Part 2 The best mask-free outdoor eating and terraces up the Chamonix Valley


By Kirsteen Mackenzie | Aug 8th 2020

In Pt.2 of our feature on the best terraces to enjoy this summer we head up the valley for more in-depth 2020 recommendations. These terraces can be easily accessed from public transport or vehicle when staying in central Chamonix. Or, for those staying up the valley in Collineige Mazot Les Tines, Chalet Scaerie or Chalet Frasserands this is the article for you!

Where do you need to wear a mask in France and Chamonix?

Wearing a mask is compulsory in all enclosed public places, however you are NOT required to wear one when enjoying the outdoors, or when seated in restaurants or bars and social distancing is applied.

Since this week, you are also required to wear a mask when in some very central and frequented public areas, unless of course you are seated on one of restaurant terraces from our last blog (part 1. of mask free terraces in Chamonix central). Discover the map here where the red areas represent when you must wear your mask:


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NOTE: Masks are not compulsory for children 11 years and under in France. If you take public transport to get around Chamonix or elsewhere your mask is compulsory.

Les Praz de Les Bois

La Cabane des Praz (Les Praz de Chamonix)
23 Route des Golf, 74400, Chamonix / tel : 04 50 53 23 27

Fancy a round of golf? Or a round of drinks? How about some friendly but fine dining? Well the Cabane des Praz signaled by its big white polar bear is well worth a visit in Les Praz. The outdoor area, right by the golf course, has unrivalled views to the Flégère above it and beyond.


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Chalet Restaurant Le Castel (Les Praz de Chamonix)
100 Route des Tines, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / tel: 04 50 21 12 12

Of course, you have seen the picture perfect stone church in Les Praz well now you can enjoy this view and the green space in front of it when you wine and dine in style on this classy terrace space.


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Le Paradis des Praz (Les Praz de Chamonix)
In the forest between Les Praz and Tines (access from either end) / tel: 06 63 10 42 38

Remember this site is “cash only” but you can picnic here, as long as you buy drinks from the buvette, and there are plenty of treats there too. They make wonderful crèpes for example.

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La Prairie (Les Bois)
53 chemin du Lavoussé, 74400, Chamonix / tel: 04 50 53 19 96

A peaceful family hotel, located under the Aiguilles des Drus and the Aiguille Verte, and with views of Mont-Blanc. This guest house and café was built in the early 20th century by Henri Claret-Tournier, and it’s still in the family!


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Further up the valley

Hotel Excelsior (Les Tines, near Mazot Les Tines)
251 Chemin de Saint-Roch, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / tel: 04 50 53 18 36

Located in sunny, tranquil, Les Tines this hotel and its restaurant have brilliant views of Les Drus; a stunning face of the mont blanc mountain chain. To make a brilliant view and terrace even more agreeable you can even take a dip in the pool, open to dining clients this summer. From 12pm to 2pm discover the snacking menu and enjoy the open air pool and deckchairs all afternoon.

Restaurant Le Rosebud (Lavancher)
705 Route du Chapeau, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / tel : 04 50 54 03 76

Located at the Jeu de Paume Hotel at the Lavancher, the Rosebud is the perfect secret garden spot its name suggests. The service here is impeccable and the food very tasty, the area is calm and quiet. Give yourself twenty minutes to get there by car and book in advance.


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La Crèmerie du Glacier (La Moraine d’Argentière)
766 chemin de la Glacière, 74400, Argentière / tel: +33 (0) 4 50 54 07 52

This historic buvette is located in the Moraine d’Argentière.  There is a great forest walk to get here, perfect on hot sunny days as you walk under the canopy of the towering trees. You are also near the mare aux têtards” with its playground in the woods.

Le Bœrne (Tréléchamp)
288 chemin de Tréléchamps, 74400, Tréléchamps, Argentière / tel: 04 50 54 05 14

La Bœrne is a rustic gîte located in the pretty hamlet of Tréléchamps (meaning “across the fields“), just under the Col des Montets. La Bœrne was built in the 18th century, and is an old chalet d’alpage. Tréléchamps is well-known for its moaïs, wooden statues created from storm wood by Reynès Laurent.


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Le Café Comptoir (Vallorcine)
route de la Forêt Verte, 74660, Vallorcine / tel: 04 50 18 72 43

Le Café Comptoir is such a great escape from the Chamonix hustle, with a terrace that opens out onto a quiet spot in the summertime. There is great food, beautiful déco and it’s the perfect day trip destination when you combine a train ride from Chamonix and hiking in the area.


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Résidence & Spa Vallorcine Mont-Blanc (Vallorcine)
44 route des confins du Valais, 74660, Vallorcine / tel: 04 50 54 63 06

Did you know you can play mini-golf in Chamonix? Well you can if you skip to the hamlet of Vallorcine. If you are customer for food or drink at this residence you can rent out the equipment and enjoy the terrace, playground and basketball court.

Dormio - Les Portes du Mont-Blanc (Vallorcine)
210 Route du Tacul, Lieu-dit Plan de l'Envers, 74660 Vallorcine / tel :
04 50 53 4637

The Dormio restaurant is open Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday lunchtimes.
There’s no better way to work up an appetite than a few FREE laps on the pool. At Dormio, lunchtime guests have access to the pool.

>>> Pt.3 is here!