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.
Méribel – Mountain Restaurants & Lunch Spots
Mottaret Snack Bar (Chez Bif), Mottaret
If you’ve got an appetite then you can’t go far wrong with a Mountain Burger or Mottaret Burger as they’re often known. Stuffed inside half a baguette is a burger and a half, mounds of melted cheese, pickles and salad. Available from a hole in a wall by the Sherpa in Méribel Mottaret these beasts will keep you fuelled all day.
Café del Mott, Mottaret
Also up in Mottaret is Café del Mott near the Perdrix and Furet pistes. This place has a big sun terrace and offers burgers, steaks and great value lunches for skiers on a budget, or buffet breakfasts if you’re self-catered and need some sustenance.
L’Adray Telebar, Méribel
Nestled in the trees near the base of the Adret chair, this cosy hotel has a roaring log fire, perfect for enjoying a huge jug of hot chocolate and cake. Their escalope in cream and mushroom sauce is renowned and the recipe is a well-guarded secret, as is that of the excellent vin chaud!
Le Terrasse du Village, Méribel Village
Le Terrasse at the Lodge du Village, better known to most as the LDV, is situated at the foot of the pistes in Méribel Village. With a huge covered terrace you can dine alfresco whatever the weather. They serve big homemade burgers, fine cuts of meat, slow cooked daily specials, and a mixture of local and international flavours made with fresh, locally sourced produce. The service is friendly and they serve great coffee. A good option for lunch or dinner.
La Folie Douce, Méribel
Made up of two restaurants the canteen style La Petite Cuisine and the stylish La Fruitiere.
La Petite cuisine is a relaxed self service restaurant. Generous portions with a good selection of hot dishes, such as lasagne and rotisserie chickens. Make sure you squeeze in a dessert or starter as they’re the highlight.
The more expensive La Fruitiere has stylish décor. The menu features locally produced ingredients, with well presented French fare specialising in Savoyard delicacies. Sit outside and you get front row seats to the cabaret.
Clos Bernard, Méribel
Off the beaten track, this restaurant has fast become a favourite among instructors and locals. Meat is cooked on the fire, so it has a rustic feel, but expect a sophisticated interpretation of local ingredients and an interesting wine list. Take a seat on the terrace or if it’s snowy, dine inside in the cosy interior.
Le Monchu, Méribel
A smart restaurant on the slopes of Méribel. An extensive menu, pizzas, steak and fish accompanied by a great wine list. It can be busy and you’ll need to make a reservation if you want to sit on the terrace.
Around Town or Chalet Night Off
L’Igloo, Méribel Centre
In an original setting complete with an igloo table inside, this restaurant offers affordable meals in the centre of Méribel. They serve great pizzas, as well as steaks, burgers and salads.
La Fromagerie, Méribel Centre
As the name suggests these guys specialise in cheese. If you fancy a cheese feast in Méribel this is the place to go. They serve the local specialities of fondue and raclette, in a rustic setting in the centre of town. Expect generous portions and friendly and attentive service at an affordable price.
Tsaretta Spice, Méribel 1600
Tsaretta Spice was a welcome addition to the Méribel dining scene a few years back and has become a firm favourite. Expect interesting and creative Indian food done well. This isn’t your typical British Balti house: the contemporary menu is a lot smaller and the prices a little higher. But the food is very tasty and beautifully served. A great option for people who fancy something a little different. Currently as we write also rated no.1 on Trip Advisor.
Aux Petits Oignons, Méribel 1600
Aux Petits Oignons serves classic French food done well, in a cosy setting. They offer great value set price meals for lunches as well as a full menu for evenings. The service is friendly and the food good. Doubling as a bar frequented by locals, it has a great atmosphere.