Okay, let’s cut straight to the point, Chamonix’s not been known for its fabulous mountain food status, considering its ‘in town’ eateries Michelin culinary credentials. That being said there are a few devout passionate foodie hidden gems that have brought exquisite gourmet greatness to the slopes of Chamonix’s ski areas. You just need to know where to look! We at Peak Transfer provide you with the insider guide to the best Mountain restaurants in each of the Chamonix’s major ski areas to help fuel those unforgettable days in the mountains.
Brevent-Flegere Ski Area
If excellent Savoyard food in front of a warming log fire sounds like your kind of lunch stop then La Bergerie is the place for you. Offering a selection of delectable savoyard delights cooked over a wood fire, and a great value tasty plat du jour. We have to say we are particularly fond of their boîte chaude and their grilled entrecote. But for the sweet toothed amongst you, the deserts will not leave you disappointed, apart from the moment when you realise there is none of it left. Be aware the French like to take their time over lunch and at La Bergerie it is not different. Probably not the place to go for a quick pit stop for the keen enthusiasts needing to ski every waking moment of their holiday. Not too hard to find being located centrally at the top of the Plan Praz gondolas. In good weather you can dine on the sunny south terrace admiring the panoramic view from 2000m, particularly the Mont Blanc massif itself.
If a quick bite to eat whilst conveniently located on the mountains is more your style (or perhaps you’re on a tighter budget) then in the Brevent- Flegere ski area be sure to check out Le Panoramique. At the Brevent summit the view is as the name suggests and is truly the postcard picture opportunity you’re after (two birds, one stone, right?). By no means fine dining, but in terms of convenience and mountain prices it can’t be beat serving a range of both snack and full course menus.All well loved carb loading staples are catered for including usual savoyard suspects as well as filling soups, large pasta dishes and steak! Le Panoramique is operational in both winter and summer seasons and located immediately at the top of the Brevent cable car, don’t forget your camera!
Grands Montets Ski Area
Some may say that the Grands Montets offers fantastic skiing and not much else! But we must agree to disagree! As it’s obvious they have not been to the Lognan Refuge. Nestled into the mountains near the Pointe du Vue/ Pylons/ Blanchots black runs Lognan provides a sheltered spot where you can admire the ominous ice falls and spires of the imposing Argentiere glacier. Perfect for morning pick me up coffee, tea and homemade cake for brunch, filling lunch or even just a quick coffee or chocolat chaud while a weather front passes. Offering a concise menu comprising of typical French cuisine you can be assured of well perfected dishes leaving you raring to burn off such a wonderful lunch. Trust us you will need it, to justify the exceedingly moreish homemade tarts, a pure slice of heaven on a plate. Attentive staff provide a warm welcoming ambience so you can comfortably recuperate without a care in the world, except perhaps the next line you would like to hit. On that note the refuge is a popular lunch spot and it’s advisable to book, perhaps a nice excuse for a morning caffeinated beverage. You could just give them a call, but I prefer the first option!
A small chalet hidden in the treeline off the Pierre du Ric home run of the Grands Montets is a delight to be treasured at least once during your Chamonix stay. As to be expected it’s Savoyard on the menu so expect copious amounts of cured meats, cheese and perhaps a glass of dutch courage or two? That being said La Cremerie provides in our opinion some of the best vegetarian dishes for miles around. Their house specialities, live up to their title and are really something to behold, their Croustades are hard to beat. But get in quick, La Cremerie is cosy and books up early.
Les Houches Ski Area
Okay if you are passionate about good food, then the Les Vieilles is something not to be missed! This unassuming family owned chalet nestled into the Les Houches mountain side serves arguably some of the best food in the entire Chamonix valley. A 250 year old alpine farmhouse has a rustic charm that supplements the menu and ambience perfectly. Sourcing first rate fresh local ingredients that largely speak for themselves Les Vieilles Luges conjure tantalising fusions of traditional Savoyard dishes refined with a subtle modern finesse.Delicious food can be enjoyed in both summer and winter seasons with panoramic views from the inviting sun terrace with flower garden to be admired in beautiful weather or from the cosy warmth of the traditional rustic decor of the chalet itself. With its unrivalled reputation for excellent food and being located just 100m off piste from the Aillouds piste Les Vieilles Luges is very popular with tourists and locals. We recommend booking as early as possible and remember that only cash payment is accepted.
Tour Balme Vallorcine
Standing proud at the top of the gondola of the same name the Charamillion restaurants is a hosted in a huge chalet with just as large windows providing just as stunning panoramic views over the Swiss, French and Italian peaks whilst dining inside or out. Serving a wide variety of food to suit all tastes and budgets Le Chalet de Charamillon is great for satisfying large groups with varying agendas in terms of favoured cuisine. They boast a pasta bar, rotisseries and superb daily specials. Whether you would prefer to grab a quick snack and a thirst quenching tipple of choice relaxing in a deck chair on the terrace or a all encompassing multiple course 2 hour lunch break (when in France) under the large wooden beams and charming alpine chalet decor. With French recognition in the form of the ‘Maître Restaurateur’ would support its claim to excellent food quality and attentive service.
That’s Peak Transfers top pick for the best Mountain pit stops in the Chamonix Valley. If you would like more insider knowledge regarding the Chamonix Valley before your next Chamonix holiday why not check out our Peak Transfer Blog. Remember, Peak Transfer can provide airport and in resort transfers across the French, Swiss and Italian Alps, enquire now for an immediate quote at www.peaktransfer.com .