Val Thorens Restaurants and Dining
There is a wealth of choice when it comes to food in Val Thorens, you will certainly never go hungry! Choose from about 60 places to eat in town and about a dozen on the mountain, with a host of international options joining the standard creperies, pizzerias and purveyors of traditional Savoyard fondues, raclette and tartiflette (God bless ‘em).
Too much choice? Here is the low down of where we love to eat in Val Thorens:
Val Thorens Mountain Restaurants
There are about a dozen choices in Val Thorens including the usual large cafeteria style places, such as Les Chalets du Thorens which offers something for everyone; quick and easy self-service meals and snacks are served downstairs while there is a more formal eatery upstairs for a full sit down lunch. You can warm up inside with a bowl of pasta or pizza or grab a snack such a hot dog or crepe and boost back onto the slopes.
With a massive terrace and an abundance of deckchairs it’s a great place to chill for the afternoon and wait for the après scene to kick off at adjoining bar 360.
Val Thorens of course has some great, more personal, options as well. At the bottom of the Folyeres piste you can find the La Ferme de Rosalie restaurant, a charming and traditional find where you can fill your boots with all the Savoyard classics…
If you are looking for something involving melted cheese and Vin chaud then this is your place. The Le Chalet de la Marine (+33 (0)4 79 00 01 86; chaletmarine.com) at the top of the Cascades chairlift gets a mention in three prestigious guide books (Michelin, Pudlowski and Routard) and has, in fact, just earned its first Michelin 'fourchette' (fork). It is another cosy choice for a traditional Savoyard lunch and there is also a more casual self-service option downstairs. Best of all, you can enjoy dinner on the mountain at Le Chalet de la Marine, take a hike or a snow mobile ride up and once you have fuelled up with plenty of tartiflette or fondue you can get back on your skis and enjoy a magical torch lit ride down the mountain.
Of course once you travel beyond the Val Thorens sector there are dozens more choices in the wider Three Valleys, so enjoy exploring!
Restaurants in Val Thorens
If you are looking for a culinary highlight of your trip then Val Thorens is the place to come. The town has not one but two resident Michelin starred chefs! Young chef Jean Sulpice has 2 Michelin stars and serves up fine gourmet cuisine in the Jean Sulpice Restaurant, formerly the Oxalys Restaurant (+33 (0)4 79 00 12 00) at Residence L’Oxalys, and has been cooking up a storm in Val Thorens for a while.
If you want to recreate a bit of the magic at home then Jean Sulpice even runs a cooking class on a Sunday afternoon! However he now has a little competition as Yoann Conte, who also boasts 2 Michelin stars, arrives this season as the head chef at the restaurant and bistro at the new Hotel Koh-I-Nor.
If you would like something traditional, La Fondue at the Hotel Val Thorens (+33 (0)4 79 00 04 33) serves exactly the food you’d expect from its name, and does so very well. It has the added benefit of an expansive sun terrace where you can enjoy some mountain air along with your delicious food.
Alternatively, Le Chaudron Magique at Residence Montana Plein Sud offers an exceptional standard of similarly traditional food, it is also easily accessed by those staying at Residence Village Montana, just a short stroll away.
At Le Hameau du Kashmir there is a choice of two restaurants; one offers delightful traditional fare and the other, Le Karmin, offers a sublime take on international cuisine with a great view on the terrace looking over Plein Sud. Crepes and other snacks are also served in the lounge.
If you don’t like too much fuss then try Le Montana at the nearby Residence Village Montana for superb food in similar style but more relaxed environment.
The newly renovated Fahrenheit Seven Hotel spoils for choice with 5 bars and a restaurant, including a fantastic cheese and wine bar and even a bar in the ski room!
John’s Scandinavian (+33 (0) 479 00 01 43) and John’s American (+ 33 (0) 479 00 05 15) restaurants offer a great mix of international choices, run by super friendly Danes and Swedes who serve up a great range of seafood and tex mex.
Grocery Shops in Val Thorens
There are 20 or so food outlets in the resort including several mini-supermarkets. Of these, the Sherpa in the Galerie Péclet (+33 (0)4 79 00 01 67; sherpa.net) allows you to pre-order your shopping online and collect in store, although you’ll need to know your French to do so. There’s a second Sherpa in the Quartier des Balcons (+33 (0)4 79 00 91 90) and a SPAR in Galerie Caron (+33 (0)4 79 01 04 21).
Other minimarket options are the two Supérette 8 à Huits, Rue Caron (+33 (0)4 79 00 04 19) and Résidence les Temples du Soleil; +33 (0)4 79 00 01 42); Supérette Food'Alp (Péclet; +33 (0)4 79 00 05 88) and Supérette Proxi, Chamois d'Or (+33 (0)4 79 00 20 28).
Arguably most importantly, there are also several boulangeries to give us each day our daily baguette… and croissant… and choc au pain of course! There is also an Epicerie Altineige in the Résidence L’Altineige (+33 (0)4 79 08 82 35). Lastly for sweeties it has to be the well named, ‘C’est beau, c’est bon, c’est bonbon’ in the Galerie de Péclet (+33 (0)4 79 06 51 46).