A guide To End Of Year Monaco Events

Monte-Carlo Casino at Christmas

Monaco always celebrates the end of year in glamorous style and this year promises to be no exception. Event organisers are working hard behind the scenes to put on a host of fun-filled, elegant Monaco events, whilst ensuring a safe Covid-secure environment for all. From Monaco’s eagerly anticipated Jazz Festival, to shopping extravaganzas, glamorous fundraisers, and theatre productions, the winter season in Monaco offers something for everyone. If you are looking for things to do in Monaco, then explore our curated selection of some of the best end of year Monaco events that guarantee festive cheer.  

End Of Year Monaco Events

Grand Monaco Street Sale – Nov. 6 – 8

This vibrant Monaco event is a wonderful way to stock up on unique gifts for the festive season. Organised by the Union of Traders and Artisans of Monaco, shoppers can enjoy three full days of deep discounts and promotions. This year, the street sale takes place from November 6-8 in Espace Fontvieille.

Monaco Street Sale

Speakeasy – Nov. 13

Head to the Grimaldi Forum on November 13 and enjoy a trip back to the 1930s with this gripping theatre production. Speakeasy is the original creation of the Rat Pack company and is set in an American underground bar during the height of prohibition. Elegantly mixing circus art and choreography, this Monaco event offers a fantastic night out at the theatre. Cap the evening off with a delicious meal at one of Monaco’s many award-winning restaurants.

Monte Carlo Jazz Festival – From Nov. 16 – 27

The Monte Carlo Jazz Festival is always an eagerly awaited Monaco event. Now in its 15th year, the Jazz Festival offers a packed programme of concerts by world-renowned musicians at venues across the principality. This year’s line-up includes Kyle Eastwood, Thomas Dutronc, and Hugh Coltman. Running for some ten days from November 16, the Monte Carlo Jazz Festival is a Monaco event not-to-be-missed.

Santa Claus is Missing – Dec. 9

This Monaco event is for little ones and big kids at heart. Held at the Theatre Princesse Grace Monaco, youngsters will delight in watching Mirliton and Sobriquet, two Christmas elves, set off on a treasure hunt in search of Santa Claus who has gone missing. The treasure hunt takes them across the world, from the North Pole to the desert, with lots of twists and turns along the way. This fun-filled Monaco event is followed by a Christmas snack and guaranteed to get the entire family in the festive spirit!

Monaco Christmas

Club Vivanova Charity Gala – Dec. 12

On December 12, the principality will play host to one of the most elegant annual charity fundraisers, Club Vivanova’s 6th annual Luxury Lifestyle Charity Gala Dinner at the Fairmont Monte Carlo. The Monaco event – Turning Luxury into Charity – will raise money for two charities, Chances for Children, and The Animal Fund. Guests at this glittering Monaco event will enjoy a Premier Cru Champagne reception, sumptuous four-course dinner, live musical entertainment by High on Heels, charity auction, and Aston Martin DBX launch. The event will wrap up with the Vodka23 After Party. For those seeking things to do in Monaco that also enable them to do good, Club Vivanova’s Charity Gala is a must.

Club Vivanova Gala Dinner 2020 in Monaco

Of course, one Monaco event that you can enjoy throughout all the year is exploring Monaco luxury real estate. Whether you are seeking to buy an investment property, looking for a larger apartment, penthouse, a luxury villa, or searching for a new Monaco rental, our agents at La Costa Properties Monaco are here to help you, no matter the time of year.

Best Affordable Restaurants on the Cote d’Azur

Nice Cote d'Azur

When you’re staying on the French Riviera, you’ll probably want to splurge on one or two excellent restaurants as a treat, but you’ll doubtless want to explore some of the best affordable restaurants on the Cote d’Azur too.

On its five stunning Caps, which are the best affordable restaurants on the Cote d’Azur? Here we’ll discover the hidden gems that serve up delicious food and a fun atmosphere, just with less of the formality and expense.

A look at the best affordable restaurants on the Cote d’Azur

Antibes Port Vauban

Cap d’Antibes  

La Joliette: This relaxed beachside club and restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine, with plenty of fresh seafood and vegetarian options too.

https://restaurant-lajoliette.fr/

La Joliette Cap d'Antibes
Photo courtesy of La Joliette

Le Cesar / Plage Keller: Its romantic beach setting in a small bay offers lovely views, with Mediterranean cuisine based on fresh fish and seafood.

https://www.restaurant-plage-cesar-antibes.fr/restaurant-antibes

Le Cap, Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel: On this beautiful terrace overlooking the sea, tuck into classics such as Caesar salad or steak tartare, Thai and Asian dishes, pasta, fish and meat. They also have a children’s menu.

https://www.ca-beachhotel.com/en/gastronomic-restaurant-antibes/

Cap de Nice  

Le Plongeoir: With its extraordinary setting, views and atmosphere, this may well be the best restaurant in Nice, and offers seafood, risottos and vegetarian choices.

https://www.leplongeoir.com/en/home/

Le Plongeoir restaurant in Nice, France
Photo courtesy of Le Plongeoir

Les Amoureux: Just around the Cap in Nice’s old port, this understated restaurant serves up great pizzas, artisan Neapolitan beers and delicious desserts. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is cosy.

https://www.facebook.com/Les-Amoureux-Nice-143996702291741/

Daki-Daia: While this understated establishment might not shout about itself being the best restaurant in Nice, the Moroccan and Lebanese local offers seasonal mezze dishes and house cocktails, with friendly service in a perfect location overlooking the port.

https://www.facebook.com/dakidaia/

Cap Ferrat

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat  

Jasmine Grill & Lounge, Hotel Royal Riviera:  This eaterie is known for its wonderful ambiance and views, welcoming and professional staff and a wide choice of dishes, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

https://www.royal-riviera.com/restaurant-jasmin-grill-lounge-st-jean-cap-ferrat/

Restaurant La Goelette on Cap Ferrat
Photo courtesy of La Goelette

La Goelette: At a great location overlooking the Port St Jean, this veggie-friendly restaurant also serves up big portions of seafood risotto, paella and pasta with an efficient and friendly service, while its own live DJ entertains.

https://la-goelette.eatbu.com/?lang=en

Cap d'Ail

Cap d’Ail

A’Trego: In a modern waterfront setting, the menu here includes cocktails and finger food, set lunches, fresh seafood and caviar.

https://www.restaurantatrego.com

Le Lamparo: This low-key place has a fun vibe and offers great service, serving up pizzas and salads in a beautiful beach setting.

http://www.lamparoplage.com/

Le Lamparo Cap d'Ail
Photo courtesy of Le Lamparo

La Cambuse: Overlooking the port, this unpretentious and dog-friendly restaurant serves fresh seasonal produce, including grilled seafood, fish stews and soups, burgers, charcuterie platters and omelettes.

https://www.facebook.com/Lacambuseportdedapdail/

Roquebrune Cap Martin

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

Casarella: With its lovely outside terrace in the old town central square, here you can find delicious Italian food, with vegetarian and vegan options.

http://www.casarellarestaurant.com/

La Grotte & L’Olivier: Located in a stunning cliffside setting in the old village, this restaurant serves great cocktails, salads, pizzas and fish, as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, all with an excellent service.

https://www.lagrotte-lolivier.fr/

Restaurant Madame Bleue
Photo courtesy of Restaurant Madame Bleue

Madame Bleue: For contemporary, waterfront dining, elegant presentation and a great location, this trendy, child-friendly restaurant serves up pizzas, seafood, risotto, pasta dishes and burgers.

https://www.madamebleue.fr/

To enjoy all that the French Riviera has to offer, why not rent a villa on the Cap de Nice, from where you can try the best restaurant in Nice, as well as some of the best affordable restaurants of the Cote d’Azur?

The Best Guide to Monaco Life

Monaco panorama at sunrise

Monaco life offers its residents luxury at every turn. Indeed, the French principality is a compact city-state that offers the very best in luxury living and is renowned the world over for the lavish life its residents and visitors enjoy. Whether you are seeking world-class cuisine, ritzy nightlife, world-famous events, or luxurious shopping, check out why living in Monaco offers the very best of the good life.

Here we round up some of the best things to enjoy about Monaco life.

Luxurious Shopping at Every Turn

With one of the highest density of millionaires in the world, there’s no shortage of luxury shopping hot spots when it comes to living in Monaco.

The Metropole Shopping Centre in Monte-Carlo, Monaco

One popular spot is the Metropole Shopping Centre in Monte Carlo, featuring a smorgasbord of some of the world’s most luxurious brands such as Gucci and Versace. Alternatively head to the Carré d’Or district, where exclusive brands jostle for the attention of those with ultra-deep pockets.

Join the High-Rollers

Monte Carlo’s famed casino – or the Casino de Monte-Carlo as it is officially named – is where high-rollers, celebrities, and VIPs go to gamble. Here you’ll find all the traditional gambling games, including English and European roulette and Texas hold-em poker, alongside a dazzling array of slot machines. Remember to dress to impress.

Monte-Carlo Casino in Monaco

Gourmet Cuisine

Gourmands will not be disappointed when living in Monaco. Indeed, Monaco life offers a delicious choice of some of the finest restaurants in the world to choose from. Top restaurants include Restaurant Joel Robuchon Monte-Carlo, which boasts an open Teppanyaki-style kitchen, and Le Vistamar, which serves up mouth-watering European cuisine coupled with some of the best views in Monte Carlo.

Le Vistamar Restaurant in Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Party The Night Away

Exclusive parties at some of the world’s best clubs is all part of the fun of Monaco life. Jimmy’z is a local celebrity hot spot and one of the most renowned destinations to party the night away. Dubbed the temple of clubbing, here revellers can enjoy some of the best beats by a roster of celebrity DJs, a stunning terrace coupled with a spectacular sea view, lush gardens, hookah, and some of the world’s best Champagne.

Jimmy'z nightclub in Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Other notable hot spots include Le Bar Americain, a swanky jazz club renowned for its live music programme, lust worthy cocktails and fabulous sea views.

Exclusive Events

Living in Monaco includes the opportunity to join in the fun of some of the world’s most exclusive events. The Monaco Yacht Show and the Monaco Grand Prix are two of the most eagerly awaited events on the annual Monaco social calendar and are both an intrinsic part of Monaco life.

The Monaco Yacht show is held annually at the end of September and is the world’s leading superyacht event boasting more than 100 yachts and mega yachts. Some 30,000 visitors join in the revellery of the event, which spans four fabulous days.

Monaco Grand Prix

Held every May, the Monaco Grand Prix is the slowest and most difficult of all circuits in the Formula 1 World Championship and offers four-days of spectacular racing and wraparound events. Thousands of spectators gather to watch the world’s best racers speed through the streets of Monaco, offering a not-to-miss spectacle.

So, if you’re looking to enjoy a luxurious life, investing in Monte Carlo real estate will enable you to enjoy Monaco life at its very best.

New Developments : Monaco’s Le Stella Complex

Interior of apartment in Le Stella, Monaco

Anyone who’s walked around the Principality in the last few years will have noticed several new developments. Monaco’s most recent properties are strikingly contemporary, embellishing a skyline dominated by 1970s buildings like invitations to a life of 21st century luxury.

The Tour Odéon has caused a lot of ink to flow in the world’s media and the same goes for the fascinating Portier Cove land extension project, whose only visible elements for the moment are a few gigantic concrete caissons that will form the perimeter of the future eco-district.

Monaco’s Le Stella Complex Embodies 21st Century Luxury

Less has been said about Le Stella. The magnificent white structure built on a corner plot in the vibrant Condamine district is immediately recognisable because of the undulating bands of concrete that wrap around its facade like ribbons. Daylight plays on the curves and apertures of the facade, giving it a rippling effect.

Le Stella apartment building in Monaco

Monaco-born Alexandre Giraldi and Frenchman Jean-Pierre Lott were the architects behind this most mesmerising of new developments Monaco offers to home-hunters.

The complex, which was completed in 2018, is composed of two villas and two residential blocks, which rise to 39 metres from a common base.

Luxury Villas and Apartments

Le Stella’s lower floors house retail and office space and a school. In the summer of 2019, the International University of Monaco will leave its premises in Fontvieille and take over 2000m2 of the building.

Le Stella tower in Monaco

The higher levels comprise 99 apartments, mostly duplexes, which are split between two buildings. The apartments face Port Hercules and their rear rooms offer views of the Prince’s Palace on the Rock.

View from terrace in Monaco's Le Stella

Bathed in daylight, the elegant duplexes have between one and three bedrooms and tall sliding windows. Each floor has a loggia, which extends the living space. The first floor of a typical one-bedroom duplex (priced at more than 4 million euros) is composed of an entrance hall with in-built cupboards, a guest toilet and a fitted kitchen opening onto a spacious living room. The second floor comprises a bedroom that opens onto the loggia, a large bathroom and a back room that offers different possibilities. Residents can enjoy a fitness area and have a 24/7 concierge service at their disposal. The luxurious villas (rarities in Monaco) come with indoor cinemas, saunas and swimming pools.

Duplex apartment in Le Stella, Monaco

All the properties in Le Stella have tasteful fixtures and fittings, underfloor heating, air-conditioning and underground parking spaces.

With its new developments, Monaco has changed and will continue to do so. The bold, creative design of Le Stella writes a new page in the city-state’s architectural history, while its apartments tick all the boxes for anyone looking for a sophisticated and refined living environment.