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A Hedonist’s guide to…

Monte Rosa

Alpenstop Refuge
Alpenstop Refuge is one of Monte Rosa's newest places to eat, but that's not to say it's any less worthy of your custom; in fact, it's a must-eat with a sun-soaked terrace and a traditional menu that gets it right every time.
Amabarandanspitz
If Amabarandanspitz is good enough for locals, then it's certainly good enough for us; only the very best equipment is sold here.
Andrea Enzio
Andrea Enzio certainly knows his way around Monte Rosa's mountains; born and raised here, you'll certainly be in safe hands.
Atelier Gourmand
Atelier Gourmand is one of Monte Rosa's chicest places to chow down; inside is a candelit space that is perfect for intimate lunches.
Atelier Gourmand
Bierfall
Bierfall is one of Monte Rosa's more boisterous bars, with beer, wine and light bites packing 'em in every night of the week.
Breithorn & Mascognaz Spas
You can count on the Breithorn Hotel and Hotellerie de Mascognaz to offer superstar spa facilities; both properties will have you rested, relaxed and rejuvenated in no time.
Café du Centre
Feeling weary? Head to Café du Centre in Champoluc, where you can refuel with cocktails and light bites. You'll be ready to hit the slopes again in no time.
Caffe della Guide
Caffe della Guide may be small in size but it certainly packs a punch with a lively crowd of locals packing it out every night of the week.
Caffe delle Guide
Caffe delle Guide is as hot as hotspots get; in-the-know crowds congregate here for excellent coffee and pastries, as well as piled-high plates of plasta.
Campo Base
Campo Base is a traditional mountain restaurant given a modern twist; think floor-to-ceiling windows, eclectic interiors and a hearty menu that is sure to fill even the deepest ski boots.
Canale dell’Aquila and Eagle Couloir
Gently does it, as they say, and that's certainly the case at Canale dell'Aquila and Eagle Couloir; both offer relaxed, gentle off-piste descents.
Canalino Pilone
At just four-metres wide, Canalino Pilone requires the technique of a seasoned guide to safely navigate. Be sure to wise up before you tackle it.
Capanna Carla
Capanna Carla is everything you'd expect of a mountain restaurant, from the antique furniture through to the mouthwatering local menu.
Carlo Cugnetto
Monte Rosa-born Carlo Cugnetto is the resort's ultimate insider; together with a team of 10, he'll have you conquering these parts in no time.
Casa Nostra
Castello di Savoia
Marvel at medieval history at Castello di Savoia; it is here Queen Margherita looked out across the mountains.
Castore Lounge Bar
Castore Lounge Bar is one of Monte Rosa's more contemporary bars, with chic interiors and a funky music policy that has the mountain's trendiest movers and shakers dancing 'til the small hours.
Chiara Sport
While the extensive range of equipment and accessories on offer at Chiara Sport is impressive to say the least, it is the store's knowledgeable staff that make this place a must-visit.
Diur und Dom
Split into two sections, Diur und Dom offers both formal and casual dining under the same roof; Italian classics and a fit-to-bursting wine menu make this a perennial favourite.
Echo Travel
Despite being based in the UK, Echo Travel certainly knows its stuff when it comes to Monte Rosa; together with locally-based Alpine Guides, it single-handedly proves that knowledge is power.
Extreme Sport
Super-sleek and sexy, Extreme Sport - The Renting Philosophy is a thoroughly modern store that offers more ski and mountaineering equipment than you could ever possibly use in one lifetime.
Frantze Le Rascard
Frantze Le Rascard offers an authentic Alpine experience in the historic hamlet of Frantze.
Heli-skiing
Hotel Breithorn
Arguably the most luxurious hotel in Monte Rosa, The Breithorn has style and substance in equal measures; traditional Alpine interiors abound inside, while it's just a snowball's throw from the lifts.
Hotel Dufour
Run by one of Monte Rosa's most renowned ski guides, Hotel Dufour is popular with guided groups looking for a suitably stylish place to catch forty winks.
Hotel Villa Anna Maria
Proving once and for all that size doesn't matter, the restaurant at Hotel Villa Anna Maria is a pint-sized establishment that serves lipsmackingly good local fare; an exquisite wine list wraps things up nicely.
Hotellerie de Mascognaz
Hotellerie de Mascognaz is located in one of Monte Rosa's most historic villages, and this chalet is in keeping with its surroundings with traditional décor that has more than a hint of mountain style about it.
Ice-climbing
Fearless adrenaline junkies use whatever means necessary to climb sheer, shiny walls of ice; only the brave need apply.
Il Cristallo
Size isn't everything, and that's certainly the case at the small but perfectly formed Driade Beauty Spa; set inside the chic Cristallo Hotel, its treatment menu is one of the best in Monte Rosa.
Il Cristallo
Jolanda
While the routes at Jolanda may not be the trickiest in Monte Rosa, they are by no means boring; use these when bad weather prohibits you from being more daring.
La Balma
La Balma meanders through some of the most picturesque scenery in Alagna, but that's not to say it's any way slow-paced.
Lo Retsingnon
Forget Starbucks and other identikit coffee chains; at Lo Retsingnon you'll find real coffee and cakes for the discerning connoisseur.
Lyshaus
With river views and traditional Alpine-inspired rooms, the Lyshaus is one of Monte Rosa's most accommodating stays; an in-house restaurant finishes things off nicely.
Malfatta and Punta Vittoria
If you're looking for steep slopes, call off the search; Malfatta and Punta Vittoria offer some of the steepest in Monte Rosa, and require supreme skill to safely navigate them.
Mont Nery
Housed inside hotel Villa Fridau, Mont Nery has mountain dining all wrapped up with traditional stone and wood interiors and a menu of locally-sourced regional fare.
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NordKapp
What NordKapp lacks in physical size it certainly makes up for in glowing reputation; arguably one of the best places to refuel in Monte Rosa, the gourmet menu attracts discerning diners from far and wide.
Olen
Olen offers a wide, open piste that would please even the most hardcore adrenaline junkies.

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