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Monaco view of the port and the Rock

Monaco Three-Day Travel Itinerary

Monaco view of the Fontvieille port and the Rock

Monaco boasts of world-class casinos, first-rate hotels, exotic gardens, a Grand Prix track, busy harbor, and a Hollywood aura on it. One will definitely enjoy a visit in this independent city-state in the French Riviera. There are so many choices to make. from day tours and outdoor activities to culture and shopping trips. One may wonder where to begin when taking a vacation. There are just so many places to visit and so much to see. That is why Iconic Riviera will provide in this post a three-day travel itinerary for travelers that they can follow when visiting this exciting destination in Côte d’Azur.

First day: A culture encounter

To begin with, one can engage in the rich heritage and culture in this opulent and luxurious city. The following are the recommended place to visit on the first day:

  • Musée d’Anthropologie Préhistorique de Monaco: See the archeological findings and scientific discoveries on the area around the French Riviera through the various artifacts and fossils displays. The museum is in the center of the Jardin Exotique de Monaco. Recommended time to spend: 1 to 2 hours for the Jardin, 2 to 3 hours for the Musée.
Destination Possible route to take
From Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport to Musée d’Anthropologie
Jardin Exotique Monaco
    estimated travel time: 45 minutes
  • Take bus # 110 (hourly)
  • Get down at Jardin Exotique
  • Palais Princier de Monaco: Take a regal tour in this grandiose and princely residence of the Grimaldi dynasty since the 13th-century. Witness the traditional changing of the guards every morning on the square in front of the palace. Recommended time to spend: 1 to 1 1/2 hour.
Destination Possible route to take
From Jardin Exotique to Palais Princier
Palais Princier de Monaco
    Estimated travel time: 12 Minutes
  • Take bus # 2 (hourly) Get down at Place d’Armes
  • Head northeast on Boulevard Charles III toward Rampe de la Major, then turn right on it
  • Go to and take the pedestrain tunnel, the Palace will be on the right
  • Monaco Cathedral: Visit the place where the Grimaldis are buried, including Princess Grace Kelly. Take note of the altarpiece from the 1500 and the Episcopal Throne of white marbles from Tuscany, Italy. Recommended time to spend: 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Destination Possible route to take
Palais Princier to Monaco Cathedral
Monaco Cathedral
    Estimated walking time: 2 minutes
  • Head south to Place du Palais going to Rue Colonel Bellando de Castro.
  • The Cathedral will be on the left.
  • Musée Océanographique de Monaco: Discover the diverse collection of about 6000 aquatic species in this wonderful museum. Learn how to appreciate the ocean and the life on it through the exhibits. Recommended time to spend: 2 to 3 hours.
Destination Possible route to take
Monaco Cathedral to the Musée Océanographique
Musée
    estimated walking time: 4 minutes
  • Go south to Rue de l’Abbaye heading Rue Colonel Bellando de Castro.
  • Turn left to Avenue St-Martin.
  • After about 190 meters take a right turn, then left.
  • The Museum will be on the right.
Dining Places Around
Restaurants
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CASTLEROC Castelroc Restaurant Monaco
Offers Mediterranean cuisine inspired by Monagesque traditions.
It gives a lovely view of the Palace, facing it in the front, and overlooks the cliffs on the part of Fontvielle. The traditional cuisine matches the setting, where there is a also a lounge to enjoy the view while eating. It has been serving food for around 50 years.
Luxe / fine dining
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FREDY’S INTERNATIONAL
Fredy's International
Serves Mediterranean, French, and Local cuisine with vegetarian friendly menu.
It gives an ideal setting in St-Nicolas Square. The Cathedral and the Palace are also a stone-throw away. It serves mouth-watering dishes with a variety of flavor. The relaxed atmosphere is great, especially for families.
Casual Dining – Great Value
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L’EXPRESSL'Express restaurant Monaco
A restaurant-bar that offers Provençal and Italian specialties. The place has terraces and lounge area for outside dining.
A gourmet restaurant in also in the heart of the famous Le Rocher on a typical alley, its crew gives everyone a warm welcome and a familiar atmosphere. Enjoy traditional and regional dishes in their terraces and lounge in an authentic Mediterranean setting.
Casual Dining – Great Value
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U CAVAGNETU A MONACOU Cavagnetu
A Mediterranean restaurant that also serves Italian with options for vegetarian dishes.
It is in a quiet pedestrian street where one can enjoy a delightful summer evening and enjoy a lovely sidewalk dining experience. Their daily special is affordable and served fresh. It is one of the best places to sample the more homely part of Monaco away from the buzz of the tourists.
Casual Dining – Great Value
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LA MONTGOLFIÈRE HENRI GERACILa Montgolfière
Serves Monagesque and Mediteranean cuisine, with combination of French, Provencal, Niçois and Italian influences.
It is a perfect interlude for the picturesque Monaco streets in rue de Basse. It has a daily blackboard that lists fresh local products. The dishes on it is according to the season and available only for lunch. An ideal place for a lunch break or a gourmet dinner.
Luxe / fine dining.
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LE PETIT BAR MONACOLe Petit Monaco
A small and cosy restaurant that gives a good spot away from the crowd. It serve local dishes, with salad, tapenade, terrine, velouté, and some desserts.
A small and cosy restaurants in the pedestrian street of Monaco ideal for breaksfast, lunch, drinks, and dinner. It offers good value for local food. The waiters give a very welcoming attitude to every customer to their delight.
Casual dining – Great Value
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L’AUROREL'Aurore
A restaurant bar that receives tourists groups for lunch and dinner.
It is an idyllic place to enjoy a fine dining experience. There are two dining areas, where a buzz of activities are in a very informal “provencal” style. It serves some specials but its dishes and menu are Italian. Choice of wine offers a balance for the meals/
luxe / fine dining
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Second day: Plush shopping centers, gardens, and a grand casino

After seeing the city landmarks, tourists can next enjoy the luxurious life that Monaco offers. Fancy looking and buying in the extravagant shopping center, with top-brands shops and boutiques. Then, experience the thrill of playing at the casino afterward.

  • Monte-Carlo Shopping Promenade: Start your way with a beautiful stroll in the exotic Jardins de la Petite Afrique. The shopping promenade just on the other side and a place to see the world’s top brands. It has the most opulent and upscale shops in the district like Gucci, Louis Vitton, Hermes, Valentino, Chanel, and Prada. Encircling the Casino de Monte-Carlo, it has the most expensive jewelry, haute-couture, fashion apparels, and perfumes. Starting at One Monte-Carlo, go down to avenue de Monte-Carlo, up to Allées des Boulimgrins, and down again to Allée François Blanc. Also, nearby is the Yacht Club de Monaco, down back Avenue de Monte Carlo. Recommended time to spend: 1 to 2 hours for the Jardin, 3 to 4 hours for the rest.
Destination Possible route to take
Monte-Carlo Shopping Promenade
Monaco Shopping Promenade
    estimated total walk time: 12 minutes
  • Start on Jardins de la Petite Afrique
  • Walk to Allées des Boulingrins going to One Monte-Carlo
  • Go down to Avenue de Monte-Carlo
  • Go back to Allée François Blanc via Place du Casino
  • Galerie Metropolé: This is a glamorous shopping area with marbled stairs and stunning chandeliers. This shopping center has nothing but high-end shops and luxury items from exclusive brands ranging from fashion apparels to home interior labels. 80 grand shops await the visitors, and a café and several restaurants offer gourmet cuisine. Recommended hour to spend: 3 to 4 hours.
Destination Possible route to take
Galerie Metropolé
Galerie Metropolé
    estimated walking time:5 minutes
  • From Allée Francois Blanc go to Place du Casino
  • Head to Avenue des Spelugues
  • Jardin Japonais de Monaco: Not a shopping center but a lovely Japanese- style garden just a walk away from Metropolé. It has hills, ponds, and a Zen garden perfect for meditation. Recommended hours to spend: 1 to 2 hours.
Destination Possible route to take
Jardin Japonais de Monaco
Monte-Carlo Shopping Promenade
    estimated total walk time: 8 minutes
  • Continue to Avenue des Spéluges on the side going to Avenue des Citrionniers, but don’t take a turn
  • Continue until the road turns into Avenue Princesse Grâce
  • Right turn toward Boulevard Loius III taking the stairs
  • Go straight to the roundabout and take the second exit to Ave Princesse Grâce
  • Casino de Monte-Carlo: Take another respite on Praça do Cassino, a square in front of the Casino. One can find several restaurants around. If you are feeling lucky (and rich), try a high-stake game in the Casino. Also, once can have another cultural immersion by going to the Opera de Monte-Carlo just next to the Casino. Recommended hours to spend: 4 to 5 hours.
Destination Possible route to take
Casino de Monte-Carlo
Casino de Monte-Carlo
    estimated total walk time: 10 minutes
  • Head south on Ave. Princess Grâce
  • Continue until the road turns into Avenue Princesse Grâce to the roundabout
  • Take the second exit onto Boulevard Loius II
  • Take the stairs to Princesse Grâce
  • Turn right to Avenue Spéluges going to Place du Casino
DINING PLACES NEARBY
Restaurants
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BUDDHA BAR MONTE-CARLO Buddha Bar Monte-Carlo
A portal to Asia where Pacific and East Asian cuisine is served with a zest of French excellence.
The most noticable figure inside the bar is the large Buddha statue reflecting the Asiatic ambience of the place. Its lounge ambience and warm colors are good for relaxing and enjoying a great time. There are two open air terraces and a view to the sea. Its menu offers a Pacific and East Asian flavors with a touch of the West.
luxe dining
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CAFÉ DE PARIS MONTE-CARLO Café de Paris Monte-Carlo
Best for lunch and dinner, it only uses the finest quality ingredient for its brasserie style food.
It has an outdoor and a Parisian terraces that is the place par excellence in the forntier of the busting Monaco local life. This place does not only focus on the food in the plate but to the total dining experience.
luxe dining
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LE TRAIN BLEU
The menu focuses on traditional Italian cuisine.
It has its place in the entrance of the Casino de Monte-Carlo gaming halls. Its decor features a reminiscent belle epoque on its sleepr dining room. The restaurant offers a lively view of the Praça do Cassino. It has an upscale and elegant ambience, with a full service bar that serves drinks.
luxe dining
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PACIFIC
International and Continetal menu prepared with South American, Mediterranean, and Japanese culinary techniques.
It has its place at the entrance of Métropole Shopping Center. A haven for good food and good music that reflects the value of friendliness, dreams, and of excellence. It has a terrace overlooking an important F1 circuit corner. One can also experience a karaoke dream at night for a duration of a song.
fine dining
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LE SALON ROSE
Serves a selection of local and international cuisine in a comfortable and cosy setting.
The dining experience both excites the eyes and the palate. Each menu is made of fresh seasonal products, blending them with Asian and Mediterannean styles. The selection of exquisite wine pairs with the delectable dishes.
fine dining
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SONG QI
A Chinese fine dining restaurant set in a contemporary fashion.
A one of its kind fine dining experience that offers a Chinese menu in Monte-Carlo. Its name comes from a pwerful dynasty that ushers “renaissance” to the Chinese empire (Song) and of flowing energy of life (Qi). Savor the gastronomic experience inside the intimate, luxurious, and timeless architectural design of the palce.
chinese fine dining
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Third day: The Monagesque experience and the sea

The last day will have one observe and participate in the vibrant Monaco way of living. See the local places where people meet and do their everyday business. Afterward, enjoy the sights and the sea on a beautiful beach.

  • Princess Antoinette Park: Experience fun and relaxation in this wonderful garden. One can have a picnic with friends, family, special someone, or even alone. Kids can play in the playground and with farm animals in the kiddie zoo. See the hundred-year-old olive trees inside. Recommended time to spend: 1 to 2 hours.
Destination Possible route to take
Princesse Antoinette Park
Princesse Antoinette Park
    estimated total walk time: 15 minutes
  • From Avenue du Port go to the roundabout and take the exit to Ave Prince Pierre
  • Turn right into Bouleverd Rainier III
  • take the stairs and turn left to Boulevards Belgique
  • Take the stairs and turn right into Chemin de Révoires
  • Turn left into Boulevard du Jradin Exotiquet, the park will be on the left
  • Marché La Condamine: Buy some fresh products in this vibrant local market at Avenue du Port and right across the Prince’s Palace. Recommended time to spend: 2 to 3 hours.
Destination Possible route to take
Marché de la Condamine
Marché de la Condamine
    estimated total walk time: 15 minutes
  • You can follow the route going back to Place d’Armes
  • Port Hercule: See the yachts and the cruise ships on the docks. Also, take a tour in Circuit de Monaco around the harbor where the famous Grand Prix takes place. Recommended time to spend: 2 to 3 hours.
Destination Possible route to take
Port Hercule
Port Hercule
    estimated total walk time: 10 minutes
  • Take Avenue du Port and going until the road turns into Boulevard Albert 1er
  • Plage du Larvotto: From the park, one can pass by the Yacht Club de Monaco, Jardin de Japonais de Monaco, the Grimaldi Forum, and Monument Princesse Grace until reaching this pristine beach. It is a narrow pebble beach lined with clubs and high-rise building. It is free to the public with chair rentals and clean facilities — the best way to experience the sun and the sea. Recommended time to spend: 5 to 6 hours.
Destination Possible route to take
Larvotto beach
Larvotto beach
    estimated bus ride time: 10 minutes
  • Take Bus # 6
  • Take stops on the tourist places or choose to go straight to Larvotto
DINING PLACES NEAR THE SPOTS
Restaurants
Details
MC by KODERAMC by Kodera
A casual sushi assortments establishement in Monaco.
It is the rough and bustling establishment of the Condamine market. The unrefined stting will surprise anyone with its menu that is delicately prepared nd utterly delicious. Exotic and powerful flavors infused the sushi that makes the food burst in moisture.
Casual Dining
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LE COMPTOIRLe Comptoir
An indoor market snack bar on the busy area of the market place.
A typical food stall that offers breakfast, coffee, lunch, and tea to market goers and other passers-by. It can complete noe’s Monagesque experience through mingling with the locals while eating simple local meals, aperitifs, focaccia, and pissaladieres.
Casual Dining
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LE NAUTICLe Nautic
A dining area in the dockside witht he view of the yachts.
It has a bright indoor dining room with large windows facing the bay and some greeneries. It serves traditional cuisines focusing on regional dishes. Kiosk adjacent to the restaurant offers cheap fast food like pianinis and pizzes.
Great Value – Casual Dining
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BRASSERIE DE MONACOBrasserie de Monaco
A bar that produces quality locally crafted beer.
It offers food as well as drinks where guests can dine alfresco and enjoy their food outside. The terrace offers an impressive view of the harbor. It has an extensive and varied menu, and also cocktail drinks, alcoholic, and non-alcoholic beverages. A perfect place to enjoy happy hour in Monaco.
Great Value – Casual Dining
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Enjoy your stay in Monaco!

For hotels and places to stay, including their dining places and restaurants, please see this page.

For public transportation guide in the Principality, see this article.

Visit the Principality’s official tourism website here.