Monaco on a budget
The homely U Cavagnetu (14 rue Comte Félix Gastaldi; 377-9798-2040) is a firm local favourite, and its three course menu of Monegasque cuisine costs 25.50 euro. Hearty dishes include roast leg of lamb with olives and stuffed roast veal.
Otherwise, sandwiches and salads are available from the supermarkets – there is a Carrefour in the Fontvieille Shopping Centre and a Spar hidden under the luxury stores in the Metropole Shopping Centre. A trip to the supermarket will also show just how outrageous the mark-ups on glasses of wine are in Monaco’s bars. Decent bottles from Spar cost as little as three euro – small glasses in bars are rarely available for under six.
It pays, therefore, to scout out when the happy hours are. At the perennially popular Stars ‘N’ Bars, cocktails drop from 10.50 euro to 5.30 euro between 5 pm and 7:30 pm, while happy hour at La Brasserie de Monaco runs from 5 pm to 8 pm. During this period, the microbrewed beers produced on the premises, such as the slightly spicy organic wheat beer, cost 3.50 euro rather than seven euro. After all, Monaco has to cater to those who work on the yachts as well as those who own them.