When it comes to mountain food, the views are more of a highlight here, the Panoramique at Brévent being one of the best. At Grands Montets, Plan Joran and Longnon are popular for their sunny, sheltered terraces. In town, the Quatre Saisons in the Albert Ler Hotel is the best place to eat in Chamonix, but the prices are not for the fainthearted! At the other end of the scale, the Crochon does budget food with no frills. For something, different the Cantina is an excellent Mexican, and cosy Swedish owned Munchies serves Thai and Asia/Pacific dishes, whilst for local specialities the best place is Bergerie.
Chambre Neuf in Hotel Gustavia heaves with après-skiers until early evening and Driver and Choucas i usually packed until the sun goes down. Wild Wallabies, as you would expect, is rough and ready and has live music most nights. They do a nice Sunday lunch too. The Bumble Bee is a tiny bar with wicked food – a cool place to go for a drink, if you can squeeze in. The British-run Pub is where the resort reps relax and is a good meeting place, whilst The Jekyll is an Irish bar and restaurant with great atmosphere and the most amazing chips. Late-nighters can head to Choucas or the legendary Dick's Tea Bar. Up in Argentière, the Office Bar is the place to go for après-ski or all-night revelry.
There's more here for non-skiers than in most French resorts, especially if you have a car. The beautiful town of Annecy isn't too far, but in town there's great shopping. One reader voted Peak Performance as "Shop of the year". There's also a museum, cinema, bowling ally and sports centre, and for an eyeful of stunning Alpine scenery, a ride in the cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi, is a must. You can always try your hand at ice-climbing or mountaineering as the area is THE place in Europe to learn these 'extreme' sports.
Information Updated: Winter 2013/14