Cremiere du Glacier (Argentiere)
Best restaurant in the valley for Savoyard cuisine – if you would like a cheese fondue during your visit to Chamonix, this is the restaurant for you. Situated in a charming location in a private log cabin in the middle of the forest, this very popular no frills restaurant is an experience not to be missed. Reservations are essential as this restaurant is very popular – please note, la Cremiere du Glacier only serves cheese fondues, croutes, gratins and a few salads and that’s basically all they serve, but they also do it so much better than everyone else…we love it – www.lacremerieduglacier.fr
Stone Bar (Argentiere)
Winebar and Italian Woodfired Oven Pizzaria – offering a variety of wines served either by the glass or bottle – they serve great quality wood fired pizzas, home-made pasta and freshly made salads in a nice, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Reservations requested. For more details, check out www.stonebar.net
La Remise (Argentiere)
Good option for fine dining in Argentiere, located on the outskirts of the village – this restaurant enjoys a warm, quaint interior – new owners Morgane and John have recently taken over the management/ownership of the restaurant – for more details – www.laremise.eu
Albert Premier (Chamonix)
Fine Dining – 2 Michelin star restaurant – a true example of a classical and traditional French fine-dining experience, set in the lovely setting of the prestigious Hotel Albert Premiere. Very good food without trying too hard. Look out for the good value morning spa and 4 course lunch with 2 glasses of wine package for just €82.00. Highly recommended. For more details, check www.hameaualbert.fr/en
Maison Carrier (Chamonix)
A more rustic version from the same owners of the Albert Premiere, la Maison Carrier in set in a beautiful converted barn – the cooking of meats over an open grill fireplace always gives off great food aromas as you enter. www.hameaualbert.fr/en
Auberge du Bois Prin (Chamonix)
This 5 star hotel opens its restaurant to the public for lunch and dinner. The Bois Prin has a comfortable, warm and classic setting, located up and above Chamonix Town just near the ski lift station of le Brevent. For more details you can check the following link – www.boisprin.com/uk
Le Rosebud (Le Levancher, Chamonix Valley)
Often over looked because of its hidden location in le Levancher, le Rosebud is another of the Chamonix Valley’s treasured secrets. Many of the dishes are created from produce grown in the kitchen garden: wild celery, serpolet (wild thyme), origanum, marjoram, borage, mint, tarragon, Roman camomile, hyssop, savory, coriander, bloodwort, medicinal sage, chives, cress, sorrel, thyme, citrus thyme, cive, purple basil, nasturtium…Beautiful setting in the hotel of Jeu de Paume. Our desire is to treat our guests as friends and to provide thorough enjoyment – Le Rosebud, www.jeudepaumechamonix.com
Well recommended fine dining restaurant with lovely setting on the river Arve. Located right in the heart of Chamonix (next to post office), good value set menu options are available for lunch or dinner. www.restaurant-atmosphere.com
La Cabane (Les Praz, Chamonix)
Beautiful traditional log cabin featuring a lovely big open fire place – good fine dining restaurant choice, located on the Chamonix Golf Course – good for large groups and families – http://www.restaurant-cabane.com
L’Impossible (Chamonix Sud)
Organic Italian restaurant who specialise in natural cooking with lots of herbs and spices – restaurant is set in beautiful mountain style converted barn – located in Chamonix next to bowling on the road to the hospital. www.restaurant-impossible.com
La Caleche (Chamonix)
La Calèche serves traditional Savoyard cuisine in the heart of Chamonix. Here you will find over 20 Savoyard specialties including fondue, raclette, pierrade and much more! Come and enjoy the typical Chamoniard ambiance in this warm and welcoming restaurant. Reservations recommended. www.restaurant-caleche.com/
La Chaudron Restaurant (Chamonix)
Located in the lively Rue du Moulin, this small restaurant excels at both Savoyard and fine dining cuisine – comes highly recommended by many previous guests. www.le-chaudron-chamonix.com
Located on the lively Rue des Moulins, this Swedish run restaurant serves great quality asian fusion dishes in a chic contemporary setting – a favourite amongst locals. www.munchie.eu
Satsuki Japanese Restaurant (Chamonix)
Located in the heart of Chamonix at 286 Rue Joseph Vallot – great choice if you want a lighter meal away from the heavier savoyard cuisine. www.satsuki.eu
Pizzaria Casa Valerio (Chamonix)
For those looking for some good quality Italian food, this popular restaurant located next to the River Arve does good pastas and pizzas – one of few restaurants in the Chamonix Valley that offer a late night sitting. Check www.casavalerio.net for more details.
CASUAL AND CHEAP RESTAURANTS
Le Rencard (Argentiere)
Great pizzas in cool environment with good quality draught beer – +33450541402 – No website.
Hibou Deli (Chamonix)
Hibou Deli serves fresh and tasty home-made meals to go. All food is prepared fresh on site daily, inspired by flavours from around the world. The slow cooked lamb wrap is a personal highlight. Hibou Deli is the perfect choice if you want healthy, tasty but quickly served food. Also works well if you want to take freshly prepared food back to your chalet to heat up on chefs night off or with self-catered chalet. Very good choice and comes highly recommended – http://www.hibou-chamonix.com
Poco Loco (Chamonix)
Very quaint restaurant with its long and very narrow eating area upstairs – enjoy a quality burger, fries and beer for not a lot of money in cool environment www.fastgood-pocoloco.com
Elevation 1904 (Chamonix)
Opposite train station – casual restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner – served all day, you will find burgers, salads, fries, coffees and beers available at cheap prices in nice ambience +33450530052 – No website
Located on road to Argentiere, quality pub food with good tasting homebrew beer – www.mbchx.com
Moo Bar (Chamonix)
Swedish owned burger bar that offer pulled pork burgers as well as your orginal beef burgers. Very lively and popular amoungst seasonaires – http://moobarcuisine.com
A great favorite with the locals with live music, beers on tap, sunny outdoor terrace, resident chef serving up delicious homemade burgers, steaks, BBQ ribs and more. www.the-office-bar.eu
Wine bar and Italian Woodfired Oven Pizzaria – offering a variety of wines served either by the glass or bottle – they serve great quality wood fired pizzas and home-made pasta in a nice and relaxed atmosphere. For lovers of beef, the Cote de Boeuf is well recommended. www.stonebar.net
Slalom Bar is a crazy little place tucked away in Argentiere – by day it’s a cosy corner to grab lunch and surf the internet, maybe with one of their rum-laced hot chocolates… by night don’t be surprised to find a fancy dress party or a salsa night in full swing.
The Savoy Bar
Rustic charm aplenty at Savoy Bar in Argentiere, one of the oldest and cosiest bars in town with great apres-ski ambience and live music.
La Yaute is a friendly French-run bar at the foot of the Les Grands Montets ski slopes in Argentiere. With sunny terrace, lots of live music and fun atmosphere. This is a welcome addition to the Argentiere apres-ski scene. It is also open in summer, when lunch on the terrace is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.
Les Rhododendrons – Les Praz
If you are skiing at Flegere or heading back to Chamonix from Grand Montets get off at Les Praz and head to the Rhododendrons Bar just opposite the ski bus stop. Jump around in the bar with the regular live bands and jugs of beers or relax on the best sun terrace in the whole of the Chamonix Valley.
This is the old favourite any time of the year – opposite the train station in Chamonix, with happy hour and live bands covering all the classics that get the crowd dancing on the tables during aprés ski. In the daytime this bar is transformed into a cosy restaurant with checked table clothes and outside seating on the sun terrace. A tasty menu is served and enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. www.en.hotelgustavia.eu
If you’re looking for something a bit more relaxing, just across the road from Chambre Neuf, head to Evelation. With plenty of tables and seating outside you can enjoy a chilled beer in the sun, and if you’re peckish choose from a variety of sandwiches, salads, pastas and burgers. It’s also a great sun trap in the afternoons for winter aprés ski too.
Mortan, Oscar and Arjan welcome you to Chamonix’s latest aprés hotspot. They offer food 7 days a week and a great line-up of varied aprés with regular DJ sets and live acts. With Chambre Neuf and Elevation just next door, there’s all you need for a great night within 20 metres! www.moobarcuisine.com
Jekyll & Hyde
This has to be the best all round bar with live bands, comedy and quiz nights, happy hour promotions, not to mention delicious, high-class pub food which is a mix of Alpine and English tastes – we can recommend the Jekyll & Hyde burgers too! They show all major sports events on large screens and you are always guaranteed a warm welcome from Jo, Chris and the team. The Jekyll is located near the bowling alley. www.thejekyll.com
One of the most popular bars, you can’t miss this dusky pink, art nouveau building in the centre of town. The downstairs bar has entertainment every night during high season, from cover bands to Chamonix’s very own Superstar DJs. Beer and shot promos to get the party started – they’re even known to set the prices for jugs of beer as the clock ticks, the sooner you go the cheaper it is! The upstairs terrace bar is more chilled but doesn’t lose the atmosphere with unbeatable views of the mountains – great cocktails too! www.laterrassechamonix.com
Les Caves du Pele
Located on Chamonix’s main strip for nightlife, Rue des Moulins, Les Caves is the place to be seen in Chamonix with a mix of locals, the champagne set and trendy partygoers. With great cocktails, attractive staff and funky tunes, it will set you up for a great night out in Chamonix. www.caphorn-chamonix.com
The Mix Bar
The Mix Bar with its modern funky décor, is undoubtedly one of the coolest bars in Chamonix, not surprising when you hear it’s run by one of the Hoax brothers who regularly DJs to get the night off to a great start. With an extensive cocktail menu and friendly bar staff, we’re sure you’ll visit the bar more than once during your stay. And if the very popular Le Munchie restaurant opposite Mix bar is too busy for you to get a table, you can order from their menu in the Mix bar instead and eat in the bar. You may need to eat before 10pm as the Mix bar will be getting busy. www.mixchamonix.com
Four Canadians with a passion for beer set up the first micro-brewery in the Mont Blanc region in 2002. They serve 5 beers on tap, and don?t miss the MBC beer of the month. Friendly pub atmosphere with live music, burgers, chicken wings and ribs to die for – you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven! Located opposite the sports centre in Chamonix, open from 4pm – 2am in high season. www.mbchx.com
Le Vert has featured Giles Peterson and DJ’s from Finger Lickin’ Records to name but a few! The lounge bar has a pool table, Sky TV and great Sunday roasts. Catch the bus or train from Chamonix centre to Lac Gaillands station just a few stops away, or Le Vert is an easy 15 min walk from the centre of Chamonix and a worthwhile trek. www.verthotel.com
Happy hours, pool tables and live music – good times guaranteed! At the end of Rue des Moulins, Bard Up is the Aussie place of Chamonix. With sports games on the big screen, pool table, and live bands this place has it!
ChaChaCha is a wine and spirits shop that also welcomes you to join one of their regular wine tastings, or just to enjoy a casual drink with friends.
What Soulfood lacks in size it more than makes up for in SOUL! The guys who run this funky little bar love their music and book an eclectic range of out-of-town bands that you won’t find anywhere else in Chamonix.
L’Atelier is a cosy little café-bar with a large sunny terrace, great for people-watching and soaking up the atmosphere in the centre of Chamonix! L’Atelier is beside the river in the centre of Chamonix, with great views of the mountains. They are open daily throughout the year.
Bar du Moulin
Tucked away on the historic Rue des Moulins is a cosy little cellar bar with stone walls, wood beamed ceiling and comfortable sofas. Bar du Moulin has tables outside in the summer so that you can enjoy the atmosphere of the cobbled street packed with bars and restaurants. In winter it is a hidden gem, nestled beneath the Cap Horn restaurant so that you might easily walk past without noticing it.