Monaco is synonymous with luxury and the principality is awash with money and wealth the average shopper can only dream of.
Each of the world’s most famous fashion houses are represented in Monaco by sumptuous stores selling exquisite designer dresses, eye popping haute couture, elegant wedding dresses and fine jewellery. Fashion lovers with a penchant for prestige labels will find all that they desire here.
The most diverse of Monaco’s shopping areas boasts two hundred boutiques. If designer labels are not within your budget but you love to window shop the elegant storefronts while picking up a designer dress or two for yourself then picturesque La Condamine is the place for you. There is a friendly neighbourhood feel as the locals use the covered market and pedestrianised market place as a meeting place.
The Monte Carlo Pavilions
The Monte Carlo pavilions are five dramatic white pebble shaped buildings a short hop away from the Place du Casino. The shops within are all high-end designer boutiques for designer dresses and wedding dresses among a wide choice such as Chopard, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. Luxury is the focus with these funky buildings but enjoy them while you can as they are temporary and will disappear once the renovations of this sophisticated neighbourhood are complete. The couture houses will be staying, they will just have homes in another gorgeous new building.
Port de Fontvieille
Tourists coming to Monaco want to mingle with the wealthy and powerful people of the world. Only the rich and famous can afford the astronomical price of berthing their luxurious boats and yachts in the Port de Fontvielle so this is where you should come to people watch.
The port itself is very attractive but it’s the stylish dresses, expensive handbags and stunning jewels that fashion fans will want to see.
This beautiful boutique is one of the most elegant in Monaco. Situated in the Metropole Shopping Centre, Boutique One is a gorgeous concept store that offers nothing but luxury. Monaco can sometimes but a little flashy but this store, with its minimalist styling, modern decor and contemporary fashion is an oasis of timeless good taste. You will find designer dresses by the likes of Joseph, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Tommy Hilfiger. Happily, the staff are experts in creating outfits and looks perfect for each individual customer so the service will make you feel very special.
Carré Doré Gallery, Monte-Carlo
A gallery which holds exhibitions of art, fashion, design and architecture. Monaco is a place where the rich come to spend money and the powerful people of the business world are able to network. Carre Dore is a luxurious intimate setting where fashion designers, photographers and artists can exhibit their work. There are two permanent exhibitions and hundreds of independent shows each year. If you are interested in contemporary design and the business of fashion then this gallery, in the pedestrian zone of Monte Carlo, is definitely worth a visit.
A beautifully designed boutique in Monte Carlo’s Le Metropole shopping centre. This futuristic frontage made entirely of glass is worth a visit on its own and Swarovski fans will be delighted by the crystal skull which is the centrepiece of the store. Womenswear, menswear and a children’s section can be browsed at leisure. Luxury dresses, tailoring and beautifully designed pieces from different top end brands are artfully displayed in this delightful shop.
Sabrina, Monte Carlo
Interior design is fashion for the home and in a city as fabulous as Monaco it would be a shame not to be inspired by how the rich and famous decorate their homes, yachts and private jets. Designer dresses embellished with jewels adorn the bodies of the ladies and opulent decorations grace the walls of their holiday homes. Visit one of Sabrina’s showrooms in Monte Carlo to drool over the gorgeous ideas that may just inspire a re-vamp of a room or two when you get home.