La Plagne Mountain Restaurants
There is loads of choice when it comes to eating on the mountain around La Plagne. As always it can get pretty busy during 12-2pm, especially on peak weeks, but otherwise you should be fine and you can always book ahead at some of the table service eateries if you are worried about getting a spot or if you have a big group.
We’ve been told time and time again about Chalet des Verdons Sud above Champagny where you can warm up by the fire inside on a chilly day or bask in the sunshine on the terrace when it is nice. The food is excellent and the service is friendly, definitely worth a visit.
Another favourite is the Forperet, above Montalbert which is an old farm offering exceptional versions of customary dishes such as tartiflette.
If you are looking for something really intimate and don’t mind heading off the beaten track then head down Cul du Nant towards Champagny (its off piste, take a guide) and try out the Refuge du Laisonnay. You’ll find the rustic mountain experience at its best, enjoy traditional Savoyard cuisine cooked over an open fire.
Restaurants in La Plagne
La Plagne offers about 100 places to eat, as always spread through the ten different bases. The options range from simple, family friendly, creperies and pizzerias through to gourmet establishments.
A local favourite is the Matafan (+ 33 (0)4 79 09 09 19) at Belle-Plagne which was the first bar-diner in the area in 1980. Its name comes from the Patois word for a potato pancake that the farmers ate in the morning before going to work in the fields, a dish that as legend has it “keeps the hunger away.” The Matafan’s menu is composed of traditional Savoyard specialities and semi-gastronomic dishes in the evening. Its puddings are great too.
Another recommendation in Belle Plagne is the Carlina Hotel restaurant where Chef Frédéric Grillet offers exciting dishes with refined flavours. In Plagne centre Le Chaudron wins our vote with a great selection of traditional picks which can be enjoyed on the terrace when the sun is out.
If you are looking for something a little different then there are a few international choices to be found, including Moroccan and Mexican options.
More than likely in La Plagne, you will be staying in self-catering apartments. It is worth checking out the cooking facilities before you go shopping as some won’t have things like a full oven (pretty important to know before you try and roast your Christmas turkey!)
Each of La Plagne’s bases has a selection of food shops including mini-supermarkets where you can get all you’ll need for the week. You should also find a few boulangeries for your daily croissant, baguette and pain-au-chocolat each morning.
Examples of good local establishments includes Le Garde Manger (+33 (0)4 79 04 11 81) in Aime la Plagne which offers a fondue, raclette and cheese and potato gratin take away service.