Winter is coming, so it’s time to bring out your warm coats, get ready for chilly mornings and, most importantly, think about where you’d like to travel this upcoming season. Mountainous south-eastern France provides a perfect wintery setting for exploring hip nightlife options or enjoying a day on the slopes.
But, if you’re a foodie who is in the mood to try some of France’s most loved cuisines, head to La Clusaz, nestled near the border of France and Switzerland. This mountain village is not only known for its great skiing, but also its fabulous array of food and drink options.
Take advantage of La Clusaz’s alpine climate by dining in some of its unique, family-run restaurants near the slopes. Nestled in the mountains, these eateries are noteworthy for their locally-grown ingredients and friendly staff. Dining in the mountains of La Clusaz will be a memorable – and tasty – experience you won’t forget.
Chalet le Bercail
This authentic French locale is known for its meatier dishes, usually grilled on an open fire. Located in a stunning traditional chalet, this restaurant is a great location for enjoying the sunshine on the terrace.
Le Vieux Chalet
For a real treat, don’t miss out on this Michelin-star rated locale for the best gourmet meal in the region. Open every evening, this restaurant serves French classics like foie gras, beef tartare and chicory tartiflette, plus a family recipe for vegetable broth, oysters and mushroom terrine.
There’s plenty of choose from in terms of cuisine options, with around 70 different restaurants in La Clusaz. We picked two with fabulous atmospheres for cosy and scenic dining experiences.
This old wood mill makes for a great dining environment for trying some delicious traditional French food. Choose from several seasonal tasting menus or enjoy a variety of fondues, salads and meat dishes. There’s even a kid’s menu with child-sized portions of favourites like beef tenderloin, tartiflette and fish fillets.
Le Chalet du Lac
Situated on a lake in the oldest chalet in the area, this restaurant features some famous regional cuisine. The restaurant’s two head chefs carefully choose quality ingredients for their salads, soups and selection of lamb, duck and fish entrees.
If cooking at your accommodation is more your style, check out some of the locally-sourced grocery stores in the town. La Clusaz’s specialty shops include butchers, bakeries and a number of places to buy wine, cheese and dried meat products. There are also two large supermarkets in the village for any other grocery needs.
Top Tip: Be sure to check out some of the chocolateries in the town for a sweet treat.
Where to Stay
Chalet Viking – This beautiful five-star hotel offers all the cosiness of a traditional chalet with added style. Complete with six bedrooms and two bathrooms, Chalet Viking can accommodate up to 14 people. When you’re not out skiing on the slopes or enjoying the scenic mountain range from the balcony, relax in the chalet’s indoor pool, jacuzzi or enjoy a show on the flat-screen TV. A fully-equipped kitchen, dining area and fireplace make Chalet Viking your ideal home-away-from-home in La Clusaz.
St-Alban Hotel & Spa – Cosy and modern, this hotel features rooms equipped with private bathrooms, electric tea kettles and flat-screen. Treat yourself to St-Alban Hotel & Spa’s luxurious spa and wellness centre, bar and sauna. Plus, save on time when you hit the slopes with the hotel’s ski pass sales point and private ski storage area.
How to Get There
Begin your journey to La Clusaz by flying from the UK to Geneva. This nonstop journey takes less than two hours if flying from London Gatwick or Luton to GVA.
Once you’ve arrived in Geneva, I would recommend booking your Geneva airport transfers with a reputable shuttle service like Shuttle Direct. As one of Europe’s top companies for transfers between airports, hotels, train stations and more, this is certainly one of your best options when it comes to transport. La Clusaz is located 82 kilometres from GVA, so pre-book your Geneva airport transfers in advance and let a shuttle service safely take you to your accommodation.
- UK to GVA Flight Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
- GVA to Your Accommodation Distance: 82 kilometres
- Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: 1 hours 47 minutes
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