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With eight Michelin-starred restaurants clustered in an area of two square kilometres, Monaco is a paradise for anyone who enjoys fine dining. An idyllic setting in which to combine exotic flavours with Mediterranean traditions, the country has attracted both rising stars and legends of the culinary world.

Alain Ducasse, who joined the Hotel de Paris in 1987, was one of the first masters who gave Monegasque gastronomy its stellar reputation. Less than three years after it opened in 1987, the Louis XV was awarded three Michelin stars – a world first for a hotel restaurant no less!

Marrying the beauty of the legendary Salle Empire, which was classed as a historical monument in the late nineteenth century, with the summery colours of Mediterranean cuisine, Ducasse’s culinary repertoire is unique.

His “Provence garden vegetables cooked with black truffle”, “Mediterranean bass, focaccia, mint and lemon from Menton” and “Raspberries from our region, lavender sorbet and tangy marmalade” take diners on a journey between Italy and Provence.

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© Monte-Carlo SBM

Located eight floors above the Louis XV, at the very top of the Hotel de Paris, Le Grill, featuring a retractable roof, offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Mediterranean.

Here, Chef Franck Cerutti has created a sophisticated holiday vibe, with dishes starring meat and fish grilled over a wood fire such as “Locally caught John Dory with a bouillabaisse garnish” or “Farm-bred chicken with herbs grown on the hillside”.

Another legend can be found on the opposite side of Place du Casino: the restaurant created by Joël Robuchon, who earned 27 stars before he passed away in 2018.

In the hands of Christophe Cussac, the restaurant serves traditional cuisine amid the theatrical decor of the Hotel Metropole, creating an experience which is equal parts visual and culinary, with breathtaking views of Monte-Carlo from the terrace and a generous menu on which “Royal Spiny Lobster, coral, and green peas cooked with mint and chorizo” sits alongside “Crispy calf’s head with Ravigote sauce and piquillo peppers”.

Le Yoshi, Joël Robuchon’s first Japanese fine dining restaurant, provides an opportunity to continue the journey and blend Japanese flavours with the tastes of the French Riviera.

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© Monte-Carlo SBM

Marcel Ravin, who came from Martinique to work at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort’s Blue Bay, offers a surprising and inspired fusion of Caribbean and Mediterranean flavours in dishes such as “Drunk Charolais beef with rum and sugar cane syrup”.

Monaco is also home to the first fully organic Michelin-starred restaurant: L’Elsa at the Monte-Carlo Beach. New chef Manon Fleury is committed to eco-friendly, local and organic cuisine. She’s a pioneer in the zero-waste movement! Her menu features dishes such as San Remo Gamberoni and a garden vegetable and herb pie.

The 2021 Michelin Guide awarded a star to the restaurant Rampoldi. The young, 35-year-old chef Antonio Salvatore has accumulated international experience, having worked in Rome, London and even Moscow.

He has given the Carré d’Or fine dining location its first Michelin star and the Principality of Monaco its eleventh.

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At the Hotel Hermitage, triple Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno offers a menu inspired by the South of France: aubergine caviar, barbecued blue lobster or a sumptuous rhubarb confit. “Relaxed fine dining”, as this bold, globally renowned chef describes it.

In 2021, the famous Michelin-starred restaurant Vistamar was renamed Yannick Alléno à l’Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo. It will become Le Pavyllon in spring 2022.

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