Guidebook for Chamonix

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Guidebook for Chamonix

Food Scene

All the bakeries in Chamonix offer a mouth-watering selection of cakes and pastries but Aux Petits Gourmands is perhaps the most decadent of the lot - their window displays alone are to die for and their chocolate creations make excellent gifts. There is another branch, Chalet 1810, at 191 rue Joseph Valot near the big SuperU.
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Aux Petits Gourmands
168 Rue du Dr Paccard
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All the bakeries in Chamonix offer a mouth-watering selection of cakes and pastries but Aux Petits Gourmands is perhaps the most decadent of the lot - their window displays alone are to die for and their chocolate creations make excellent gifts. There is another branch, Chalet 1810, at 191 rue Joseph Valot near the big SuperU.
Côté Macarons, boutique et salon de thé
136 Rue Joseph Vallot
Amazing macaroons!
Freshly made take-away food . All the food is prepared on-site daily and there are fresh healthy options, inspired by exciting world flavours. Check the menu for lactose free, gluten free & vegan dishes.
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Hibou Deli
416 Rue Joseph Vallot
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Freshly made take-away food . All the food is prepared on-site daily and there are fresh healthy options, inspired by exciting world flavours. Check the menu for lactose free, gluten free & vegan dishes.
There is a bustling open air market in the Place du Mont Blanc on Saturday mornings, a colourful affair selling fresh fruit and vegetables, a myriad of cheeses, local crafts and textiles.
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Place du Mont Blanc
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There is a bustling open air market in the Place du Mont Blanc on Saturday mornings, a colourful affair selling fresh fruit and vegetables, a myriad of cheeses, local crafts and textiles.
The very cosy Le Bivouac is a relaxed and sometimes quirky restaurant serving generous portions of Savoyard specialities
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Restaurant Le Bivouac
266 Rue du Dr Paccard
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The very cosy Le Bivouac is a relaxed and sometimes quirky restaurant serving generous portions of Savoyard specialities
Le Bistrot is now run by Chef Daniele Raimondi whose reputation is well-established. The menu focuses on good seasonal produce with influences from Italy, his place of birth. Good value lunch time menus.
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Le Comptoir des Alpes
151 Avenue de l'Aiguille du Midi
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Le Bistrot is now run by Chef Daniele Raimondi whose reputation is well-established. The menu focuses on good seasonal produce with influences from Italy, his place of birth. Good value lunch time menus.
Great ‘new school’ food with the flavours of Asia. Known for its friendly and young atmosphere the restaurant also showcases paintings of local artists.
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Munchie
87 Rue des Moulins
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Great ‘new school’ food with the flavours of Asia. Known for its friendly and young atmosphere the restaurant also showcases paintings of local artists.
A traditional Savoyard restaurant serving fine ‘montagnard’ cuisine. A fusion between past and present, within authentic Savoyard style decor. There is a very reasonable set menu at lunchtime, 20€ and 25€ Tuesday - Saturday
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La Maison Carrier
44 Route du Bouchet
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A traditional Savoyard restaurant serving fine ‘montagnard’ cuisine. A fusion between past and present, within authentic Savoyard style decor. There is a very reasonable set menu at lunchtime, 20€ and 25€ Tuesday - Saturday
Closest restaurant to the chalet, situated in an 18th century farmhouse with a very authentic atmosphere. Italian cuisine is prepared using the finest organic produce and with lots of herbs and spices.
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Restaurant Chamonix - L'impossible
9 Chemin du Cry
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Closest restaurant to the chalet, situated in an 18th century farmhouse with a very authentic atmosphere. Italian cuisine is prepared using the finest organic produce and with lots of herbs and spices.

Drinks & Nightlife

The Jekyll close to Chalet Les Tissourds is a lively bar situated next to the main bus stop and bowling alley in Cham Sud, happy hour is from 4pm in Winter and there is live music most nights. Food is served 7 to 11pm, Tuesdays to Sundays
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Le Jekyll
71 Route des Pèlerins
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The Jekyll close to Chalet Les Tissourds is a lively bar situated next to the main bus stop and bowling alley in Cham Sud, happy hour is from 4pm in Winter and there is live music most nights. Food is served 7 to 11pm, Tuesdays to Sundays
Opened in 2015, the Jazz Club is open from 6:30 pm until 1:00 am every day except Sundays. Apart from concerts, it is a cafe, then a bar, with spaces of all sizes: alcoves, club sofas … All overlooking the stage or on the cabins of the recording studio!
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La Maison des Artistes
84 Chemin de la Tournette
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Opened in 2015, the Jazz Club is open from 6:30 pm until 1:00 am every day except Sundays. Apart from concerts, it is a cafe, then a bar, with spaces of all sizes: alcoves, club sofas … All overlooking the stage or on the cabins of the recording studio!
Chambre Neuf is one of the liveliest places for après ski with live music between 5 -7 pm most nights. Get in early as it is very popular.
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Chambre Neuf
272 Avenue Michel Croz
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Chambre Neuf is one of the liveliest places for après ski with live music between 5 -7 pm most nights. Get in early as it is very popular.
It is run by four Canadians with a passion for beer. The MBC produces highly regarded and naturally produced real ales and lagers, and there are often great live bands playing during après-ski and in the evenings. They also sell a mean burger.
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Micro-Brasserie de Chamonix, MBC
350 Route du Bouchet
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It is run by four Canadians with a passion for beer. The MBC produces highly regarded and naturally produced real ales and lagers, and there are often great live bands playing during après-ski and in the evenings. They also sell a mean burger.

Sightseeing

For spectacular views of the Mont Blanc, take the cable car to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi at 3842m. This high mountain site offers a unique 360° panorama of the majestic Mont Blanc range and its summit. You can ‘Step into the Void’ a glass room with a glass floor with over 1000 feet of emptiness beneath you. Quite often you will be able to spot a rope party on their way to climb this prestigious mountain. A word of warning, temperatures will be very low up there so do wear your ski gear.
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Aiguille du Midi
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For spectacular views of the Mont Blanc, take the cable car to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi at 3842m. This high mountain site offers a unique 360° panorama of the majestic Mont Blanc range and its summit. You can ‘Step into the Void’ a glass room with a glass floor with over 1000 feet of emptiness beneath you. Quite often you will be able to spot a rope party on their way to climb this prestigious mountain. A word of warning, temperatures will be very low up there so do wear your ski gear.
Departing from Chamonix, this famous rack and pinion railway brings you to the Montenvers site at 1913 m. An imposing panorama of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands Jorasses, this quaint train journey takes 20 mins through wonderful scenery to the glacier.
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Gare de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
35 Place de la Mer de Glace
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Departing from Chamonix, this famous rack and pinion railway brings you to the Montenvers site at 1913 m. An imposing panorama of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands Jorasses, this quaint train journey takes 20 mins through wonderful scenery to the glacier.

Parks & Nature

Facing south and looking onto Mont Blanc, La Flégère is the departure point for classic grande randonnée hikes to magnificent mountain lakes. From Les Praz village, the cable car rises over the Chamonix golf course and takes you to the La Flégère site at 1,877m. If you want to go higher, a chair lift takes you to the Index, at 2,595m. There are hiking paths to Lac Blanc, and Les Chéserys lakes in the Aiguilles Rouges, a natural conservation area. In Winter you can use the same lifts and connect back to Le Brevent.
Flegere Cable Car
Facing south and looking onto Mont Blanc, La Flégère is the departure point for classic grande randonnée hikes to magnificent mountain lakes. From Les Praz village, the cable car rises over the Chamonix golf course and takes you to the La Flégère site at 1,877m. If you want to go higher, a chair lift takes you to the Index, at 2,595m. There are hiking paths to Lac Blanc, and Les Chéserys lakes in the Aiguilles Rouges, a natural conservation area. In Winter you can use the same lifts and connect back to Le Brevent.
From Chamonix, you can take the gondola lift to Plan Praz at 1,999m, then the cable car to Le Brévent at 2,525m. In Winter Le Brévent is the main ski area in Chamonix town. In Summer Plan Praz is the departure point for great excursions including trips to Lake Cornu, and Grand Balcon Sud. It also has a take-off area for paragliding.
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Le Brévent
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From Chamonix, you can take the gondola lift to Plan Praz at 1,999m, then the cable car to Le Brévent at 2,525m. In Winter Le Brévent is the main ski area in Chamonix town. In Summer Plan Praz is the departure point for great excursions including trips to Lake Cornu, and Grand Balcon Sud. It also has a take-off area for paragliding.

Arts & Culture

The Alpine Museum is open every day except Tuesday in winter from 14.00-18.00 this museum covers the interesting history of the Chamonix valley.
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Musée Alpin Chamonix
89 Avenue Michel Croz
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The Alpine Museum is open every day except Tuesday in winter from 14.00-18.00 this museum covers the interesting history of the Chamonix valley.

Essentials

Biggest supermarket in Chamonix open every day - until midday on Sunday.
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Super U
117 Rue Joseph Vallot
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Biggest supermarket in Chamonix open every day - until midday on Sunday.
Hire shop run by our friend Philippe with handy parking outside. They have a good selection of boots, skis and snow board equipment to hire. Their best rental prices are on line. To reserve in advance of your holiday use their website. If you prefer to wait until you arrive in Chamonix they offer Collineige clients a 10% discount. Open 7 days a week 8.30am to 7pm
Intersport Rent
240 Route du Bouchet
Hire shop run by our friend Philippe with handy parking outside. They have a good selection of boots, skis and snow board equipment to hire. Their best rental prices are on line. To reserve in advance of your holiday use their website. If you prefer to wait until you arrive in Chamonix they offer Collineige clients a 10% discount. Open 7 days a week 8.30am to 7pm

Entertainment & Activities

Climbing lessons and Accro'park tree adventure park (like Go-Ape) run by the Compagnie des Guides. Great summer activities for children and adults.
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Lacs des Gaillands
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Climbing lessons and Accro'park tree adventure park (like Go-Ape) run by the Compagnie des Guides. Great summer activities for children and adults.
White-water sports office of Cham'Aventure is located on the Arve River, behind the Chamonix swimming-pool, for rafting, canyoning and hydro speed. Open in summer from 9h to 18h
BASE DE RAFTING & CANYONING - Cham' Aventure
190 Place de l'Église
White-water sports office of Cham'Aventure is located on the Arve River, behind the Chamonix swimming-pool, for rafting, canyoning and hydro speed. Open in summer from 9h to 18h
Cham’ Aventure is the summer outdoor activity arm of Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix. You can do all sorts of activities with their team of experts from white water rafting to climbing to mountain biking.
Company Des Guides Of Chamonix
190 Place de l'Église
Cham’ Aventure is the summer outdoor activity arm of Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix. You can do all sorts of activities with their team of experts from white water rafting to climbing to mountain biking.
Book your guide and ski the fabulous Vallée Blanche or see the other activities on offer. For off piste skiing including the Vallée Blanche we recommend using one of the qualified Chamonix Guides. Guides can be hired for a half day (230€ for 6 people), full day (380€ for 6 people) or just for the Valleé Blanche (340 € for 1-6 people) . The prices include harnesses and transceivers. It is also possible to join a group for the Vallee Blanche and then the cost is 93€ per person.
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Company Des Guides Of Chamonix
190 Place de l'Église
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Book your guide and ski the fabulous Vallée Blanche or see the other activities on offer. For off piste skiing including the Vallée Blanche we recommend using one of the qualified Chamonix Guides. Guides can be hired for a half day (230€ for 6 people), full day (380€ for 6 people) or just for the Valleé Blanche (340 € for 1-6 people) . The prices include harnesses and transceivers. It is also possible to join a group for the Vallee Blanche and then the cost is 93€ per person.
Book your ski or snowboard lessons here. Ski / Snowboard lessons with Ecole de Ski Français (ESF) aka the ski school. There are a number of ski schools in Chamonix but we usually suggest the ESF. They offer group and private lessons for all ages from 3 years. There are lots of English speaking instructors and classes are taught in French and English. Hide
School French Ski
190 Place de l'Église
Book your ski or snowboard lessons here. Ski / Snowboard lessons with Ecole de Ski Français (ESF) aka the ski school. There are a number of ski schools in Chamonix but we usually suggest the ESF. They offer group and private lessons for all ages from 3 years. There are lots of English speaking instructors and classes are taught in French and English. Hide
For a change from skiing why not try a snowshoe walk? You can do this during the day or by moonlight in the evening. You can join a group for easy forest hikes in the valley or book a private guide for mid and high mountain expeditions. Daytime snowshoe walks in Winter, half day walks are 39 € per person and full days 54 € per person Early evening snowshoe walks are available every Thursday, from December to April (depending on the snow conditions), for all levels.
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Company Des Guides Of Chamonix
190 Place de l'Église
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For a change from skiing why not try a snowshoe walk? You can do this during the day or by moonlight in the evening. You can join a group for easy forest hikes in the valley or book a private guide for mid and high mountain expeditions. Daytime snowshoe walks in Winter, half day walks are 39 € per person and full days 54 € per person Early evening snowshoe walks are available every Thursday, from December to April (depending on the snow conditions), for all levels.