Apres Ski Val d Isere
The Best Restaurants For Apres Ski Val d Isere
While there are more than 60 restaurants in Val d'Isère, with food ranging from Savoyard specialities to pizza and haute cuisine, the predominance of catered chalets has done little to encourage quality restaurants.
Le 1789, Val d'Isère
The 1789 specialises in fantastic cuts of meat that are roasted over an open fire in the corner of the restaurant. While the favourite dish is the côte de boeuf, there’s a wide selection of other meats. All dishes are served with tartiflette (potatoes roasted with cream and cheese) and salad. Because of its popularity, there are two sittings and reservations are essential.
Impasse des Cimes Tel: 00 33 479 06 17 89
Lodge Bar & Restaurant, Val d'Isère
This is a popular restaurant with a lively, unstuffy atmosphere and friendly service. The dishes are tasty and good-value and include fondue, steak, pizzas and salads. It’s a great spring-board for a night out, with a trendy cocktail bar downstairs.
Chef Lieu Tel: 00 33 479 06 02 01
L'Atelier d'Edmond, Le Fornet
For those not staying in Le Fornet, this restaurant provides a very good reason to visit one evening (or lunchtime) and soak up the village’s lovely atmosphere. Housed in a stylish, traditionally decorated chalet named after the owner’s father Edmond. This high-end restaurant serves light, contemporary dishes using locally-sourced meat, fish and vegetables.
Le Fornet Tel: 00 33 479 00 00 82
La Fruitière, Rocher de Bellevarde
This mountain restaurant at the top of the La Daille gondola is decorated in the style of an Alpine milking parlour. The waiters run the place with military efficiency and serve classic dishes with a twist, such as spaghetti bolognaise in a glass and shepherd's pie with duck meat instead of lamb. There’s an enormous wine cellar built beneath the mountain and a lively sun terrace with duvet-suits (sleeping bags with arms) to keep you warm as toast on colder days. Booking is essential in high-season.
Top of the La Daille gondola, Rocher de Bellevarde Tel: 00 33 479 06 07 17
Edelweiss, Le Fornet
This chocolate-box mountain restaurant has warm, wooden interiors and a sunny terrace with unrivalled views towards Val d'Isère. Located just above Le Fornet, it’s accessed by skiers via the blue Mangard piste (which should have a slightly red tinge) and serves the best steaks on the mountain.
Tel: 00 33 479 06 26 34
The Best Bars For Apres Ski Val d Isere
Nightlife in Val d'Isère is up there with the loudest and latest in the ski world. There is, however, also a more civilised nocturnal scene that focuses on cocktails and intimate bars rather than beer-swigging pubs and pumping nightclubs.
Après-ski action kicks off on the mountain at the Folie Douce, above La Daille, and at Bananas, by the base of the Bellevarde Express chair. Join the rest of south-west London at the Moris Pub in town or join the locals and pisteurs with a vin chaud at Chez Boubou. After supper, head for cocktails at Victor's, the Pier Paul Jack bar or the Blizzard Hotel Bar.
For beers and a more rowdy atmosphere, try the infamous Dick’s T-Bar and Café Face. Dick’s T-Bar is packed with revellers late into the night. The Graal is a less raucous nightspot that provides a pleasant respite from the school-disco feel of Dick’s T-Bar.