Monaco is abuzz with the Yacht Show this week. For most businesses in the region, including us at Riviera Press, it's 'all hands on deck'. This is due to more than 36,000 visitors expected to the small Principality. And working a trade fair makes you hungry! So whether you are working or visiting the show, we've gotten some Insider tips on where to fill your belly, or whet your whistle.
Kevin Bonnie, managing partner of the Monaco based yacht specialist IYC, reveals some good spots for different occasions during the show:
You want to invite a customer for a drink or a meal. Where do you go?
For a drink, the yacht club always pleases people new to Monaco and gets them in the buying mood. It is a special place with unparalleled beauty. Note that the club is not open to the public, but during the MYS anyone with a yacht or accompanied by a member is welcome.
For a quiet dinner, I would take my clients up the Roche to a restaurant called "Montgolfière". They travel the world in the off-season looking for new ideas. If you arrive up there, you also have a great view over the Monaco Yacht Show - a completely different perspective than the one from the Yacht Club.
What do you recommend for a quick but good lunch close to the fair?
Reserve in the brasserie "La Bionda" behind the harbour! The service is quick and easy, with a great selection of steaks and the famous Italian rostelle. Not far away is also "8 et Demi", just up the pedestrian street off the port. You can also go to the Marché de la Condamine, the market hall on Place d'Armes. There you can choose the best sushi in Monaco at Khodera and many other traditional places.
A contract is in the bag. Where should I celebrate this?
Start with a drink in the Fairmont's bar, where you can take a look out the window at the 100 yachts at anchor. Then move on to the Metropole Hotel, where you will be pampered by the team of the late chef Joël Robuchon...so close but so far from Monaco.
There you have it, Insider tips to make MYS a real success! And remember, especially during the MYS: reserve your restaurant in time!
This year's MYS is younger, fresher and full of toys! To read our interview with the Managing director of the MYS, Gaelle Tallarida, click here.