Amazon Creek's ultimate restaurant guide for everything from traditional fondue to Asian fusion. Take a look at our top picks.
Hameau Albert 1er, Chamonix
Website: / - Tel: 0450530509
This 2* Michelin restaurant has been run by the family Carrier and Maillet for many generations. Chamonix’s leading gastronomic restaurant with a passion to stay true to the evolution of Haute-Savoie tradition. This is evident throughout, from the welcome to the decor and the menus themselves. An excellent restaurant with an exceptional wine list if you are looking for the finest dining experience in the region. The owners of Amazon Creek have eaten there several times and you cannot fault it. There is a more reasonably priced lunchtime menu if you want to try this gastronomic experience and it is always nice to sit out on the terrace during the summer months.
Le Maison Carrier Restaurant
Tel +33 (0) 450530003
Albert 1er’s second gastronomic restaurant, this traditional Savoyard restaurant has a welcoming ambience, a feel of the olden days in what feels like a farm setting but matched with modern charm. Authentic Savoyard cuisine; a fusion between the present and past, many guests prefer this restaurant to its big brother next door, as it has a more relaxed, authentic setting. Not to mention the valley's best dessert trolley.
Website / Tel +33 (0) 450559797
Situated in the town centre, with a covered terrace overlooking the river, the restaurant has a smart, refined and warm atmosphere. Mentioned in the top guides (Michelin, Gault&Millau), the cuisine is of an excellent quality, combining gastronomic French tradition with the simplicity of the Savoyard cuisine. The restaurant also has a very nice wine list. Ask for a table overlooking the river when you reserve. In my view from a culinary perspective, the best value French restaurant in Chamonix.
Munchie Bar et Cuisine — Our top pick for Asian/European Fusion
Website: / Tel: +33 (0) 450534541
Munchie has become one of the valley’s most popular restaurants. New-school food with the flavours of Asia and Europe all mixed up in classic dishes. A friendly and young, cool atmosphere. You should book well in advance to avoid disappointment. If you're looking for a well prepared meal in an easy going atmosphere, this would be our recommendation. Pop over the road for a cocktail afterwards at Chamonix Social Club.
Restaurant Casa Valerio – Our top pick for fine Italian Pizza
Website: / Tel: +33 (0) 450559340
This restaurant just oozes atmosphere. A more relaxed affair, but nevertheless the finest authentic Italian cuisine in the valley with a menu offering over 40 pizzas cooked on a wood-burning stove. As well as pizza there’s a wide selection of specialities such as Entrecôte Osso Buco, fresh fish or sample Valerio’s own pasta recipes. The owner has won more pizza making world championships than you can imagine with the walls covered with memorabilia and photos. Hearty Italian red wines and many more on offer.
La Calèche – Our top pick for a traditional Savoyard menu
Website: / Tel: +33 (0) 450559468
The Calèche serves traditional Savoyard cuisine in the heart of Chamonix. Here you will find over 20 Savoyard specialties including fondue, raclette, pierrade and much more. Typical Chamoniard ambiance in this warm and welcoming restaurant. This is a big venue, ideal for large groups, but not recommended for a private setting for a romantic meal! Packed full of interesting Savoyard antiques and artefacts; reservations recommended.
La Cabane des Praz – Our top pick for Contemporary French Cuisine
Website: / Tel: +33 (0) 0450532327
Combining a traditional wooden lodge with modern interior design, occupying an enviable location in the Chamonix Valley, right next to the open expanses of the golf course. La Cabane des Praz offers excellent contemporary French cuisine in relaxed and welcoming surroundings. Another one of our favourites, with a sunny terrace with stunning views of the Mont Blanc for the summer, and cosy snugs and a roaring fire in the winter. Plus a great wine list on offer.
Website: / Tel: +33 (0) 4 50 21 12 12
A traditional style restaurant at the foot of the Flegere cable car. The Chef's selection is made around fresh Italian quality products while integrating the local culture. You will find fantastic Italian pasta and risotto dishes. The Castel restaurant opens its doors and invites you to set foot in Italy with a fusion of French cuisine and wines.
Website: / Tel: +33 (0) 450532036
Interesting restaurant in a farmhouse dating back to 1754; beautifully decorated with large chandeliers and fireplace. A recent change of ownership and change of food, the historic restaurant “L’Impossible” has transformed itself to become the first organic restaurant and natural cuisine in Chamonix. Friday night is Jazz night. For something completely unique in the valley, you won't be disappointed!
Restaurant La Cremerie du Glacier, Argentiere
Website: / Tel: +33 (0) 450540752
Pure Chamonix history with a thoroughly relaxed atmosphere that would be hard to replicate elsewhere. Simple, warm, atmospheric and very, very yummy! In 1926 Georges Ravanel started selling drinks to hikers from a little wooden hut at the foot of the Argentière’s glacier. In the 1950s his son added home-made tarts and croûtes aux fromages (chunky slices of toasted bread topped with melted cheese) to the repertoire, and by the 1980s when the next son took charge of the business, La Crèmerie – at a heady height of 1300m in Argentière – had become known far and wide for its cheesy croûtes, fondue and other Savoyard staples. It still is today. Well worth heading up the valley to enjoy traditional Savoyard dishes under the pine trees in the summer months. Also an excellent lunch spot in the winter months.