The beautiful French resort of Chamonix in the picturesque Haute-Savoie region is a wonderful place for a winter holiday with the little ones. I think that it is one of the most scenic areas in the entire world, plus it boasts fantastic skiing, plenty of culture and dozens of fun activities to keep the little ones happy. |
If you are anything like me, then food will be a very important part of any holiday. Travelling abroad is a great opportunity to sample different cuisine, indulge in fine food and experience different cultures. Unfortunately, toddlers do not hold the same ideas when it comes to being adventurous at dinner time! Fear not, though, as I have spoken with several families who have been to Chamonix with toddlers and they have highly recommended the following child-friendly eateries and commented on the wide variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.
Poco Loco – A fun and lively restaurant that serves up burgers, hot sandwiches, crepes and other kid-friendly dishes (and good beer for mum and dad). You can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the views at their large outdoor seating section, or opt for a takeaway to eat back at your apartment. This eatery has rave reviews for its value, atmosphere and delicious burgers. Find it at 47 Rue du Docteur Paccard 74400.
Pizzeria de Moulins – Pizza is always a great option for kids and adults alike and this family-friendly pizzeria has a wide menu of delicious pizzas along with other Italian dishes (and an extensive wine menu). It is a warm and welcoming restaurant with superb service and low prices, rated the number 1 family restaurant in Chamonix on TripAdvisor. Find it at 109 rue des Moulins, 74400
Cool Cats – Head to this superb and welcoming establishment for a variety of tantalising street food that the kids are sure to love. They are famous for their mouth-watering hot dogs that use sausages from local butchers, seasoning from local forests, carefully selected bread from local bakers. There are dozens of tasty garnishes and toppings to choose from, as well as of sides, beverages and desserts. One hot dog costs around £8. Find it at 116 Rue des Moulins, 74400.
Monkey – Monkey has a fantastic atmosphere with laid-back staff, funky music, cool décor and delicious burgers (roughly £10), tacos, burritos and other street food. There is also a brunch menu if you are looking for somewhere to eat earlier in the day. It is a welcoming and child-friendly place, but you can also enjoy an alcoholic drink or two and catch some live music. Find it at 81 Place Edmond Desailloud, 74400.
Le Monchu – A cosy, warm and cheerful establishment that serves traditional local food in a beautiful dining room with a roaring fireplace - this is a lovely place to head for a special meal on your holiday. The menu may not be as kid-friendly as other places, but there are still options for youngsters and the tantalising desserts menu is sure to keep them (and you!) happy. Find it at 1 rue du Lyret, 74400.
How to Get to Chamonix
Travelling to Chamonix with toddlers can be a simple and straightforward journey, so you will be able to get settled and start exploring within no time at all. The best route is to fly from London Gatwick to Geneva, with direct flights taking roughly 90 minutes and from prices as low as £28 with budget carriers like easyJet.
You can eliminate stress and ensure reliable passage to Chamonix by booking a shared or private transfer with Shuttle Direct from the airport. The scenic drive will take about an hour and you can then begin enjoying your special family vacation.
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