Last-minute dessert ideas to delight your dinner guests in Monaco this Christmas

From exquisite takes on the traditional Yule log to Cova’s beautiful Italian offerings, here are the finest desserts and treats on sale for Christmas in Monaco. 

Whether it’s a big family gathering that you’re hosting this year or that you’ve been invited along to a sophisticated dinner among friends, there will be something on this list of delightful desserts to impress all around the table.

Let’s start with the limited edition Yule log currently on sale at the Hôtel Métropole. The fruit of a culinary collaboration between by Chef Christophe Cussac and Pastry Chef Patrick Mesiano, this festive treat captures the essence of Christmas in the Mediterranean with its locally sourced ingredients. It costs €75 and can serve between four and six people.

The Hôtel Métropole’s adorable Christmas cracker of a Yule log. Photo via Instagram

Next up are a range of creations from Chef Gianluca Giorgeschi of the Rampoldi. First is the glorious Bûche Miel et Amandes: a white chocolate mousse and a vanilla sponge layered with honey-almond cream, crispy feuilletine and glazed with honey and pollen.  

The Rampoldi’s inspired take on the traditional Yule log: the Bûche Miel et Amandes. Photo via the Rampoldi

Another favourite is the Gateau Noël with its Italian-style sponge, crunchy meringue, chestnut heart and vanilla Chantilly, while the Gateau Horologe will certainly go down a treat with chocolate lovers. It boasts a 55% chocolate cream, criollo mousse, cocoa sand and hazelnut praline as well as an intricate clockface design. 

Chef Gianluca Giorgeschi of the Rampoldi’s Gateau Horologe for Christmas 2023. Photo via the Rampoldi

Over at The Niwaki, the restaurant’s brilliant chefs have put their heads together to come up with a selection of stunning mignardises that will make the perfect gifts or small servings. The range embodies The Niwaki’s fusion of traditional Japanese craftsmanship and contemporary innovation, and can be picked up directly from the restaurant.  

Finally comes Pasticceria Cova, the beloved Italian bakery brand. Top of our list here is the Milanese masterpiece of a Panettone with its light, fluffy texture and tantalising fruity aroma. 

You could easily spend a small fortune on the Pasticceria Cova range this Christmas! Photo via Cova

But there are plenty of other options here too, such as the elegant marrons glacés, which are individually wrapped glazed chestnuts that make a delicious alternative to chocolate truffles.

Cova’s incredible range of gem-like pralines will always please a crowd and there’s a flavour for everyone, from pistachio to Arabica coffee, but for real chocolate enthusiasts, the gianduiotti are miniature edible masterpieces. These velvet-textured chocolate and Piedmont hazelnut ingots are carefully wrapped in golden paper and presented in their unique geometric shape. They are a must-try this Christmas!  


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Main photo via Pasticceria Cova, Facebook