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Shopping in Megève is a sport as easy to practice as skiing. The very chic French winter sports resort owes its world renown, it is true, to its most fortunate clientele, since the Rothschild family decided to make it one of its favorite holiday resorts. A clientele waiting to find, in the heart of the Alps as at home, the quality of high-end products that it has a habit of consuming. In order to meet this requirement, the economy of the Middle Ages is no shortage of arguments since it has no less than 200 shops, including many refined and luxury addresses. We offer you some of the most beautiful ... Aallard : the legendary label « Made in Megève » If there is an address you will only find in Megève, but which has an international reputation, it is Aallard. It is undoubtedly the famous fashion brand from Megève which has given rise to noble chic shopping in Megève. Here we can talk about tradition, since the shop opened in 1926, the very year of the birth of Edmond of Rothschild, which will contribute greatly to the development of the station launched by his mother Noémie of Rothschild. The unique brand takes its roots very early in modernity, since Allard is the inventor in 1930 of the tapered trousers, ideal for a comfortable skiing practice. A legend was born, that of a style so characteristic in Megève, combining sportiness and elegance, and an unstoppable savoir-faire of the materials and the cut. Savoir-faire that the famous brand has subsequently declined ready-to-wear, and continues to be passed down from generation to generation within the family Allard. An excellence that cannot be missed by strolling the streets of Megève, since the shops Aallard enthroned place of the Church, such an obvious anchorage in the daily life of the station. Aallard : 148 Place de l'Église, 74120 Megève Horaires d’ouverture : Tous les jours de 10H à 13h et de 14h30 à 20h Megève, at the crossroads of luxury ready-to-wear and high-end sports brands Aallard having "made small", the sports customers of Megève however have every opportunity to diversify their wardrobe with many other brands no less prestigious, although less local. In the tradition of refined sportswear fashion that we love to find downtown, the table would not have been complete without a shop in the colors of the century-old French brand Rossignol. The historical equipment supplier of the French ski champions, from Emile Allais to Martin Fourcade via Jean Vuarnet, has diversified its activity, and since 2015 has been offering fashion collections in the "sport chic" spirit so dear to Megève. Of course Megève is the perfect French-style alloy of the city and the mountains, and its shopping tradition is in this image. Naturally, there are beautiful national and international "Fashion" addresses that have nothing to envy to the best shopping spots in Paris. For those who have not followed, Serge Blanco is not only a legendary rugby player, but also lends his illustrious name to a brand that, think again, does not sell only large polo shirts. His masculine and rather urban style is presented in his shop in a mix of Scandinavian where it is pleasant to shop. Another great name in fashion that is the pride of France around the world, Lacoste has of course also an address in Megève. For women's fashion, you will not, ladies, be less served than on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, since Hermes has settled down here in the heart of the Alps, yes. The famous luxury brand offers in Megève all that makes its success well beyond the French borders: fashion, leather goods, accessories, and of course, its inimitable Square. For a wardrobe always luxury but accessible, the store Ba&Sh is not present in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, but also in our fashion capital of Haute-Savoie. The noble materials and the "casual chic" style of the young creators Barbara Boccara and Sharon Krief are inevitably sensation in the streets of Megève. Rossignol Megève: 152 avenue Charles Feige 74120 Megève Open all year Serge Blanco Megeve: 8 Rue des 3 Pigeons, 74120 Megeve Opening hours: Everyday from 10am to 7:30 pm Hermès Megeve: 128 Place de l'Eglise, 74120 Megeve Opening hours: Every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 10h to 12h30 and from 15h to 19h Ba&Sh Megeve: 83 Rue Mgr Conseil, 74120 Megeve Opening hours: Every day from 10h to 19h Authenticity and beautiful products But the chic shopping in Megeve is not only fashion! Interior designer and decorator, Arnaud Millet defines himself as a "creative antique dealer", and his AM Design store is the perfect place to find a unique piece of furniture or lighting of high quality. The materials are noble, and the service is tailor-made, done by the workshop of the house. This time for sure, we will not bring home the same chair that we find in everyone’s house! Another skilled craftsman who brings a touch of the smell of the Alps in his suitcases, Master perfumer Alberto Morillas opened a shop of his brand Mizensir in Megève, for our greatest pleasure. This Andalusian, a native of Geneva, founded his perfume house in 1999 on Lake Geneva. Specialized in scented candles signed by great "noses", this author of unique fragrances now also offers a collection of eau de parfum, in the same ideal of a family craft at the service of luxury. AM Design: 96 Route Edmond de Rothschild, 74120 Megeve Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm Mizensir Megeve: 91 Rue Ambroise Martin, 74120 Megeve Opening hours: From 10h to 13h and from 15h to 19h Savoyard flavors for the palate And since there is no question of leaving the country of Savoy without bringing with you a few flavors so particular of its local gastronomy, we have even found two beautiful gourmet addresses for you! L’Epicurie cannot bear its name better, since this high-end gourmet boutique is full of pleasures for gourmets. Caviar from Maison Prunier, foie gras, Balik salmon, chocolates from Chapon, well-stocked cellar, but also Savoy sausages or Tomme des Bauges, the stalls of this charming grocery store cater to all the most delicate taste buds as the most curious of authentic dishes. The Flocon de Sel is probably the most popular star table in Megève. There is a shop and cellar with a fine selection of wines and spirits, among which wines of Savoir and other Chartreuse carve a good share. You will also find some delicious homemade jams, and to honor the country, a range of Opinel and Victorinox knives. The books of Chef Emmanuel Renaut, who is at the head of the 3-star restaurant Flocons de Sel, are obviously in a good position among these products. L’Epicurie: 20 Rue Saint-Jean, 74120 Megeve Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, from 9h to 13h and from 15h30 to 19h30 The Cave Flocon de Sel: 75 rue Saint Francois de Sales 74120 Megève Opening hours: All year round from 10:30 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 19:30Read more
What to do in Megève during summer when the snow has melted? The activities and charms of the resort do not lack, as for the cultural offer, it is of such richness that it does not allow a day of boredom, between hikes or excursions in the region of Savoie Mont-Blanc. If Megève is considered by institutions such as the New York Times as one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world, it is also because Megève is a city of culture. From the Megève Blues Festival to the Estivales de Megève, and the International Jazz Festival in Megève, the regulars of the Savoyard resort know that every year they will find their upscale cultural events in an exceptional setting in the heart of the Alps. at the foot of Mont Blanc. Not content with such a variety of cultural events, Megève welcomes this summer 2018 the first edition of its new festival Savoy Truffle. Beatles fans know that the "Savoy Truffle" (like the song on the famous "White Album" of 1968) is the idea of a chocolate candy so delicious that you would enjoy it without knowing how to stop. It is with the same desire that seems to have been imagined the festival of the same name in Megève, since the cultural event is multidisciplinary. Taking place from August 17 to September 2, 2018 in Megève, this 2018 edition will host for two weeks; music, cinema, literature, theater, under the sign of a thematic thread: the Pays de Savoie. The region is a haven of cultural treasures, and Megève intends to remind us. We will meet there, of course, some children of the country: the violinist Renaud Capuçon, the writer Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, among the most illustrious. The Savoy Truffle Festival will also be an opportunity to see Savoy, which has hosted the most beautiful cinema scenes, the one that inspired local artists, sportsmen and writers. A cultural festival under the sign of the summits, but accessible to all, since it does not forget to spoil the children, with a part of the program being especially dedicated to them. Savoie in the spotlight The enlightened visitors of the country are not unaware that Savoy is one of the world's foremost places of Baroque art. What's more natural then, to open the festival with a tribute to the famous composer Megevan Georg Muffat (1653-1704), student of Lully, friend of Corelli, inspirer by Bach, please. For this grand baroque opening, his Concerto Grosso and a passacaglia will be performed by the Baroque Orchestra "Les Musicians du Louvre" and harpsichordist Rebecca Maurer. The spectator fond of music of the Grand Siècle will then hear works by Gottlieb Muffat, Jean-Baptiste Lully, and finally Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. This opening concert will be held naturally in the Saint-Jean Baptiste Church of Megève, which is part of the Baroque circuit of Savoy, and where Muffat was baptized. The region is definitely not left behind musically, since among the many concerts that will be given in Megève during its festival of end of summer, one will be able, for example hear the Orchestra Accordionist of Savoy play, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Alps, or even the Orchester des Pays de Savoie. The new multidisciplinary festival will not forget to pay tribute to the beauty and paradoxical hospitality of its mountains, through a range of appointments around its history and identity. "Truffle Talks" conferences will be the occasion of interviews with the Savoyards Sylvain Saudan, mountaineer, or the historian Gabriel Grandjacques. The first, skier of the impossible, will take part in the margin of the projection of his film "The List" on the theme of "The extreme mountain", while the second will return on his book "La Montage-refuge", which traces the history of these families having found shelter in particular in Megève during the second world war. Savoyard mountains decidedly inspiring, will be recalled by film screenings filmed in the region or referring to famous pages of its history. The Megève Savoy Truffle will allow moviegoers to see or see again on the big screen Visconti's classic; Le Guépard (1963), romancing the epic of the Duke of Savoy who became king of reunited Italy. The Alps on film, it is also the occasion to savor beautiful pictures of Johnny Halliday in the "Salaud, on t’aime" (2014) by Claude Lelouch, shot in Praz-sur-Arly. Local personalities of national and international dimensions As headliners of the Megève Savoy Truffle Festival, it is not surprising to find illustrious "locals of the stage". For this first edition, the writer Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt and the musician Renaud Capuçon will make Megève the honor of their presence. Impossible to make a festival dedicated to the cultural nuggets of the Country of Savoy without the presence of one of the two illustrious Capuçon brothers, born in Chambéry. It is therefore the violinist of the siblings, Renaud Capuçon, who will perform with his pianist Guillaume Bellom, Bach, Ravel, Strauss and a sonata of Claude Debussy, which will celebrate the 155th anniversary, on the same birth day. Born in the Rhône, raised in Savoie, lecturer in philosophy at the University of Savoie, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt is at home at the foot of Mont Blanc. The Prix Goncourt 2010, will read his work "Concerto in memory of an angel" (which ends in Lake Annecy). Savoie forever, and always the music since the work tells the destiny of a jealous and proud pianist who must choose the glory or friendship of fellow violinist. The Savoyard writer will also be present alongside David Robert Coleman, conductor and composer at the Staatsoper Berlin, and Maximilian Simon, violinist, for an interview on the relationship between literature and music. A festival for the entire family The program of the Megevan festival is upscale, and definitely does not forget anyone, since even children will find their account. The organizers have thought that you may be with family in Megève this summer and have set up a "kids corner". This space dedicated to those 5 years and over will offer entertainment and cultural activities every night from 18:30 to 21h, throughout the festival. While parents will be able to enjoy their evening concert serenely, the youth program will allow youngsters to discover shows or animations designed for them. On the menu: theater with the company Pierre Caillou, the Compagnie du Corbeau, music with the Geneva Brass Quintet, or the workshop " Neither hedgehog nor doormat " in collaboration with Graines de Paix, which offers educational solutions for a lasting peace. Note that the "kids’ corner" is free for holders of a festival pass and pay (10 €) for others. After the show or workshop, children will be held and taken care of until the end of the event on the main stage. In short, attending a show in Megève this summer, for both adults and children, should not be a problem. The Mont-Blanc region, which is already full of quality cultural events, has just acquired a new multidisciplinary festival whose echo should easily resonate well beyond the peaks of Mont d'Arbois and Mont Joly.Read more
Skiing, altitude, the fresh air ... All these things create an appetite! And the Savoy is well known for being one of the departments of France where you eat well - that is to say good local produce, served in generous portions. It was enough for Méribel to become a gourmet paradise. But beware, the Savoyard fondue and tartiflette are not reputed to be light, dishes from Méribel are no less refined and delicious. Here, invigorating is not necessarily the opposite of delicate. Here are some of the best mountain restaurants, to eat well at Méribel Les Allues and Méribel Mottaret. To enjoy quality cuisine in a mountain setting - and on the terrace if the weather permits - follow the guide. Chalet Tonia A mountain restaurant as we like, warm, with good food that comforts after a morning on the slopes! Reblochon pie, Burger and dessert buffet, we do not refuse anything. If the weather is nice, what a pleasure to sit on the terrace and admire the snowy slopes. And if the weather is not nice, you just have to take refuge by the fireside ... In one case as in the other, it's happiness. Praised by regulars returning from year to year, Chalet Tonia has earned its reputation, which is second to none. We take the chairlift of Combes, we slide, and here we are direct to the Chalet. Do not forget to check the events on the Facebook page, as the concert nights at Chalet Tonia are popular. Chalet Tonia - Les combes, Mottaret, 73550 Méribel Les Allues - Tel. : +33 4 79 00 45 11 - open every day from 9am to 4.30pm Le Cèpe With a name like this, of course you have to expect beautiful and energetic specialties that are all about boletus. Hamburger with ceps, therefore, duck with ceps and vegetables ... and even a dessert with ceps? In any case gourmands are already licking their lips, until dessert (the blueberry pie is famous). We also find the Savoyard fondue, and foie gras burger. All accompanied by a beautiful wine list. This refined cuisine, presented with great care, is highly recommended as "gourmet and generous" by the Michelin Guide, in its "Simple Standing" category. Be careful to book as the quality of the food and service made the place very popular. The Cepe - Les Merisiers building, Le Plateau, Direction Altiport, 73550 - Tel.: +33 4 79 22 46 08 Le Plantin The Plantin, two forks in the Michelin Guide, combines fine cuisine and mountain decor, with chamois trophies, driftwood and traditional agricultural equipment on the walls. We warm up at the sight of the beautiful stone fireplace. The magnificent plates showcase regional products, foie gras and country ham, as well as seafood and roast beef. At lunchtime, the restaurant is accessible by ski, for a magical walk through the forest. The Plantin - Tania Road, 73550 Méribel, Les Allues - Tel. : +33 4 79 04 12 11 - open every day for lunch from 12h to 15h30 and for dinner from 19h to 23h - reservations only by email. ROK Roc and rock is the ROK! At the foot of the slopes, a warm mountain restaurant, which brings together everything you expect: terrace and sunbeds to enjoy the sun on beautiful days, good map, friendly atmosphere and friendly service. The appetite opened by the descents, we throw ourselves on delicious tartiflettes, salads with smoked salmon, grilled meats, not to mention the desserts (it is rumored that the chocolate macaroon has its fan club!). ROK - Telecabine Pas du Lac Mottaret, 73550 - Tel. : +33 4 79 00 44 81 - open every day from 11h to 17h Restaurant du Yéti In a beautiful interior decorated with blond wood, the hotel's restaurant Le Yéti offers fine brasserie-style cuisine. With extreme attention to detail, the chef serves carefully prepared small dishes. The staff is attentive and kind, and the bar has a wealth of cocktails ... Not to mention the waffles that are tasted at snack after a good day of skiing. The Yeti is also discovered in summer: the terrace is then decorated with a heated pool, a petanque terrain and games. Restaurant of Yéti - Rond-Point tracks, 73550 - Tel. : +33 4 79 00 51 15 Adray Télébar On the south-facing terrace, you can enjoy the veal escalope with mushrooms and cream that has made the reputation of this altitude restaurant. The Adray is a venerable institution in Méribel, a classic that has been open for decades - and it is always busy, so much so that it is necessary to book at noon. However, as it is the restaurant of a hotel, it is open also in the evening, unlike most mountain restaurants. We can go there once the crowds have left the slopes, for a quiet evening by the fire, or for a gourmet snack with hot chocolate, waffles and blueberry pies. Adray Télébar - Path of the Adray, 73550 - Tel. : +33 4 79 08 60 26 Le Clos Bernard The Clos Bernard, well hidden in the forest, is accessible by ski at the feet, from the chairlift Loze Express and the Track of the Animals. On Wednesday evening, Le Clos Bernard offers a Savoyard evening that begins in a magical atmosphere, with a torchlight arrival and a welcome with mulled wine. Follows a traditional Savoyard fondue, to the sound of the accordion, and all ends on the inevitable tart with blueberries. On Thursdays, there is a grill party on a wood fire, with a musical atmosphere by the fire. The Clos Bernard - Lieu-dit Les Bernards, 73550 - Tel. : +33 4 79 00 00 07 - open from 12h to 16h from Friday to Tuesday, and for dinner on Wednesday and ThursdayRead more