• Emma S

Our favourite places to visit near your Chamonix home

Food and the great outdoors play a large part in our lives which we're sure you can also relate to and what gets us most excited about Chamonix are precisely these things. Lucky for you (and us), while we've been helping to build your dream home, we've also managed to get to know the area very well and we know you will too. So we wanted to share with you some of our favourite places and local activities that surround your Chamonix home.

Conveniently located in Chamonix village is your August home. The main entrance in the pedestrian area on Avenue Ravanel le Rouge, an area popular with boutique hotel accommodation. So you can be assured the usual amenities are readily available and close by.

We do highly recommend packing your comfortables as you'll be able to enjoy leisurely strolls the pedestrian area has to offer. It will also come in handy for outdoor activities too which we'll get to a bit later.

Starting with what we do best, eating. As we know that you too share our love for eating well and local, the below recommendations are to some of our favourite grocery shopping spots. Well-known for its iconic food products produced in this very region that is The Alps. It's worth mentioning Chamonix village is very accessible and you will no doubt be very familiar with the centre soon enough however to get you started, knowing where to shop when you’re on holidays when you first arrive at your August home will make food shopping all so much of a breeze. Which we're sure your hungry family will thank you too!

Saturday food market - Chamonix centre in the Parking du Mont Blanc, from 7am to 1pm

Direct from farm to table, the Saturday food market is loved by locals and visitors. With half the market selling fruit, vegetables, local produce and the other half selling clothes, tableware and the occasional antique or collectable. It’s a great morning out for browsing, picking up fresh food or a snack like a roasted chicken or a smelly treat at the cheese caravan.

La Boucherie du Mont-Blanc -156 Rue du Dr Paccard 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

An excellent butcher with a wide range of fresh meat and gourmet delicatessen products. With over more than 50 years of quality and tradition, The Butcher of Mont Blanc is family run by Bernard and Jacques, the sons of Andre Minie. On the main street, downtown, drop in for a fine selection of wines, cheeses and regional products and be sure to call ahead for customized courses-catering and holiday orders.

Cooperative Fruitière - Chamonix Shop - 93 Rue Whymper, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

With 70 artisanal producers, this fruitière is the best place for the direct sales of dairy products and home made products manufactured in workshops located at the foot of the slopes and hiking trails.

Le Refuge Payot - 166 Rue Joseph Vallot, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc | 55 Rue du Dr Paccard, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc | Place de la Fruitière, 74310 Les Houches

With 3 shops in town, Le Refuge Payot is the go to shop selling traditional mouth-watering Savoyarde meats, cheeses and wines. It is a bit on the pricey side but great for browsing and perfect for picking up speciality items like cheese for fondue, especially cheeses made around there are the Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage and the Tomme de Savoie.

Cha’Cha’Cha - 134 Avenue Ravanel le Rouge, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

A hit since 2006 when Cha’Cha’Cha first opened its doors in the centre of Chamonix. The friendly staff are knowledgeable and very helpful. This wine bar and shop offers some of the most wonderful wines from world class French wine regions and around other parts of the world, not to mention a classic selection of fine spirits and boutique beers. Have a drink at the bar or pick up a few bottles for home, no matter what your budget is Cha’Cha’Cha will have the perfect drink for you.

There's also ample activities to do no matter the season but if you find yourself running out of ideas, the ‘la maison des guides’ (the guides house) on the main street of Chamonix can help provide you with all the information you need for all sorts of activities. Here are some of our favourites but be sure to check out all the other different activities on offer no matter the season!

The great outdoors is another place where your comfortables will come in handy, and our favourite (when we manage to get some time off) is Montenvers – Mer de Glace - France’s longest glacier. It's very impressive to be able to get so close plus the train ride is a great day out. In fact, there's a station located on the back street of your Chamonix homes, even more so the reason to jump on board!

We recommending leaving early so you get the full day as the Montenvers train gradually climbs up into the mountains along the historic cog-railway, giving you time to take in the breathtaking scenery. If you’re lucky you might even see some wild animals, maybe even the rare lynx.

Expect nothing but jaws dropping views of the Sea of Ice or also known as Mer de Glace in French. Once you’ve reached the top of the clouds, you’re welcomed with breathtaking views of the largest glacier overlooking the Chamonix Valley.

A perfect day out with your family, there are a number of hiking routes to meander around and take in the site. Be sure to ride the cable car down to explore the inside of the ice cave of wonders within the Glacier.

Hiking - The best way to see and enjoy the Chamonix valley. With countless tracks and paths, enjoy the valley this easy way by heading to the centre of Chamonix, following the river up the valley. Perfect for beginners, advanced and family fun.

Golfing - At the foot of the Alpine giants is this world-class green with an unforgettable surreal picturesque backdrop. Enjoy lunch with the family at the Club or hit a few rounds of ball. Chamonix Golf Club is not to be missed for any golfing enthusiast or pro.

Skiing - With so much to offer, the Chamonix Valley is considered to be the best freeride resort in the world. It has 5 world-class ski resorts (Grands Montets, Les Houches, Le Tour/Balme, La Flegere and Le Brevent) it’s no wonder the first-ever Winter Olympics Games were hosted here.

Mountain biking - Chamonix’s terrain is so perfect that it has a whole range of mountain bike trails for beginning or off the beaten track for advanced bikers. Enjoy downhill jumps, join guided tours, explore the valley with your family or if you’re lucky to catch the worlds hardest MTB event in late July - The Mont Blanc Race.

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With so much on offer to do, see and taste in Chamonix, we're sure it will no doubt be a favourite destination to holiday. To find out more about the August homes and to start holidaying as soon as May 2021. Get in touch or drop us an email on info@augustcollection.co.uk