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Top Choice Viewpoint in Chamonix

Aiguille du Midi

A great broken tooth of rock rearing among the Alpine fastness of the Mont Blanc massif, the Aiguille du Midi (3842m) is one of Chamonix’ most distinctive geographical features. If you can handle the altitude, the 3…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Chamonix

MBC

Run by the last man standing of four Canadian founders, this buzzing microbrewery is one of Chamonix' most unpretentious and gregarious watering holes. Be it with their phenomenal burgers (€10 to €15), chilli-licked…
Top Choice Museum in Chamonix

Musée des Cristaux

Has a truly dazzling collection of crystals, rocks and minerals, many from around Mont Blanc. L'Espace Alpinisme focuses on the art and science of mountaineering with creative interactive displays and spectacular ph…
Top Choice Modern French in Chamonix

Le Cap Horn

Housed in a gorgeous, two-storey chalet decorated with model sailing boats – joint homage to the Alps and Cape Horn – this highly praised restaurant, opened in 2012, serves French and Asian-inflected dishes such as …
Viewpoint in Chamonix

Mer de Glace

France’s largest glacier, the 200m-deep 'Sea of Ice', flows 7km down the northern side of Mont Blanc, moving up to 1cm an hour (about 90m a year). The Train du Montenvers, a picturesque, 5km-long cog railway opened …
French in Chamonix

Les Vieilles Luges

This impossibly atmospheric 250-year-old farmhouse can only be reached on skis or by a scenic 20-minute hike from the Maison Neuve chairlift. Hunker under low wood beams to savour dishes such as grand-mère’s bœuf bo…
French in Chamonix

Crèmerie du Glacier

A wooden forest chalet is the setting for Chef Claudy's world-famous croûte aux fromages (bread drenched in a secret white-wine sauce, topped with cheese and baked) and other cheesy Savoyard delights (including nine…
Viewpoint in Chamonix

Le Brévent

The highest peak on the western side of the Chamonix Valley, Le Brévent (2525m) has tremendous views of the Mont Blanc massif, myriad hiking trails through a nature reserve, ledges to paraglide from and some vertigi…
Deli in Chamonix

Hibou Deli

This tiny shopfront kitchen, owned by a British chef, pumps out fantastic Asian and North African–inflected dishes to takeaway. The lamb mechoui is rubbed with spices and cooked over 24 hours to an almost buttery co…
Pub in Chamonix

Jekyll & Hyde

This British-owned après-ski mainstay has a split personality: upstairs the 'Jekyll' has really good pub food (try the steak-and-Guinness pie), live music (Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 9.30pm) and DJs; downst…