Monaco has everything from Tex-Mex to Japanese, from sublime dining in the Louis XV to portside cafés. Be sure to try some of the Monégasque specialties like barbagiuan, a delicious tidbit of rice, spinach, leek and cheese, served as an appetiser.
Current favourites for “lite snack” sandwiches are toasted paninis, focaccia and open faced bruschettas found in the Old Town.
Dining in Monte Carlo can be a very sobering experience to whomever is paying the bill. Perhaps the most exclusive and famous restaurants in the city are the Louis XV Restaurant and the Le Grill de L'Hotel de Paris, both centred on the very exclusive Hotel de Paris. You are more than likely to be seated next to a member of the rich and famous, and the gourmet food is simply out-of-this-world. However, these experiences come with a rather hefty price tag!
There are a huge variety of other restaurants and cafés in the city with a moderate price tag and excellent food. There are a few simple cafés along the marina-side, more like beach bars than anything else, that serve simple meals such as pizza, salads and hotdogs throughout the day. These can be excellent for simply sitting back during the hot midday with a cold beer or glass of wine, a snack to recharge your batteries from exploring the city, and the gentle lapping of the Mediterranean (and often the roar of supercars) in your ears. Most of these restaurants are equipped with water-misters in the ceilings that gently cool and refresh the clientele.
Somewhere in between these two dining experiences comes the world-famous Café de Paris, just outside the Casino. Tourists and locals alike can often be found during the afternoon and all through the night laughing, drinking and eating some fabulous (but verging on expensive) meals. It is definitely a must-go during your stay in Monte Carlo, even if it is just for a snack in the afternoon. A new favourite in Monaco is Beefbar located in the Port of La Condamine which serves excellent meat.