Megève offers a huge amount of delicious restaurants and bars, it’s hard to know where to choose, and where to recommend to our guests who want to taste the best of the village. Just walking around the town you come across an abundance of menus outside restaurants, with varying prices and dishes, but here are our favourites.
Traditional Savoyard food
Le Refuge du Calvaire, situated on the beautiful Calvaire walk, is home to a large variety of delicious local dishes, including fondue, tartiflettte and raclette, alongside a large menu of other meals, all served in friendly, family-run restaurant. On sunny summer evenings, or at lunchtime, you have the option to eat on the terrace, admire the views and listen to the cowbells.
Other favourites include Le Vieux Megève and Le Bistrot de Megève for Savoyard food.
The previous Brasserie Centrale (which was everybody’s solid favourite) has recently changed hands and become Le Hibou Blanc, a gorgeous, chic new restaurant in the centre of town, which is always busy, and for a good reason. Not only does the place feel luxurious, as you sit among the sheepskin rugs, sipping the cocktail du jour, while being served by (very!) handsome, sharply dressed barmen, but it also tastes luxurious without breaking the bank. I opted for the crab, while across the table our other staff members ate frogs legs (!), burgers, salads and marinated chicken. It was a 5* experience. If you prefer to go just for a drink, you can sit on the outside or upstairs terrace which a large bar menu to choose from.
I cannot believe I only recently ate at Le Cintra for the first time – I will definitely return very soon. The bars and restaurants in Megève have some serious competition with their delicious cocktail menu and couleurs d’été summer menu, which is only 22,50€ for two dishes, or 29,50€ for all three. As you sit outside on their terrace, you really feel like part of the town – it stretches out alongside their neighbouring café, Le Petit Cintra, and into the square. Perfect to watch the world go by after spending 20 minutes choosing a wine from their impressively extensive menu! The waiters are charming and love to chat. I chose the plat du jour – a sirloin steak served with new potatoes and mushroom sauce, while Mattieu got the burger. I would highly recommend the Summer Fresh cocktail and the passionfruit Mojito!
Spaggiari has been my go-to place since it opened, and it never fails me. Quick, easy, reasonably-priced Italian food with a twist, served in a restaurant by the river which is gangster-themed, after Mr Spaggiari himself (look it up!). The toilets are through prison doors, the desks have green lawyer lamps and pens, and the décor is very nice indeed. In the summer the restaurant is all half-open – with two sides opening out on to terraces, giving it a real al-fresco dining feel. You can never go wrong with their pizzas, which are totally customisable, and their plats du jour are to die for! Their cocktails are creative and delicious, taking up about half of their menu! Families are welcome, in fact, every table is laid out with colouring pencils and black and white drawings for children and adults-alike. It’s fun, fresh and so so friendly. The manager Alain loves to chat and gets to know his clients, speaking English and French fluently. You can see why the restaurant is a huge hit in the town, and it is part of the same company as Le Tigre, Woody’s on the Princesse run (Mont d’Arbois), as well as CouCou Café by the Altiport.
Coming soon – our favourite restaurants on the pistes! Bon appetit.