Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Chamonix

Les Houches
Ski Sensations
Le Restaurant 3842
After a room with a view? Look no further than Le Restaurant 3842, which offers sweeping panoramas with its lunches.
Chambre 9
Expect loud rock music and strong drinks at this après-ski favourite; indeed, Chambre 9 is where the after-party's at, and everyone's invited!
Hotel Les Lanchers
Proving once and for all that size doesn't matter, Hotel Les Lanchers is a boutique beauty on the outskirts of Chamonix; expect charm and comfort from the moment you check-in.
La Terrasse
Whether you want to lounge on a sofa cocktail in-hand or dance on a suitably sturdy table, La Terrasse can provide; as one of the resort's biggest and best bars, this venue is as versatile as they come.
Evolution 2
Evolution 2 has ski bunnies of all levels flocking to its classes; the all-mountain course is its crowning glory.
Ski touring
Ski touring is one of the best ways to take in the picturesque sights of the resort, without rushing past everything at breakneck speed.
Le Bistrot
Le Bistrot is run by a Michelin starred chef who knows exactly what he's doing; the proof, as they say, is in his puddings.
Rendezvous
Sleek and downright sexy, Rendezvous is the new kid on the Chamonix block; with a clean, modern aesthetic and a strictly locally-sourced menu, it's hardly surprising its reservation book is fit-to-bursting.
Alpina
Three-star doesn't necessarily mean below-par, as the Alpina proves; with comfortable rooms and an on-site spa, this is one of Chamonix's super-stays.
Sanglard Sports
As one of the region's oldest sports shops, Sanglard Sports has everything one discerning ski bunny could ever possibly need for the slopes.
Chalet Valhalla
Chalet Valhalla is one of the coolest chalets in Chamonix; located at the foot of the Vallee Blanche, it offers room for up to 16 people in super-stylish surroundings.
ESF de Chamonix
With an emphasis on on-pisted skiing, ESF de Chamonix will sharpen up your ski skills enough for you to show off on the slope.
Les Balcons du Savoy
If self-catering is more your thing, then Les Balcons du Savoy is one of the finest apart-hotels in the region; expect a four-star stay with style.
Nighttime skiing
Do it in the dark. Skiing, that is.
Le Privilege
Those looking to clink flutes of Champers without looking posh or pretentious should check out Le Privilege; bubbly stuff is served by the ice bucket-load here amid shabby chic surroundings.
L’impossible
Organic will always be hip, even in the mountains. Which is why L'impossible packs 'em in every night of the week, with a menu rammed full of the stuff.
La Bergerie de Planpraz
Tradition abounds at La Bergerie de Planpraz, where hearty man food is served up against a backdrop of mountain restaurant chic.
Munchie
Munchie is one of the hippest hotspots in Chamonix; inside is a crowd of bright young things who flock here for Asian-inspired fare and an achingly trendy scene.
Plan Joran
Fancy French fare is served with flare at Plan Joran; wash it all down with a glass (or three!) of red on the sun-soaked terrace.
Praz Sports
Ensure you've got your grubby little mitts on the most stylish ski equipment and accessories from Praz Sports, which offers the best your hard-earned Euros can buy.
Elevation 1904
Elevation 1904 is one of the most famous après ski venues in Chamonix, with plenty of al fresco seating for drunken fun in the sun.
Le Bistrot des Sports
Expect a warm welcome at Le Bistrot des Sports, which offers regional favourites on its menu and a buzzing atmosphere of locals.
L’Atmosphere
As something of a local favourite, L'Atmosphere serves up comfort food classics on a glorious, sun-soaked terrace. Be sure to bring your shades.
MBC Micro Brasserie
Looking for beautiful home-brewed beer? Call off the search! MBC Micro Brasserie can provide with more of the golden stuff than you could ever possibly drink in any one lifetime.
Les Vielles Luges
Les Vielles Luges is the perfect place to a booze-soaked lunch - if you can find it, that is.
La Bergerie
Those seeking traditional French food should head to La Bergerie, which boasts a seasonally-changing menu and a warm, intimate atmosphere that is an inviting respite from the cold outside.
Atelier Café
Set beside the shimmering river, Atelier Café is the perfect place to wind down after a morning on the slopes; light bites provide fuel for those who aren't done for the day.

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