If you want to taste the local cuisine, don't expect a little charming restaurant... The local dish is called "barbagiuan" (fried salty pastry filled with spinach, cheese and cooked meats) and you can find it at this snack bar called "A Roca" (or their franchised branches).
I went to the their franchised address behind Casino supermarket on 15, Rue Louis Notari, because it's the only one with tables.
For 7 € you can have a foccacia with a drink. The barbagiuan is 1,10 € each. It's not bad but a bit heavy because it's fried. Too bad the barbagiuan is served cold (the barbaiuan)...
Unique Suggestions: Buy a couple of barbagiuan...
Fun Alternatives: Get a soda, coffee...
Talking about shops, … I didn’t find that sellers at the shops or bars were friendly. Both the waiter that attended us at the beach bar for lunch, as well as the two people on the newspaper and tourists’ shops were not helpful. And the “lady” at the tourist shop where we bought the cigars had such a “bad” face that it seemed as if she was doing us a huge favor when we asked to pay for our goods.
Beware smokers! We noticed that cigars’ prices don’t seem to be fixed. A shop selling newspapers and magazines by the marina had some nice postcards and I went in to check them; I noticed that cigars were so much more expensive than in Italy and Portugal. Later on, my husband went to another tourists’ shop (in an area not as touristy as the marina) to buy cigars and they were cheaper than the previous shop we had been in. We got the idea that prices weren’t fixed. So, if you’re in need to buy cigars check a few places first, just to make sure that prices are indeed the same.
Actually, all of Monaco is one big tourist trap. The city-state thrives on gambling and tourism so it caters to your every whim! Just walking around the streets makes this perfectly clear, but you should just enjoy and be happy!
The Palace. I wasn't too impressed with the palace tour. I didn't like the fact that we listened more to an audio tape than the tour guide. If you've been to Versailles or Schonbrunn or other palaces, this isn't too impressive. Spend the money on the Ocenographie place instead.
Monaco is interesting to the extent that it is a huge display of wealth. However, I fail to see why anyone would want to live in such a cramped space given that these people could probably afford to live anywhere. Surely the tax break is not worth losing your personal space!
This place is very expensive and I'd advise staying in neighbouring Nice and take in Monaco on a day trip.
I was visiting Monaco with an organized tour composed half of Austrians and half of Turkish , the travel agency was Union Reise from Vienne.
I had to pay attention mostly to a Turkish traveller who insisted for me to go with and help him to find and buy a red colour car paint for his Renault , in stead of visiting the town ...as I was the only French speaking one in the group
So if you on an organized travel beware of people whose car needs to be painted. They may really stick to you.. I had the experience..
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Well, OK, many of you won't agree, but I think it's the Casino. It's so famous, too many people become preoccupied with seeing it and miss much of what else Monaco has to offer, especially if your on a tight timescale.
So anyway, the Casino is restricted to those over 21 and dress needs to be fairly smart, very smart if you want to go into 'The European Gaming Rooms', the inner sanctum of the Casino. Entrance to this also costs 50F, which isn't a great deal really, and you're supposed to look like you're there to gamble - not just to gawp. Cameras are not allowed in this part of the Casino.
Go if you must, but don't miss the rest of Monaco.
The Cote D'Azur is full of tourist-traps. The most dangerous are both robberies and dealing stolen goods. So especially in Nice beware of showing your money and keep bags away from the streetside. There are robbers operating from driving motorbikes.
Also beware of buying stolen good offered to you everywhere in Nice. Epecially some African dealers talk to tourists and offer stolen golden rings and other jewellery.
Forget all this when you are inside the Principality. Several cameras have an eye on every important place. Bad guys can be followed to every place by camera. Safest place in Europe.
Almost all currencies are accepted in Monaco - it is very handy - especially when on a 'no cash system' on the cruise ship - it saves a lot of hassle having to change money for a day in the principality.
How do you think the residents get to afford living there??? Well, they pay almost no taxes.
And how do you think they manage not to pay any taxes??? Well, you the tourists are paying through the nose for lodging, eating, and foremost... the casino.
This area of Monaco is most expensive. Its where the casino is and the Hotel de Paris. Mostly a tourist area so be warned that it is very expensive
Don't get lured by the casino lights.
In case you can't resist them, make sure you haven't got too much money in your pocket before you enter.