Situated in the Rhône-Alpes region, Annecy is a beautiful French town with a rich and varied history. Quaint cobbled streets, curving canals and impressive ancient buildings have fast made it a sought after spot for tourists to explore. With its winding waterways likened to those in Venice, what better place to sit back with a drink and enjoy the stunning views? From city chic to cozy and countrified, here is our list of the 10 best bars in Annecy.
Frequented by both tourists and locals, La Buvette du Marché is a great stop if you are looking for a high-quality coffee or cold drink. Designed in the style of a typical French cafe, excellent hot chocolate and cappucinos are served in large, pretty cups. Breakfast is highly recommended here too, with a wide selection of tasty croissants and baked goods available, and there is a very good assortment of homemade preserves.
A family owned establishment since 1978, Savoie Bar is a welcoming and traditional bistro serving an array of old-fashioned cocktails, an impressive selection of scotches, and a good choice of wine. With remarkably helpful staff, and tasty gin cocktails renowned throughout Annecy, it’s no wonder the place is always brimming with customers. Excellent French cuisine is also available here, with particularly popular dishes including the perch and the sea bass.
Folie Royale is a tea room rather than a bar, and is a great spot in which to relax and enjoy a drink with friends. Although not cheap, the quality here is unbeatable, evident when tasting the delicious hot chocolate and homemade chocolate treats. The tea salon is run by a local couple and is tastefully decorated with items from their travels, adding to the personal feel of the place. Art expositions are often held close to Folie Royale, and the excellent English level of all staff here make it a top choice for international visitors.
If searching for a good wine to accompany delicious seasonal French food, Vinistrot should be your place of choice. The owner, a trained sommelier and wine expert, serves all wine personally with every dish. Although much more than a drinking spot, with an exquisitely decorated dining room and high-quality cuisine on offer too, Vinistrot is an excellent spot in which to relax with a glass of wine. Choose from a robust selection of Merlots, Montepulcianos, Chardonnays and Riojas, among many others. Its central location makes it extremely accessible from all areas.
The Captain Pub is the perfect spot to sample a first-rate beer in Annecy, with a huge selection of over 200 on offer. More than 80 different cocktails are also available at the Irish establishment, as well as many different champagne concoctions. Whisky is plentiful too, with Ardbeg and Yamazaki varieties available, among many others. Pop and rock music plays here and there are two large terraces on which to relax.
If you are an art lover then a visit to La Nef des Fous is essential when visiting Annecy. With an effortlessly modern design, refreshing cocktails and interesting art exhibitions, this is a place bursting with creativity. The bar has a small picturesque terrace from which customers can enjoy the lovely French landscape, and the dishes on offer are as inventive and eye-catching as the artwork it displays, including great tartines and caesar salads. Unusual French wines are a speciality here, and there is a diverse selection on offer by the glass.
Le Munich is a German pub offering 13 draft beers, 95 beer choices, and 69 varieties of rum. Since opening in 1979 it has become an extremely popular spot: with tables set alongside the canals of the city, it’s a great place to soak up the sun whilst relaxing with a drink. Weekly deals and cheap prices ensure value for money here. If feeling peckish, why not try the ‘killer burger’, a tasty meal that is sure to satiate your appetite.
Known primarily as a successful restaurant, La Maison also features a first floor bar offering a choice of more than 300 wines from around the world. The owner’s wish was reportedly to make the place an alcove for wine lovers, and it certainly succeeds. A sommerlier serves drinks and dispenses helpful advice, ensuring every diner makes a wine choice which is right for them. Creative cocktails are also available, and with the suffused lighting and elegant decor, La Maison is a top choice in which to relax and unwind with a wine.
With a refined style, good music, and a great happy hour, Jaipur Cafe is the perfect spot for some fun with friends, whether on ‘French night’ Wednesdays, ‘English night’ Thursdays, or ‘Spanish night’ Fridays. The cocktail prices are extremely affordable, and the cafe often offers further drink discounts.The disco nights are a must for dance enthusiasts, and the mojitos are highly recommended, particularly of the basil and ginger variety.
Located in the historical center of the city, Le Petit Chalet is a great place to take a break when exploring Annecy. There are both indoor and outdoor dining areas, giving the chance for customers to have a relaxing drink in the sun. Although fairly expensive, the quality of beverages available combined with the beautiful rustic interior creates a charm is worth paying a little extra for. The frogs legs are highly recommended, as well as the tasty mushroom risotto.