The restaurants in Chamonix is far more than fondue and raclette as you usually hear about and picture them. Shadowed by the grand Mont Blanc in the region of Haute-Savoie, Chamonix is home to the best restaurants in all of French Alps.
Enjoy popular cheeses like the tomme de savoie and the gruyere de montagne with a bottle of Savoy wine and some cured saucissons.
Best things to do in Chamonix
When going on a Chamonix holiday on a tight budget, you can save some money by packing some food instead of buying lunch up the mountain. Grab some bread at Au Pain d’Antan. Get a warm artisan loaf with chorizo and olives for just 1.10 euros.
Enjoy the great views of the Drus, Grandes Jorasse, and Mer de Glace peaks. Ride to the top, around 1,913 meters, by taking the Train du Montenvers. Enjoy the ice caves and then enjoy some drinks at the Hotel du Montenvers. Return tickets go for 25 euros.
See how it is like from the highest peak in Europe, Aiguille du Midi by taking the cable car. It is really very cold but worth it. Return tickets go for 42.5 euros.
Where to stay
The Hotel Cretes Blanches offers a quiet place to stay in Chamonix. The century old building has some character going with its wooden shutters and balconies plus a good view of the Mont Blanc. You can book a room starting at 66 euros.
If you want a hotel just near the cable car going up the mountains, head to the log cabin called Hotel Labrador. Rooms start at 107 euros and ask if you can get the room where you can see the sunset.
The Clubhouse is where you want to stay if you want the best of Chamonix accommodations. This converted mansion is the best place to pamper yourself after skiing and enjoy some great cocktails. It is a sister club of Milk & Honey that you can find in New York and London but you not need to be a member to reserve a room. A 3-night stay will cost you around 865 euros.
Choices for lunch
If you are on a budget for your Chamonix holiday, you can enjoy the hearty meals served by La Petite Kitchen. The staff serves great home-cooked meals using the best off local ingredients. Enjoy their tarte of caramelised onion for around 10.5 euros or their vanilla panna cotta for 6.5 euros.
The Aux Petits Gourmands along the main street is a patisserie best for a light lunch and for some people watching. Take a seat outside, enjoy your chicken-reblochon-olives filled croissant and your coffee as you watch people pass by.
The best you say? It is the Michellin starred Restaurant Albert 1er of course. The wines start at 88 euros at this 2 Michellin. Ask what wine is best paired with the sumptuous dishes on their menu.
You can enjoy the contemporary menu of the Hotel Eden in Les Pranz, a village nearby , for your dinner. You can enjoy three courses for about 23 euros while enjoying the forest setting and a great service.
La Maison Carrier is also operated by the geniuses behind Restaurant Albert 1er and also located at the Le Hameau Alber 1er but it offers a different experience. The restaurant specializes on Savoyard cuisine and you will surely enjoy the farmhouse ambiance. It is a best value find for 29 euros for a good set menu of three courses and coffee.
If you want a stunning view of the Mont Blanc, you can go to the La Cabane des Praz where you can enjoy salmon carpaccio for just 12 euros and a good plate of lamb for 28 euros. Warning – it is quite hard to keep your eyes on the plate as the view is really breath taking.
Micro Bresserie de Chamonix is among the top choices for some homebrewed ales and a very friend atmosphere if you are on a budget. You can get their seasonal brew for just 5 euros or if you want to be sure that you can drink what you order, go for the Blonde de Chamonix which is the favorite of regulars.
The Le Bistrot Gourmand is the newest joint in town and offers a list of 150 very good items to choose from. The best choice perhaps is a 3.5 euro chingin-berjeron which is a fruity white wine that goes well with some bread, meats, and cheeses.
If you want a candle lit ambiance then head to the wine bar called Chachacha owned by a French family known for their best wines. The staff really knows what they serve and they can never go wrong with their recommendations. A good glass of champagne goes for about 7 euros.
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