Chamonix is chockablock with fabulous restaurants of every cuisine. Book a babysitter and head to one of these bad boy eateries when you're in town. Tried and tested, here are our top restaurant choices in Chamonix for when you are blissfully 'sans enfants'. Bon appétit!
With ski fatigued tiddlers all tucked up in bed, get your glad rags on and enjoy some fabulous cuisine in Chamonix
Without a shadow of a doubt this restaurant tops the trumps every time on the best place to eat in Chamonix. With it's seriously laid back Swedish vibes, Munchies serves up epic food - a fusion of French, Swedish and Asian cuisine. The much acclaimed 'filet de bœuf' has sadly been taken off the menu but if steak is your thang, you can still incredibly request the dish from the kitchen if you ask the waitress! (€30.00). Other scrumptious dishes that never fail are the sushi, tempura fried squid and duck teriyaki.
Munchies have two sittings per evening 7pm and 10pm. Seats here are always in demand so make sure you book well ahead to secure a table.
TOP TIP: There are three tables in the bar area that cannot be reserved and in our opinion are the best seats in the house. Bag one of these by being first through the door at 7pm when the restaurant throws open it's doors. Start queuing at 6.30pm - it's well worth the wait!
Munchies, 87 Rue des Moulins, Chamonix. Tel 04 50 53 45 41
Munchies, 20 years in town and still serving mouth watering dishes like hotcakes - simply the best!
2. La Cabane
I'd heard rumours of this restaurant for some years now but only finally managed to eat there a few weeks ago. Wow. Seriously impressive. Nestled into the golf course in Les Praz (next to the Flégère lift) this restaurant is mountain chic at it's best. A beautiful log cabin houses a stylish interior with a roaring fire and sheepskin throws. The food is french, fine dining and exquisite. Choose from an extensive à la carte menu or several set menus.
Kickback in the sunshine on their outside terrace, perfect for lazy lunches (there's a very affordable 3 course midi menu for €23.50) or cosy up amidst the furs for an evening of gastronomic delight with friends or an intimate dinner for two.
TOP TIP: Choose the 'Café Gourmand' for dessert - you get five mini desserts with an expresso.
La Cabane, 23 Route du Golf, Les Praz, Chamonix Tel: 04 50 53 23 27
If you hanker after stylish interiors, La Cabane will not disappoint. We're a sucker for a log fire.
Can't choose off the dessert menu? Want to have your cake and eat it? Choose the irresistible 'café gourmand' at La Cabane - 5 perfectly tiny desserts served with an expresso.
3. Le Café Comptoir
Slap bang at the bottom of the 'forêt verte' piste in Vallorcine, Le Café Comptoir, is the perfect place for a lunch you'll never forget. This charming restaurant, run by ex-pro skiers is a must if you're skiing Le Tour. Delightfully French, the food is exceptional. The set menus are extremely reasonably priced and outstanding. If you choose to order just a main, you even get a complimentary delicious house starter. Bonus.
This tiny restaurant is also open in the evenings and massively worth the short drive (10 mins) from Argentière. This place is packed at both lunchtime and evenings, so either rock up early or book ahead. Highly recommended.
TOP TIP: Le Café Comptoir also has fast wi-fi so if you need to connect with work, it's a good place to stop off for a quick morning café or chocolat chaud.
How to get there? From the tête de balme chairlift on the back of Le Tour, ski down the home run red 'forêt verte' piste right to it's front door.
Le Café Comptoir, Chemin Rural dit du Plan de l'Envers, Vallorcine. Tel: 04 50 18 72 43
Le Café Comptoir is another seriously stylish mountain retreat for those who want an impeccable lunch on the slopes
4. La Crèmerie
Off the beaten track in Argentière, La Crèmerie is a haven for cheese lovers. Crunch up the piste of Les Grands Montets by starlight or drive up through the forest to this charismatic restaurant. Forget frills or fancies here, this rustic Crèmerie dates back centuries and is the perfect place to unwind and chill after a hard day's skiing. Gape at the framed images of Argentière old (the Glacier photos are fascinating) and enjoy an array of simple cheese dishes at surprisingly affordable prices.
La Crèmerie, 766 Chemin de la Glacière, Argèntiere, Chamonix. Tel: 04 50 54 07 52
La crèmerie gets 10/10 for authenticity and experience. Walking up the frozen piste through the fir trees & to spot this rustic place all lit up, guiding you in, is pure heaven.
Cheese, cheese and more cheese. If you're after a fondu experience in the valley, come here. Above: Beaufortin gratin €10.00
Have you got an outstanding recommendation for a restaurant in Chamonix or have you eaten at these restaurants and love them as much as we do? If so, we'd love to hear from you.
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