Al & Kat’s Lunch & Drinks Recommendations
If you’re suffering with a hangover and missed the hot option in your chalet, brunch here might be just what you need to save your ski day. They do an amazing lunch and freshly baked cakes, homemade smoothies and milkshakes are also served all day.
As you would expect of any French resort, Morzine has a whole host of boulangeries to choose from. They really are all good; however, La Bonbonnière is particularly difficult to walk past without stepping in for a sweet treat, their savouries are excellent too!
As well as being a great cocktail venue in the evening, Beanies is also a great daytime café. Open from 10am every day and serving pizzas from 5pm.
Chez Babeth – Chatel
A proper little Santa’s grotto located in the Plein Dranse basin, this place is run by Babeth whose narcissism is world famous. Being told what to do in her tounge-in-cheek style is very much part of the experience and the food is good. It is very popular so you will need to book in advance in peak season.
La Leiche – Chatel
Sit on the comfy sofas surrounding the 360 degree open fre place whilst you warm your toes and eat the delicious spaghetti carbonara.
La Paika – Les Gets
Superb view from the outdoor terrace with incredible barbeque of fresh tiger prawns, cote de boeuf, lamb chops and magnums of rose are a real crowd pleaser.
Chez Nannon – Morzine
One of the oldest restaurants on the mountain, this converted old cow shed is a delightful little find in the Nyon area of Morzine. The food and service are exemplary. Go, you won’t regret it.
Les Marmottes – Avoriaz
A great outdoor terrace and superb service are the hallmarks of this place. The food is good and it can be a real sun trap so bring your sun cream.
La Ferme – Avoriaz
Great service and quality versions of the local classics (tartiflette, fondue, raclette etc) means this place is a real favourite for locals and tourists alike.
La Marmotte d’Or
Guests staying in Montriond should head down to La Marmotte d’Or for a pub like atmosphere, friendly staff and locals alike. Regular live music nights usually get everyone dancing, and later in the season the terrace is a great place for a pint in the sun.
Ideal for your Martini classics, a Mojito, Long Island or something off-the-wall with one of their cocktail specials. We recommend starting the evening with a Chalet Garden – a gin-based concoction of lemon, elderflower and mint. Often has live music too!
Le Coup de Coeur
Serves French and selected world wines with a regularly changing selection of wines by the glass. In addition, a selection of port and a fine collection of whiskies are available as a tasting experience.
From American IPAs to lagers, and porters to traditional ales, there’s nothing like a flavoursome craft beer after a day on the slopes. All of this microbrewery’s beer is brewed in-house by Chrigl, who learnt his trade at The Kernel Brewery, London. Open from 4pm every day.
Bar a Vin
La Chaudanne’s vaulted stone cellar tucked away beneath the restaurant. An intimate place to try a few wines under the guidance of a sommelier.
Laury’s Cocktail Bar
The local’s secret for late night drinks. Enjoy table service, live jazz, funk and soul, and a truly explosive drinks menu. Open from 7pm to 2am.
Morzine’s famous Bar Robinsons, named fondly by locals as ‘Robbos’, is a non-fancy spot serving Morzine’s locally brewed beer, Mutzig. Be warned at 8% you may not make it home for dinner!
La Folie Douce
The world famous après venue opened its doors in Avoriaz this December. For extravagant performances, singers and live DJs, join the party any day of the week between 2pm and 6:30pm. You’ll hear the tunes bursting from the terrace before you see the venue’s new building next to the Yeti on the Plateau in Avoriaz.
Happy Hours Bar
At the bottom of the Ardent lift, hosts another big slope-side après ski party on a Wednesday, with special guest DJs and a free taxi service to get people home safe after the last bus, which runs to 6pm. Sunday afternoon features a live band and more relaxed après vibes.
If skiing Pleney side, at the top of the gondola you’ll find a few bars that get lively in the afternoon for a drink, before skiing down and heading onto Le Tremplin’s terrace, which is a popular après haunt with live DJs.
If finishing the day in Prodains La Kinkerne, on the main road out, is an unpretentious spot with occasional après parties. You can ski straight to the terrace if you go down next to the nursery slope drag lift!
Heading out a little bit later…?
You’ll find a large collection of bars on the main street leading up to the Pleney. If doing dinner, L’Etale is a fun place for a boozy meal and will stay open serving drinks until late.
The popular Crepu is a good drinking hole to start with, and is right next to the Tibetan Café, which is a great all-rounder playing party tunes to a lively bunch of locals, seasonaires and tourists.
The nearby Cavern is a must on a night out; this friendly bar has live music from 5 – 7.30pm, a generous happy hour at 4pm and DJs from 10pm.
For late night dancing L’Opera (also on the Pleney strip) is the classic Morzine club that plays popular dance, DNB and techno tunes. Look out for special events and international DJs.
There’s lots of fun to be had at Dixie Bar, a lively Irish bar where the renowned band Dixie Micks play once a month. This is when it really gets going and is not for the faint hearted! Dixie’s also shows all major sporting events and matches on its big screens.
For a more alternative vibe, where local beat loving French and Brits party together, Café Chaud (tucked away) boasts some of the biggest, most chaotic weekly parties in town, with some of Morzine’s best local DJs, Drum n Bass on Sundays and upbeat funk and house on Wednesdays.