The best restaurants, cafes and bars in Les Gets……..

Having lived in Les Gets for 8 years now, we’ve had plenty of time to try and test every eaterie and watering hole the village has to offer. Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen 2 brand new restaurants open and 2 old favourites change hands, so there’s something new to try even if you’re a Les Gets regular.

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Les Gets this coming season, this guide will help you find our favourite spots for morning coffee, lunch, apres and dinner. All of the places described are situated in the village centre, are child and pet friendly and are easily accessible for both skiers and non-skiers.

hot chocSo let’s start with morning coffee – if you fancy a brew before you hit the slopes, then pop in to Les Notes Gourmande or Wild Beets Café (which has replaced Café Alba). Both serve lovely latte’s, hot chocolates, cappuccinos and have a selection of nice teas. If you’re already hungry, Les Notes Gourmande serve delicious crepes or you can grab something healthier, like poached eggs on toast at Wild Beets (gluten free and vegan options available).

When it comes to lunch, there’s a lot of choice in the village, but we have a couple of firm Copeauxfavourites. If you’re looking for a quick bite then you can’t do better than Le 412. Tasty kebabs, panninis, wraps and burgers to eat on the terrace or take away. It’s excellent value for money- less than 10 euros for a very filling kebab/burger, chips and soft drink. If you fancy something more formal, then Les Copeaux does a tasty, well priced plat du jour and their house wine by the carafe is very quaffable! Or try their speciality ‘Lou Rapins’ – fried potato rosti accompanied by local charcuterie and cheeses – delicious! One of the new restaurants that’s appeared this year is Vina Annapurna, where we’ve enjoyed a some good plat du jour lunches – tasty food and very pleasant service.

For your apres ski drinks we highly recommend L’Apreski Bar at the foot of the slopes which offers traditional outdoor apres, live music and a selection of hot alcoholic drinksBarbylone to warm your cockles – the hot apple vodka is our favourite! We also love Barbylone where you’ll receive a very warm welcome, a lively atmosphere (you may well find yourself drinking with the ESF :>) and the biggest and best Aperol Spritz in town. They also do a good selection of local saucissons if you’re starting to feel peckish. And of course there’s Bar Bush which is always buzzing at apres time, with cheesy tunes, good vin chaud, salt & vinegar crisps and friendly faces behind the bar.

If you’re going out for dinner, again there’s a lot of choice, but having rigorously tried and tested them all, there are a few we go back to time after time. For a real treat, we have found La Pela to be unbeatable. It’s a little more expensive than other restaurants with similar menus, but is warm and cosy with fantastic service and fabulous food. In particular, the ‘Pierrade’ (where you cook your own meat and vegetables on a sizzling hot stone) is excellent and much fresher, varied and plentiful than those found elsewhere. Their fillet steak with homemade chips and your choice of sauce is always delicious too and their ‘Dessert of the Day’ and ‘Café Gourmand’ are beautifully presented and taste sensational! Sadly for us, La Pela is one of the restaurants that is changing hands for Winter 2018/19 – we’re really hoping that standards remain as high with the new owners – we’ll be in there to check it out as soon as possible and will report back on this blog!

Le Tyrol is another firm favourite, cosy and warm with a very extensive menu (this is the place if you want to try snails :>) and the best pizzas in town (wood oven). Their ‘Mont D’or’ has to be tried – it’s a full baked cheese served with charcuterie and veg to dip into it – like your own mini fondue – it’s delicious! Very well priced house wine here too!

For something a little more casual and less expensive, Le Choucas is good choice for a nice pizza or pasta dish, has an extensive icecream selection and serves well priced house wine by the carafe. Le Comptoir, which is the second new restaurant that’s opened this last year also offers reasonably priced pizza, pasta and excellent sharing platters of charcuterie and cheese.

If it’s takeaway you need, then Le Boomerang (located in the Chamois D’or hotel this season) does excellent pizzas, noodles and fish & chips. And you can have a nice G&T from their specialist gin menu whilst you wait for your food!

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog and will find our tips helpful if you visit Les Gets.

If you’ve not already booked your next visit to Les Gets, come stay with us ‘Up the Alps’ – we offer luxury self catered and catered stays – come ski with us!

Jen & Craig

The Shared Chalet Experience – Is It For You?

Autumn is here, and with the kids back at school, it’s time to start planning your next ski adventure! September and October are always the most popular months for bookings here at Chalet Virolet, where we’re happy to take both whole chalet (sole occupancy) or room by room (shared chalet) bookings. This means that if you’re a smaller group, or even just a couple, you can still enjoy the full catered chalet experience by sharing with people you don’t know (yet). Yes – that’s right – people you don’t know :>

‘Won’t it be Weird?’

Chalet Hot TubNow, we know that for some prospective guests, the thought of sharing the living area, dining table and even the hot tub with strangers, is a scary one. The most frequent question we’re asked by those who have yet to experience the shared chalet is ‘won’t it be weird?’ And we can understand that there will always be a bit of trepidation about who you might find yourselves sharing with for the week. However, speaking from 9 years hosting experience, we can honestly say that it’s never been weird! We welcome around 150 guests per year into our chalet and around 70% of these are sharing with ‘strangers’.
Group skiingWe find that time after time, following a few drinks and dinner on the first night, our guests generally get on like a house on fire and often end the week hitting the slopes together. Conversation flows easily – after all everyone has one big thing in common – SKIING!!
We’ve welcomed guests who now come as a big group but originally met on a shared chalet experience and we even have a married couple who actually met on a shared chalet holiday! The shared experience also works very well for children, who love having other kids to hang out with after a hard day’s ski and often leave as pen pals. On the whole, we find that the atmosphere on a shared week is very relaxed, sociable and fun!

‘What if we don’t like each other?’

The other question we’re asked all the time is ‘do you ever get shared groups who don’t get on?’. Again, speaking from experience on this one – the answer is ‘no’. In 9 years, we haven’t experienced a mixed group that really didn’t get on. In fact, it’s much more likelyShared chalet group for there to be discord in a big sole occupancy group! Before we started to run Chalet Virolet, we went on several shared chalet holidays ourselves and always found them very sociable, with all holiday makers (singles, couples, kids, small families) mixing well and enjoying each other’s company. Again, with skiing in common and a warm glow after a day on the slopes, a bit of après ski and a hot tub, people are really not disposed to disagreeability and in general look forward to a good chat with new friends over dinner.

But really, there MUST be some drawbacks?

To be honest, it’s hard to think of down sides to the shared chalet experience. In the past, the shared experience may well have meant sharing bathrooms and loos, but most chalet guestchalets have ensuite rooms these days, so guests still have their privacy. Yes, you might be super unlucky and land a chalet with that one person you can’t abide – but, in our experience, the chances of that are low. You can mitigate the risk by choosing your resort and chalet carefully, so that you’re likely to find yourself with like-minded guests looking for a similar standard and pace of holiday. It’s also worth mentioning that here at Chalet Virolet we offer short breaks in January and March, so if you’re not sure, you can try the shared experience for a few nights rather than a full week.

If you’re thinking about taking the plunge and booking you first shared chalet experience, then our advice would be to go for it. Who knows, you could make some fabulous new lifelong ski friends, or at least have a fun week meeting some interesting new people with similar interests.

We’d love to host you here at Chalet Virolet – just contact us to enquire.

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Craig & Jen

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