Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Where to eat when you're in Monte Carlo
Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.
Tuesday 08 January 2013
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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