Those who like the finer things in life often head upwards, and this is the case with Courchevel. Not only is Courchevel home to enviable skiing and designer boutiques that attract famous faces and royalty, but it also boasts the finest tables in the Alps.
It is home to no fewer than 12 Michelin-star restaurants and two of those have three stars. Coupled with its famous altiport, it’s possible to take a Courchevel helicopter trip just to sample the resort’s unparalleled gourmet offerings on a short break. Despite this incredible concentration of Michelin-recognised cuisine, Courchevel also has some exceptional low-key restaurants. We’ve selected seven of the best restaurants in Courchevel.
The exclusive Le 1947 has earned three Michelin stars for Parisian chef Yannick Alléno’s superlative Savoie mountain delicacies. He runs an open kitchen, which can be glimpsed from the five tables in this intimate venue at the Cheval Blanc Courchevel Hotel. Alléno is best known for his collaboration with wine and champagne producers, and he integrates vintages directly into his cooking rather than just pairing them with food. The gastronomic effect is unique and mouth-watering. It ensures that the 25 guests leave satisfied, having experienced the true work of an artisan in contemporary, minimalist surroundings.
Pierre Gagnaire Pour Les Airelles
Les Airelles is one of the most exclusive hotels in Courchevel, located at the top of the resort in the ultra-luxurious surroundings of the Rue du Jardin Alpin. The hotel is one of the highly-celebrated 5-star ‘palace’ status hotels, so it’s not surprising that this two-Michelin-star restaurant is among the best in the world. Naturally, the food is fit for a king (or queen) within the grand and sumptuous surroundings of Pierre Gagnaire’s restaurant. The menu has some rare ingredients and innovative combinations, which include veal filet ravioli with gorgonzola and ginger and violet artichoke with burrata. This splendid restaurant is refined elegance at its very best.
Bistrot du Praz
The simple but justifiably popular Bistrot du Praz is a rarity in that it is located at Courchevel’s lowest village, Le Praz, rather than at the top of the mountain with the high-flyers. It has a reputation as an unpretentious place to enjoy hot and cold foie gras specialities and is known as one of the best places in the Alps for classic bistro-style cuisine. The traditional Savoyard chalet certainly reigns supreme in Courchevel 1300.
Also located in Le Praz, chef-owner François Mouraux manages Azimut and has earned a well-deserved Michelin star. The bright, inviting interior is a welcome sight after a day skiing and the lovingly prepared dishes paired with wine are the best way to replenish your energy. Staff are friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The 8-course taster menu is personally selected by the chef and includes seafood, foie gras and dessert. The children’s menu is just as high quality as Azimut’s mainstay fresh, unpretentious cuisine.
The two-Michelin star Le Chabichou is a mecca for gastronomy. Michel Rochedy creates flavourful cuisine with a popular tasting menu for those who want to sample regional delicacies. The distinctive all-white double chalets that make up the Chabichou Hotel are internationally famous and blend in perfectly with the snow-capped peaks behind them. This is the place to come for five-star service right on the slopes of the most exclusive resort in France. If you’re looking for a more casual dining experience, try its companion restaurant, Bistro Le Chabotté.
Located in the plush surroundings of Le K2 Palace hotel, Le Kintessence is the ultimate foodie heaven. Jean-Rémi Caillon works his magic in the kitchen, creating inspired dishes with the highest-quality ingredients while Sébastien Vauxion creates imaginative contemporary desserts. Braised leek, smoked lake whitefish, Grenoble-style sauce with angelica and grapefruit-white beer sorbet are just a few of the delectable dishes tempting patrons. The opulent contemporary interior is a feast for the eyes and the views from the huge panoramic windows take sensory indulgence to the next level.
This restaurant might be blessed with a Michelin star but it is most beloved for its strong quality to value ratio. As such, it is popular with locals as well as discerning holidaymakers. It is located just outside Courchevel in the village of La Tania and is well worth the side trip to sample the generous and inventive cuisine. Head chef Julien Machet prepares mouth-watering dishes using only seasonal and fresh ingredients. His team works directly with producers in order to maintain the quality of their wines, vegetables and other produce. The decor is a modern and inviting take on a traditional alpine theme.