Lucy Luger: My Riviera

Former model Lucy Luger, a well-known face on the Riviera scene, runs the exclusive Be Fit Monaco gym. She shares her favourite boutiques, bars and restaurants with Isabel Dexter

City guide

Thursday, 1 September, 2011 by Isabel Dexter

Lucy Luger

Lucy Luger

Where were you born?
Cardiff, Wales.

Where do you live?
Monaco.

What’s best about your neighbourhood?
The accessibility. Monaco is only two kilometres square, but packed with great bars, restaurants, beaches and it’s a very social place. It is also well-situated as the surrounding areas have so much to offer – you can easily access the countryside, ski slopes and, of course, places such as Saint-Tropez and Italy.

If money was no object, where would you live?
I think I would have to buy a luxury seafront villa in either Cap d’Ail or Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Which are your favourite Riviera stores?
Le Dressing on rue des Orangers in Monaco for vintage and second-hand designer clothes; the Galeries Lafayette on avenue Jean Médecin in Nice; RDV on rue de la Préfecture in Nice; the San Remo Friday morning market, where there are all kinds of goodies to be found.

And your favourite restaurants?
Cosmopolitan on rue du Portier in Monaco for affordable international cuisine; Maya Bay on avenue Princesse Grace in Monaco for amazing Thai and Japanese; the Snug on rue Droite in Nice, an Irish gastro-pub where the Sunday lunch is special and also very reasonable.

Do you have a favourite local café or pub?
Before at Monaco port. Always busy and great fun!

Where do you take out-of-town friends?
I always take visitors to visit the Rock in Monaco, the area where the palace is. At night it’s a fairytale town. A walk around Nice through the flower market and the old town is an experience. A bite to eat and a coffee on the front in Villefranche is relaxing and then one of the markets on the weekend. Saint-Paul de Vence, a walled medieval town, is a must-see for visitors.

Do you have a favourite walk?
Through Monaco port along the beach onto the costal path towards Menton. Or the coastal route from Cap d’Ail towards Eze.

Which is Monaco’s best landmark?
The terrace of the Café de Paris in place du Casino. Have a coffee at a premium price, watch the cars and people go by – it’s like another world.

Which do you think is Monaco’s best museum?
The oceanographic museum. The tanks and fish are beautiful and the building itself is a wonder.

Any advice for visitors?
Take the little tourist train that gives you the history of Monaco – it only takes 30 minutes, is really interesting and will give you an idea of the layout of the city so you can plan your days.

What can’t you live without?
Sunday lunches – we are lucky that we live in an area that can provide a good British Sunday lunch.

Tell us a secret.
The secret to a healthy, happy life is balance. Everyone should make sure they look after their health to offset a busy work and social life. This is what we practise at our body management centre. 

Be Fit Monaco Gym:
http://www.befitmonaco.com

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