ChamonixResort Guide - Restaurants
Restaurant Guide Chamonix
Le Bistrot opened its doors in 2005 and since then it has had a steady stream of ecstatic customers and a well-deserved Michelin star. Le Bistrot is run by the young cheeky chef, Mickey Bourdillat. His cooking is both simple and sophisticated and he sources all his ingredients locally and from surrounding Italy and Switzerland. The food is presented like a master piece, it looks so good you do not want to destroy it by eating it; but that is where the real joy lies. Prices are reasonable and the wine list is extensive. The restaurant is located inside the Le Morgane hotel, which may put some people off if you prefer to dine in independent restaurants, furthermore the décor is sparse. The food however, is perfection. This should be at the top of your list of places to eat in Chamonix.
Le Panier des 4 Saisons
Based in the centre of Chamonix, nestled in a little alley is the Le Panier des 4 Saisons restaurant. The restaurant has a creative and modern French menu and the food is excellently executed. Try the sea bass and scallops in a citrus sauce, they are incredibly juicy, the honeyed duck is also a firm favourite amongst the locals. Sadly, as the restaurant is set back from the road within a small shopping arcade, the atmosphere can lack the vibrancy of restaurants based on the main road. The décor could also do with some refreshment. If you are bored of traditional alpine food you must give this place a try, it lacks the stodgy menu that most of its competitors produce. This restaurant has finesse and is not over-priced; something which is hard to claim in this part of the world.
Auberge du Bois Prin
Set in a heavenly plot with some of the best views of Mont Blanc in Chamonix, this little Michelin star gem cannot be faulted for food nor for ambience. The food is expertly presented and prepared using local produce and vegetables from the restaurants own organic garden. Auberge du Bois Prin is conveniently located only a 10 minutes walk away from the centre of Chamonix and five minutes away from the Brévent-Flégère gondola lift. Try the multi-course tasting menu with the complementing wine package and you will not be disappointed. Staff are attentive and knowledgeable and have even been known to serve hungry customers when the restaurant is closed. The restaurant has a rustic French theme which has been tastefully done, it thankfully lacks the stuffed Marmots and other mountain creatures which you often find in ‘alpine themed’ restaurants. A perfect dining experience.
Restaurant L’Impossible truly impresses before you even set eyes on the food. It is set in a stunning 1754 farm house decorated with magnificent chandeliers and warming fires. L’impossible describes cooking as ‘an act of love’ and this certainly comes across in their food. The restaurant is owned by a lovely family who are both professional and personal in their attentiveness towards their guests, every want is catered for. It must be mentioned that this is an exceptional place to dine if you are vegan or vegetarian as they offer a variety of options. The Italian infused menu should not be mistaken for a simple pizza or pasta establishment, this restaurant offers so much more. Try the raspberry sober – absolute perfection!
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.