We asked Chef Kelly what her top recommendations for the best restaurants in Monte Carlo would be and Louis XV — as one might expect — was the first that came to mind. “Chef Alain Ducasse was just 33 when the Louis XV became the first hotel restaurant to receive three Michelin stars. Dining at Louis XV at Place du Casino inside the luxurious Hotel de Paris, under the overwhelmingly beautiful art on the walls and ceiling is an experience that should be on every foodie’s travel list. I have recommended this restaurant to many of our guests that overnighted in Monte Carlo and all have shared that it was one of the best meals of their lives.” Chef Kelly paused her description of the venerated restaurant for a moment and leaned in almost as if she was sharing a secret. “When I’m in Monaco, one of my favorite things to do is not as glamorous as dining at a Michelin-star restaurant, but it’s equally as enriching. I love to wake up in the morning and head right over to the Condamine Market for a cup of co¡ee and indulge in Monégasque street food.” She went on to describe some must-try foods, among them the Monaco socca made with chickpea flour and oftentimes enhanced with herbs. Another was the Pissaladière, a savory breakfast tart topped with caramelized onions and black olives. “As a Chef, to see, smell and taste the seasonal produce, the gorgeous Provencal flowers, the herbs, and the rest, is incredibly inspirational. In my view, that’s the place to be.”



Mari de Armas is a travel writer specializing in luxury cruising. She is a regular contributor to the official blog of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Luxury Goes Exploring. Read more of her posts at RSSC.com/Blog.


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