Alpine Infusion choose their top 10 restaurants in the Three Valleys…
You’ve booked your chalet, planned your trip and are all set for a fantastic vacation – but what about food? It’s good to know where you can get the best possible experience, especially with a large family and young children, which is why we’ve put together a list of the top ten restaurants in the Three Valleys that you need to know about.
La Bouitte, St Marcel: £££
This gourmet restaurant in the depths of the Alps has much to be impressed by, boasting a three star award from the Michelin Guide and a varied menu that offers a wide selection of fish, meats and offal. Venture inside and you’ll find a rural, cosy atmosphere with decorated, cream coloured walls and wide windows. It’s a spot of warmth amongst the snowy outdoors and one that we’re sure you’ll love.
Tel: +33 4 79 08 96 77
La Fruitière, Méribel: £££
Looking for somewhere that offers a traditional experience with a modern twist? Situated on the slopes at the Saulire mid station, La Fruitière works with local artisans to maintain and preserve the regional know-how on quality food products and is designed to look like an authentic dairy co-operative.
The menu includes local cheese, stored in a specially designed cellar, as well as French wines, meat and exclusive dishes. Lunch is available 12.30 – 14.30, so be sure to get your table booked in advance.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 58 31
Le Cèpe, Méribel: £££
As the name suggests, this traditional restaurant specialises in mushrooms, seafood and has numerous daily specials, with an outside terrace that’s perfect on sunny days. With a separate children’s menu, Wi-Fi and take away options, we think this is worth a visit.
Tel: +33 4 79 22 46 08
Le Bel Air, Courchevel 1650: ££
An extremely popular choice, with easy access at the top of the Bel Air lift (perfect for pedestrians and non-skiers). Even with over 300 seats, it’s not unusual to find Le Bel Air completely booked out. There’s plenty of choice, with omelettes, salads, steaks and a snack menu that boasts sandwiches and paninis. Le Bel Air has excellent views and a scenic backdrop for your meal, but we highly recommend booking .
Tel: +33 4 79 08 00 93
L’Igloo Lounge Bar Restaurant, Méribel: ££
If you’re tired of the normal restaurant décor and want a little variety, L’Igloo Lounge Bar has got it covered. With an entirely igloo-themed interior, this mid-range restaurant serves pizzas, burgers, steaks, salads or tapas, available to eat in or takeaway. As you might expect, there’s a lounge bar with cocktails, as well as Wi-Fi and a range of sport broadcasts.
L’Igloo Lounge Bar is open seven days a week from 11:00 to 23:00, so there’s plenty of time to visit between those high-energy ski runs. It’s extremely popular, however, so it’s recommended you book in advance.
Tel: +33 4 79 08 07 84
Le Bouc Blanc, La Tania: ££
This two-floor restaurant is located next to the top of the La Tania bubble and provides a large sundeck seating area as well as seating inside. Despite its large size, you can expect service here to be quick and reliable, with a varied menu that offers eight Plat du Jour options as well as a children’s menu.
You’ll have fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and you won’t be spending a fortune. If views, great food and affordability sounds right for you, this is worth a visit.
Tel: +33 4 79 08 80 26
Pilatus, Courchevel: ££
With over fifteen years of experience, Pilatus has grown into a well-established restaurant and hotel that offers a French Savoyard style interior alongside meat dishes, special fondues and tartiflette. You’ll find this particular spot to the left side of the 1850, next to the Altiport, open daily from 09:00 to 17:00.
Tel: +33 4 79 08 20 49
On a budget
A good experience doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are a handful of budget options that’ll provide good food without a hefty price tag.
Le Cookie’s Club Restaurant, Méribel: £
Specialising in lunch time food, The Cookie’s Club serves a variety of soups, salads, burgers and Paninis, with a children’s selection that includes soft ice cream and Nutella alternatives. In addition to the notable food, the restaurant also boasts an entertainment room for the young-at-heart, offering a range of video games and a pool table.
In short, food and entertainment is covered for your midday meal times. With a homespun, wooden aesthetic, The Cookie’s Club makes quality food feel homely, and all with a view from 1650m. If you’re looking for a top lunchtime treat, this may just be the place for you.
Tel: +33 4 79 08 60 26
La Pizzeria des Chalets du Thorens, Val Thorens £
Something a little different is on offer at Les Chalets du Thorens, with a self-service cafeteria offering a buffet of starters, fresh pastas and daily specials. You can choose to eat indoors or from one of many outside deckchairs – also included is a snack bar providing quick-fix foods such as sandwiches, Paninis and hot Belgian waffles.
If the more relaxed experience isn’t for you, a formal dining service is available from 12-3pm and evening bookings can also be made. If you’re a fan of no-nonsense, quality food, then Chalets du Thornes may be worth a visit during your stay.
Tel: +33(0) 4 79 000 280
Café del Mott, Méribel: £
This unique BBQ and lunch-based restaurant is a budget choice that keeps its options fun and comfortable. All-you-can-eat breakfast is served from 07:15 and includes a selection of pastries, cereals, yoghurts, cheese, bacon, eggs, sausages, beans, porridge and pancakes. Lunch and dinner is provided exclusively from an outdoor BBQ, with various sausage and burger combinations on offer alongside vegetarian alternatives.
Several outside seating areas are available with a late night buffet service that closes at 22:00. For those who are more the night-time type, Café Del Mott’s bar stays open late into the evening and serves a choice of cocktails, with an outside Jacuzzi to boot. This is a fun and lightweight experience that won’t cost a fortune. Make sure to give it a visit during your trip.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 47 47
About Alpine Infusion
Alpine Infusion offers a number of award winning luxury ski chalets nestled in the heart of Courchevel and Méribel. With nine locations to choose from in the Three Valleys, their catered and self-catered chalet options include everything to ensure a memorable ski holiday. More about Alpine Infusion’s chalets.