The Three Valleys is, in our opinion, the best ski area in the world. And while we’re rather proud of the endless ski terrain there’s something else that we think makes the Three Valleys such an amazing holiday destination. Something to keep you fuelled for that all important hill time: Food, glorious food!
So whether you like yours on the go, indulgent and cheesy, or prefer something a little more delicate with a Michelin star, there really is something for every palate and budget. You just need to know where to go. Here are some of our favourite haunts.
Courchevel – Mountain Restaurants & Lunch Spots
Chez Le Gaulois, Courchevel Moriond
If you want to eat on the run and to satisfy your cheese cravings then Chez le Gaulois in Courchevel 1650 is a winner. It’s on the main street in the centre of town, next to the bakery, a couple of minutes’ walk from the slopes. It’s worth the effort though, as for about 6€ you’ll get a toasted baguette oozing with freshly melted cheese. Choose from raclette and jambon or goats cheese, tomato and honey for the ultimate cheese feast.
Chrome Bar, La Tania
Popular for skiers or boarders on a budget, the Chrome Bar in La Tania serves up great value meal deals for around 12€ including a drink. Most popular is their burger and chips – although beware, the burger comes pink, so if you prefer yours cooked through ask for it to be bien cuit. Situated in the centre of La Tania, at the foot of the pistes this place gets full points for convenience. For that price though, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear this is no frills dining, with the burger arriving in a box.
La Boulotte, Courchevel Moriond
The Boulotte in Courchevel 1650 is a firm favourite with locals and holidaymakers alike. Katie serves up hearty portions of comfort food, sure to keep you fueled for the day, without breaking the bank. Choices include burgers, steak, wraps and her infamous falafels all for around 12-15€. If the weather closes in and you decide to call it a day you can also linger til après begins, with regular live music.
Le Bouc Blanc, La Tania
Firm favourite Le Bouc Blanc can be found at the top of the La Tania bubble, in easy reaching distance of both Courchevel and Méribel, and with a fantastic sun terrace. As mountain restaurants go the Bouc Blanc is hard to beat on value with big portions of hearty meals for around 13-20€ for most mains. And it’s pretty darn tasty too. Highly recommended are their gigantic omelettes, great value changing plats du jour and a sizeable and very tasty Beaufort tart. Save room for dessert though as they serve one of the best café gourmands in the Three Valleys. And we’ve tested a few! If you’ve not tried one, you really have never lived. It’s essentially a selection of mini desserts, served with an espresso. The Bouc Blanc’s wins on both quantity and quality.
Le Bel Air, Courchevel Moriond
The ever-popular Le Bel Air restaurant can be found at the top of the Ariondaz bubble in Courchevel 1650. This family-run restaurant is at the top-end of the mid-range restaurants but is worth the stretch. The owner Christophe is on the floor daily offering all guests a warm welcome, which is a lovely touch. For snowy days their roaring fire makes for a cosy setting and helps dry your gloves. And on sunny days their sun terrace really cannot be beaten. They offer simple food done well and their wine is a lot more reasonable than many restaurants of this calibre. Favoured by the rich and famous (Wills and Kate were photographed here) booking ahead is well advised. Great spot too for a final vin chaud of the day if you’re staying in 1650.
Les Chenus, Courchevel
At Chenus all the meat and veg is cooked on Josper grills, which are charcoal fired ovens. The restaurant’s menu is based on creative cuisine around grilled dishes, with both excellent meat and fish. They also have a selection of starters, Savoyard specialities and desserts. Menu du jour is always really good and consistent. Excellent views, nice atmosphere and quick friendly service.
La Cave des Creux, Courchevel
This mountain restaurant is the place to see and be seen for a mountain-based treat. It’s a little on the pricey side, and as such is perfect for people watching and sipping rosé on a sunny day. The food is delicious and the setting is stunning. If you don’t want to indulge in the whole hog though you should come for morning coffee, afternoon tea or even just dessert. Their dessert trolley is a masterpiece in itself with another cracking Café Gourmand.
Le Farçon, La Tania
If you want to push the boat out and treat yourselves for either lunch or dinner, then this Michelin-starred restaurant could be just the place. The food is both creative and impressive, with interesting touches such as snail lollipops and hay-infused aperitifs. Their skiers lunch is great value at around 42€ and makes for a lovely place to relax on a snowy afternoon. Make sure you book ahead.
Le Pilatus, Courchevel
The slightly old school decor makes for a cosy feel in this well-established Courchevel restaurant. The friendly service makes it a nice place to while away a few hours, and lemon meringue pie fans will be goggle-eyed at the size of the chef’s meringue!
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Copiña, Courchevel Moriond
New to Courchevel this year, we’re really excited to see what Copiña will bring to the table. Its sister restaurant (with the same name) opened in Méribel last year and has been a hit, so we’re expecting big things: theatrical cocktails, tasty tapas, craft beers and a wide selections of wines from around the world. They’ll be offering sit down meals or drinks and tapas so pop by during the day or evening, and give the new kid on the block a try.
Le Petit Savoyard, Courchevel Moriond
A firm favourite with visitors and locals alike the amiable Pascal and his friendly team offer good food, big portions and reasonable prices for a ski resort. Choose from ginormous juicy steaks, wood-fired pizzas and of course the local cheese specialities – raclette and fondue. Their cèpe fondue comes highly recommended. They normally offer two sittings 7pm and 9.15pm and are a great option for all the party.
L’Elephant, Courchevel Le Praz
Tucked away in Le Praz L’Elephant is a great option for a relaxed evening meal. They offer excellent pizzas and steaks as well as some interesting options including a range of vegetarian dishes new for this winter. Expect decent sized portions, friendly service and good food. All at a great price.
Azimut, Courchevel Le Praz
This small restaurant hidden in Le Praz used to be one of Courchevel’s best kept secrets. Despite their Michelin star this place has retained a warm atmosphere and friendly service, without the stuffy or pretentious vibe often associated with this calibre of establishment. As well of course as delicious and creative food. They offer set price meals for around 55€ for 3 courses, or 75€ for 4 courses which are great value given the quality. As well as the little extras such as amuse bouche and freshly baked bread. Highly recommended.