Shopping Centers in Monaco
If you’re bound for Monaco in search of bargains, I’m going to have to disappoint you. True, there are a few ‘affordable’ shops in the Condamine/Port district. But key Monaco shops (mostly in Monte Carlo’s Cercle d’Or district around Place du Casino) clothe, bejewel and otherwise complement the costliest bodies on the planet. Iconic Riviera will give you a preview of some shopping centers in Monaco.
The Plush Side
Bang in the middle of Monte Carlo, until 2019 you would have found five shopping “pavilions”, amid the palms and other exotic horticulture of the Boulingrin Gardens up from the Casino. Rounded and futuristic, many said their architecture was inspired by beach pebbles. They were taken down in the spring of 2019 and returned to a flower garden. The luxury designer shops moved across the street to the new ‘One’ complex.
Meanwhile, slightly more modest budgets might move across the gardens to the Galerie Metropole (Avenue Spélugues). Take the escalators, just to the left of the entrance to the Metropole hotel. Then head down into this glam shopping center, which houses a few cafes and 80 shops on four floors.
The big-ticket boutiques are in Monte Carlo’s Cercle d’Or. Look for Avenue de Monte-Carlo, Avenue des Beaux Arts and the Allées Lumières center.
The Budget Side
Across the other side of the principality, by the Fontvieille district, the Fontvieille Commercial Centre is much less glam but much more affordable. It houses a giant Carrefour supermarket and other shops which people actually need. It’s also home to several affordable fast-food eateries, some with outdoor seating (but none of which we’d recommend).
But the most picturesque shopping is at the daily morning Condamine Market (Place d’Armes). It’s a proper Provencal farmer’s market, and center of Monégasque life. If you don’t actually want to buy any fruit and veg, take a seat at one of the cafés in the square and watch normal Mediterranean life pass by…