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Welcome to Monaco, the world's second smallest country (even smaller than Central Park). It's also one of the world's most decadent and delicious countries. Fast cars, glitzy hotels, and everything you've seen in all the James Bond movies ring true. But it's also a place where people actually live (the people of Monaco are Monégasque), complete with farmer's markets, museums, culinary specialities, and even chocolate boutiques.

Here's your quick rundown of where to dine, what to snack, where to stay, and what to see.

Le Louis XV
in 1987 Prince Rainier III challenged Alain Ducasse to open a restaurant at Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo and win three Michelin stars in four years. He did it (in less than four years), and the restaurant is called Le Louis XV. It's grand and formal in the best way possible, complete with bread trolleys, cheese trolleys, and even a dessert trolley bearing canisters of ice cream and nougats, and marshmallows cut to order.

Le Grill
Le Grill is another Alain Ducasse creation, though a notch less formal than Le Louis XV. Le Grill's claim to fame is the incomparable soufflé. Light and billowy, these babies have to be ordered at the beginning of the meal. Do not miss! Pistachio, chocolate, and Grand Marnier are the three best flavors.

Joël Robuchon
Whereas Ducasse houses his restaurants at Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Joël Robuchon opened his inside Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo. He has Yoshi (a fine dining Japanese spot), and Joël Robuchon, his Monaco namesake. It's classic Robuchon with a Mediterranean accent. Lots of fresh seafood, and a dish called Monte-Carlo, a noteworthy signature of king crab, young vegetables, mozzarella, and avocado.

Fairmont Monte-Carlo
The Bistro Lounge at Fairmont Monte-Carlo recently launched a proper afternoon tea service ideal for satisfying a sweet craving. Tiny tea sandwiches accompany a wide selection of tea and homemade pastries. Don't miss the flaky mille-feuille and lemon meringue tarts.

Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo
Built in 1983 and located right on the Place du Casino, this is "the" iconic Monaco hotel. Featured in two James Bond files—Never Say Never Again and GoldenEye, Monte Carlo, and even Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, this is the hotel where you'll spot all the celebrities and cars that previously existed only in dreams. Hôtel de Paris is also home to the world's largest hotel wine cellar.

Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo
For those who still want the luxury of a classic Monaco hotel, but crave more privacy, there's Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo. It's elegant and calm, tucked just a minute's walk from the Casino Square. One must-do item while staying at the hotel? A poolside breakfast...with the breakfast by Joël Robuchon and the pool designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

Musée Océanographique de Monaco
- There are a number of museums (vintage cars! postage stamps and coins!) to visit in Monaco, and the Oceanographic Museum should be number one on your list. Opened in 1910 (which makes it an impressive 104 years old), you'll find every sort of underwater creature imaginable on the aquarium level.

- Just a short drive from Monaco is Èze, a legendary medieval village perched at the very top of the mountain. It's a must-visit if you're in the Cote d'Azur. Winding roads, charming family-run restaurants and tiny boutiques are all part of the charm. It's a sharp contrast from the glamour of Monaco and makes for a dreamy day trip.

Casino de Monte Carlo
- That dress/suit you wore to dinner at Le Louis XV? Keep it on, and head to the casino (literally around the corner) after dinner. There are four main casinos, but you'll want to visit Casino de Monte Carlo located on Place du Casino. It's everything you expected it to be. And if you'd rather watch than plan, saddle up for a martini at the bar.


Chocolaterie de Monaco
- The options at Monaco's premier chocolatier can be overwhelming. But all you need to know are two things. First, candied ginger dipped in the most velvety dark chocolate. Second, Gianduiotti, a marriage of finely ground hazelnuts and chocolate. Melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

Marché de la Condamine
- This indoor food hall is like the Essex Street Market of Monaco. All the local culinary specialities of Monaco are well represented here. Keep your eye out for Pissaladière (savory tart, much akin to pizza, topped with onion, tomatoes, anchovies, and olives) and Barbagiuan (fried pastries shells stuffed with swiss chard, spinach, leeks, and ricotta).

Farmer's Market
- Right outside Marché de la Condamine is the local farmer's market. You'll find a number of farmers and producers from the France...but also Italy (which is just a short drive away). A summertime favorite? Fraises des bois, impossibly sweet and wild strawberries, each smaller than your pinky finger.