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.
At lunchtimes, most restaurants will offer a well-priced 'Plat du Jour' (dish of the day), normally consisting of locally-sourced meat, potatoes and a salad or seasonal vegetables.
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.
Next door to Monkey is Bighorn Bistro, an American -inspired restaurant that opens for breakfast right up until late evening and specialises in homebaked pastries and cakes.
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 the Richard bakery next to the cinema - they have the best bread in town and a tasty selection of patisserie treats and chocolates, and ice cream in summer. They also run a cafe further up the street opposite Super U.
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.
Most restaurants in Chamonix offer a children’s menu; they tend to be in the region of 10€ and usually consist of omelette/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 (hot stone).
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!
- La Calèche – a traditionally decorated mountain restaurant in the centre of Chamonix, famous for it's fondue, raclette & steaks. It 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 well-priced, 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!).
- The Kitsch Inn, located at the bottom of the home run in Les Houches is big, funky and kitsch with a large inside area and a small play area outside for children. They serve food all day, with a children's menu and evening meals that are a fusion of English/French dishes.
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. The à la carte menu is not cheap but 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 elegantly presented food in rustic farmhouse surroundings. 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.
At the top of the pedestrianised Rue Joseph Vallot is the Bistrot des Sports, the oldest bistro 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 bar 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.
The Beurre Noisette is a small restaurant and wine bar in the centre of Chamonix that serves refined French cuisine. The menu may be small but each dish is well-executed and beautifully presented.
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, with a renowned gastronomic restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant also has a beautiful terrace with unsurpassable views across to the Mont Blanc chain.
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 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-paneled, 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 by the level crossing.
Back in the centre of Chamonix is La Telecabine, tucked away on a quiet street behind the casino and with a fantastic view of the Aiguille du Midi. It serves very good French cuisine in a polished dining room that also manages to feel lively and atmospheric. Set menus start from two courses at lunchtime for 21€ and go up to 38€ for a three 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 an elegant 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. 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 two main courses and two desserts for €19 per person. It’s well worth taking a woodland stroll up the river from Chamonix 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.
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).
Just outside Argentiere on the main road in Les Grassonets is La Remise. This restaurant has an excellent reputation and serves modern French cuisine. You can eat on their chic terrace and enjoy views up to Mont Blanc as you dine.
Italian & Pizza Restaurants
The locals' favourite is Casa Valerio, a lively and friendly 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.
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.
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.
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 gondola. 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).
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 on their terrace overlooking Avenue Michel Croz. It could easily be a bar bistro in a cosmopolitan city with it's relaxed atmosphere and funky decor. The menu offers a mix of meat, fish and is vegetarian friendly, with a selection of international cuisine, plus an injection of Savoyard flavour with a few cheese-laden dishes. Pointe Isabelle is a great place for apero - their bar snack menu goes down well with a bottle of wine shared between a few friends. Prices for a main dish range between €12 and €26, with starters 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 transforms into a simple brasserie offering classic international cooking. The lunch menu features a variety of dishes such as chicken quesadillas, Swedish meatballs, Chinese noodles and tataki salmon, and the famous Chambre Burger. In the summer, the shady terrace is great for a long relaxing lunch and in winter it’s very cosy inside.
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 and bustling inside, their menu is a mix of Scandinavian cooking with Asian influences. The menu changes every season but they always feature a few signature dishes such as the classic duck teriyaki or steak and frites, or their premium sushi and rolls. Not the cheapest option in town but well worth it.
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.
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.
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. It’s a little surprising to see memorabilia from the ocean 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 in Argentiere. 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).
Cap Horn on Rue des Moulins 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 pizza 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!!
Hibou is a take-away cafe on Rue Jospeh Vallot. It offers wraps, salads and hot main dishes, as well as coffee, home made cakes and biscuits.
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 snow board & 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 tearoom 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.
We visit a selection of restaurants in Chamonix each year. You can read about our first-hand experience in our Restaurant Reviews.