Chamonix for families: Eating out
It’s seldom a relaxed affair, going out for dinner as a family. Chamonix has some damn fine restaurants, most of which you wouldn’t even consider dragging your kids to.
Surprisingly, finding a good family restaurant in Chamonix is harder than you’d imagine and there aren’t many guides to Chamonix for families. Most restaurants have tables packed in like sardines with no room for children to play. Play? In a French restaurant? Heaven forbid! Children in France are terribly well behaved. Mine in comparison must be an absolute disgust to most French families looking on.
For us, we don’t want to pay through the nose, we need to have ROOM, good food and a kitchen opening at 6 rather than 7 (terribly British!). Here are our pick of the pops on what we think are the best restaurants for families whether you’re after cheap eats in Chamonix centre, healthy fast food or sushi overlooking Mont Blanc. The restaurants are in no particular order of preference, rather simply from one end of the valley to the other.
If you don’t have kids or have booked a baby sitter read our post 4 epic restaurants to visit in Chamonix
1. Rocky Pop Hotel, Les Houches
Rocky Pop serves food from 5.30pm until 10pm.
Rocky Pop Hotel, 1476 Avenue des Alpages, 74310 Les Houches
Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 85 30 00 00
2. Kitsch Inn, Les Houches
The Kitsch Inn is a great live music venue too. There’s a clever stage that appears for aprés-ski gigs and children are welcome to boogie away too. We love the brilliant outdoor space – kids can bez around outside happily playing in the wendy house and outdoor play area whilst you bask in the Spring or Summer sun. There’s also a lovely playing area inside for Winter visitors and we adore the thoroughly cool kitsch interior!
The Kitsch Inn, 77 Place de la Fruitière, 74310 Les Houches
Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 50 34 41 74
3. Le Vert Hotel, Chamonix
The food is impeccable. Choose from a 2 or 3 courses. Mouth watering starters such as ‘wild garlic & potato soup with toasted pumpkin seeds’ or ‘confit duck & pork rillette’, with mains of beef, chicken or yummy veggie pies.
Little ones can choose from a mini roast or the normal burger, goujon options for only €8.00. As Summer ramps up, look out for their legendary BBQs!
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL at Le Vert Hotel so call up on your arrival or even before you leave the UK!!!
Le Vert Hotel – 964 Route des Gaillands, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
00 33 (0) 4 50 53 13 58
4. Heliopic, Chamonix
My daughter was so blown away by the Heliopic in Chamoinx, she stated matter of factly that she wanted to live here! Designated kids areas dominate reception with a very cool art scribble room, various chill out areas (with films playing and giant bean bags) and giant chess.
There’s free, yes free haribo dispensers (so keep an eye out for your kids suddenly doing a disappearing act) and a free juice fridge for kids. There’s even a free popcorn machine. With so many kids areas cleverly designed to be within your eyesight, you can easily kick back and enjoy a bite to eat and a cocktail. This hotel & restaurant is impressive and extremely family orientated (with even tiny loo’s in the toilets for little ones)
Hotel Heliopic, 50 Place de l’Aiguille du Midi, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 50 54 55 56
5. The MBC, Chamonix
00 33 (0) 4 50 53 61 59
Top tip: help little ones down to the loo – it’s a little tight to get down the stairs!
Poco Loco, 47 Rue du Dr Paccard, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 40 53 43 03
7. Satsuki, Chamonix
Sushi and Mont Blanc? People are often amazed to find there is a fantastic Japanese restaurant called Satsuki in Chamonix. So if you need a break from your newly acquired fromage habit, Satsuki, Chamonix’s Japanese restaurant, is the perfect place to escape it, and a fabulous experience for kids.
Satsuki, 288 Rue Joseph Vallot, Chamonix
Tel: 00 33 (0) 4 50 53 21 99
8. Le Stone Bar, Argentière
00 33 (0) 4 50 54 13 17
We had a really enjoyable family lunch at Satsuki. The staff are really child friendly and the kids loved the sushi, using chopsticks- the whole experience. The lunch menu was a great deal for adults too. The walk there from Le Praz along the river path was a really safe, relaxing way to get to the centre of Chamonix with the kids.
Thanks so much for your comment Alice. I’m glad you enjoyed Satsuki as much as we did – isn’t it fantastic! Such a great experience for the kids and AMAZING sushi. Yes we love that path too along the river from Le Praz – Chamonix has such lovely paths along the valley floor once the snow goes!
Great food at the Le Vert-Les Gaillands chamonix yes I have been and they do a great Sunday roast and it was so nice to see children having fun also nice to see dogs allowed too but also a good place for that romantic dinner for two but not on a Sunday at 5pm.
Great food great blog good work will be trying the other places on next visit.
Thanks Ian for your kind comments. Yes! How fab is Le Vert roast! The best in Chamonix that’s for sure. I also love how dogs are allowed into all establishments in France!
Hey, great suggestions! We’ve actually eaten at 6 of these so I’ll have to try the three that you’ve mentioned that I haven’t been to yet – the two in Les Houches and the Heliopic. Gosh the extras for kids at the Heliopic sound amazing yet could also be bad news i.e. the free non-stop Haribo dispensers!
Wow Bridget I’m impressed you’ve been to 6 of them! I’m sure that you’ll love the other 3 just as much as we do. The heliopic has also got an amazing spa and pool that you can see down to from the bar – check it out. I’d love to review it on the blog! Yes – the haribo dispensers are a great touch but my girls kept mysteriously disappearing and reappearing with pockets full …….. Thanks again for following our blog.