The people of Morzine are rightfully proud of their restaurants and visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the choice. The town centre has everything from take-aways to fine dining and most people will find something suitable around the tourist office. However, the better prices are often found by just walking a few minutes out of the centre. Traditional local fayre centers around cheese and potatoes, and the tartiflette is on almost every menu. The town hall in Morzine has been at pains to stem a ‘resort-ification’ of the town – as such there is a distinct lack of late night eating options.
Restaurants in resort
You will be spoilt for choice in Morzine with everything from takeaways to renowned restaurants. Don’t forget to book a table to avoid being disappointed, particularly on Wednesday nights when most chalet staff are off work.
If you want to treat yourself the restaurant at The Farmhouse chalet offers a three- or four-course meal for €40 and the chef at L’Atelier (connected to the Hotel Samoyede) has a good reputation.
Good options for middle-of-the-road pricing include the Tyrolien for pizzas or Auberge de la Combe a Zorre for big steaks. Of the takeaways and budget options The Burger Place is one of the best, offering homemade burgers with chips and a beer for under €10.
Restaurants on the mountain
Anyone who has skied Morzine will tell you that its mountain food is superb, offering both quality and quantity of places to lunch. The Pointe de Nyon restaurant is spectacular in many ways and Les Blanchots in the trees below Nyon provides a cheap and cheerful alternative.
Further afield there is a collection of restaurants as you drop down from Avoriaz to Chatel that is excellent for a traditional Savoyarde lunch. The warm fires offer much needed respite from the elements on a winter’s day and views are great. The Bar Restaurant Plaine Dranse is a firm favourite of ours, with Fantaski not far behind.
Après ski in Morzine centers around the foot of the Pleney or Bar Robinson in the old town, and after dark there are several late opening bars without needing to spend a fortune in the two uninspiring nightclubs (Le Paradis and Opéra).
Morzine doesn’t offer raucous, dancing on the tables in your ski boots and pants, après ski but it does have some great boozers – Dixie bar often has live music throughout the winter whilst Cavern Bar seems to get the party going most nights and it can all get a bit sweaty. La Taverna and the Coup de Coeur offer more sophisticated drinking, dare we say for the older generation!
Morzine on a budget
If you are on a budget why not let Pizza Express deliver your dinner and avoid expensive drinks charges with the meal! A large pizza is big enough for two to share and costs around 12 Euro. Delivery is free within a radius of 8km.
When heading in to town for drinks try to avoid the nightclubs and look out for the happy hour deals at Café Chaud, Le Tremplin and Rhodos. The Rhodos also runs a ‘toss the boss’ night where you can drink free by beating the barman on the roll of a dice!