If you read any travel article on the South of France, your taste buds will be working overtime with all the talk of delicious, fresh ingredients that are grown in Provence and the surrounding areas.
Monaco is no different. It might be a tiny Sovereign State no bigger than New York’s Central Park, but the quality of fresh produce available in its two kilometre square radius is second to none.
In fact, some of the world’s most famous chefs, who work in Monte-Carlo, have cited its proximity to first-class Mediterranean ingredients as one of the major reason for moving to the Principality.
Five star restaurants in hotels such as The Hotel de Paris, The Fairmont and The Hermitage are renowned for their exquisite signature dishes, made from seasonal vegetables, fresh fish and locally reared meat – all transported to the Principality from the surrounding countryside and seas.
The Condamine Market
For those of you already living in Monaco, there are a number of places to head to pick up the best local produce, starting with the Condamine Market, a stone’s throw from the prime Monaco real estate.
Situated just a five minute walk from Port Hercules, just below the Rock in the picturesque Place d’Armes, the market offers Monegasque residents and visitors the perfect chance to select their fruit and veg from stalls set up outside. Inside, under the covered market, there are also stalls selling freshly caught fish and meat products, as well as wine, bread and other local specialities.
The market is open every day from 6am to 2pm and the square is lined with great little cafes and low-key restaurants allowing shoppers to relax over a coffee or glass of wine before heading away with their wares.
Market of Monte Carlo
The Market of Monte Carlo is located on Ave St-Charles and is open daily between 6am and 2pm. The covered marketplace provides a convivial environment for shoppers to purchase fresh fruit and veg, as well as fresh bread, deli products, meat and dairy.
Another market that shouldn’t be missed, but which is slightly further away, is just over the Italian border in Ventimiglia. Jump on a train from the Station of Monte Carlo and you can be perusing the slabs of delicious Parmesan or seasonal vegetables in less than half an hour. The Friday market is definitely worth a trip, even if just to soak in the atmosphere over a plate of pasta in the bustling town.
Fresh Produce Delivery
If you are less inclined to move cross borders for your fresh vegetables, you might prefer the services of a local company Live a Nourished Life which delivers “fresh, local and organic produce” directly to your Monaco apartment.