Rainer Brunotte was born and raised in Germany, and settled in Monaco in 2003, when he came to study at the International University of Monaco. After graduation, Rainer established his own creative agency which helps local and international firms develop their branding, design and web presence. He is also a keen and adventurous photographer and filmmaker, who makes the most of all the amazing vistas of the Côte d’Azur. His photos are used by Visit Monaco, and the Venturi Formula E team, among many others. @rainerbrunotte @crevisio www.crevisio.com
I get my morning coffee and croissant here
I’m a big fan of a good quality (Italian!) espresso or cappuccino, so if I decide to go out for a morning coffee, then Cantinetta Antinori (formerly Bouchon) or the MetCafé (inside the Métropole) are my go-to places. Not just for the good coffee, but also the cozy feel.
My favourite lunch spot
Honestly there are many, but I guess for me Avenue31 is my favourite. I’ve never been disappointed there, either for a quick business lunch or for a longer one with friends. And when they open all the windows and the roof in summer, it is just lovely.
Best Friday night aperitif
Us Germans like a good beer in a simple environment, so for me Gerhard’s in Fontvieille is the perfect place to start the weekend.
Annual event I never miss
As a passionate photographer, I try not to miss the Monaco Yacht Show. The dozens of super yachts parked just outside the Principality call for stunning panoramic opportunities. Depending whether I want to shoot at sunrise or sunset, I start to hike up to my favourite spots either around the Tête de Chien or the Mont Gros, and wait for the perfect light and moment to start shooting.
Favourite time of year in the Principality
End of September/early October when the summer holiday season is coming to an end, but the weather and sea are still warm and enjoyable.
My best Monaco workout
Either a 1-2 hour intense squash session in the Stadium, or an evening trail run up and down the Tête de Chien overlooking Monaco. I start the run in Fontvielle, up the endless and narrow stairs towards Jardin Éxotique, and further up to the mountain top. The amazing view makes it worth all the effort.
Where I go/what I do for “me time”
I love an evening walk around the Rocher. I start the tour at the cliff trail on the South side of the Palais Princier (near the Castelroc), continue through the Jardins de Saint-Martin overlooking Fontvieille towards the Musée Océanographique, climb down towards the Fort Antoine, and head back via the Avenue de la Porte Neuve, overlooking the entire Port and Monaco cityscape.
My go-to shop for last minute gifts
Segraeti in the Metropole. I like their interesting selection of unusual items, always good for a last minute idea.
A hidden gem I’m willing to share
La Montgolfière in Monaco-Ville. A tiny restaurant with fantastic food, and great service. A true insider tip. The owners (a couple) are lovely, very friendly and welcoming.
Best day trip out of town
For me, one of the best ways to enjoy something different than the sea, is a road trip around the Esteron mountain range towards the canyon of Aiglun, and passing Gourdon and the Gorges du Loup on the way back. In summer, those places are also great for a swim in the river.
The one thing I would change about Monaco if I could
The traffic situation. Even though Monaco has been doing a lot over the years to improve traffic on bottle necks (especially with the local police force helping regulate traffic during rush hours), I still often see road work projects done in a way that aggravate the already bad situations.
The Shout Out
My friends from vk*p business advisory, who not only helped me with setting up my business in Monaco, but also many of my clients. For anything related to relocation, business setup, legal, or structuring related, they are the ones to go to. www.vkp.mc
Thanks for sharing your Monaco Rainer!