Chamonix is home to a range of restaurants and cafes offering delicious local cuisine and a variety of food for all tastes. When we visited the French Alps town in February 2015, these are the places we dined at and would go back for:
Five places to enjoy food (glorious food!) in Chamonix
1. Le Caveau is an Italian pizzeria and restaurant that has some authentic and budget-friendly French food. Pay only €15 for Tartare de Boeuf (raw minced beef), €14 for tartiflette (alpine melted cheese, bacon and potato gratin), €7 for Foie Gras (duck liver pate), €7 for cuisses de grenouilles (frogs legs) and €11 for 12 escargot (cooked land snail). Le Caveau is almost hidden in the basement under Le National on the main pedestrian street at 13 Rue du Dr Paccard.
2. Poco Loco is a small burger joint that you must try if you can get in (there might be a wait during lunch or dinner peak times). Their heavenly burgers are budget friendly (€7-10 per burger) and very filling. Try the American cheese burger with fries and bacon or ‘The Blue’ for a rich chicken burger with blue cheese and walnuts. Poco Loco is located at 47 Rue du Dr Paccard, the main pedestrian street in the middle of Chamonix.
3. Pizzeria Des Moulins boasts deliciously authentic wood fired, Italian pizzas and dessert. Between four of us, we ordered three pizzas, a salad, two bottles of good wine and three desserts. We paid around €120 and I would have paid much more.
Pizzeria des Moulins is located on the Rue des Moulins in the centre of Chamonix and is open daily from 11:30am to 11pm for takeaway pizzas and eating in.
4. If it’s decadent chocolate and French pastries that you’re after, look no further than Aux Petits Gourmands pâtisserie and tea room. Downstairs is an amazing selection of delicious treats, and upstairs is a modern and peaceful tea room for you to enjoy spoils from downstairs and some yummy chocolate delicacies.
Aux Petits Gourmands is a chain, but the branch located at 191 Rue Joseph Vallot is the place to go.
5. For something a little different, Chez Yang has a warm and friendly atmosphere and serves up enticing Chinese food that is budget-friendly and filling.
Chez Yang is located at 13 Rue du Dr Paccard and is open seven days a week for eat-in or take-away.
Three fun options for Après ski (drinks) in Chamonix
1. L’M Brasserie is located in the middle of the main pedestrian street Rue du Dr Paccard and features an outdoor bar and terrace with heaters, rugs and fun music.
2. La Terrasse has plenty of comfy chairs, happy hour (wine €2.50 per glass) and decent Nachos to help rejuvenate after a big day of exploring or on the slopes.
3. Bar’d Up on the Rue de Moulins is great for a night of dancing, darts and Foosball. It gets pumping after 11pm and there is usually a small band performing sing-a-long cover songs for all to enjoy.