Insider's guide: 11 hot tips if you are visiting Monaco

Eddie Jordan

Whether you are visiting on a private yacht or enjoying a luxury yacht charter in Monaco there is no doubt that the principality has plenty to offer. Here Monaco insiders reveal their hot tips on how to make the most of a visit from what to eat to where to work out and who to ask for at the spa.

1. Eddie Jordan

The best pint of Guinness in town can be found at McCarthy’s on Rue du Portier — you see some surprising faces in there sometimes! And a lot of guys head to Slammers Bar to watch sport.

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Vanessa Morlot

Charter broker, Camper & Nicholsons

For a relaxing pre-dinner drink, try the beautiful terrace of the Blue Gin Bar at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel with breath-taking view on the Monte-Carlo Beach, Cap Martin and the Mediterranean.

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Through the Monaco grapevine

Sass Café is great for people-watching and is one of the best bars in Monaco, but don’t sit on the cushion to the right of the door or you may be mistaken for a lady of the night.

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Anne Lebernicheux

Charter broker, Edmiston & Company

Ask for Patrice if you want a great massage at the Hôtel Métropole — he is also a yoga teacher.

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Alain Ducasse

chef and restaurateur

Patrick Laine (at La Trattoria Sporting Monte-Carlo) delivers generous and tasty cuisine: antipasti, salumeria, pizzette and risotto, but also fish and meats alla brace. Finish with a gelati and limoncello di Amalfi.

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Through the Monaco grapevine

Yoga Shala is the new favourite for Monégasque yoga bunnies. It’s a professional studio of the standard you’d find in a big city, caters for all levels and also offers pilates classes and massages.

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Through the Monaco grapevine

Monte-Carlo Bay hotel (one of the best hotels in Monaco) has the biggest and best outdoor pool in Monaco, complete with sandy bottom. If you’re not a guest, you can pay to have a splash about.

John St Hill

Sales broker, Burgess

The best terraces overlooking the harbour are at Hôtel Hermitage with its Crystal Bar and Le Vistamar restaurant by Joël Garault.

Jordan Waugh

Executive chairman, Supertoys Monaco

Accessible by boat (with tender service), or by car (with limited parking) Anjuna Beach is only 15 minutes outside Monaco but feels a million miles away, with its Polynesian totems and pieds dans l’eau dining. On occasion, some guests play music (members of U2 live near by, so the experience can be well worth it).

Damian Martin

Yacht manager, Y.CO

Beef Bar, where you can fill your Wagyu needs, is amazing, but for my money La Bionda is more fun. Just back from the port, this great, not-too-expensive restaurant does an amazing BBQ-style steak on an open grill inside.