Monaco: A Millionaire’s Paradise and Dining at the Casino

Monaco is unique and intriguing. It’s the second smallest country in the world behind Vatican City, the most densely populated and is also one of the wealthiest, with around 30% of it’s population holding millionaire status. Surrounded by France and just 15km from the Italian border, it’s a must stop and see whilst probably on a longer journey around the Cote D’Azur or the Mediterranean as a whole. 

We arrived by train after a 20 minute journey from Nice, a much cheaper and practical base to build your trip around – hotel and restaurant prices in Monaco are off the scale we’re used to being on and whilst Nice isn’t the cheapest either, we definitely saved a lot of money by getting an AirBnb there and spending a few euros on catching the train to Monaco once or twice.

Strolling around the rich and famously owned yachts and harbours, stunning exotic gardens, famous F1 landmarks and window shopping at designer stores filled Jessica’s birthday in extravagant style. We stopped off at Condamine Market for the best value food in the country, saving the expense for dinner where we’d booked a dinner at Le Train Bleu, situated within James Bond’s playground, the Casino de Monte Carlo.

We arrived early so wondered the casino itself, contemplating a game of blackjack but quickly dispersing when we found out the minimum bet was €25. To be fair, we might as well had given it a go when considering we then sat down for a drink, only to spend €18 on a bottle of Corona and coke.

To our pleasant surprise, the dining menu is of relatively good value at Le Train Bleu. We chose from the six-course menu which came in at €75 per person, which may sound expensive but you will spend that literally anywhere in these parts.

Starting with the obligatory bread and moving from fish and meat courses all the way through to panna cotta and cappuccinos, we were actually more than full despite the courses being small and delicately put together. I’d also completely forgot that I’d made a note on the booking that we were here for Jessica’s birthday, but they did not.

Candles and a big sing song from the waiters made the evening, although it turned out most of the other dining guests were a bit too pretentious to join in 🙁

Monte Carlo is absolutely beautiful and we’d love to come back, stay over and completely indulge in the opulent lifestyle that it demands from you. There’s not a whole lot to do here but nevertheless it’s a top notch European weekend getaway destination.

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  1. April 6, 2020 / 9:25 am

    This is one of my dream destinations to go to. The food looks heavenly and I’d love to relax here for a weekend break. The question is, do I time it for the formula one? Or go in a quieter period. Love this post and your photos!

    • foodandbaker
      April 14, 2020 / 2:06 pm

      Oh it’s such a beautiful place! Better reason to go twice right??

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. Jess
    April 6, 2020 / 5:11 pm

    I really liked Monaco when I visited, but I also thought there wasn’t that much to do! The food looks amazing!

    Jess | https://jessrigg.com

    • foodandbaker
      April 14, 2020 / 2:08 pm

      It was defo a day or two place to visit or if you simply admire a good walk!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. April 6, 2020 / 5:15 pm

    Crikey this food looks amazing! It’s an absolute dream to go to Monaco. As a huge Formula 1 fan, I love watching the race round there and I’m always drawn in by the glitz and the glamour (albeit, on the TV). A girl can dream!

    • foodandbaker
      April 14, 2020 / 2:11 pm

      It’s defo worth going – the absolute beauty is just stunning!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. April 6, 2020 / 5:25 pm

    Oh the food looks amazing and I think know about Monaco being one of the smallest countries in the world. It looks like a beautiful place!

    • foodandbaker
      April 14, 2020 / 2:24 pm

      It’s honestly a great place to visit!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. April 6, 2020 / 9:46 pm

    Monaco looks incredible – I really hope to go one day! I was completely unaware 30% of the population were millionaires 😩

    • foodandbaker
      April 14, 2020 / 2:38 pm

      It was a fun game playing who we think is a millionaire haha

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. April 7, 2020 / 2:42 pm

    Monaco looks like a beautiful place, I love your photos! The food looks delicious too, what an amazing dining experience! Thank you for sharing your trip, it sounds like you both had a lovely time! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • foodandbaker
      April 14, 2020 / 2:39 pm

      It was a great experience at the casino!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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