ChamonixResort Guide - Moutain Dining
Mountain Restaurant Guide Chamonix
La Bergerie de Plan-praz, Brévent
Located at the mid-station of the Brévent, it can be reached by taking the Plan-praz gondola. This is a beautiful traditional mountain chalet which has a panoramic view of the Mont Blanc massif. Bag yourself a spot on the large wooden terrace to fully appreciate the awesome view. The restaurant has self-service and table service sections, so ensure you are seated at the correct area. The menu is tasty and filling but it won’t win any awards for creativity. The flame grilled steaks and fish options are nice but order one of the local specialities such as rabbit with a mustard sauce and you will not be disappointed. Live entertainment is provided throughout the season which may or may not tempt you into visiting.
Le 3842 Restaurant & Summit 3842 Café
Every mountain restaurant claims it has a phenomenal view, but none are quite as dramatic as the view from this restaurant. Located at the top of the Aiguille du Midi, this is one of the highest restaurants in Europe. The 360° view is truly breathtaking. The menu is a combination of fine cuisine and local flavours, check out the blackboard for the daily specials. The restaurant is only open from 12pm to 3pm so it can get very crowded, book in advance if you are there during the high season. There is also a handy conjoining café if you are in a rush and would prefer a snack.
Grands Montets Buvette
Another high altitude restaurant serving traditional fare with a huge eyeful of Aiguilles Rouges, Mont-Blanc and the valley. Unlike resorts such as St Moritz, Chamonix lacks a certain finesse when it comes to its mountain restaurants. In large they are all pretty similar, serving up similar stodgy local specialities. However, if that is what you are looking for Grands Montets Buvette does it very well. The views are some of the best and it is conveniently located at the top of the Grands Montets cable car. It is perfect if you are after some hearty fare to see you through a long afternoon on the slopes. However, it won’t win any culinary awards.
Plan Joran Restaurant & Café
With a menu featuring specialities such as snails, reblochon cheese casserole and oxtail parmentier, you can instantly tell that this restaurant differs from its competitors. This restaurant is open daily in winter, and can be accessed from the Grands Montets mid-station if you take the cable car, or from the top of the chair lift that brings you up from the lift station. Sadly this means that you can only reach this restaurant on skis or snowboard which isn’t convenient for those meeting friends on foot. The restaurant is decorated in the typical Savoyard style and is very large. Dine outside for the best atmosphere as inside can get rather loud in this cavernous space. The dessert buffet is outstanding so make sure you leave space to try that too.
What We Like
A trip up Aiguille de Midi
The tramway up to Aiguille de Midi takes you a breath-taking 9,000 vertical feet high in under 20 minutes. The views from here, especially on a clear day are completely unbelievable.
The Freeride World Tour
Seeing the best freeride skiers in the world hurtle themselves down a mountain, trying their best to impress the judges with back-flips off vertical faces, this event needs no explanation as to why its one of the most awe-inspiring things you will ever see.
Lunch at Auberge du Bois Prin
The best combination of spectacular views and michelin-star quality food, will make this a lunch to never forget! Hidden away from the hordes, stop in here to warm yourself in front of a blazing log fire.
Après Ski at Chambre Neuf
For the ultimate experience of après ski, pop in here if you want to know how skiers really party in the French Alps. Prepare for mess and muss, no fine dining and fancy cocktails here.