Celebrated as the Venice of the Alps, Annecy is a beautiful French town filled with canals, cobbled streets and pastel-colored houses. As one of the oldest inhabited settlements in the area, it possesses a rich historical heritage, and many charming ancient buildings too. For a dining experience steeped in history and surrounded by natural beauty, this is the place to be. From city center to countryside, here are the ten best restaurants in Annecy.
L’Auberge de Savoie
Located in the heart of Annecy, dining at L’Auberge de Savoie is like taking a breath of fresh mountain air in the middle of the bustling town. The restaurant’s blue and white interior creates a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy one of its superbly cooked seafood specialties. The open spaced dining area offers customers a great view of the surrounding ancient buildings whilst eating. The wide range of food available ensures there is something to suit every taste, from an excellent cheese course, to pizza, to lobster, and the handmade chocolates and toffees served with the coffee are very tasty. The staff are helpful and friendly, and offer excellent culinary advice.
Address & telephone: 1 Place Saint-François de Sales, Annecy, France, +33 450450305
Lunching on the open terrace of Close des Sens, under the shade of beautiful green trees, is an unmissable experience when in Annecy. Although situated a little way out of the town center, both the inventive menus and the exceptional quality of the food make it worth the trip. A mixture of ‘Terre et Lac’ (land and lake) specialties include many tasty dishes, from candied trout to local Sérac goats cheese. Although a pricier option, Close des Sens is an essential stop when visiting this part of the world.
Address & telephone: 13 Rue Jean Mermoz, Annecy-le-Vieux, France, +33 450230790
Situated by the picturesque canals of the Old Town, and built entirely from ancient timber, Le Chalet offers a magical dining experience reminiscent of the French Alps in times past. An outstanding menu is on offer here comprising typical Savoyard specialties, including Risotto de St. Jacques, Provolone and Vitello Tonnato, and Chips Maison. For historical authenticity, Le Chalet cannot be beaten.
Address & telephone: 11 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Annecy, France, +33 450518255