About choosing a restaurant in Chamonix
There's a wide range of restaurants in Chamonix to suit all tastes, and budgets. Read our guide on all the best places to eat in Chamonix and where to find your favourite style of cuisine.
You may miss the quaint, Swedish-run Bizes, tucked away in Rue du Lyret not far from the Casino. But then you will miss out on their fabulous BBQ entrecote or their quirky "Granny Plate" with homemade tapas which you can enjoy with a glass of wine at the bar. The barbeque restaurant is a new concept in Chamonix; everything is cooked oil-free, lactose and gluten free on their Josper BBQ, which seals in the flavour and delicately braises meat, vegetables and potatoes on the outside, leaving them soft inside. It’s hearty, no-frills food that’s home made with fresh ingredients and they cater for vegetarians.
Many of the bars and restaurants hold regular apres-ski and summer evening BBQ's - Chambre 9, Le Vagabond, Le Vert and the Jekyll in particular are fond of a barbie so check out our Chamonix Events Calendar to see if there are any coming up soon.
Breakfast & Brunch
More and more restaurants in Chamonix are recognising the benefits of offering a good breakfast menu that's more sustaining than a croissant and a cup of coffee.
If you’re about to set out for a big day on the mountain then Elevation do a hearty full English breakfast and a good range of filled baguettes including egg, bacon sausage and fish fingers. If you're watching your cholesterol you can tuck into their healthier option of granola with yoghurt and freshly squeezed OJ. They also do the typical continental breakfast of a croissant, fresh bread, jam, coffee and juice.
Monkey in Chamonix Sud have a tempting breakfast menu; again the healthy option of granola, fresh fruit & yoghurt is available but if you’re going to go out for breakfast or brunch then you may as well treat yourself to something you wouldn't have at home; their Eggs Benedict is served with a toasted muffin, back bacon, two soft poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and a rocket salad. They also do boiled eggs and soldiers, full English breakfast with a vegetarian version available and a range of take-out filled rolls and muffins. To top it off, they offer free tea and coffee with your breakfast.
For the best breakfast rolls in town, made with British bacon and sausages, head to Bluebird café in Chamonix Sud. They offer a great range of coffees at good prices too.
L'Epicerie du Midi at Hotel Heliopic (next to the Aiguille du Midi cable car) serves breakfast as well as a selection of healthy snacks and meals.
If you’re in Les Houches, the Kitsch Inn offers a good choice of breakfasts; granola, porridge, pancakes with maple syrup, breakfast wraps and full, supersize and veggie English breakfasts.
Cafes & Bakeries
Pie at the start of the pedestrianised area in Chamonix serves a good selection of cakes and desserts as well as a daily 'pie' (quiche) special for lunch breaks.
Continue towards Chamonix centre and you'll find Aux Petits Gourmands - a tea room and bakery, serving breakfast and brunch. You won't miss their amazing window displays of handmade chocolates, cakes and biscuits that are so pretty it is almost a shame to eat them. Almost.
Bighorn Bistro in Chamonix Sud is a restaurant that opens for breakfast right up until late evening and specialises in homebaked pastries and cakes.
If you're staying in Argentiere or skiing at Les Grands Montets then call into Tête à Thé for lovely homemade cakes and specialty teas. They also serve soups, salads and light dishes - all vegetarian and all delicious.
The area around Aiguille du Midi has a few good options for a quick baguette or a nice piece of cake: Bucks is a new addition, a trendy retro style diner serving bagels, burgers, cakes and salads. The Epicerie du Midi is part of the Heliopic Hotel and they serve lovely soups, sandwiches and pastries that are perfect for warming you up after a ride on the cable car. Just a few footsteps away in the square opposite the Aiguille du Midi is the Bluebird Cafe, where you can pick up a bacon butty or homemade flapjack to take up the hill.
There aren’t many restaurants in France where children are not welcome; it's a much more common sight to see children dining out with their parents than in the UK.
Most restaurants in Chamonix offer a children’s menu; they tend to be in the region of 10€ and usually consist of omelette/ham/burger/chicken with chips/salad or a pasta option such as spaghetti bolognese. Those that don’t are usually happy to rustle up a smaller portion, or simplified version, of something that is on the main menu. You could try one of the regional dishes that the whole table shares such as raclette or fondue – the children can then eat as much or as little as they like. Alpine food is not particularly fussy or strongly flavoured and most children love dipping bread into a fondue or grilling their own meat on a pierrade!
Our top child-friendly recommendations in Chamonix are:
- Casa Valerio – no children’s menu as such but you can’t go wrong with pizza and pasta and the bustling atmosphere means that you don’t have to worry about your children being a bit noisy!
- Bartavel – another pizza/pasta joint right in the centre of town with an informal ambience and friendly staff; small children’s menu.
- Valentino’s, just a couple of doors along from Bartavel, is also a good option along the same lines.
- La Calèche – offers a reasonably-priced children’s menu and if you go on a Tuesday night folk singers and accordion players will add to the fun!
- Avenue Aiguille du Midi – if you head to the bridge that crosses over the river at the bottom end of town you will find a row of four restaurants along a raised deck on the Avenue Aiguille du Midi. They all serve a variety of omelettes, crêpes, salads, pastas and local dishes and are very informal and friendly. They all offer a children’s menu.
- La Carlina – the staff are very friendly and make a fuss over the children. As well as offering a children’s menu they are usually happy to prepare something special on request. If you sit outside you can keep an eye on the children while they play on the statue of Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard (not an official climbing frame but all the other kids seem to do it...!)
- Satsuki – even if the idea of sushi has your kids wrinkling their noses in disgust they can still enjoy the children’s special of grilled chicken skewers, prawns, rice, salad and dessert while you tuck into some traditional Japanese cuisine (and the high-tech toilets will have them enthralled!).
Although they don’t have specific children’s menus we have taken little ones into both Alan Peru and Munchies and were well-looked after in both restaurants. The staff were happy to make up a special dish for them and we were not made to feel like it was any trouble. We recommend that you let staff know in advance though, just in case you arrive on a night when they are super-busy and deviations from the menu are the last thing they need!
There are plenty of traditional restaurants in Chamonix if you want to sample some local Savoyard fare.
For a fine dining experience then the Hameau de Albert Premier is home to the double Michelin starred Albert Premier restaurant. The menu centres on fresh local produce and makes the most of the abundance of herbs and vegetables grown in the hotel’s own vegetable garden. The wine cellar counts no less than 20,000 bottles, comprised of the 950 appellations presented on the wine list. Whilst you might expect the Albert Premier to be a traditional formal dining experience, it is actually very accessible and extremely welcoming. The staff are charming, the service impeccable, and the surroundings tranquil but not austere. Whether you choose to blow the budget on the à la carte or stick to the surprisingly well-priced set menus, you are sure to experience one of the finest meals to be had in the Chamonix valley.
La Maison Carrier is a classy, traditional French restaurant also run by the Albert Premier hotel. Expect smart service and rich, elegantly presented food. Whilst vegetarians are catered for, it’s the meat that takes centre stage here with steak, lamb, pork and foie gras being well represented on the menu. The wine list includes some of the very best French wines as well as more modest regional ones, in addition to wine from local vineyards in the Aosta Valley in Italy and the Valais region of Switzerland.
Right in the centre of town, beside the Post Office, you will find L’Atmosphere - a high quality establishment specialising in French cuisine. Popularity amongst the locals is always a good indication of the quality of a restaurant and it has no shortage of local clientele. L’Atmosphere enjoys an intimate ambience and a fantastic location overlooking the river. Make sure you book early to guarantee one of these sought after tables. Definitely located at the higher end of the price scale but has consistently excellent food and service.
If you’re looking for less pricey options then try Brasserie L’M, one of the best located restaurants in Chamonix. Right in the heart of town, it has a large terrace with spectacular views of the mountains. On first appearance L'M seems rather touristy but the service is good and the food is delicious and filling. The brasserie offers typical Savoyard cuisine and specialities: fondue, raclette, pela, pierrade, cured meats, etc. There are also a number of fish and pasta dishes on the menu, as well as an array of desserts. The daily 'Plat du Jour' is often a good deal.
Not far from here is the Bistrot des Sports, the oldest bistrot in Chamonix, established at the dawn of the 20th century. It played a crucial role during the first Olympic winter games of 1924 and was later owned by Frison Roche, one of Chamonix’s most famous alpinists. This Chamonix institution has a friendly French atmosphere partly because of of its mix of ski instructors, mountain guides, locals, seasonal workers and tourists and partly due to the well-priced, lunch/dinner menu. The restaurant serves a varied menu, featuring a host of local specialities, alongside everyday Gallic classics.
Located to the right of the Casino in the centre of Chamonix (the actual gambling casino as oppose to the supermarket!) is the cozy Le Monchu where you'll also find a fine selection of local Savoyard dishes; Tartiflette, raclette, pierrade de boeuf (where you cook your own meat on a hot stone) and fondue. The portions are ample and the price is pretty reasonable, with friendly service.
If you want a more peaceful location with unrivalled views of Mont Blanc then L’Auberge du Bois Prin is where you should head. Nestling high above Chamonix in the winding mountain lanes of Les Moussoux, the Bois Prin is a delightfully quaint 4 star hotel, renowned gastronomic restaurant and a real hidden gem! The chef/gardener, Dennis Carrier, spends his time bustling between the hotel’s extensive vegetable garden and the kitchen, where his delicious and inventive cuisine makes a meal here an experience to remember. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant also has a beautiful terrace with unsurpassable views across to the Mont Blanc chain. Excellent food, charming service and a table with a view – the Bois Prin has it all!
Chez Constant on the main street of Avenue Ravanel le Rouge has a ‘modern’ Savoyard feel with welcoming and laid back staff. If you are hungry and want rich, traditional fare (with a modern twist) then Chez Constant is ideal. There are a variety of set menus made from fresh local products. They aren’t cheap - but great for a treat. The 'Menu du Coup de Coeur, (31€) for three courses has a choice of Reblochon Cheese with apples, mixed crudités and pine nuts, or pumpkin soup served with Jerusalem Artichoke chips to start; for the main course there is a choice of a suggestion from the chef or pork tenderloin slow cooked with Beaufort cheese and pan fried gnocchi, followed by creme brûlée or desert of the day. You can also, of course, order entrees, plats and desserts separately. The lunch menu is better value - the formula 2 plat for 21€ for starter and main or main and dessert of the day- 27€ for all three. The food is typically rich and you’d need to be hungry to finish them, but they have a modern twist and are elegantly presented.
Le Panier des 4 Saisons is tucked away in a little alley off the main street in Chamonix. As the name suggests this wood-panelled, semi-formal bistro offers cuisine based around local food, changing with the pace of the seasons and quality wine produced in the region to great vintages. Their traditional French dishes include thick-cut pollack in a sweet-and-sour red-wine sauce and roast venison with quince purée, accompanied by wines of the Haute Savoie.
For a reasonably priced cheese-fix Le Boccalatte is the place to go for all the best regional specialities from tartiflette to fondue, situated on the Avenue l'Aiguille du Midi, close to the train station.
New to the centre of Chamonix is La Telecabine, tucked away on a quiet street behind the casino with a fantastic view of the Aiguille du Midi. Serving classic French cuisine and meat dishes, there are also a few fish options and a selection of tapas, such as cappuccino of prawns with a saffron emulsion, lobster burger, spare ribs, fresh fish, home made profiteroles, and of course an array of the tastiest Savoyard specialties. Set menus start from 2 courses at lunchtime for 21€ and go up to 38€ for a 3 course evening meal. They have a good selection of French wines and champagne.
Located a couple of kilometres from Chamonix, in Les Praz, La Cabane restaurant is set in a cosy log cabin, and serves modern French cuisine and Savoyarde favourites. Whilst holding fast to its rustic origins with cow skins adorning the floor around the open fire, there are numerous modern, stylish fixtures and features to draw the eye. Skylight windows have been incorporated in the grass-covered roof (eco-friendly insulation) so that the interior is bathed with natural light. The food here is excellent and as well as the à la carte options, they offer a number of very good value menus including a midday option with a choice of 2 main courses and 2 desserts for €19 per person. It’s well worth taking a woodland stroll up the river to Le Praz and reward your efforts with lunch or dinner at La Cabane.
Les Praz is also home to the cosy bar and top class Rendezvous Restaurant at the Hotel Les Lanchers. They have an extensive and varied menu featuring local Savoyarde classics, alongside traditional French cuisine and more contemporary dishes. There are daily specials, reflecting the seasons and the associated fresh produce. The restaurant also has a nice ambience and is great for coffee, lunch or dinner.
Also in Les Praz is the Hotel Eden; if you are staying in Chamonix, the hotel provides a free taxi service for those dining in the restaurant. Children are very welcome and there’s even a special fixed price menu just for them.
At the other end of town the Hotel Aiguille du Midi Restaurant in Les Bossons is an idyllic setting for a gourmet meal, with stunning views over the Les Bossons glacier and Mont Blanc from the beautiful terrace at lunchtime and a large, grand dining room for an evening meal. Here, the Farini family offer you traditional French quality cuisine, a wide variety of dishes, Savoy specialities... and not to forget a generous dessert buffet! The menu provides a variety of set menus from the 'Menu du Terroir' at 24€ for 3 courses of local specialities, the 'Menu du Jour' at 33€ for 5 courses including a cheese board and the dessert buffet to the very special, 6 course Menu de l'Aiguille at 53€. Alternatively, you can let yourself be guided by the labels of local specialities and 'specialities maison' on the standard menu. The Aiguille du Midi hotel is open for lunch and dinner. It is well worth a visit, whether to enjoy a gastronomic lunch and to take advantage of the beautiful swimming pool and garden during the day in the summer, for a fine dining experience in the evening or for a local treat such as a fondue or a raclette.
You wont regret the climb to Argentiere if you’re after cheese. Restaurant Carnotzet specialises in it - as well as Savoyard and Swiss cuisines and wines. Try toasts with cheese, wine fondue, tartiflettes, steaks all with specialty raw milk cheeses like Tomme d’Abondance, Beaufort, Chevrotin, Gruyere, Fir Bark, Mont-d’Or, La Raclette de Savoie, Reblochon de Savoie, Roquefort and Bellelay amongst others.
Also in Argentiere, Le Bistrot du Dahu has a warm and friendly atmosphere and offers dishes made from fresh local produce such as chicken casserole, perch fillet cooked in court-bouillon, or the ever-popular foie gras, braserade, and steak tartare. They also organise themed evenings throughout the season (magic, fairy tales and legends, Easter egg hunts, etc).
Italian & Pizza Restaurants
On the outskirts of Chamonix Sud, beside the Jekyll bar lies L’Impossible restaurant. The Italian family-run restaurant serves fresh, vibrant, organic food and most options on the menu are gluten free - there are also many vegetarian and vegan options. Inside it is grand yet not overstated with impressive chandeliers and a huge, open log fire. The menu provides a decent variety of options with a number of three-course set menus starting at 37€, an array of soups at around 15€ and pastas, fish dishes and creative meat plates ranging in price from 15 to 30€. All this is accompanied by an extensive wine list of French and Italian wines.
Another locals' favourite is Casa Valerio, a lively and popular Italian restaurant. The classic pasta/pizza combination for main course comes highly recommended, however “Casa”, as it's commonly known, does offer a selection of fresh fish and meat dishes - all of course in the Italian style. Situated on Rue de Lyret, Casa Valerio is just a short walk from the centre square. Open from midday until 2am, it’s one of the few places you can eat in Chamonix after 10pm.
Situated in the Galerie Alpina, Neapolis specialises in Neopolitan food; bruschetta with marinated anchovies, calamari en barca, spaghetti aux fruits de mer and gnocchi alla sorrentina are just some of their specialities, as well as over twenty varieties of pizza, and for dessert... the infamous tiramisu or panacotta. A good family restaurant, cosy and atmospheric in the winter and in the summer they have tables along the River Arve.
Although more of a wine bar than a restaurant Le Lapin Agile offers a daily menu of Italian focused cuisine. Run by an Italian couple from Milan, with a 'slow-food' approach, the food here is tasty and the menu changes regularly following the season's market-produce. Their coffee is also done Italian style and, in our opinion, probably the best in town, as is their vin-chaud and hot-chocolate.
With a fine location smack, bang in the centre of town, Le Bartavel’s large, sunny terrace is always choc-a-block with tourists. Pizza’s are very good here and they also have a range of tasty pasta dishes, salads and some meat and fish options. Although the interior can be a little cramped, it was extended a couple of years ago to include a bright conservatory area if it’s too cold to sit outside.
If you’re not quite sure what you fancy then seek out Le Caveau, located in an atmospheric basement opposite the cinema and serving a range of international cuisine. Every taste is catered for here from Swedish meatballs to Mexican to Savoyarde, but it is most renowned for its pizzas and their cheesy garlic bread is the best in town!
Opened fairly recently to great success is the Pizzeria des Moulins, run by young Italian Pizzaiola Joelle Siciliano, it has been renovated to offer seating for 30 hungry guests. She uses fresh, authentic Italian ingredients on each one of the 40 varieties of pizza on offer and for those of you with a sweet tooth, try her very popular Nutella pizza. Eat in, take away or even have them delivered. If you find a star hiding on your plate, your next pizza is free!
For freshly made Italian style salads, sandwiches and snacks try the Green Soft Bar on the main street. They serve a range of paninis, focaccias, ciabattas, etc as well as delicious ice creams on the sunny terrace or inside in the large modern diner. It’s vegetarian and vegan friendly too.
Further afield is the Stone pizzeria bar & restaurant in Argentiere - a cosy and rustic mix between French bistro and an English pub (with a good old game of darts), that offers delicious salads, pastas and a large range of pizzas (biella, hotscott, toscana, savoyarde and sapore, to name a few...) as well as classic steak and veal dishes. A great place to enjoy a beer after a day at Grandes Montets.
Even further afield and a real treat is Cafe Comptoir, situated at the bottom of the Vallorcine bubble. This warm and cozy restaurant and cafe with its modern chalet style interior or large outdoor terrace offers Italian cuisine combining Swiss and Italian seasonal products. Food comes served on slates including, among other things, large colourful salads, the "mystery" house specialty, melted Reblochon cheese dishes, morel and chanterelle mushrooms, prime rib with fresh vegetables, veal stew, caramelized pork ribs and other regional dishes which are entirely home-cooked. Also on the menu are pasta, polenta, crozets and other local products such as Barberine honey.
Satsuki on Rue Joseph Vallot serves excellent Japanese cuisine, prepared by a Japanese chef, available to eat in or take-away. The interior of the restaurant is small and simple with modern Japanese decor and friendly staff, there is also a downstairs room with traditional low tables for private hire and a terrace that is popular in the summer. There are many authentic Japanese dishes on the menu, however, the main reason we go is for the sushi and sashimi. 12 pieces cost around €18, and the sushi is €15-45, depending on the number of pieces. Other good dishes include the Wakame Udon (noodle soup), the Tempura Udon (noodles and prawns), the Tempura (prawn and vegetable fritters) and the Ganmo (fried bean curd).
Hidden away in the Hotel Cretes Blanches is one of Chamonix's best kept secrets - a Japanese tea room serving traditional dishes such as sushi, bento and curry as well as a range of teas and Japanese cakes. Mat'Cha is in the Hotel Cretes Blanches behind Super U on Rue Joseph Vallot.
For a small town Chamonix has an impressive choice of restaurants and boasts three that have the coveted Michelin star.
L’Auberge du Bois Prin is a single Michelin starred restaurant in peaceful location above the centre of Chamonix with unrivalled views of Mont Blanc. L'Auberge du Bois Prin is a delightfully quaint 4 star hotel, renowned gastronomic restaurant and a real hidden gem! The chef/gardener, Dennis Carrier, spends his time bustling between the hotel’s extensive vegetable garden and the kitchen, where his delicious and inventive cuisine makes a meal here an experience to remember. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant also has a beautiful terrace with unsurpassable views across to the Mont Blanc chain. Excellent food, charming service and a table with a view – the Bois Prin has it all!
Just a few steps from the Aiguille du Midi lift station is Le Bistro, a single starred Michelin restaurant on the ground floor of the Hotel Morgane. The interior is the height of sophistication with cream furniture, soft lighting and luxurious fabrics but the real treat is the food. Fresh seasonal produce is used to create modern inventive dishes that will have your mouth watering. It might be a bit on the pricey side but there are so many nice touches and unexpected extras that it feels worth it for a treat. They do a set lunch menu that won't require a remortage on your house.
The Hameau de Albert Premier is home to the double Michelin starred Albert Premier restaurant. The menu centres on fresh local produce and makes the most of the abundance of herbs and vegetables grown in the hotel’s own vegetable garden. The wine cellar counts no less than 20,000 bottles, comprised of the 950 appellations presented on the wine list. Whilst you might expect the Albert Premier to be a traditional formal dining experience, it is actually very accessible and extremely welcoming. The staff are charming, the service impeccable, and the surroundings tranquil but not austere. Whether you choose to blow the budget on the à la carte or stick to the surprisingly well-priced set menus, you are sure to experience one of the finest meals to be had in the Chamonix valley.
Modern European & International Restaurants
The terrace at the Pointe Isabelle hotel is the perfect spot to catch some sun and enjoy a glass of rosé whilst people watching along Avenue Michel Croz. It could easily be a bar bistro in a more cosmopolitan city with a relaxed atmosphere and funky decor. The menu serves a mix of meat, fish and is surprisingly vegetarian friendly for a restaurant in France with a selection of international cuisine, plus an injection of Savoyard flavour with a few cheese-laden dishes. Try the Pointe Isabelle burger, with chunky chips and a delicious home made tomato sauce or the rocket salad with mozzarella and sun-dried tomato. Pointe Isabelle is a great place for apero - their snack board of olives and toasted focaccia, smothered in tomato and olive tapenade goes down well with a bottle of wine shared between a few friends. Prices for a main dish range between €12 and €26, with started and desserts both around €9.
Not far from here is Chambre Neuf, and you would be forgiven for overlooking it as a great place for lunch. At lunchtime the bar is made up as a simple but elegant Brasserie Chambre 9 offering classic international cooking. The lunch menu features a variety of dishes such as chicken quesidillas, Swedish meatballs, chinese noodles and tataki salmon, and the famous Chambre Burger. There is also a freshly prepared daily special; such as breaded pork schnitzel served with roast potatoes, peas and a creamy mushroom sauce. In the summer, the shady terrace is great for a long relaxing lunch and in winter it’s very cosy inside.
Slightly out of town near Gaillands, Le Vert restaurant is renowned for its excellent food, serving an international dinner menu, a three course menu-du-jour and is also one of the few places offering Sunday roasts.
The Kitsch Inn, located at the bottom of the home run in Les Houches is big, funky and kitsch with a large inside area for après-ski. They do lunch specials, and evening meals that are a fusion of English/French dishes. The kitchen is open from 8am for breakfast, right through to 10pm serving burgers, steak as well as sharing boards, salads, daily plat du jour, fish, homemade pastas, meats and Sunday brunch. Their ingredients are mostly from France (Savoie where possible) but also occasionally from nearby Italy and Spain.
Chez Yang is one of the few Chinese and Thai restaurants in Chamonix. Located in the centre of town at the northern end of Rue Dr Paccard, they serve a range of soups, dim sum, Peking duck, spare ribs, and a host of noodle and stir fry dishes as well as classics such as sizzling beef and lemon chicken.
On Avenue Aiguille du Midi the Dragon d'Or, also serves Chinese and Thaï food as well as pizzas and typical Savoyard dishes.
Gandhi in Les Houches is still the best of the curry houses in the Chamonix Valley and it actually does a really good value for money lunch deal - if you can handle curry at lunch time. Although the dishes are different to the traditional British curry menu, the food is pretty good and the staff are welcoming and happy to cater for kids.
Annapurna was the first Indian restaurant in Chamonix and still has a good reputation for traditional Indian cuisine. The interior is tiny and packed with all sorts of tapestries and ornate wood carvings, the staff are always very friendly and treat everyone like regulars. The French palette is not well-adapted to spicy flavours and many people find the curries here to be milder than they would get in the UK, but the staff are happy to give them a bit more kick if you mention it when ordering.
Pubs & Gastropubs
The Micro Brasserie de Chamonix (aka the 'MBC') is a lively micro brewery with a bar and restaurant, run by four Canadians. The menu offers pub-food classics such as nachos, fajitas and a wide range of burgers, and is served in the saloon-style bar area. The food is great and the massive portions will satisfy any appetite! The popularity of the MBC means you are strongly advised to book a table in advance for dinner. Snacks are served from 4pm onwards and the main menu is available from 7-11pm.
Close to the main bus stop in Chamonix Sud, The Jekyll occupies what must be one of the oldest buildings in town, but it’s recently had a bit of facelift inside and now feels like a rustic pub with a funky cosmopolitan atmosphere. It’s a great place for an apres drink, cocktail and of course a hearty dinner. From 7pm to 11pm, Tuesdays to Sundays, you can choose from dishes whose main influences are English and Swedish with a bit of Irish. Main courses include the infamous lamb shank, a fantastic seafood chowder and roasted Mediterranean vegetable parcel. During the winter, Monday night is comedy night and only pie dinners are served - try the Guinness Steak & Ale Pie. Don't miss half price ribs every Sunday and if you can finish the famous Ghetto Burger you’ll get a free pint.
In the heart of Cham Sud you can’t fail to miss the sunny terrace of Monkey. Monkey has that unusual combination of being a great live music and apres ski bar, with really good food too. They have a great range of home made burgers such as the sizzling Chuck Norris with red chili, jalapeños, roasted pepper, cheddar & chilli sauce or for vegetarians, the Marilyn Monroe with grilled haloumi roasted pepper, aubergine, and chilli tomato and lime salsa. Burgers are also half price on Mondays from 6pm to 8pm and it is also one of the few places in Chamonix offering a range of Sunday Roasts. The blackboards are updated daily with their specials such as aromatic duck pancakes, whole baked Fromage Des Clarins with crusty bread, falafels with hummus and pitta, or a half rack of ribs… then once you’ve gorged yourself it’s probably just about time for cocktail happy hour from 9pm!
If you fancy something with more of French feel then next door to Monkey is South Bar and one of their best kept secrets are their great burgers. Food is served from midday until 3pm and then from 6pm until late; the menu offers a range of salads, pastas, burgers and snacks as well as a daily special and a fish dish.
Ever so slightly out of town, the Vagabond is a perennial favourite for locals, seasonaires and the guests who stay in the adjoining hostel. The bar caters for a lively, friendly crowd and serves home-cooked and freshly prepared bar snacks and meals (winter only) in relaxed and cosy surroundings from 5:30pm until 9:30pm. Look out for their fantastic curry nights and BBQs advertised via Facebook.
MOO, located near the train station is both a lively bar and a popular restaurant, open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. MOO burgers are infamous; gourmet-style with pulled pork, pulled duck, lamb fish and the classic Moo burger. Lunch is also great value; choose from three daily specials - meat, fish and veggie - often with a Scandinavian slant, such as Swedish meatballs and a set menu all made from ingredients sourced at the town's local market. Also, don’t miss the unlimited salad buffet tucked around the corner.
If you’re in Argentiere then the main hub of your social life will be The Office Bar. Although the options on the menu suggest 'pub food' - this doesn’t really do the quality justice. All the food is home-made and freshly produced - for an apres-ski snack try the nachos and the chicken wings - both excellent. Also on the menu you'll find Thai fish soup and spring rolls which, during the winter, can be ordered in a handy 'snack size' to keep the hunger at bay. For a hearty main course try the famous Office Burger, or the chicken, leek and mushroom pie followed by a dessert such as the excellent banoffee pie, chocolate mousse, or a nice bit of fruit tart.
For a Michelin-starred seafood experience head to the Albert Premier; the restaurant offers subtle, simple, modern cuisine and the seafood here is second to none.
Situated by the river Arve on Rue du Moulin is Le Cap Horn; take the stairs from street level and you will find the restaurant on the second floor, there is also a mezzanine above the main room for a more intimate setting. It’s a little surprising to see memorabilia from the sea in Chamonix, but this emphasises that seafood is the star of the menu. There are also local specialties and a host of meat dishes to choose from. The restaurant offers a great value lunchtime menu, an oyster bar, and a ranges of sushi platters that can be enjoyed in Les Caves, the wine bar on the ground floor.
Coquillages du Mont Blanc is the latest addition to the Chamonix seafood scene - a small but very chic oyster bar stocking the freshest shellfish as well as soups and sauces. You can either try their tasting menu at the bar, or order to take-away.
Satsuki on Rue Jospeh Vallot near the centre of town is where you'll find a good selection of sushi and sashimi. It's a small restaurant with a sun terrace, popular for its reasonably priced lunch menu and traditional Japanese food.
Spanish & Mexican Restaurants
La Yaute is situated just to the right of the roundabout as you head towards the parking area at Grand Montets. Inside it’s decked out in traditional wooden alpine style and there is also a separate games room with a pool table and alcoves for intimate drinks. At noon they have a lighter menu with a daily special. In the evening, they have Mexican specialties including enchiladas, burritos, ceviche, chilli con carne and a range of fajitas, including a vegetarian option from 15 euros.
Sushi lovers are well catered for in Chamonix. For many years Chamonix has had very strong ties with Japanese visitors and top of the list is Satsuki on Rue Joseph Vallot. Excellent Japanese cuisine, prepared by a Japanese chef, is available to eat in or take-away. The interior of the restaurant is simple with modern Japanese decor and friendly staff. There are many authentic Japanese dishes on the menu, however, the main reason we go is for the sushi and sashimi. 12 pieces cost around €18, and the sushi is €15-45, depending on the number of pieces. Other good dishes include the Wakame Udon (noodle soup), the Tempura Udon (noodles and prawns), the Tempura (prawn and vegetable fritters) and the Ganmo (fried bean curd).
Another favourite is Munchies on the Rue du Moulin. It always feels such a treat to dine at Munchies but book early as it's one of the most popular restaurants in Chamonix. Modern but cosy inside, their menu is a mix of Scandinavian cooking with Asian influences. They have a good choice of sushi dishes that you can order as a starter, to share, or as a main dish. The menu changes every season but they always feature a few signature dishes such as the classic duck teriyaki or steak and frites - possibly the best entrecôte in town - or their premium sushi and rolls. Not the cheapest option in town but well worth it.
Right opposite Munchie is Cap Horn and Le Saumon Ivre. Cap Horn is a very chic restaurant located above an equally classy bar - they serve excellent sushi, with vegetarian options, and a delicious dipping sauce. You can either eat in the restaurant or have sushi brought down to the bar. Le Saumon Ivre is a cocktail bar that also serves sushi platters, if you want something to eat but don't want the formality of a restaurant then this is a great middle-ground.
Sometimes eating out is just too much effort or maybe you just want a quick bite on the run. Well, the choice in town is still varied and plentiful.
If you fancy pizza on the sofa then Casa Valerio also offers a take-away service. If you are in Chamonix Sud then Pizza Hop in (opposite the bus station) is great for super fast, friendly service and Pizza Paradisio (round the back of South Bar) has a good range of tasty options; both serve a “Geante” pizza so big, you’ll have trouble getting them through your front door!!
Poco Loco and Midnight Express are two take-away joints in the centre of town and essential stop-offs on the way home after an evening on the sauce! Both offer burgers with a wide range of toppings, and veggie sandwiches. Whilst Midnight is an out and out take-away, you can sit inside at Poco Loco and enjoy a beer while you’re waiting. Belouga is a similar take-away establishment at the bottom end of town, just up from Zero G bike shop. Burgers are the main focus here, accompanied by a wide range of tasty sauces. It also has the added bonus of selling delicious brownies!
There are many restaurants in Chamonix that have vegetarian and even a few vegan options. Casa Valerio will do vegan dishes on request (check with your waiter which of the pastas contain egg), Satsuki does good tofu noodles and Ghandi and Annapurna have plenty of Indian vegetable dishes.
Bars like the Jekyll, Monkey and the Kitsch Inn do good vegetarian options too and you'll always find a veggie burger on the menu; many of the dishes can be adapted for vegans so don't be afraid to ask.
Veggies and vegans should treat themselves to dinner at L’Impossible in Chamonix Sud. Run by an Italian family with a passion for organic seasonal cuisine, the menu has lots of imaginative choices and caters for vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters with equal care.
If you're in Argentiere then be sure to check out Tête à Thé - the Chamonix valley's only dedicated vegetarian restaurant! It's more of a tearooms than a full on restaurant but they're open daily for lunch and snacks. They serve a choice of vegetarian (sometimes vegan) main courses, soups, cakes, pastries and desserts - many of which are influenced by the chefs Spanish heritage. Cosy and friendly, Tête à Thé is opposite the church in Argentiere centre.