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Recommendations

Here are our subjective, non-sponsored, probably hugely contested notes of food and drink places in Chamonix village.

First, a bit of “grounding” for the directionally challenged.

The main street of the village is a pedestrian street called Rue du Docteur Paccard. There’s everything on it in terms of retail, from sporting goods, to sunglasses, wine shops, pharmacies, cafés, regional food shops, even restaurants, bars and small grocery stores. The street extends to Avenue Ravanel le Rouge to the West and to Rue Joseph Vallot to the East. Definitely go the extra distance and explore these two “end” streets. Lots of worthwhile shops and restaurants at these two ends which a lot of visitors miss! Another great street is Avenue Michel Croz which connects to Rue du Docteur Paccard around the main pharmacy, near the clock. From the clock, just head South and you’re on this Avenue. The other important street – with some of the restaurants, and most of the bars in the centre of town – is Rue des Moulins. From that same clock, you go East about 10 meters, then turn right (after the Irish bar) and you’re on the Rue des Moulins.

A great café is Aux Petits Gourmands on Rue du Docteur Paccard near the centre. Elevation 1904 is good too. It’s across from the train station. There are a few other cafés on the (extended) Rue du Docteur Paccard, and most are pretty good for a coffee and pastry.

Now the important stuff…

Richards

The best bakery in the centre of Chamonix, right on the main street (Rue du Docteur Paccard).

richards

Munchies

Rue des Moulins. Owned and staffed mostly by Sweds (a lot of Swedish people in Chamonix). Really good asian food, and seafood. Need reservations for sure. Excellent place though.

munchies

Moö

Avenue Michel Croz. Also owned and staffed by Sweds. Very casual, great burgers (for dinner). Great service. Really good lunch restaurant, and great place to sit at the window counter and watch people on the street.

moo

Atmosphere

Rue du Docteur Paccard. High end, sometimes pretentious, but great dinner views (it’s on the river), and great food.

Atmospehre

MBC

Best nachos, and best burgers in Chamonix with great beer brewed on-site. MBC is actually "Micro Brasserie de Chamonix", but everyone knows it as "the Canadian bar". Owned and run by Canadians, plus everything about the bar is Canadian.

MBC

Le Bistrot

Michelin star restaurant. Just amazing food and wine list. Stunning service. And the cheese cart is incredible. In the hotel “Le Morgane”.

Le Bistrot

The Quartz Bar

The Quartz bar in the Hotel Hameau Albert 1er is one of the best places for cocktails. High end, great martinis, amazing vodka list, caviar, champagne… that kind of place. Nice for celebration or treat.

The Quartz Bar

Albert 1er Restaurant

Also part of the Hotel Hameau Albert 1er. Amazing restaurant with 2 Michelin stars. Outstanding local ingredients and recipes, amazing service. Expensive, but worth the price.

Albert 1er Restaurant

Auberge Du Bois Prin

A Michelin star restaurant in Chamonix with a beautiful terrace, stunning views of Mont Blanc, and amazing, locally sourced food! Ingredients and herbs are grown by the Chef in the hotel garden. Quaint, and amazing restaurant and service.

Auberge du bois prin

Casa Valerio

Best pizza outside of Italy. Actually, the owner won silver for best Italian pizza in the world (including Italy), so pretty good! Best seats are at the bar. Really popular, so reservations are recommended. It's a regular for locals.

Casa Valerio

Le Caleche

A great local (savoyard) restaurant, and a “must go” for cheese fondues (cheese anything really). Rue du Docteur Paccard. Great place, amazing traditional menu. Reservations recommended.

Le Caleche

Extreme Café

Right on the main square across from the post office is great for lunch or an après-ski beer or wine in the sun. Great selection of beer, wine and “snacky” foods to enjoy. Super nice couple who run it!

Extreme Cafe

Cha’Cha’Cha

Great wine bar and store at the east end of the pedestrian street. Great selection of wines and also scotches, and rums. Nice selection of imported beers too. Occasionally have tastings and even live music!

Cha Cha Cha

Bighorn Bistro & Bakery

Really nice, new restaurant in ChamSud. Bake all their stuff (hamburger buns are perfect). Open for breakfast too, which is rare in Chamonix. Great American food, including good vegetarian options.

Bighorn Bistro & Bakery

Bizes

Great restaurant in the heart of Chamonix. Specializes in BBQ everything… fish, duck, beef, lamb… and everything on the menu with fresh, local ingredients. Some great seats right on the river and a funky patio.

Bizes

Telecabine

Mid to high end restaurant with great French and international food, great central location, but still on a quiet street. Huge terrace, and beautiful dining room. Really good wine list. Nice ambience and great service.

Telecabine

Richards

The best bakery in the centre of Chamonix, right on the main street (Rue du Docteur Paccard).

richards

MBC

Best nachos, and best burgers in Chamonix with great beer brewed on-site. MBC is actually "Micro Brasserie de Chamonix", but everyone knows it as "the Canadian bar". Owned and run by Canadians, plus everything about the bar is Canadian.

MBC

Auberge Du Bois Prin

A Michelin star restaurant in Chamonix with a beautiful terrace, stunning views of Mont Blanc, and amazing, locally sourced food! Ingredients and herbs are grown by the Chef in the hotel garden. Quaint, and amazing restaurant and service.

Auberge du bois prin

Cha’Cha’Cha

Great wine bar and store at the east end of the pedestrian street. Great selection of wines and also scotches, and rums. Nice selection of imported beers too. Occasionally have tastings and even live music!

Cha Cha Cha

Munchies

Rue des Moulins. Owned and staffed mostly by Sweds (a lot of Swedish people in Chamonix). Really good asian food, and seafood. Need reservations for sure. Excellent place though.

munchies

Le Bistrot

Michelin star restaurant. Just amazing food and wine list. Stunning service. And the cheese cart is incredible. In the hotel “Le Morgane”.

Le Bistrot

Casa Valerio

Best pizza outside of Italy. Actually, the owner won silver for best Italian pizza in the world (including Italy), so pretty good! Best seats are at the bar. Really popular, so reservations are recommended. It's a regular for locals.

Casa Valerio

Bighorn Bistro & Bakery

Really nice, new restaurant in ChamSud. Bake all their stuff (hamburger buns are perfect). Open for breakfast too, which is rare in Chamonix. Great American food, including good vegetarian options.

Bighorn Bistro & Bakery

Moö

Avenue Michel Croz. Also owned and staffed by Sweds. Very casual, great burgers (for dinner). Great service. Really good lunch restaurant, and great place to sit at the window counter and watch people on the street.

moo

The Quartz Bar

The Quartz bar in the Hotel Hameau Albert 1er is one of the best places for cocktails. High end, great martinis, amazing vodka list, caviar, champagne… that kind of place. Nice for celebration or treat.

The Quartz Bar

Le Caleche

A great local (savoyard) restaurant, and a “must go” for cheese fondues (cheese anything really). Rue du Docteur Paccard. Great place, amazing traditional menu. Reservations recommended.

Le Caleche

Bizes

Great restaurant in the heart of Chamonix. Specializes in BBQ everything… fish, duck, beef, lamb… and everything on the menu with fresh, local ingredients. Some great seats right on the river and a funky patio.

Bizes

Atmosphere

Rue du Docteur Paccard. High end, sometimes pretentious, but great dinner views (it’s on the river), and great food.

Atmospehre

Albert 1er Restaurant

Also part of the Hotel Hameau Albert 1er. Amazing restaurant with 2 Michelin stars. Outstanding local ingredients and recipes, amazing service. Expensive, but worth the price.

Albert 1er Restaurant

Extreme Café

Right on the main square across from the post office is great for lunch or an après-ski beer or wine in the sun. Great selection of beer, wine and “snacky” foods to enjoy. Super nice couple who run it!

Extreme Cafe

Telecabine

Mid to high end restaurant with great French and international food, great central location, but still on a quiet street. Huge terrace, and beautiful dining room. Really good wine list. Nice ambience and great service.

Telecabine

For other drinks, almost all bars and clubs in the very centre are on Rue des Moulins. The town slowly moved most bars to that street so that they wouldn’t disturb the residences around the centre. Chamonix is actually a very quiet, calm, low-key, “down to earth” town (especially for a “ski” town). That’s why we love it!

There’s also a few cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs on Avenue de l’Aiguille du Midi. It connects to Rue du Docteur Paccard towards the West side and it runs South from there. The most famous club (or infamous) on the avenue is L’Amnesia. Goes hard until sunrise most days. Some really excellent restaurants on the left side as you head towards L’Aiguille du Midi.

For groceries

There’s a “Petit Casino” on a lot of the main streets. They carry all of the basics. For produce selection, a fish counter, a cheese counter, and a butcher, there is the Super-U on Rue Joseph Vallot. It is THE grocery place in the centre. There is also a Carrefour on the highway, but a bit of a hike or drive (3 minutes). Actually on Rue du Docteur Paccard, there are 4 or 5 grocery stores, so easy to find one for something.

Keep in mind, a lot of retail stores close between 12:30 and 3:00pm everyday (some exceptions, and hours vary by store), however the grocery stores are usually open through this “siesta”, but they close at 7:30pm or so. Actually, except for bars and restaurants, the whole town centre shuts down by 8pm with the exception of le Rue des Moulins. The grocery stores and bakeries do open early though. Usually by 7am – 8am.

A good place to buy local meats and cheeses (and wines if you want) is Le Refuge Payot. They have two locations on Rue du Docteur Paccard, but the one more in the centre / West is the biggest. Seems a bit “touristy”, but really isn’t, and good food and service.

Enjoy and have fun!!!