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Guidebook for Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

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Guidebook for Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Sightseeing
Take the train up to the Mer de Glace and see the stunning views and the glacier and the ice cave/grotto. A clear indication of the precarious nature our mountain glacial systems are in due to climate change as you can see the substantial retreat of the glacier.
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Mer de Glace Chemin de fer du Montenvers
35 Place de la Mer de Glace
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Take the train up to the Mer de Glace and see the stunning views and the glacier and the ice cave/grotto. A clear indication of the precarious nature our mountain glacial systems are in due to climate change as you can see the substantial retreat of the glacier.
Highest point of the Brevant-Flegere ski area, take the telepherique from the top of the Planpraz lift. Maybe get lucky seeing some wingsuit/base jumpers taking off and flying underneath the cablecar.
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Le Brévent
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Highest point of the Brevant-Flegere ski area, take the telepherique from the top of the Planpraz lift. Maybe get lucky seeing some wingsuit/base jumpers taking off and flying underneath the cablecar.
A fantastic 5* hotel. But since you're staying in a fantastic apartment nothing to feel jealous about. Treat yourself to a spa treatment and use the other facilities (in/outdoor pool)) at your leisure
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Hôtel Hameau Albert 1er
38 Route du Bouchet
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A fantastic 5* hotel. But since you're staying in a fantastic apartment nothing to feel jealous about. Treat yourself to a spa treatment and use the other facilities (in/outdoor pool)) at your leisure
Chamonix town's sport centre. You can get a variety of different packages for access to the facilities: pool, gym, climbing wall, squash courts, ice hockey ring.
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Centre Sportif Richard Bozon
214 Avenue de la Plage
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Chamonix town's sport centre. You can get a variety of different packages for access to the facilities: pool, gym, climbing wall, squash courts, ice hockey ring.
The hotel Vert often hosts the end of season parties for Chamonix locals featuring live bands and BBQ.
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Le Vert Hôtel
964 Route des Gaillands
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The hotel Vert often hosts the end of season parties for Chamonix locals featuring live bands and BBQ.
Take the Aiguille du Midi cable car for unbelievable views at 3,842m. Stand in a glass cube, or take this as your departure point for the world-famous Vallée Blanche off-piste run.
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Aiguille du Midi
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Take the Aiguille du Midi cable car for unbelievable views at 3,842m. Stand in a glass cube, or take this as your departure point for the world-famous Vallée Blanche off-piste run.
Drinks & Nightlife
An atmospheric (cosy but lively) wine bar in the heart of town along the nightlife stretch by the river. Great staff - say hi to Yvonne the owner & manager
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Bar Du Moulin
80 Rue des Moulins
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An atmospheric (cosy but lively) wine bar in the heart of town along the nightlife stretch by the river. Great staff - say hi to Yvonne the owner & manager
The quintessential Chamonix après ski bar. Features a live band most afternoons/evenings. Warning - it gets very hot and sweaty, but worth visiting at least once on your stay!
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Chambre Neuf
272 Avenue Michel Croz
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The quintessential Chamonix après ski bar. Features a live band most afternoons/evenings. Warning - it gets very hot and sweaty, but worth visiting at least once on your stay!
As described on their website - Welcome to Chamonix's Brewpub & Restaurant. Opened in March 2002, the MBC is the first Micro Brewery & Restaurant in the Mont-Blanc Region.
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Micro-Brasserie de Chamonix, MBC
350 Route du Bouchet
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As described on their website - Welcome to Chamonix's Brewpub & Restaurant. Opened in March 2002, the MBC is the first Micro Brewery & Restaurant in the Mont-Blanc Region.
This is where the crowd that dresses up for a night hangs out after the apres ski or drives up from Geneva for the weekend. Be friendly to Johan on the door and the staff inside will take care of you
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Les Caves Chamonix
80 Rue des Moulins
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This is where the crowd that dresses up for a night hangs out after the apres ski or drives up from Geneva for the weekend. Be friendly to Johan on the door and the staff inside will take care of you
Refurbished before the 2016 ski season this is a bar for skiers and locals. Next to Moo and Cambre Neuf you are in the thick of the apres ski area for bars.
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Elevation 1904
259 Avenue Michel Croz
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Refurbished before the 2016 ski season this is a bar for skiers and locals. Next to Moo and Cambre Neuf you are in the thick of the apres ski area for bars.
Craft brewing has been around for a while in Chamonix with the likes of MBC, but Beer O'Clock is a new addition. They have a top-up card system where you can "Pay as you pour" and sample a good selection of beers. Soft drinks and spirits for your friends that aren't in to beer too.
Beer O'clock chamonix
74 Avenue Ravanel le Rouge
Craft brewing has been around for a while in Chamonix with the likes of MBC, but Beer O'Clock is a new addition. They have a top-up card system where you can "Pay as you pour" and sample a good selection of beers. Soft drinks and spirits for your friends that aren't in to beer too.
Shopping
Friends staying with me without their own gear often hire from here with a wide range of winter and summer sports equipment available. A quick drive over the bridge in to town with parking on site
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Sanglard Sports Chamonix
199 Place du Mont Blanc
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Friends staying with me without their own gear often hire from here with a wide range of winter and summer sports equipment available. A quick drive over the bridge in to town with parking on site
Forgotten a key piece of ski or mountaineering gear? There are plenty of places dotted around town but this is the place everyone is most likely to point you to given the family owned history
Otavalo
163 Rue Joseph Vallot
Forgotten a key piece of ski or mountaineering gear? There are plenty of places dotted around town but this is the place everyone is most likely to point you to given the family owned history
Getting Around
Main train station where the Mont Blanc express passes through (St Gervais to Marigny, Switzerland). Don't get this one confused with the Montenvers de Glace that takes you up to the glacier!
SNCF
40 Place de la Gare
Main train station where the Mont Blanc express passes through (St Gervais to Marigny, Switzerland). Don't get this one confused with the Montenvers de Glace that takes you up to the glacier!
If your lucky with the queues (check online ahead of time) you can be in to Italy in no time! From there visit Courmayeur or head further in to the Italian lakes.
Tunnel du Mont-Blanc
If your lucky with the queues (check online ahead of time) you can be in to Italy in no time! From there visit Courmayeur or head further in to the Italian lakes.
Essentials
Main supermarket in town. Best to drive to, just double back out the way you came from Geneva on the main highway. Wider selection and cheaper. Don't forget to bring some reusable shopping bags.
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Carrefour Market Chamonix
339 Route Blanche
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Main supermarket in town. Best to drive to, just double back out the way you came from Geneva on the main highway. Wider selection and cheaper. Don't forget to bring some reusable shopping bags.
If you don't have time to get the big Carrefour out of town then the Super U tends to have most groceries and household items you'll be looking for during your stay.
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Super U
117 Rue Joseph Vallot
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If you don't have time to get the big Carrefour out of town then the Super U tends to have most groceries and household items you'll be looking for during your stay.
Food Scene
Fantastic burgers, signature pulled pork, but also, fish and veggie options. Lively après-ski bar scene too.
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MOÖ bar cuisine
239 Avenue Michel Croz
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Fantastic burgers, signature pulled pork, but also, fish and veggie options. Lively après-ski bar scene too.
Everyone I have taken to Munchie raves about it. A top restaurant you must try if your first time to Chamonix. Great mix of French and Scandi cuisine, you'll be well looked after by your Swedish host.
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Munchie
87 Rue des Moulins
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Everyone I have taken to Munchie raves about it. A top restaurant you must try if your first time to Chamonix. Great mix of French and Scandi cuisine, you'll be well looked after by your Swedish host.
Amazing pizza. Can't stop going here and getting loyalty stamps. The pizzeria looks like an old train carriage. In winter best for takeaway, in summer eat outdoors on the benches out front.
Pizzas la Roulotte
414 Rue Joseph Vallot
Amazing pizza. Can't stop going here and getting loyalty stamps. The pizzeria looks like an old train carriage. In winter best for takeaway, in summer eat outdoors on the benches out front.
The service can be typically French here, but the food is great and the atmosphere is fantastic if you're in a group and keen for some music and don't mind speaking up over the buzz from the rest of the dining room.
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Restaurant Le Cap-Horn
74 Rue des Moulins
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The service can be typically French here, but the food is great and the atmosphere is fantastic if you're in a group and keen for some music and don't mind speaking up over the buzz from the rest of the dining room.
A 2* Michelin restaurant for special occasions or if you really want to treat yourselves
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Restaurant Albert 1er
38 Route du Bouchet
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A 2* Michelin restaurant for special occasions or if you really want to treat yourselves
Parks & Nature
Parking available at the base of the Les Plenards ski area close by to the apartment. Ideal for kids and beginners.
Parking Les Planards
Parking available at the base of the Les Plenards ski area close by to the apartment. Ideal for kids and beginners.
Close by to climbing routes near the lake, an outdoor adventure park for kids of all ages.
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Parc Aventure : Accro' Park des Gaillands
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Close by to climbing routes near the lake, an outdoor adventure park for kids of all ages.