Gastronomy in Monaco

Monaco sparkles. Built right up on the scrubby, rocky, Mediterranean coastline, Monaco’s bustling with luxurious yachts, zipping Ferrari, and more Formula 1 fan-wear than anyone can sport in a lifetime. Standing at the crossroads of Mediterranean and European Civilizations, Monaco is an international destination where the culture meets. The Principality values these ever-present cultural exchanges and represents them through its gastronomy. Monaco is famous for the variety and inventiveness of its cooking offering delicious cuisines. For mouth watering dishes enthusiasts, Monaco is a paradise.

Monaco gastronomy is greatly honoured by the great chefs who know well how to share their passion and pass on the richness of the land. The Principality has over 170 restaurants to cater to the taste buds of Indians. As Monaco has both the French and Italian influences in the past, the cuisine too depicts the same. The fine combination of sweet and sour recipes forms the main food of Monaco. From restaurants with Michelin stars to cafes, Monaco has everything to satisfy ones palate. Seafood and fish are prominent ingredients in the cuisine, not surprising given Monaco’s location on the Mediterranean Sea.

There are many fine dining restaurants; beginning with Nobu recognized worldwide for its amazing cuisine, mixing traditional Japanese dishes and South American spices and aromas. Often visited by many well known people, Nobu’s visitors list also includes Rihanna. Nobu is situated in the famous Hotel Fairmont and a dinner at restaurant is an everlasting memory.

A visit to Monte Carlo should definitely include a meal at the famous Cafe de Paris. Opened in 1962, the cafe features both indoor and outdoor seating areas for couples to enjoy a meal together. Le Louis XV is yet another major gastronomic centre that Alain Ducasse got his first three Michelin stars. Other then being a sample of the best Mediterranean cuisine, the restaurant is also well-known for its collection of old rare wines. Elsa, a sunny restaurant won the first Michelin star ever awarded to a 100% organic establishment. Elsa is situated in Monte Carlo Beach Hotel and more than 90% of its produce comes from within a radius of 60 miles. One can also discover flavours at Le Vistamar and Yoshi famous for its refined gastronomy.

Monaco cuisine is synonymous with an eclectic offering which is truly a connoisseur’s delight. Some of the cuisines you can enjoy are Fusion, Italian, Gourmet, Mediterranean, Pizzeria, Traditional French and Exotic. Each cuisine has its own speciality and taste. Where Fusion cuisine is the combination of Mediterranean and tastes of Asia which offers a chance to enjoy new locally inspired tastes with extra foreign touch, Italian cuisine has a special place in the Principality, with a huge choice of pasta, seafood, grilled fish and Milanese escalopes.

For Indian food lovers, there is something new to taste everyday. Not only non-vegetarian, but Monaco also offers the best to vegetarians. With various restaurants serving to vegetarian guest with delicious dishes, Monaco invites one and all.

A privileged lifestyle, deluxe and indulgent services and tranquillity are the key words to describe this beautiful destination.

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