Monaco is famous for its glamorous waterfront location and prestigious events. However, those who own real estate in Monaco also have access to a range of tasty treats in the numerous patisseries that fill the Principality.
Monaco is blessed with an idyllic location on the Cote d’Azur and this French influence is apparent in the range of pastries available. Combined with a Mediterranean cafe culture and beautiful scenery, Monaco has first-class patisseries that impress some very discerning palates. Aside from superyacht and property for sale in Monaco, artisanal pastries are the hottest commodity to come out of the Principality. We’ve selected five of the best patisseries in Monaco to exemplify the allure of these traditional institutions.
Address: Les Jardins d’Apolline, Prom. Honoré II, 98000 Monaco.
With a fantastic selection of coffee and outside seating, the cookies almost come as an afterthought here. That’s not to say you shouldn’t try them, since Emilie’s home-baked cookies, cupcakes and muffins are delicious. They also have a good gluten free menu, salads and sandwiches so there is no excuse for missing out. The homely and cosy interior is invitingly laid-back and a great place for a rest during a shopping spree while in the centre on Monte-Carlo.
Address: 27 Boulevard des Moulins, 98000 Monaco.
Patisserie Riviera is one of Monaco’s oldest bakeries and dates from 1955. It’s a more traditional patisserie with wonderful speciality pastries like Tresse, a brioche stuffed with almond cream. The chef Alexander Seleznev is somewhat of a celebrity chef in Russia and has brought over tempting Russian cake recipes such as the Medovik cake made with honey and sour cream and the Russe (almond biscuit and praline cream). Enjoy a great selection of drinks from tea and coffee to fresh juices and sorbets, which you can enjoy inside or on the terrace in summer. The shop’s own chocolates are also worth a diversion and come in a range of shapes and sizes. It has a central location on 27 Boulevard des Moulins.
Address: 2 Rue Imberty, 98000 Monaco.
Leonidas has 60 years of experience in creating heavenly chocolate, so look no further than 2 Rue Imberty for a one-stop-shop for all your chocolate needs. Leonidas is both a shop and a café, and it has a selection of coffee to perfectly complement your choice of chocolate. And the range of chocolate is what makes it so incredible in the first place; choose from handmade truffles and filled chocolates in dark, milk and white varieties. It’s definitely the best patisserie in Monaco for chocolate, but the cafe also has fresh high-quality savoury snacks and salads.
Princess Pirate Café
Address: 7 Avenue de l’Hermitage, 98000 Monaco.
This two-in-one cafe and boutique is a stylish stop off for brunch and lunch while you’re in Monte-Carlo. Besides its fabulous fashions, Princess Pirate Cafe is known for two things, it’s delectable assortment of cakes and adorable resident Cocker Spaniel, Lola. They have a great range of different flavoured cupcakes as well as other sweet treats like macaroons, brownies and cookies. It’s a delightful venue for afternoon tea, but you can also get a snack to take away with that chic designer scarf you purchased from the boutique if you’re in a hurry.
Address: 2 Boulevard d’Italie, 98000 Monaco.
Pâtisserie Helena is a simple traditional bakery that sells French pastries, fruit tarts and popular favourites like eclairs. This is the place to get “Fougassette Monegasque” a local favourite that is widely available in old bakeries but not so much in the trendy new places. This regional speciality is unique to Monaco and comprises a round flat piece of sablée dough topped with anise grains and almonds. The colourful pastry comes in different sizes and is an essential snack to try if you’re new to the area. Boulangerie Patisserie Helena can be found on 2 Boulevard d’Italie, situated behind Larvotto Beach and the Grimaldi Forum.