Veganism has gained popularity over the last few years, thanks to growing environmental, health and animal welfare concerns. But if you’ve recently switched to a plant-based diet, how easy is it to be vegan on your ski holiday?
Ski culture hasn’t been known for its vegetarian and vegan cuisine. With cheesy fondues and hearty meat dishes the norm, is it too late for the French Alps to change its ways?
Thankfully, fine dining establishments throughout the Three Valleys are sitting up and taking notice. It’s becoming increasingly easy to find delicious dishes catering to a whole range of dietary requirements, without compromising on quality or flavour.
Here’s our pick of the best vegan fine dining spots in the Three Valleys.
Meribel Vegan Food
Meribel has a generous selection of world-class restaurants to choose from, and you may be surprised at what vegan delights you can find on the menu.
La Rond Point
An ideal spot for lunch to replenish yourself after an invigorating day on the mountain. The outdoor terrace provides the perfect setting to enjoy a sunny drink before perusing the hearty menu.
In terms of vegan options, the vegetarian burger is just what you need after an active morning on the slopes. Fresh and healthy ingredients such as quinoa, sweet potato and fennel pepper the a la carte lunch menu and the friendly staff will be more than happy to adapt dishes to make them vegan-friendly. For example, the beetroot and pea risotto could be easily adapted, as could most of the salads.
All finished off with a scoop of refreshing vegan sorbet.
If you stay around, you might be treated to a selection of the region’s best DJs as you watch the sun go down.
Restaurant opening times: 11:30-15:00 during the winter ski season
A far cry from the usual faire found in alpine ski resorts, Tsaretta does just what it says in the name, by providing a delicious punch of spice. Vegans can feast on crispy cauliflower, onion bhajis and poppadums before turning their attention to the wide range of vegetable-based curries.
Meat eaters and vegans alike are well catered for at this classy Indian restaurant.
We recommend asking your chalet team to book you a table in advance to avoid disappointment at this popular evening eatery.
Restaurant opening times: 18:00-22:30 everyday during the winter ski season
La Terrasse Brasserie, Meribel Village
A recent addition to the Meribel food scene, La Terrasse Brasserie offers a tasteful sun terrace, family-friendly menu and stunning views of the surrounding valley.
The Turkish baked aubergine dish on the lunch menu is the star of the show. Featuring tomatoes, courgette and spiced cous cous, it packs a welcome flavour punch for vegans looking for a change from salad and chips.
Several dishes on the menu such as the roasted vegetable risotto or panko crumbed jalapeno bean burger could easily be made vegan on request.
Opening times: Open from 08:45 everyday
Vegan Dining in Courchevel
Much like Meribel, the Courchevel dining scene is responding to demand and crafting exquisite vegan alternatives to add to the menu.
Bistrot Le C
This modern establishment has it all – seasonal produce, fine wine pairings and well thought-out vegan options.
The mushroom based miso broth with green beans and citrus is proudly vegan, while the mashed celeriac and black truffle vegetarian dish could be easily adapted. The roasted cauliflower side dish is a delight- just ask the chef to leave out the parmesan shavings.
Restaurant opening times: 16:00-23:00 everyday from 10 December until 20 April 2020
This traditional spot features wooden panelling and large windows which give the dining space a bright, airy atmosphere. Surprisingly, amongst the lavish meats and cheeses, there are some lighter vegan dishes to be found on the menu.
Try the soy steak with arrabiata sauce and ratatouille or the vegan soy burger with french fries and salad for a decadent meal after a day on the snow.
Restaurant opening times: 08:30-10pm everyday
In nearby Val Thorens, you’ll find this vegan-friendly lunch spot. A different look to the more glamorous restaurants to be found in the area, Supernova does laid-back eco-chic as it’s meant to be done.
The wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options includes nutty breakfast granola, healthy buddha bowls and warming soups.
Don’t miss desert, as the raw food vegan pie delivers all the sweetness without the unwanted calories.
Cafe opening times: 08:00- 19:30 daily
Your Vegan Ski Chalet Experience
When you stay at an Alpine Infusion chalet, your holiday is tailored to you, down to the very last detail.
If you opt for our fully-catered luxury package, you will be provided with your own private chef. Our chefs will be more than happy to adapt the daily menu to suit any dietary requirements you may have. That means delicious and seasonal vegan food, from breakfast to afternoon tea and four course dinners.
With our self-catered chalet weeks, you have the flexibility to cook your own favourites in the comfort of your own luxury chalet. That means eating the food you want, when you want it.
A Taste of Luxury With Alpine Infusion
To discover the culinary delights of the Three Valleys for yourself, a luxury Alpine Infusion chalet provides the perfect setting.