Eating & Drinking In Chamonix, France

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Chamonix offers some great local restaurants, bars and nightclubs to entertain those indulging in après ski. The local area has a wide array of entertainment from Irish pubs, to Chinese restaurants, and microbreweries set amongst the breathtaking backdrop of the Mont Blanc mountain range.
With so many options on offer, this article aims to provide a little advice on the best places to check out in the area, whether your preference is old, rustic and cultural establishments or a more modern setting. When it comes to après ski entertainment, Chamonix has something for everyone.

 

Restaurants

La Cabane des Praz is situated on the outskirts of Chamonix and provides a more sophisticated restaurant surrounding for those in search of a little more opulence. It still maintains its rustic character by combining a traditional wooden lodge with modern interior design. It offers contemporary and modern French cuisine in a relaxed and welcoming surrounding.  In the summer, an open terrace overlooks the magnificent Mont Blanc. While in the Winter the restaurant transforms into cosy snugs that suit both large groups and romantic dinners. The fine selection of wines on offer also complement the fish, grilled meats and local produce on offer.

The Gold Dragon (or Dragon D’or) as it is called locally, is a Chinese and Thai restaurant that is open year round and throughout lunches and dinners. It is situated close to the Aiguille du Midi and suits those who are perhaps a little unsure over the local produce and would prefer to stick to what they know, be it short of making a trip to the local Mcdonald’s. The restaurant offers a fine dining section, as well as a brasserie typical section. The restaurant can sit up to 70 people and even has a terrace for those who wish to dine al fresco.

Bars
Chamonix has a lively nightlife throughout the summer and winter months. The pubs and clubs in particular in Chamonix town and in Argentiere have some of the best après ski drinking holes in the entire region. Live music and parties are not uncommon, and the dancing in the local nightclubs draws a lot of people too. Even if you are in search of a slightly quieter evening, the options for this are plentiful too. Mingle with the locals and experience the nightlife of the Chamonix Valley. We have a list of the best places ‘to be and be seen’, or for those who ‘want to get away from it all’.

The Jekyll pub found on the outskirts of Chamonix town centre is a favourite amongst travellers and locals alike. By day and early evening it serves great food. By late evening the place transforms into a busy pub that serves world beers and popular French wine. This pub deserves a visit at least once on your trip here.

Situated in Chamonix Sud, the Munster Bar offers the atmosphere and friendliness that is typical of an Irish Bar!  The pub serves world beers and ales, as well as its famous tipple Guinness. Pub gastro food is available throughout the day and night. There are big screens showing sports as typically found in most Irish bars. Free wifi is also available here making it a firm favourite for those looking for a drink (or six) after a day on the mountains.

The Quartz Bar is a cocktail and wine bar found in central Chamonix. Inspired by crystal and glacier decor, it has become a hit with sheek and shiny ski travellers. The bar doubles as a tea-room during the day into a fun bar at night with regular live jazz music. With a choice of over 16 world wines starting at 5 euros per glass, it is still reasonably priced.

Situated in the popular party district of Chamonix, the Mix Bar on Rue des Moulins – Chamonix’s oldest street – it offers a rustic but modern setting with cocktails, wines and spirits for the ideal relaxing apres ski environment. Open from 4pm – 2am in the season it also has live DJ sets playing baleric and minimal house music without becoming too crazy.

With such a fine selection of restaurants and bars to suit all tastes, it is no wonder Chamonix has grown to be one of the finest après ski resort towns in Europe. Whatever your preferences for wining and dining out, be sure that Chamonix offers it in abundance. From the sheek cocktail bars of The Quartz Bar, to the more rustic and traditional settings of the Mix Bar, or the excellent cuisine at La Cabane des Praz, your needs are catered for in Chamonix.

Sandy Halliday is a writer and content producer for Cru Chalets Chamonix, offering catered and self-catered accommodation in Chamonix, France.

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