Q. Can you recommend where to eat in Monte Carlo without it costing a fortune, on a budget? We are staying at the Novotel Monte Carlo.
A. I love Monaco, the tiny principality on the Cote d'Azur, of which Monte Carlo is the leading traditional quartier (the others being Monaco-Ville, La Condamine and Fontvieille). It occupies less than one square mile, yet fills a dramatic crumple of territory between the Alps and the Mediterranean.
The big problem is eating for a sensible price. The narrow streets of Monaco-Ville, the Old Town - decked out in the regulation Côte d'Azur colour scheme of terracotta, tangerine and honey - have some good-value cafes for lunch. Alternatively, at the produce market in the main square of the Place d'Armes, you can pick up the makings of a picnic, with fresh baguettes available at the nearest boulangerie for €1.
After dark - leave the country. The lovely French resort of Cap d'Ail is adjacent, and the sublime restaurants at good prices provide a great alternative to overcrowded Monte Carlo and the rest of Monaco.
Perched on the Pointe des Douaniers is Le Cabanon, serving succulent fresh fish along with delicious views.
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