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There are a lot of reasons why Les Houches has slowly become our favorite of the Chamonix Valley ski resorts. Predictable weather, long, tree-lined runs, and surprisingly small crowds are just a few of its best features. But, it’s this small restaurant that’s been in operation since the 1850s that really pushes it over the top. With the best mulled wine in the area (yup, I’m calling it), great local food, and a view on the mountains it checks all my boxes. Plus, the dining room is basically straight out of my French alpine-chalet dreams. #leshouches #lesvieillesluges #womenwhoski #optoutside #rei1440project #chamonix #frenchalps #alps #forceofnature #letsski #lunchbreak
As soon as you push open the vast wooden door, a sign stating ‘La maison du bonheur’ (‘The house of happiness’) sets the tone for this restaurant. The ambient heat warms your face and a magical atmosphere pervades. Established in 1479, the traditional chalet of Les Vieilles Luges is like a mountain refuge, partially engulfed by snow. Serving both traditional and more refined cuisine, the restaurant is one of Les Houches’ gourmet addresses and is not to be missed.
Address: 810 Chemin de la Carbotte, 74310 Les Houches
To introduce the kids to the comedies of Woody Allen in a cosy space in Megève, the Woody Café is a must. Here you’ll find 80s-style armchairs, a higgledy-piggledy library, old-fashioned posters of the director, an open fireplace, wood everywhere and, most importantly, a children’s area that will put everyone at ease. This is Woody’s place!
Address: Chemin de l'Encraty, 74120 Demi-Quartier
Perched at 1,100m at the heart of the Regional Park of the Ballons des Vosges, time stops at Le Collet. The charm of the décor and vintage crockery marry deliciously well with the menu of master French chef Olivier Lapôtre. A simple and comforting cuisine. If you like this place, stop by Mémé à Gérardmer a few kilometres from the Col de la Schlucht, a small bazaar / grocery store that will remind you of carefree childhood.
Address: Route de Colmar, 88400 Xonrupt-Longemer
Rustic décor and a rural environment make La Païka a place where you want to stay with your family forever. This renovated farmhouse is not only attractive for its fresh, fire-grilled produce and sumptuous patisserie, but also for its vast terrace where you can chill out in the sun without a care in the world.
Address: Les Vorosses -La Turche, 74260 Les Gets
“Great views from sunrise to sunset” is written in black and white on the menu of this restaurant. Between Mont-Blanc and Tarentaise, and conceived by two locals from Montvalezan, L’Antigel (French only) has mastered the art of warming both bodies and hearts. Its cosy, atypical setting coupled with a cuisine based on fresh produce are undoubtedly its major selling points. Worth knowing: every Thursday is fondue night, with a ride in a tank!
Address: L'Antigel, Rosière 1850, 73700 Montvalezan