The winter season is in full swing in the Alps, seasonal workers from all over the world have flocked to the mountains and now the lifts are open and the resort buzzing with the excitement of a fresh season. Meribel, situated at the heart of the Three Valleys, has much to offer: incredible skiing, top alpine views and a host of marvelous bars and restaurants to suit any customer. Here, we highlight a few of team New Gen Meribel’s favourites.
Wining & Dining in Meribel
A good day starts at Evolution. Open from 8.30, it’s a sociable place to get your morning caffeine fix or a hearty full English for those searching for the restorative powers of bacon. A gentle 50m stroll from the Chaudanne, Meribel’s lift centre, it also provides a convenient option for lunch and dinner with regular live music, tasty Plat du Jours and an excellent mojito hour.
Head to the Lodge du Village for a great out of town experience. Located at the foot of the Lapin piste, a tidy blue run down from Altiport, it is the warmest place in Meribel on a sunny day, courtesy of its sun trap terrace. With a shiny new menu, the recently refurbished La Terrasse restaurant on ground floor, serves up a great gastro-experience while the bar upstairs proves perfect for a warming hot chocolate stop or a busy apres session from 5pm onwards.
For the Euro Pop fans, get your fix at the Folie Douce. Nestled just below Saulire mid-station, this Alpine institution starts to fill the valley with music from 2pm onwards. So climb on a table, show off your finest ski boot dance moves and marvel at the view from Meribel to Mont Blanc. Be aware that drinks lean towards the pricey end of the spectrum and under 18s must be accompanies by an adult.
As the sun begins to set, make your way to the Rond Point. Conveniently situated on the main piste into Meribel Centre it is almost rude not to stop by to soak up some apres-ski ambience at one of the best venues in the Alps. Live music every day from 5, guest DJs from the global circuit and showcases from some of snowsports best men and women ensures the Ronnie is well deserving of its place at number one.
For the night owls, Meribel does not stop when the lifts do. La Taverne is one of the many bar-come-restaurants to offer an array of popular food and drinks deals, complimented by regular late night bands and DJs. Top of the list is Sunday’s fondue fest, a Savoyard speciality, best washed down by at genepi digestif.
As we roll into the early hours, the young at heart and the foolhardy can be found at O’Sullivans, Meribel’s premier late night venue and the final stop on our tour of Meribel. Famous for DJs, dancing and welcoming in the dawn chorus, it is not for the fainthearted.
Have we missed your favourite? Let us know in the comments below where you like to wine and dine while in Meribel and we can send our team of experts out for quality control purposes!