Published on November 12, 2019Updated on June 19, 2023
From local produce sampled at the market to “Perles de Monte-Carlo” oysters on the jetty and star-rated restaurants, gastronomic choices are numerous and always first-class. Monaco is a culinary paradise where chefs freely express their talent, and inspiration reflects the wide variety of products on the Riviera. At the Louis XV - Alain Ducasse à l'Hôtel de Paris, the art of living as seen by Alain Ducasse is a privilege with delicacies for connoisseurs complemented by a unique wine cellar. Expertise in porcelain from the Manufacture de Monaco and exquisite temptation from the Chocolaterie de Monaco make these tables even more enticing.
STEP 1 : Condamine Market
On the Place d’Armes at the foot of the Rock of Monaco, a procession of colours and local flavours. With a passion for red, this little outlet for local production, unique and exhilarating, is superbly Mediterranean. Under the arcades of the market-hall, large tables are set up and products cooked on the spot.
STEP 2 : Pearly oysters
At the end of the jetty of the Port de Fontvieille, an air of faraway places with wooden tables, organic white wine, trays of oysters, “palourde” and “praire” clams, spiny lobsters carried on shoulders. Here, exceptional “Perles de Monte-Carlo” oysters are reared in tanks. In the great outdoors, fans of seafood enjoy freshness in a cheerful atmosphere.
Bounty of the sea
Grilled sea-bass, a few oysters, blue lobster “à la plancha”… all blessed by the sun.
STEP 3 : A regal lunch
In an Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo which is being re-invented, Alain Ducasse’s 3-star restaurant reflects his passion for the authenticity of local produce and tastes that originated on the Riviera. He combines a classic French style with gustatory research which quite aptly brings the 21st century to the table. A celebration of taste with close attention to the tiniest details, on an ephemeral seasonal menu glorifying light, heartwarming cuisine.
Sincerity and a quest for excellence are essential ingredients in this gastronomic experience.
STEP 4 : Exquisite porcelain
For two generations, the Manufacture de Monaco has produced delicate dinner services dedicated to the fine art of the table. Along with historic pieces, contemporary designs entirely made by hand play their part in gastronomy. A tradition of precision and expertise which further embellishes the arts and crafts.
STEP 5 : Treats for the tastebuds
At the very heart of the Rock of Monaco, the "Chocolaterie de Monaco" has been official supplier to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince of Monaco since it opened in 1920. Making chocolates in the purest tradition, selecting origins and choosing the most exquisite flavours all contribute to creating alchemy for the senses, rich and generous.
Melt with pleasure
Thanks to collectors’ boxes with Monégasque crowns, princely “rocks”, truffles, “orangettes”…
STEP 6 : The wine cellars
A real treasure hides beneath the gilded splendour of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. Excavated in 1874 to provide an area of 2,500 sqm, 13 metres below the surface, these vaulted cellars cut from the rock and split into several caverns live their life underground, somewhere between a maze and a sanctuary. The world’s largest wine cellar in an hotel, home to an outstanding collection of fine cognacs, great vintages and rare millesimes, the pride of the cellars of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo.
Sommeliers and cellar masters lavish care and attention on great vintages.
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