Terraces, restaurants and rooftops: The best places to watch the Monaco Grand Prix

For a place as small as the Principality, the choice of options regarding where and how to experience the Monaco Grand Prix is incredibly varied. Everyone knows the grandstands that line the track and the yachts bobbing in the port, but what about the vast array of terraces, rooftops, hotels and restaurants? Here’s the Monaco Life guide to the very best places to watch the racing. 

Let’s begin in Monaco’s famous Place du Casino, often referred to as the Carré d’Or.  

For those seeking a truly luxurious experience, look no further than the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. Its two main restaurants, the three Michelin-starred Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse and the one Michelin-starred Le Grill, offer spectacular views of the racetrack alongside with exceptional cuisine. On top of these venues, the Bar Américain, known for its live music programme, is a great choice for those looking for a lively yet sophisticated setting.  

The primely located Hôtel de Paris in Monaco’s Place du Casino. Photo by Monaco Life

The Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo is another prime location for Formula 1 enthusiasts. The one Michelin-starred Pavyllon Monte-Carlo by Chef Yannick Alléno features a beautiful panoramic terrace from which guests can enjoy a unique vantage point over the race.  

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Located in the heart of Monaco, the recently renovated Café de Paris Monte-Carlo combines heritage and modernity. It’s always a hugely popular venue during the Grand Prix and will really be attracting the crowds this year thanks to the new Amazónico lounge, bar and restaurant on its rooftop.  

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For a healthier option, L’Hirondelle at Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo is usually a spa and health sanctuary, but joins in with Formula 1 fever during the Monaco Grand Prix. Its terrace provides a view of the famous Louis II tunnel exit and the chicane.  

The Principality is gearing up for the Monaco Grand Prix. Photo by Monaco Life

Down in Port Hercule, the Yacht Club de Monaco offers unparalleled views of the race from its terraces that look out onto the Louis II tunnel exit and the port sector of the circuit.  

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Further along the Quai des Etats-Unis, the Equivoque rooftop is a top choice for the glamourous. It is a place to see and be seen. It can be accessed from the Hôtel Miramar and the Terrazza entrance on Avenue d’Ostende.  

My! on Boulevard Albert 1er offers a clear view of the race cars as they zoom towards Sainte Dévote and up Avenue d’Ostende. The Japanese restaurant will be serving its signature sushi and other gourmet delights to guests throughout the event.  

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La Rascasse, the world-famous bar inside the next-to-last corner of the Monaco Grand Prix track, is a perennial favourite with fans of the iconic race. The single-seaters fly around the perimetre of the bar, putting guests right in the centre of the action. 

La Rascasse shares its name with one of the circuit’s most famous corners. Photo by Monaco Life

The port area is also home to a number of private terraces that can be rented to those who wish to watch the race from a more intimate setting, but with the luxury of VIP hospitality services. Among the most sought-after are the terraces in the Shangri-La, the Panorama and Le Winch.  

At the other of the track is the famous Hairpin. The best place to view this sector is from the Fairmont Hotel. Nikki Beach Monte-Carlo on the rooftop of the hotel is another excellent choice for fans who want to indulge in the lavish lifestyle of Monaco while enjoying the racing.  

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