Christmas in Monaco: A guide to the best pop-up boutiques and bars

From the Antarctica-inspired Blue Ice down at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort to a champagne chalet on the Square Beaumarchais and a delicious crêpe stand in the Métropole Shopping Centre, here’s a guide to the best pop-up boutiques and bars in Monaco this Christmas.  

Starting in the centre of Monte-Carlo, families will love the Christmas carousel and accompanying chalet serving crêpes, churros and hot drinks in the Jardin des Boulingrins.  

The family favourite Christmas carousel in the Jardin des Boulingrins. Photo by Monaco Life

More festive treats can be found at the Métropole Shopping Centre where pop-ups such as the dedicated crêpes stand can be found at Level 0. Other pop-ups in the mall include: Maison Sacher and its famous Sacher Torte; Panettone Vogue; and Carolina Cake. 

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Two pop-up experiences await at the Hôtel de Paris. Firstly, there’s the beautiful Christmas floristry store from Stanislas Ducreux, which is selling a range of stunning gifts, decorations and miniature trees from Monday to Saturday throughout the holiday season.  

Stanislas Ducreux’s florist pop-up at the Hôtel de Paris. Photo by Monaco Life

Then there is the opulent Winter Garden on the patio of the Hôtel de Paris (main photo), which has been adorned with twinkling trees, wooden sleighs, glowing candles and chandeliers, and elegant glasshouses designed to echo the cosy dining rooms of traditional chalets. 

A short walk away is the Square Beaumarchais and the Hôtel Hermitage, which is hosting an outdoor champagne chalet pop-up until 5th January 2024. From the faux snowy terrace, visitors can quaff Veuve Clicquot champagne and enjoy luxurious accoutrements of foie gras and caviar. This sophisticated enclave is open daily.  

Over on the Avenue de Monte-Carlo, the sea-facing street near the Casino de Monte-Carlo, more than a dozen Swiss-style wooden chalets have been erected. Here you can find a treasure trove of goodies, including gifts for friends and family as well as treats for yourself. 

Finally, down at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort is an Antarctica-inspired pop-up bar by the name of Blue Ice. Running until the end of February 2024, the usual Blue Gin venue has been transformed into a polar world complete with igloos, firs, stalactites and a very on-theme cocktail menu. Blue Ice is an evening destination open from 6.30pm until 1.30am that will be hosting resident DJ Nicolas Saad on the weekends.  

Blue Gin at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort has become Blue Ice for the winter. Photo credit: Monte-Carlo SBM

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A walk through the treasure trove of Swiss-inspired chalets on Avenue de Monte-Carlo


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Main photo credit: Monte-Carlo SBM