It’s seldom a relaxed affair, going out for dinner as a family. Chamonix has some damn fine restaurants, most of which you wouldn’t even consider dragging your kids to.
Surprisingly, finding a good family restaurant in Chamonix is harder than you’d imagine. In many restaurants the tables are packed like sardines with little room to throw a cat, never mind a child play. Play? In a French restaurant? Heaven forbid! Children in France are terribly well behaved. Mine in comparison must be an absolute disgust to most French families looking on.
For us, we don’t want to pay through the nose, we need to have ROOM, good food and a kitchen opening at 6 rather than 7 (terribly British!). Here are our pick of the pops on what, in our opinion, are the best family non-savoyard restaurants the length and breadth of the Chamonix Valley.
The restaurants are in no particular order of preference, rather simply from one end of the valley to the other.
Rocky Pop – Les Houches
Rocky Pop serves food from 5.30pm until 10pm.
Rocky Pop Hotel, 1476 Avenue des Alpages, 74310 Les Houches
Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 85 30 00 00
Kitsch Inn – Les Houches
The Kitsch Inn is a great live music venue too. There’s a clever stage that appears for aprés-ski gigs and children are welcome to boogie away too. We love the brilliant outdoor space – kids can bez around outside happily playing in the wendy house and outdoor play area whilst you bask in the Spring or Summer sun. There’s also a lovely playing area inside for Winter visitors and we adore the thoroughly cool kitsch interior!
The Kitsch Inn, 77 Place de la Fruitière, 74310 Les Houches
Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 50 34 41 74
Le Vert – Les Gaillands, Chamonix
The food is impeccable. Choose from a 2 or 3 courses. Mouth watering starters such as ‘wild garlic & potato soup with toasted pumpkin seeds’ or ‘confit duck & pork rillette’, with mains of beef, chicken or yummy veggie pies. Little ones can choose from a mini roast or the normal burger, goujon options for only €8.00. As Summer ramps up, look out for their legendary BBQs!
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL so call up on your arrival or even before you leave the UK!!!
Le Vert Hotel – 964 Route des Gaillands, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
00 33 (0) 4 50 53 13 58
My daughter was so blown away by this place she stated matter of factly that she wanted to live here! Designated kids areas dominate reception with a very cool art scribble room, various chill out areas (with films playing and giant bean bags) and giant chess. There’s free, yes free haribo dispensers (so keep an eye out for your kids suddenly doing a disappearing act) and a free juice fridge for kids. There’s even a free popcorn machine. With so many kids areas cleverly designed to be within your eyesight, you can easily kick back and enjoy a bite to eat and a cocktail. This hotel & restaurant is impressive and extremely family orientated (with even tiny loo’s in the toilets for little ones)
The MBC – Chamonix
A long established fast food joint run by super friendly Frenchies on the main strip in Chamonix. I’ve been frequenting Poco Loco for years. It’s charming mini restaurant ‘en haut’ (upstairs) is a fab place, if you’re already in town, to get a bite to eat. Perfect to avoid a long drawn out mealtime with whacked kids. Choose from a number of burger/fries combos from the dude downstairs and take a seat upstairs. It’s a tight squeeze up there but people happily shuffle up on the benches plus there’s a great buzz. You can also get beer there too – happy days.
Top tip: help little ones down to the loo – it’s a little tight to get down the stairs!
Poco Loco, 47 Rue du Dr Paccard, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 40 53 43 03
The lunchtime menus are great value with miso soup, teriyaki chicken and green tea a steal at €10. The children options are kids sushi for €13, or chicken on a skewer with rice €10. The Japanese waitresses were simply charming and the girls loved finding out the Hello Kitty character (on their bowls & cups) came from Japan. The Japanese electric toilet with heated seat and electronic flushing options gave us a toasty bottom and lots of giggles. Satsuki is a very popular restaurant so to be sure to book ahead. Conveniently they also do take out so definitely an option for tired evenings if you’re near town.
Opening times: 12:00-14:30 / 18:30-22:00
Satsuki, 288 Rue Joseph Vallot, Chamonix
Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 50 53 21 99
Choose from Hibou pots of noodles, tagines or curries (€10/12) or yummy homemade wraps of lamb, chicken, halloumi, roasted pepper & feta or aubergine (€7-8.50). This place is a vegetarian’s paradise and there aren’t many of those in Chamonix! Kid’s options are a mini noodle box (€5) or a kids wrap (€6.50).
Definitely pay a visit here if you want super healthy, amazingly fresh food. I was very impressed!
Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 50 96 65 13
Open Mon-Sat 11.00 – 20.30 Sun 16.00-20.30
Le Stone Bar – Argentière
Top tip: call ahead and book table 12 & 13 for a family of 4. They are the best seats in the house next to the window and with a bench on one side, perfect for kids!
Some of the above mentioned restaurants offered us complimentary food for the purposes of this review. As always though our opinions are our entirely our own.