Courchevel 1850 is the king of cuisine when it comes to the gastronomic scene in ski resorts.
With seven Michelin-stars to its name, Courchevel is undoubtedly one of the best skiing resorts in the world when it comes to gastronomy. It is also one of the most expensive. Saying that there are some reasonably priced restaurants, although these tend to be lower down the valley. But if it's gourmet food you are after then you've come to the right resort. Home to some of the most talented chefs around, Courchevel is definitely one to tick off your gastronomic bucket list.
LA CAVE DES CREUX
Located at 2,112 metres, just above the Altiport at the top of the Gravelles chairlift, La Cave des Creux doesn’t just offer fantastic food but breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and the Courchevel Valley to match. Formerly an Alpine cheese ripening cellar, this friendly restaurant is run by brothers and local ski instructors, Florant and Boris Glise. Using high-quality produce, the menu is full of Savoyard specialities - the truffle fondue is a particular hit. Make sure you leave room for dessert though - arguably some of the best in the Alps.
If you’re looking for authentic mountain charm then Le Pilatus is the perfect place to stop for a long lunch. Situated right next to the altiport, the restaurant has a bird’s eye view of the runway and has been decorated in typical Savoyard style. You can eat inside or out on the terrace from the traditional menu with dishes such as the Pila’ burger and mouth-watering lemon meringue pie among our favourites.
LE FESTIN DES AIRELLES
Awaken your taste buds with the ultimate buffet lunch at exclusive hotel Les Airelles. At noon each day, Table des Airelles is transformed into a simply splendid buffet lunch fusing French and Italian cuisine. Feast your eyes on piles of shellfish, lobster, meat and poultry cooked in the Palace rotisserie and classic Italian cold meats and cheeses.
You are sure to receive a warm welcome at La Saulire with its fantastic team at the helm. Jacques, the owner, is renowned for being a great host and Catherine, the restaurant manager, has been running the floor for over 15 years. Chef, Benoit Redondo, delivers an exquisite menu, with several dishes paying tribute to the black truffle including a cheese fondue with fresh truffles and a whole truffle, rolled in puff pastry and served with truffle polenta.
Ideal for families and popular with the locals, L'Arbe is a quaint Savoyard restaurant in the heart of Courchevel 1850 with friendly service and an authentic French atmosphere. They specialise in meat and cheese fondues which, if you have room, should be followed up with a delicious dessert.
For that Michelin-starred experience
The only restaurant in Courchevel to hold an impressive three Michelin stars, Le 1947 at Cheval Blanc is a masterclass in contemporary cuisine. The talented chef, Yannic Alléno, combines incredible finesse with playful innovation to take you on a superb culinary adventure. With an open kitchen and only 22 diners at one time, 1947 offers a bespoke gastronomic experience for every guest.
LE KINTESSENCE AT K2 PALACE
With two Michelin-stars to its name, you can be sure of a memorable experience at Le Kintessence. Located at the renowned K2 Palace Hotel, this intimate restaurant is headed up by Jean-Rémi Caillon who takes local, refined and seasonal products to new levels. Inspiring and inventive, the dishes are expertly crafted and a true taste sensation. The restaurant is open from mid-December to mid-April for dinner only.
Located at the foot of the slopes at La Croisette, Le Tremplin’s sunny terrace is a great place to stop for a few drinks at the end of the day. They also have one of the most extensive wine lists in Courchevel, from local favourites to world-renowned grand crus. A DJ usually plays music throughout the season so expect some dancing in ski boots.
Open from 5 pm to 1 am, Bar L’Equipe is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. This bar-cum-bistro is a great place to enjoy a selection of cheese and meats with a glass of wine. With wooden beams and a roaring fire, this is the place to go when you feel the need to put the world to rights.
If you’re looking for a good night out then make a visit to La Mangeoire. Serving typical French cuisine between 8.15 pm and 10.15 pm, the music is then cranked up and the party can begin. Expect dancing on tables, staff in themed costumes and plenty of cocktails - a night to remember (or not after you’ve studied the extensive wine list…).
LES CAVES DE COURCHEVEL If you want to see and be seen, then Les Caves de Courchevel is the place to go. Open from 11pm, this is the place for the fashionable and fabulous. Themed parties take place throughout the season, from “Clique Hip-Hop & Urban” to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and with the doors not closing until 5am you can expect a few sore heads the next day.