Going out for dinner in Monte-Carlo is as glamorous as it sounds. With some of the finest restaurants, offering first-class cuisine prepared by some of the world's most renowned chefs, visitors can anticipate only the best. As with most things in Monte-Carlo, restaurants tend to be substantially more expensive than in other destinations, though travellers may be able to find something a little more budget-friendly if they look for it. An assortment of cuisines is offered in and around the city; early booking is essential, as is a jacket and tie, at most restaurants in the city.
For something typically French and sophisticated, Le Louis XV promises a classy and elegant evening with top-notch food using only the best local produce. Restaurant Joel Robuchon Monte-Carlo offers similar taste and flare, giving patrons a chance to experience modern French cuisine, influenced by the Mediterranean. For those wanting something a little more fusion in style, Pacific is the place to go. Here patrons will likely find the rich and famous occupying tables. For something a little more down to earth, Il Terrazzino is a great restaurant for typical Italian fare; great quality for a little less Euro.
With some of the most exclusive designer brands in the world and top-notch boutiques selling haute couture, the streets of Monte Carlo are a dream come true for shopaholics. Although many of the shops can be found in most other major cities across the globe, there's something special about shopping in one of the most glamorous destinations in the world. For big names such as Gucci, Armani and Versace, visitors should head to Avenue des Beaux-Arts, under the Hotel Metropole. The Cercle d'Or (Golden Square) comprises Avenue Monte-Carlo, Avenue des Beaux Arts and Les Allees Lumieres and, even though most travellers will only be able to afford to window shop, it's still worth a visit. The Place du Casino offers the best selection of jewellery stores, while the pedestrianised Rue Princess Caroline is one of the city's more popular shopping areas and attracts tourists and avid shoppers by the dozen. The Fontvieille Shopping Centre boasts 36 shops, while malls such as Les Allees Lumieres, the Metropole and the Principality are also good for a day of shopping, with restaurants and cafes for weary shoppers to rest their legs and refuel. Those who are on a very tight budget should visit Monte Carlo's Condamine Market in the Place d'Armes, where they can stop to view the luxurious yachts in the docks and pick up some cheaper souvenirs such as F1 memorabilia and souvenir number plates.
A good place to get into the swing of things is Le Bar Americain, where the upper-crust mingle and socialise with their Champagne and cocktails in hand while a jazz trio belts out some upbeat tunes to get them in the mood. Lively bars such as the Ship and Castle are pretty upmarket and many come here to pose and be seen. Jimmy'z on avenue Princesse Grace is the place to go to dance the night away with Monte-Carlo's beautiful people. Travellers who'd prefer live music should visit Moods on place du Casino, which has already attracted some big international acts. Sass Cafe is another hot spot for live music; Blue Note is a must for jazz lovers. For a quieter and more sophisticated night out, the Opera de Monte-Carlo draws hundreds of visitors to its world-class performances.