Chamonix

We give you the inside info on where to go, what to do, and when to do it in Chamonix, the legendary town at the foot of Mont Blanc. 

Bars & Clubs

Chamonix's night life is almost as legendary as Mont Blanc itself – cosy cafés, lively pubs, chic bars, late night clubs...

As for the après-ski... within a few minutes walk of just about anywhere you'll find a bar where you can prop your skis in the corner, order a beer and get chatting to the locals. There are plenty of live music nights and there's always a party going on somewhere, you just have to know who to ask!

Here at Mountain Lifestyle we considered it our duty to test them all out in the name of customer service – here are a few of our favourites:

Après-ski
At the top of Avenue Michel Croz opposite the train station is a little hub of 3 bars/restaurants where everyone seems to gather once the slopes have closed. You'll find great value food, live bands and an unbeatable atmosphere.
  • Chambre Neuf: The loudest après-ski bar in town with live music that will have you dancing on the tables in your ski boots. Very popular with Swedish ski bums who like to party hard from 17:00-19:00 when the band are playing, then it gets more relaxed until later when the 2 for 1 cocktails appear.
  • Elevation 1904: The only French bar in this very Scandinavian part of town; Elevation attracts lots of customers of all nationalities with its laid-back ambiance and friendly bar staff. Serves good value food all day, popular for a big breakfast before heading up the hill (or for recovering from a heavy night out).
  • Moo Bar: This Swedish/Norwegian owned bar is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The menu is simple but the food is very good (the pulled pork burger is a ML favourite). Live bands and DJs get the après-ski vibes flowing, as does the self-service beer tap – tempting fate...
Late night
The Rue des Moulins is the oldest street in Chamonix and is the place to head once the sun has gone down. Its historic buildings are inhabited by a collection of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, as you make your way to the end you will eventually reach Chamonix's biggest nightclub - The Bunker – which is open until 07:00. Here are a few places we think are worthy of a visit...
  • Les Caves: The only place in Chamonix where you'll look out of place wearing a beanie and ski pants. Les Caves is chic, stylish and very cool. It manages this without being stuffy or pretentious though, so it wins our vote. Great place for pre-dinner drinks.
  • Le Chamonix Social Club: Fun but classy combination of disco beats and killer cocktails, a great place to hit the dance floor after dinner.
  • Bar'd Up: If what you're looking for is sports on TV, live bands, karaoke, pool and table football with some beers and a few shots, then Bar'd Up has just what you're looking for. With retro video games as tables, a fish tank where the fire should be and some great après ski parties this is the place to head.
  • Boogie Woogie: Chamonix's smallest bar offers friendly service, a scary amount of flavoured shots, good tunes and... Scotch eggs?! Yes, their kitchen turns out all sorts of homecooked treated inspired by traditional British pub grub.
The best of the rest...
  • Le Jekyll & Hyde: Near to the bus station in Chamonix Sud, this lively bar offers craft beers and great food. Hosting regular live music and a packed out weekly Comedy Night every winter season featuring well known comedians such as Marcus Brigstock and Rupert Hound, the Jekyll offers something unique to the Chamonix pub scene.
  • MBC: Chamonix’s very own micro-brewery serves good value food and home brewed beer. Canadian-owned, it is right opposite the ice rink and is the obvious place to go after watching a hockey match.
  • The Pub: Relaxed friendly atmosphere and the best place by far for sport, all the big matches are shown on the large HD screen. Good place to meet people as it is popular with locals and tourists alike.
  • Café La Terrasse: Overlooking the main square, the bright pink art-deco building is the most central bar in Chamonix. Split over two levels, downstairs is often packed out with people dancing to live bands whereas upstairs is more relaxed with panoramic views of Mont Blanc from the balcony.
Clubs
You can have a late night out in Chamonix without ending up in a nightclub, as most bars don't close until 02:00. However, if you're not ready to call it a night there are a few “boites de nuits” where you can dance until the small hours – just don't plan on being on first lifts the next morning...
  • L'Amnesia: Avenue de L’Aiguille du Midi: Typically tacky nightclub with variable music, usually along the dance/electro lines – open until 04:00. Entry is usually free except when they have occasional theme nights such as foam parties and lingerie shows. Don’t go there sober, that’s all we can say.
  • Le Tof: Place Edmond Desailloud: Just round the corner from L'Amnesia in Chamonix Sud, Le Tof is Chamonix’s only official gay bar, although you wouldn’t know it from the mix of folks who end up here. Cheesy music, friendly bar staff and a random mix of customers make Le Tof one of the more entertaining night spots. Also open until 4am - you know you’ve had a big night if you end up here.
  • The Bunker: Rue des Moulins: Chamonix's biggest nightclub features international DJs, regular parties and is open until 7am. Don't bother trying to get in if you're still wearing ski gear, as it is the only venue in Chamonix that has a dress code and the doormen here can be quite choosy.

Planning a big night out? Choose the "in-valley" option to book a taxi within the Chamonix valley.

Restaurants

Chamonix offers a great choice of places to eat; you have to try the traditional cheese fondue of course, but the international community is represented by fantastic Swedish, Italian, Japanese, Indian and British cuisine.
We even have 3 Michelin starred restaurants – not bad for a little mountain town! 

All of us at Mountain Lifestyle have our favourite restaurants, here are our personal recommendations.

Mountain Lifestyle's Top 3
  • Albert 1er: Proud owner of the Michelin star and the food is as amazing as you would expect, with traditional Alpine cuisine being given the high end treatment. Expensive but there are some good value set menus that will not require a re-mortgage. Route du Bouchet: Tel 00 33 (0)4 50 53 05 09
  • Le Munchie: Excellent food, beautifully presented. Best described as “Asian Fusion”, it has a range of interesting dishes and is always popular, so make sure you book well in advance. Inside is stylish and modern, while in the summer it is nice to sit outside and watch the world go by on one of the liveliest streets in town.  Rue des Moulins, Tel 00 33 (0)4 50 53 45 41
  • La Cabane: Beautiful log cabin style restaurant a little out of town by the golf course, but well worth the journey for the superb food, excellent wines, great service and wonderful surroundings. You can push the boat out if you're feeling extravagant, or take advantage of the set menus. Les Praz, Route du Golf, Tel 00 33 (0)4 50 53 23 27
Savoyarde
  • La Calèche: Smack bang in the centre of the high street, La Calèche is unashamedly touristy, but it pulls it off in spectacular fashion. Great local cuisine, theme dressed staff and live Savoyarde music every Thursday night. Very popular, so book in advance if you want to avoid disappointment.  Rue Paccard, Tel 00 33 (0)4 50 55 94 68
  • Chez Constant: Attentive staff, great local dishes and well priced set menus offering traditional Savoyarde and classic French dishes. 24 Avenue Ravanel le Rouge, Tel: 00 33 (0)4 50 53 96 74
  • Le Chaudron: Cozy little restaurant on one of the most popular streets in town. Tasty food and a perfect place for a candle-lit dinner.  Rue des Moulins, Tel 00 33 (0)4 50 53 40 34
French
  • Moustache et Ses Filles: A great little find, tucked in between Super U and Benetton, with quirky/kitsch interior and fabulous views from the terrace. Friendly service and the menu features many regional foods amongst a range of dishes to suit all tastes, with good local wines. Make sure you leave room for their delicious desserts! Rue Joseph Vallot, Tel 00 33 (0)4 50 93 49 68
  • L'Auberge du Bois Prin: This off-the-beaten-track restaurant offers local, organic and seasonal cuisine in a beautiful setting. Chef Raphael Vionnet earned a 2012 Michelin Star for his creative dishes. 69 Chemin de l'Hermine, Tel: 00 33 (0)4 50 53 33 51
Italian
  • Le Lapin Agile: Wine bar and restaurant near the centre of Chamonix, serving well-chosen wines from all over the world and excellent Italian coffee. They serve free nibbles with drinks every evening and light, simple, inexpensive meals. The "agile rabbit" is a Mountain Lifestyle favourite.  Rue Whymper, Tel 00 33 (0)4 50 53 33 25
  • Casa Valerio: This close to the border you would expect nothing less than some of the best Italian food around. Award winning pizzas, delicious antipasti and a good wine list. Highly recommended. Rue Du Lyret, Tel 00 33 (0)4 50 55 93 40
International
  • MBC: Great burgers and home brewed beer at Chamonix’s very own micro brewery. Lively atmosphere, friendly staff and good value food served in hearty portions. Regular deals on food and beer, check the specials board before ordering - half price chicken wings on Monday nights are a must!  Route de Bouchet, Tel 00 33 (0)4 50 53 61 59
  • Satsuki: Chamonix’s own Japanese sushi restaurant. They do one of the best value lunch menus in town and they also do takeaway. The dining room is quite small and it is very popular, so get there early or book in advance. Great little private room downstairs for up to 14 people. Rue Joseph Vallot, Tel 00 33 (0)4 50 53 21 99
Takeaway
  • Poco Loco: Located in the heart of the Chamonix pedestrian zone, Poco Loco is a great place for a quiet bite to eat in the centre of town. Reasonably priced burgers and paninis to eat in or takeaway. Rue Paccard, Tel 00 33 (0)4 50 53 43 03
  • Hibou: Healthy freshly prepared hot meals, salads, sandwiches and cakes. Good vegetarian/vegan options and daily specials. Rue Joseph Vallot, Tel 00 33 (0)4 50 96 65 13

chamonix accommodationEnjoy your meal without worrying about missing the last bus home, choose the "in-valley" option below to book a taxi.

Tourist Information

Known world wide for its breath taking mountains and extreme sports, Chamonix is more than just another ski resort. Nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc, it welcomes tourists and mountaineers all year round.

Families with little kids jostle for space on the ski buses alongside hardcore Alpinists; go for a beer at one of the many bars and overhear conversations ranging from first day at ski school to ice climbing inside glaciers.

The tourist information office can be found in the Place de Triangle de l'Amitié, alongside the church, the mountain guides office and the Hotel de Ville (town hall). They are open daily from 08:30-19:00 during the season.

Chamonix in winter
Of course, Chamonix is most famous for its skiing – it's what brought us here! 4 distinctly different resorts and a whole load of back country is what makes it so special. Whatever the conditions, whatever your level, Chamonix has plenty to keep you happy.
Chamonix is more than a ski resort though – high mountaineering, ice climbing, snow show hiking, paragliding, husky sledding... contact us to find out what we can offer the non-skiers in your group. 

Chamonix in summer
People are often surprised to learn that Chamonix is just as popular in summer as in winter. The high mountains are breathtakingly beautiful when the snow melts, uncovering a carpet of wild flowers and berries. Marked hiking trails criss-cross the valley and ski runs become mountain bike descents. There is also an excellent 18 hole golf course in Les Praz.
Chamonix is a mecca for climbers of all disciplines; in the summer you'll be hard pressed to find a bit of rock that doesn't have a rope dangling from it and in the winter ice axes and crampons are must-have accessories. Visit in June to watch the World Climbing Championships that take place on a specially constructed climbing tower in the town centre – incredible to watch and always followed by a great party!

Mountain Lifestyle favourites
  • Aiguille du Midi; spectacular views of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps from a viewing platform at 3842m. Even more breath taking since the opening of “Step Into the Void”, a glass box suspended 1035m above ground...
  • Après-ski at Chambre Neuf: classic dancing-in-your-ski-boots entertainment from the best Swedish rock band in the Alps.
  • Rue des Moulins; Chamonix's historic quarter packed with bars and a couple of very good restaurants.

Maps

We know that half the fun of discovering a new place is getting lost but, should you need it, here is a map of Chamonix!

The centre of resort is compact enough that you can easily find your way around but there are plenty of places off the beaten track that are well worth a look.

To find winter piste maps and summer trails maps please visit our lift pass pages using the links to the right.

Emergency Contacts

It always helps to have someone on the end of the phone in case of emergency, which is why you'll be given a contact number for one of our Mountain Lifestyle staff should you need assistance in resort.

Here are some other helpful numbers that you should save to your telephone in case you need them:
  • Mountain Lifestyle Office: 00 33 (0)4 86 68 87 16 
  • Tourist Office: 00 33 (0)4 50 53 00 24
  • PGHM (mountain rescue): 00 33 (0)4 50 53 16 89
  • Chamonix Hospital: 00 33 (0)4 50 53 84 00
  • Sallanches Hospital: 00 33 (0)4 50 47 30 30
  • Medical: 15 (helpline for medical emergencies, will dispatch an ambulance if required)
  • Pompiers (fire brigade): 18
  • Urgent assistance: 112 (generic emergency number that can be dialed from anywhere in the European Union)

Images & Videos

They say a pictures tells a thousand words... here are some of our favourite images of Chamonix.



Chamonix Town Centre