You’ve spent the last 6 months training hard and treating your body as a temple getting ready for the UTMB. The last thing you want to do is fill it with junk whilst in Chamonix. After finding it difficult, especially as a vegetarian to find places that serve good, healthy nutritious food in Chamonix I put together this guide to the best places to eat in Chamonix.
Healthy Restaurants in Chamonix
This place is awesome and was our number one destination whilst we were in Chamonix. Very small but the food is both delicious and nutritious. Hibou Deli takes home-made so seriously that even the flat bread is made in house.
The menu caters for lactose-free, gluten free & vegan diets. Add to this a wide range of globally inspired dishes it means that there is something for everyone on the menu. If you still need something for desserts then they have a range of energy balls and brownies that are some of the best we have tasted.
This place was absolutely heaving on the day of the UTMB with runners getting their pre-race fix.
With an emphasis on gluten free and vegetarian pre-prepared meals, this classy café-cum-store is a great guilt-free breakfast or lunch spot!
Open daily from 8am, find fresh, organic meals such as salads with an Asian spin, freshly squeezed juices and hearty soups, all with a handy small organic speciality market to explore.
For breakfast: the muesli and yoghurt are chilled and ready to grab, while your coffee is just a button away with their automatic machine.
A healthy choice to start the day prepared for the hours ahead with a couple of smart snack purchases to meet any dietary needs and tastes…and of course your bottle of Karma Kombucha for digestion.
Address: 145 Rue des Moulins, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Telephone: +33 (0) 4 50 47 22 43
Address: 242 Avenue Michel Croz, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Telephone: +33 4 50 93 87 04
La Tête à Thé
There aren’t many vegetarian healthy restaurants in Chamonix, and the valley’s only dedicated vegetarian restaurant comes in the form of a quaint and cosy tea parlour in Argentiere.
As a vegetarian, it always feels amazing to eat at an establishment where meat has never even touched the cookware. The Tête à Thé 3-course set lunch menu is always a triumph of taste and value with mouth-watering flavour combinations, local freshness and of course a grand selection of teas to have with dessert.
Owner, chef and server Ines bakes and cooks all the cakes and dishes on site so can answer any special ingredient queries herself and is happy to turn her vegetarian dishes vegan and provide vegan options (including desserts).
Address: 120 Route du Village, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Telephone: +33 (0) 9 53 15 28 39
L’Epicerie Du Midi
Address: 50 Place de l’Aiguille du Midi
Telephone: +33 (0) 4 58 10 02 17
This American diner-style snack and coffee bar opens daily at 7am. It’s located next to the Heliopic Hotel at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi.
Think ahead to make the most of a long day with an early start of freshly-prepared, tailor-made breakfast options from fibre rich sandwiches to multi-vitamin fruit juices.
Hot beverages are plentiful with their in-store Starbucks franchise where 8.5% of its coffee is Fair Trade certified according to critics (2.5% “Ethical”).
The menu, which focuses on local flavours and products, has been selected in accordance with strict criteria to showcase the Haute Savoie savoir-faire.
Address: 64 Rue du Lyret
Telephone: +33 (0) 9 51 92 25 03
Food at Bizes is grilled on a Josper oven which has reportedly never seen a speck of gluten. The Josper may appear masculine but intensifies flavour with the delicate flair of a culinary dancer, sealing in the natural juices before they can explode on stage.
Although this method of cooking was developed specifically with meat in mind the texture and taste of the grill style vegetables it produces are also incredible.
The Bizes menu uses unique seasonings to create tantalising flavour combinations and they are happy to whip up a fine vegan meal on request.
This Swedish owned and operated outfit takes pride in their creative vegetarian menu that challenges the stock standard vegetarian offerings of most French establishments. The healthy menu offers several vegetarian options that – unlike most in France – do not involve cheese. All-in-all a modern Asian-fusion gem that serves the perfect tofu and modern sushi.
They love tofu so much it even appears on the dessert menu in the form of apple-rhubarb and ginger deep fried dumplings in a coconut vanilla sauce.
Address: 87 Rue des Moulins
Telephone: +33 (0) 4 50 53 45 41
MBC (Micro Brasserie de Chamonix)
This lively afternoon sun trap and nightly hot-spot has a fair serving of veggie options, including colossal nachos loaded with salsa, guacamole, melted cheese, jalapenos and sour cream. The cherry (tomato) on top is certainly the vegan burger, new to the menu, but already a favourite. For gluten free friends they offer all their burgers sans bun.
They also promise that their very own beers contain absolutely no animal products, a promise not all corporate competition can make as fish guts may be included in some parts of the filtering process.
As well as a wealth of healthy restaurants and cafés, Chamonix offers some good health food shops for those that want to stay in the apartment and cook.
As of January 2017, Planete Bio can be found in Chamonix Sud and is now bigger, better and more convenient.
Formerly tucked away on Route des Pecles, this established provider of fresh produce, baked goods, organic foods and vegan/vegetarian specialties is the biggest and best organic supermarket in town.
Address: Place Edmond Desailloud, Chamonix Sud
Telephone: +33 (0) 9 66 98 45 30