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French Alps digest: festive lifestyle restaurants & latest openings

The festive ambiance of the French Alps has been greatly enriched by innovative restaurant concepts that adeptly blend high-quality gastronomic services with playful and vibrant clubbing atmosphere.

Every winter, players that operate venues near the Mediterranean see during summer migrate to the heights of the French slopes adapting their concepts to the mountains.

Each of them follows a checklist of criteria to ensure that their venue stands out above the rest, aiming to offer a unique and elevated experience:

  • Commitment into a creative architectural vision where art and design are keys: everything matters from the cocktail garnish to the display of the terraces, comfort of the lounges, type of cuisine, refined tableware, extensive Wine & Champagne list including large format offer

  • Fine dinning concepts that enhance customer dining experience often with unique signature dishes made by renowned or trendy Chefs playing with gastronomy codes to appeal to younger generations

  • Social Media trendsetters by mastering communication with buzzing videos involving skiing, partying, dining, enjoying the sun and celebrating life with a subtle mix between refinement and comedy

  • 360° customer vision involving Conciergerie services so that guests can enjoy elevated services like car and house rental, at home Wines and Spirits delivery, private ski lessons from and to the venue and more

  • Hybridation of F&B and retail concepts inside the venue such as small boutiques pop-ups showcasing jewelry, winter clothes, accessories and more

  • Elevated artistic program linked to the concept : trendy DJ lineup, Champagne and Spirits bottle shows with singers and performers

  • High level table services: Chefs de Rang, Sommeliers, Kitchen Chefs, Bartenders and Waiters with a tailored service for each client

Here are some of the concepts that have been shaping the French Alps’ festive lifestyle restaurants landscape for the past years:

Festive lifestyle restaurants

Le Piaf

Already iconic in Paris, Courchevel and Megève Le Piaf operated by PARIS SOCIETY is now opening at Les Airelles Val d'Isère for the party goers and festive ambiance seekers. With a restaurant and a cocktail bar, Le Piaf is a piano-bar with a tailor-made concept imagined in its mountain version and equipped with a refined artistic program.


The festive French Riviera atmosphere of BAGATELLE GROUP brings a smart mix between sophistication and conviviality for all epicurean bon vivant. Celebrating the South of France’s festive spirit and generous cuisine Bagatelle once again continue to seduce guests in the heights of the Courchevel slopes.


Mangeoire has been and still is a go-to festive restaurant in Courchevel with lots of comfy space, huge wine cellar and epic shows of dancers and performers. The atmosphere is luxurious and exuberant creating unique experiences and memories for the guests stepping in.

Ferme Saint-Amour

La Ferme Saint Amour located in Megève and Courchevel is the counterpart of l´Opéra Saint Tropez renowned for its exclusive and high-level energy festive ambiance. The venue is revisiting alpin codes and standards with a menu signed by Eric Frechon and daily artistic program every evening.

La Folie Douce

Celebrating 10 years of success, the notorious concept of La Folie Douce once again strikes with an extensive artistic program, exclusive DJs lineup, its Champagne bar, VIP spaces, notable sunset happy hour and live performance shows.

Cap Horn

One of the oldest altitude restaurants Cap Horn Courchevel by Maison Tournier is an unmissable place for epicurians and gastronomy food lovers. The festive atmosphere is ensured by lavish decorations, a large sunny terrasse an extensive Champagne & Wine Cellar.

New festive restaurants openings

Chalet Sauvage

Previously known as Restaurant les Mandarines, the oldest mountain restaurant in France has a new identity and owner (Annie Famose Group) under the name “Chalet Sauvage” which opened on the 17th December. Nestled directly on the Megève ski slopes, Chalet Sauvage possess a breathtaking 360 view, direct access to the ski lifts and a spectacular terrace. Elegant, fully renovated by Laurent Pelamourgues (part of the Annie Famose team for 10 years) the festive restaurant offers a vibrant after-ski ambiance: exclusive events and after hours entertainment with DJs, singers and playfull hosts.

The Group once again collaborated with Michelin-starred Chef Eric Frechon to create its gastronomic offer. Meilleur Ouvrier de France and three-Michelin stars for its restaurant The Epicure at the Bristol (Paris), the Chef proposes this time a smart mix between traditional savoyard meals and more contemporary flavors.

Indie Mountain

After the success of their five addresses in St. Tropez (Sauvageonne, Café de l´Ormeau, Playamigos, Indie Beach and Pablo), Indie Group now opening in Megève. The Saint-Tropez trio (Vincent Luftman, Raphaël Blanc and Tobias Chaix) has just launched Indie Mountain, a Chalet-restaurant offering a comforting cuisine from the buzzing celebrity Chef Diego Alary (reportedly most followed Chef on TikTok) but also the style of Indie parties! Indie Mountain has everything to seduce an epicurean affluent clientele with it´s is a wooden Chalet interior while bringing the well-known cool and festive Indie vibe.

Le Café

After opening in Megève, the historically famous brasserie Place des Lices at Saint Tropez (dating back to 1789) also opened its doors the 9th December at Courchevel 1850. Once again, the Annie Famose Group is bringing Le Café experience to the heights of the ski resort. A sunnny terrace and a felted piano-bar ambiance are welcoming affluent travelers and guests. Evenings at Le Café are marked by music and its live artists playing with Edith Piaf or Charles Aznavour songs. Le Café is also ideally located in the heart of the the four-stars Grand Hotel (Lavorel Hotels) thus adding a fragrance of French luxury touch to the lifestyle venue.

Baïes by Mangeoire

Baies opened its doors this winter bringing the Mediterranean cuisine on the heights of Courchevel. The ambiance is festive with a high-level DJs lineup (Fol Amour, Marina Diniz, & Me) and modern design such as this Wild Kong piece of art from French neo-pop artist Richard Orlinski located just outside of the venue

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