You can find a lively bar and good restaurants in each sector of la Plagne, there are plenty of good places to eat and Savoyarde is the local speciality. Belle Plagne and Plagne Centre offer the widest range of après-ski and shuttle buses service some of the late night venues.
La Plagne is not as expensive as some French resorts, but when it comes to food and drink you should still expect to pay mountain prices. If you’re self-catering, most general supplies are available in the resort shops, but expect to pay around double the price of urban supermarkets.
What food is on offer?
There are plenty of charming places to eat, but fewer places to really splash out. Local specialities like tartiflette and raclette rely heavily on cheese and potatoes. The carbohydrates will keep your energy levels up but you might require a Genepi (Alpine liqueur) to help with the digestion! Expect to pay around 20 euros each for a main dish such as raclette or fondue; these are often shared and require at least two people to order the same.
Lunch on the mountain
The range of options on the mountain is excellent and whilst most of the places are functional self-service restaurants, there are plenty of rustic huts to be found too. The Roche de Mio restaurant is a popular but impersonal affair in an excellent location and with prices to reflect this. Borseliers (towards Champagny) is perhaps a better deal with a massive sunny terrace. The Arpette, just behind Belle Plagne, is a popular spot for a drink before heading home, as it gets the late sun. The Chalet du Friolin is a fantastic tucked away spot with another large terrace, but also a lovely cosy interior. Their gourmet cuisine is very reasonably priced and well worth the detour.
La Plagne on a budget
If you are on a budget, try one of the crêperies or pizzerias, or one of the fixed-price menus. Most villages have somewhere that does take-away pizzas for around 10 euros each. There are several picnic spots around the ski area with tables and benches, and even some “salles hors sac” cabins for the same purpose.
The best après-ski in la Plagne
The area is not famous for nightlife and it can seem quiet due to the best bars being spread out between the different villages. That being said, there are still plenty of venues to chose from. La Tete Inn in Belle Plagne has regular live music at the end of the ski day and later in the evenings as well. The same artists often rotate throughout the week to the Igloo Bar in Plagne Centre and La Mine in Plagne 1800.
Watch the footy, rugby, cricket in the Spitting Feathers Bar in Plagne Bellecôte or dance in your ski boots at Scotty’s in Plagne Centre. If you want more of a relaxed tipple try La Terrasse in Aime 2000.
How busy the venues get can really vary from week to week, so go along with no expectations and you might just accidentally stumble on the party of the season!
The seven altitude villages of la Plagne are well linked by free bus and gondolas/cable cars running into the evening. The last bus is around 12.30am, after which venues like the Saloon in Belle Plagne and Showtime and Cozy Bar in Bellecote, have a free minibus service.