Once a prosperous fishing village it is now very popular with tourists. Its architecture is dominated by pantiled roofs, brightly coloured cottages and outside staircases. A 750 year old church watches over the village and the windmill of St. Monans, dating back to1780, is about a 10 minute walk along the coastal path towards Pittenweem.
There is an excellent seafood restaurant at the west end of the harbour overlooking the sea plus the Mayview pub serving excellent food. An exciting new addition to the village is The "East Pier" Smokehouse is open every weekend and is brilliant. There is a brilliant gift/coffee shop at the bottom of Station Road near the harbour called The Diving Gannet ... great coffee, cakes savouries to sit in or takeaway and a lovely selection of gifts to take away including many locally made crafts .. open 7 days a week from 10 until 430.