At the foot of Mont Blanc, the adventure does not stop once the skis are off. Our selection of addresses to discover after a day in the great outdoors in the famous Haute-Savoie resort.
Chamonix is a small town that is both abundantly mountainous and extremely cosmopolitan. Its unique history and its firmly anchored local culture mingle with those of neighboring Italy and Switzerland as well as a vast Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian community that has come to gain height. A melting pot that generates a unique atmosphere and a range of very different addresses.
Mountain snack at the Génépy café
The menu of this new café changes throughout the day, giving pride of place to local and home-made. Aficionados of snacks: the chocolate, signed by Zanin, the renowned chocolate maker of the valley, is to be melted in hot milk, the coffee comes directly from the Savoyard burners of Chanaz and everything goes perfectly with their delicious blueberry cake.
Génépy Café. From 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 18, impasse du Génépy. Phone: 04 85 30 01 03.
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Baths with a view in QC Terme
The Italian version of well-being is one of the most beautiful ways to recover from a day in the snow: saunas, hammam and large indoor and outdoor stone pools at 36 ° C. Through the heat haze, the view of the Bossons glacier is breathtaking.
QC Term. 480, promenade du Fori. Tel: 04 58 38 01 10. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.
Vertical readings at the Guérin boutique
Dive into the lair of the mountain book… It is here that the famous red books are published and presented. From the great classic Conquerors of the Useless by Lionel Terray to the poetic and humorous chronicles of Cédric Sapin-Dufour in his Espresso, it is the whole history of the mountain that is told there.
Guérin store. 30, avenue du Mont Blanc. Phone. 04 50 53 74 74. From 10 am to 7 pm on weekdays, from 11 am to 10 pm on weekends.
In the footsteps of the Frison-Roche pioneer
In the old town, it’s a walk punctuated by around thirty panels with texts and photos which retrace the 1,000 lives of Roger Frison-Roche. The author of First in line was also mountaineer and high mountain guide, but also resistant, journalist, lecturer and head of expeditions from the Far North to the Sahara desert.
Outdoor exhibition Frison-Roche, history of snow and sand . Free access. Place du Triangle. Information from the tourist office. Tel: 04 50 54 02 14. Until April 1, 2021.
Festive brewing at MBC
A local institution with a strong Canadian accent where the atmosphere ignites easily, even with ski boots on. A few steps from the ice rink, the first micro-brewery in Chamonix has been offering for 17 years a fine array of craft beers made with water from the glaciers located just above.
MBC. 350, route du Bouchet. Tel .: 04 50 53 61 59. Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Custom boards at Rabbit On The Roof
Peter is a Californian, artist, ceramicist and cabinetmaker. Passionate about skiing, he creates in his workshop located in Praz-de-Chamonix, wooden skis of different species, inspired by the desires and personality of his customers. Unique pieces, true works of art.
Rabbit On The Roof. Route des Praz. Tel .: 06 64 35 80 93. Every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. or by appointment.
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Tasting well accompanied Chai Guillaume
The fine selection of wines by Guillaume, cellar master and secondarily grand-nephew of Maurice Herzog, can be tasted in an old wood decor that is as typical as it is warm. The enthusiast accompanies his good wines with beautiful platters of cold meats and cheeses from the neighboring cooperative.
Chai Guillaume. 301, rue Joseph Vallot. Tel .: 06 18 39 00 02. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Transalpine cuisine at Comptoir des Alpes
Fresh, healthy and creative… This is the cuisine offered by chef Daniele Raimondi, from the other side of Mont Blanc. Its Franco-Italian menu will delight locavores: the tartiflette is delicately revisited, the arctic char is cooked in butter flavored with absinthe and the risotto combines bacon, pears, gorgonzola and nuts for unique flavors. A most successful transalpine marriage.
Le Comptoir des Alpes. 151, avenue de l’Aiguille du Midi. Tel .: 04 50 53 57 64. From 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. €€
Mumma, trendy table
It is THE very last gastronomic gem in Chamonix. Swedish chef David Lillieroth has traveled the world cooking, before settling here 15 years ago and opening it this winter. His dishes, prepared from his open kitchen, are also borderless: Asian and South American inspirations. Unusual, sparkling, to test urgently.
Mumma. 3 Whymper Street. Tel: 04 50 53 05 08. From 6.30 p.m. to 1 a.m. €€.
Starry night at the Grand Hôtel des Alpes
After a total renovation in 2019, this legendary establishment has just obtained its fifth star. In the heart of the city since 1840, the Grand Hôtel des Alpes bears witness to the Chamonix epic and the golden age of mountaineering. In this sumptuous setting, the view of Mont-Blanc is intact, a nod to the refined past and all modern comforts meet high-altitude standing.
Grand Hotel des Alpes. 75, Rue du Docteur Paccard. Phone: 04 50 55 37 80.