Local Favorite: Pan BagnatWhile a sandwich may not sound very interesting when talking about cuisine and delicacies, there’s something rather special about the Pan Bagnat. This sandwich comes stacked high with anchovies or tuna (some varieties come with both), hard-boiled eggs, and raw vegetables, topped off with olive oil, salt, and pepper. All these go into a round french bread, sometimes rubbed with garlic. It’s also worth noting that the bread is essentially drenched in olive oil. Given its ingredients, you can think of the sandwich as a tuna salad wrapped in bread. Also popular in neighboring Nice, the sandwich is usually available in bakeries and markets. On your next visit to Monaco, be sure to try this special "tuna salad".
Some of the best things to do in Monaco
Monte Carlo is famed for its glitz and glamour. It is the region of Monaco that packs the most financial might. The rich and famous here aren’t afraid to show off. Visitors will find a seemingly endless collection of extravagant automobiles and Michelin-starred restaurants in the area.
The Casino de Monte-Carlo is claimed to be the most beautiful casino in the world. It has featured in many blockbuster movies including James Bond films like “Never Say Never Again” and “GoldenEye”. Its fame has made it very popular among visitors to the principality.
One of the most iconic locations in Monaco is Casino Square. You can’t really claim to have visited Monaco without stepping into Casino Square. It is surrounded by several high-end restaurants, shops, luxury hotels like Hotel de Paris, and high-profile casinos, including the world-famous Casino de Monte Carlo. Of course, the road cutting through Casino Square is also part of the street circuit used during the Monaco GP, making it a must-visit spot for any formula1 fan.
Looking down the hill from Casino Square, you’ll find one of the spots Monaco is famous for. In Port Hercule, located in the La Comdamine district of Monaco, you’ll find yachts of various sizes docked ready to go on a Mediterranean cruise. If you’re lucky, you’ll find one or more of the famous megayachts that often dock here. Some yacht brokers have stated that there’s a silent competition here on who has the largest megayacht, so the super-rich keep building them larger and better. Time your trip carefully, and you may see megayachts that appear as large as some cruise ships.
Beyond the yachts, Av. J.F. Kennedy Street, which passes through Port Hercule, is lined with local stores and restaurants you can visit while taking a break from your superyacht spotting adventure. If you’re so inclined, you can visit some of the yacht builders with offices nearby to get your yacht built to your specifications. Don’t forget to make an appointment before your visit.
Monaco Top Cars Collection
Situated in the Fontvieille district of Monaco, the Monaco Top Cars Collection is a museum housing the personal collection of cars that belonged to Prince Rainier III. The Prince, who passed away in 2005, was famed for marrying Hollywood actress Grace Kelly in 1956. Rainier acquired the automobiles over a thirty year period. The collection was re-organized in 2012 when some of the original cars in the museum were auctioned off. However, there are still plenty of amazing cars to see including the Bugatti Type 35 which was driven to victory in the first ever Monaco Grand Prix in 1929.
Palais du Prince
The Palais du Prince is the official home of the Prince of Monaco. The gorgeous palace overlooks the Mediterranean Sea from its perch high atop a hill on the Le Rocher Peninsula. The palace’s private apartments are open to the public to view. However, they are only available at specific times during the year. Not only is the palace beautiful, but it also offers a view of Monaco’s past. The palace’s changing of the guard is one of the unique activities to witness when visiting the royal home and it takes place every day at 11:55 a.m.
Monaco Grand Prix
Even travelers who are not Formula One fans have heard about the Monaco Grand Prix. It is one of the most popular races of the F1 season and also one of the three pillars of the Motorsports Triple Crown. Travelers visiting Monaco should plan their trips around the Grand Prix to see the principality come alive. The race day atmosphere cannot be beaten by any other motorsport event. The event goes beyond the race, so make sure to look out for the best official tickets to enjoy everything the race weekend has to offer. If you prefer to watch from one of the docked yachts, there are tickets available for that too.
There doesn't seem to be a better home to a museum that studies marine life than the cliffs of Monaco that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. The Oceanagraphique prioritizes conservation and research to help tackle some of the biggest issues affecting our planet. The museum is home to a vast array of marine species, interactive displays, and historical artifacts.
Le Jardin Saint Martin
Located in the heart of Monaco's Old Town, this beautiful garden is a perfect place to break up your day in Monaco. Featuring stunning views down through Monaco to the Mediterranean, the peaceful atmosphere will make the noise of Monaco's bustling streets seem miles away. The park also contains some stunning plant species and an array of statues.
Unlike most other popular attractions in Monaco, One Monte-Carlo hasn't been around long. In fact, it was only opened in 2019 and doesn't boast of the Belle Époque architecture of the buildings around it. Instead, the seven buildings have a unique modern architecture that can't go unnoticed. Renowned architect Sir Richard Rogers' firm is responsible for this work of art. If you're unfamiliar with the name, he also worked on the Pompidou Center in Paris and London's Millennium Dome.
Considered one of Monaco's most coveted addresses, One Monte-Carlo houses residential apartments and top luxury brand stores, including Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès. Its location right next to Hotel de Paris and Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo makes it the ideal place to go shopping for travelers staying at one of these SBM properties.
Off the beaten track of central Monaco, the Moneghetti district's narrow streets will give you a whole other experience of Southern France. Filled with quaint charm, the cafes and boutiques that line the streets will allow you to experience all Monaco has to offer away from the popular central attractions.
Le Jardin Japonais
After hiking around Monaco's attractions, Le Jardin Japonais is the perfect place to relax. This is a Japanese garden themed park designed by landscape architect Yasuo Beppu at the request of Prince Rainier III. The park comes complete with stone lanterns, bamboo hedges, bridges, as well as a waterfall and pond with colorful koi fish. The garden's tranquility will help you recharge if you're not done sightseeing.
Cruise the Mediterranean coast
Monaco only has a coastline of 2.38 miles, and there is no better way to explore the coast than in a souped-up supercar. Travelers can head out of the principality and down the French Riviera as the Mediterranean Sea breeze blows through their hair. Drivers can book a Ferrari, Lamborghini, and other dream cars to speed around the French coastline with car rental companies in Monaco.