My family resides in Monte-Carlo so I consider it home. During Grand Prix which is taking place this week the small principality becomes the center of global attention. Streets are closed, barriers are erected and there are parties galore. It seems everyone only talks about the Grand Prix.

I adore my family’s apartment on the water as so peaceful. My morning beach walk culminates with my café crème at the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel which sets the tone for my entire day. While visiting my family I am usually on vacation so the rest of the day for my Middle Eastern family is centered around food and dining. Gathering around the table and breaking bread is a bonding experience for us.

Most recently some great dining venues have opened in Monte Carlo that are different than the stuffy old guard that used to define Monte Carlo. Some of Favorite are as follows:

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  • Song Qi by Alan Yau right on 7 Avenue Princess Grace is a favorite of mine because the décor of black lacquer and green is stunning. The Asian food is delicate, flavorful and beautifully prepared. Open for lunch and dinner.
  • Bouchon is a casual bistro on 11 Avenue Princess Grace which is a great spot for classic bistro fare for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Serving traditional bistro cuisine in the large bar area or the restaurant. I die for their fries! With outdoor seating, there are many options.
  • Mozza is a great dining venue because it is casual with an open concept kitchen, fantastic Italian inspired food and a fun ambience. It is kid friendly and great spot for large parties. Most importantly the food is delicious.
  • Avenue 31 is chic local restaurant that is perfect for lunch. Located on 31 Avenue Princess Grace it is elegant and not touristy. Beautifully prepared food that is served attentively.


It seems Avenue Princess has become a bastion of great food in an area this is surrounded by local residents who prefer to live on the beach but dine well!