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Café de Paris gets a Major Makeover and other Monaco news

This week in Monaco was about makeovers, music and charity. Learn the most interesting news about the Principality from HelloMonaco one update.

Café de Paris gets a Major Makeover: Luxury Shops and Rooftop Terraces

The ornate Café de Paris has been an eye-catching focal point in central Monaco for over 150 years. And it’s about to undergo a major transformation. When a magnificent belle époque building is set to be altered forever, one cannot help but feel a little concerned. Due for completion by July 2023, with a budget of 40 million euros, what will the new Café de Paris look like after its big makeover?

Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo opens its doors to a restaurant by Yannick Alléno

PAVYLLON Monte-Carlo, a restaurant by Yannick Alléno
© Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer

Following a successful season of Yannick Alléno at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer is getting ready to welcome Pavyllon in Monaco. Pavyllon is the brainchild of Yannick Alléno, the chef of Pavillon Ledoyen since 2019. The restaurant will take up residence inside the sumptuous hotel, with the interior designed by Chahan Minassian, and on the restaurant’s splendid terrace, as of 15 April 2022. On the menu: free-spirited, delicious and refined cuisine, an elegant setting around its signature bar and a resolutely modern, accessible and informal mood. A new, not-to-miss address for Monaco residents.

Highlight of the Summer: Alicia Keys to Headline Red Cross Gala

Alicia Keys to Headline Red Cross Gala on Place du Casino

The largest fundraising event of the year for the Monaco Red Cross, the annual Red Cross Gala, will be headlined by none other than Alicia Keys. On 18 July, 15-time Grammy award-winning singer Alicia Keys will take to the stage for an exclusive outdoor concert on the Place du Casino, in front of only 2,000 guests.

Every year since 1974, when Josephine Baker made her unprecedented comeback at the age of 68, the Monaco Red Cross Gala has been held at the Salle des Etoiles in the Sporting Monte-Carlo. That is, until the pandemic caused the 2020 Gala to be postponed. Last year’s event, with pop jazz singer Jamie Cullum, took place on the Place du Casino for the first time in history.

What Ukrainian Refugees can expect when moving to Monaco

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Following a televised address last Thursday evening, when Prince Albert II announced his “full solidarity with the Ukrainian population,” the first 30 refugees were welcomed into Monaco. In a recent press interview, Minister of State Pierre Dartout outlined what kind of support Ukrainian refugees can expect during their transition into Monaco. 150,000 euros in emergency financial aid was recently released by the government to help accommodate the new refugees.

Women in Monaco’s Humanitarian Mission for Children: Rally Aïcha

Rally Aïcha des Gazelles & Monaco’s Humanitarian Mission for Children
Photo by Carlos Herrero from Pexels

The Women’s Rally “Aïcha des Gazelles” is held in the deserted parts of southern Morocco. It has a huge following and almost 200 women’s teams take part. But there are no easy GPS systems to help you navigate in this Rally and it’s not about Formula 1 type speed on flat slick surfaces – not at all. We are talking old-fashioned navigation and only on nightmarish off-road surfaces, like some incredibly steep sand dunes. 

It takes brave hearts to take on the challenge of this Rally – the type of hearts that are found looking after children in Princess Grace Hospital. And for this Rally it is women’s hearts only that count because its distinctive feature is that participation is for women only.

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