Sainte Foy Mountain Restaurants
Considering the relatively small size of its ski area, Sainte Foy has quite a good choice of on-mountain dining options. At the top of the first chairlift (Grand Plan) there’s Les Brevetes (+33 (0)6 76 35 21 70) or Chez Leon (+33 (0)6 09 57 23 88). At the base of the slopes Les Maison a Colonnes (+33 (0)4 79 06 94 80) has been built in a typical 16th century Savoyard farmhouse. All serve good mountain dishes. The little Chalet La Foglietta (+33 (0)6 17 36 10 88) at the top of the Arpettaz chair serves up hot and cold drinks, paninis, lasagne and other snacks to take away. Off piste skiers can make their way over to Chez Merie in Le Miroir for a long lunch (see Restaurants In Town section).
Restaurants In Sainte Foy
Sainte Foy has a small but very high quality collection of about nine restaurants, shared between half a dozen small hamlets surrounding the base area, so your own transport or the local taxi service is required to get to the majority of them.
Bar Restaurant Le Perce Neige (+33 (0)4 79 06 97 47; aubergeleperceneige.lookreflex.com) is a case in point, located a few kilometres from the resort base at Viclaire on the main road from Bourg St Maurice to Val d’Isere. It serves everything from pizza to local Savoyard specialities such as reblochon en croute as well as cheese or meat fondues. Or for even more traditional dishes you could try magret of duck with blueberries, red mullet in a saffron sauce or snails flambéed in pastis.
Closer to the base of the slopes Restaurant Le Monal (+33 (0)4 79 06 90 07; le-monal.com) is one of the resort’s most popular. At the bar it serves special meals for skiers up to 4pm then in the evening it’s fine dining and Savoyards specialities on the first floor of the building, with a log fire burning and great views across to the summit of Thuria. For real connoisseurs there’s a wine cellar below which, along with fine wine tastings, can be used to host private soirees with the best foie gras, local cheese and the best oysters.
Leaving the resort itself again, Restaurant Chez Mérie (+33 (0)4 79 06 90 16) in the nearby hamlet of Le Miroir is one of Sainte Foy’s leading culinary attractions. A large Savoyard chalet which has been hosting off piste skiers from before the St Foy ski resort was built, with traditional local dishes like spicy chestnut soup and regional meat dishes. It’s available by reservation only.
If all these dining establishments sound a little too heavy weight, rest assured most offer a light menu and faster meals like pizza. l'Iceberg serves crepes.
There’s limited grocery shopping locally with just a general store in Sainte Foy. Most visitors arriving by car stock up on essentials at one of the road-side supermarkets in Bourg St Maurice, 20km before arriving at Sainte Foy.
Options in the town include a SuperU (+33 (0)4 79 07 24 11; superu-bourgsaintmaurice.com on your left as you enter Bourg St Maurice as well as an Intermarche (Lieu-dit Le Mollard: +33 (0)4 79 07 02 50). Leaving the town and heading towards Bourg St Maurice you’ll see a Lidl (377 avenue du Général Leclerc; lidl.fr) on your right.