the Monaco Grand Prix

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This weekend we head to the country synonymous with car racing, beautiful Monaco. Perched on the French Riviera, this small but mighty principality has so much glamour packed into its small footprint. These are our top suggestions on where to eat, explore and relax when visiting Monaco. 

Did you know?

  • Monaco is the Second Smallest Nation in the World 
  • Monaco citizens are not permitted to gamble within the principality 
  • One in three people who live in Monaco are millionaires

Where to Eat 

The restaurants in Monaco take culinary cues from their French and Italian neighbors with influences from their international clientele. Expect to see classic French brasseries next door to Asian fusion restaurants and international beach clubs. While some restaurants may break the bank, there are good value meals to be found. These are some of our favorite places to eat when visiting Monaco

Beachside Bites: La Note Bleue

La Note Bleue

Located on the beach, steps away from the center of town, this restaurant and lounge is the perfect escape for a casual lunch or all day romp. Feast on light Mediterranean fare such as salads, pizzas and other classic dishes. Later in the day, sip on rose and enjoy their lounge area, where an international roster of musicians and DJs provide entertainment. Planning to catch some rays? Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for daily hire.  Open daily, call ahead to book. 

Asian Fusion: Mayabay


Known for their inventive Japanese and Thai cuisine, Mayabay is a stylish crowdpleaser that does not sacrifice flavour. Begin your evening with one of their signature cocktails before moving onto sushi and other light bites. On their menu you will find classic dishes reinvented with a subtle twist. If you dine here during the day, make sure to take advantage of their lunch specials. Staying within Monaco? Call ahead to request their tuktuk to drive you to dinner. Open daily for lunch and dinner, book ahead online 

Michelin Star with a View: Pavyllon


Located within the Hermitage hotel, Pavyllon has one of the best terraces in Monaco with cuisine to match. Offering sweeping views of the habour, the menu features seasonally driven mediterranean-inspired fare. Guests may choose between the Chef’s tasting menu or order ala carte. For a decadent weekend, book a seating for their multicourse brunch.  Open daily, hours may vary during the Grand Prix 

Where to Explore 

Did you know that Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly are responsible for shaping Monaco into the country it is today? Under their stewardship they focused on patronizing arts and culture and raising Monaco’s international profile. They established beautiful gardens, specialized collections and restored classic architecture. These are some of our favorite places to explore when visiting Monaco

Prince's Car Collection

Prince’s Car Collection 

Monaco is synonymous with car racing, so it comes as no surprise that the Monégasque Royal family are passionate car collectors. Prince Rainier III began collecting vintage cars in the 1950s with no particular collecting goal in mind.  The Prince purchased vehicles that interested him ranging from classic vintage Rolls Royces to simple Fiats. By the 90s the collection outpaced the royal garage space which led to the creation of the public museum. Located in the main harbor near the Grand Prix finish line, the collection is a must-stop for any visitor to Monaco. Open Daily, hours vary by season. 

Jardin Exotique

Jardin Exotique 

Perched atop a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this exotic garden showcases an extraordinary collection of succulents and cacti from arid regions across the globe. The meticulously landscaped terraces not only offer panoramic views of Monaco but also provide a serene backdrop to the vibrant and diverse array of plants. With its captivating blend of colors, textures, and unique botanical specimens, the Jardin Exotique invites visitors to explore a captivating oasis, offering a tranquil escape from the glamour and excitement of Monaco. 

Monte Carlo Casino

Monte Carlo Casino 

A visit to Monaco is not complete without stepping inside the iconic Monte Carlo Casino. The belle epoque gaming rooms and elevated ambiance will make you feel like the star of your own Bond film. To enter the casino you must present your passport (no Monaco citizens allowed!) and pay a small fee to enter that is redeemable for a drink. The fee is sometimes waived if you are staying at certain hotels or have a booking at one of the restaurants located inside the Casino. Casual wear is acceptable during the morning hours however if you plan to enter the Casino at night plan to dress up. Women can wear dresses, skirts or slacks and  men should plan to wear a jacket - no tux necessary. 

Where to Go Out 

As the sun sets on the riviera, it's time to hit the town. Monaco is home to elegant cocktail bars and vibrant nightlife - expect international DJs and other performers to entertain you late into the night. These are our favorite places to enjoy nightlife in Monaco

Le Bar Américain

Le Bar Américain

Located in the Hôtel de Paris de Monte-Carlo, Le Bar Américain is the quintessential classic cocktail bar. The wood paneled room and soft lighting sets the scene for elegantly crafted cocktails and elevated light bites. Later in the evening enjoy live jazz and other performers. No photos allowed, which means local celebrities love to frequent this bar. Open all day, walk-ins accepted however priority is given to hotel guests. 

Buddha Bar

Buddha Bar 

Buddha Bar, a renowned establishment with a global presence, has made its mark in Monaco. Located in the heart of Monte Carlo perched about the hairpin turn, Buddha Bar combines an upscale restaurant, stylish lounge, and vibrant bar. As the night goes on the beats turn up and the fun begins.  With a spacious terrace offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean, this Monaco gem is not just a venue; it's a destination. 



Situated in the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club, Jimmy'z is a legendary venue that has been a staple of the principality's nightlife for decades. The club is known for hosting world-class DJs, live performances, and themed parties that contribute to its vibrant and energetic ambiance. With its stylish decor, state-of-the-art sound systems, and a spacious outdoor terrace overlooking the Mediterranean, Jimmy'z offers a luxurious and exclusive nightlife experience. 

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