Happy Mid-Week everyone! I was busy enjoying the French Alps that I had forgotten to post a BRB announcement last Sunday – so sorry about that! I had a wonderful five days breathing in the fresh mountain air and trying snowboarding (again) with my boyfriend which I want to share with you first. We will resume our usual Pineapple Chicken long read this Sunday 🙂
Chamonix Mont Blanc Wedding
Though I have skied in the alps when I was younger this was my first-time visiting Chamonix Mont Blanc. The main village is at a height of 1,035m with cable cars going up to nearly 4,000m. Fun fact: Aiguille du Midi has the highest altitude difference of 2,807m. The town itself is bustling with a main street filled with stores and restaurants. I was genuinely surprised how large it was and with a vibrant après-ski scene of bars and pubs. Personally, I would love to come back because it is a large valley with several other “villages” and mountains to explore, including the possibility of going over to Italy. They even have their own app, which I recommend for all those who like to be up to date with the latest skiing conditions.
The raison d’être to travel all the way to Chamonix was to celebrate one of my university friend’s wedding. They are a fantastically joyful couple full of laughs and I was very honoured to have been invited to celebrate their marriage. It was my first experience of a “winter” wedding was wonderfully intimate and quaint. The ceremony took place outside under the breathtakingly beautiful snow-capped mountains and the remainder of the reception was held in a cosy cabin. I was grateful that my boyfriend and I could make it as it was an extraordinary event!
Where we stayed
I wanted to stay close to “central” Chamonix so that we were close to the shops and close to the couple/rest of the party. As a result, we selected a boutique hotel – Hotel Morgane. Overall, the reviews for the hotel were decent and the fact it had a pool attracted me in the first instance. We booked the deluxe room so that we could also have a little bit more space than just the bed. I am so glad that we did. The room was large with a separate bath and toilet, bedroom with a huge bed and TV; in addition to, the living room with a desk, wardrobe and pull out sofa bed (excuse my Instagram video below as I didn’t take proper photos!). My only feedback is that the bathroom was small, and the bath seemed old compared to the rest of the room. Other than that, the room exceeded our expectations.
The staff at reception were incredibly friendly and helpful. The hotel also offers -20% discount at the ski rental shop near the hotel which was a bonus. Furthermore, if you hired them they would deliver all your equipment to the hotel and place it in a locker located on the ground floor – now that is great service!
We managed to check out the spa area by only looking into the pool area. It looks smaller than on the website, but I think it is great that a hotel in the mountains offered an indoor pool. Unfortunately, given our busy schedule, we did not get to enjoy the facilities. Obviously, I will have to visit again so that I can enjoy the facilities (hint hint). I highly recommend this hotel if you want a home away from home, with a good size room, friendly staff and convenient location. 4.5 out of 5 pineapples!
Where we ate
- Bartavel – just off the main shopping street, this was a restaurant we found by chance when we first arrived at Chamonix. With a glass terrace and an Italian menu, we thought it would be worth trying; we were hungry by this point, so minimal thinking was involved. The menu is simple and surprisingly yummy. Your usual comfort food was executed well and piping hot (just how I like it). They also seemed to be famous for their ice cream sundaes as well. If you are looking for simple and casual eating, and not for ambience, then totally check them out! 3.75 out 5 pineapples.
- La Ferme – When in France I always crave crepes and this restaurant was conveniently located right next to the hotel. I loved it so much that my boyfriend was dragged into it twice. I didn’t have their savoury crepes, but the sweet ones were super yummy. I drool as I type this… Small and simple establishment but does what it says well. 3.5 out of 5 pineapples.
- Josephine – I was initially drawn to the restaurant located in central Chamonix on the edge of a small plaza. It reminded me of Paris and was filled with patrons enjoying the sun. I am a sucker for Parisian Cafes and it was exactly as expected; beautifully tiled floors and lights. We managed to grab a seat by the window, so I could people watch. The menu is not particularly vegetarian-friendly as their speciality was seafood. Nevertheless, the food was good and portions generous. I thought it leaned towards the expensive side, so it only gets 3.25 out of 5 pineapples.
- Little Boxes – is perfect for a quick bite to eat, their menu is made of pizzas and burgers. Located right by the Chamonix SUD bus station and Aiguille du Midi cable car, it is easy to find. I ordered the veggie burger and it was extremely yummy; though one of the best things were their fries! Nice skin on chunky chips, a perfect remedy against the cold. There is not a lot of seating inside and it got full quick at lunch, but I am not surprised why – the pizzas also looked awesome! 3.75 out of 5 pineapples.
- Le Comptoir Nordique – My boyfriend and I were extremely tired after our first snowboarding lesson, so we thought we would give the hotel restaurant a go. It had good reviews and was a bit smarter which suits for a romantic date night. The food was extremely fresh and well done. We had the Nordic Menu which was anything a-la-carte for three courses at €42 per person. We both started off with a selection of salmon and the ribs for mains. Though pricy, I thought it was worth it and was a welcome change to burgers and pasta that we had throughout the rest of the trip. The staff was extremely friendly, and the restaurant was quiet, so we managed to enjoy each other’s company in peace. 4 out 5 pineapples.
Things to try next time
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time in Chamonix; I had forgotten how wonderful it was being amongst the mountains and snow. Now that I am back in London and back to the usual routine, I am missing the scenery and planning on when I go back up to the mountains. I would love to spend more time in Chamonix and the following will be on my to-do list:
- 5 days of snowboarding lessons rather than the two we had.
- Improve my skiing or snowboarding skills so we can ski/snowboard Vallee Blanche
- To dine at the restaurant at top of Aiguille du Midi cable car
- Take the cable car to the top of Brevant Cable Car and enjoy the view of Mont Blanc
Hope you found this guide to Chamonix helpful! Have you been before? Do you have any recommendations for me if I go back? As always, I would love to hear from you!
With Sweet & Sour Love,
Pineapple Chicken x