Au Trappeur, Rond Point des Pistes, 38750 Alpe d’huez (04 76 79 29 34). Open from 7am for toasted sandwiches, croissants and good coffee on the terrace or at the bar. A great start to the day before catching the first lift up the mountain.
Café Gourmand, La Menandiere, 38750 Alpe d’Huez (09 82 61 05 51). Great place for a quick stop-and-grab breakfast. Serves crepes, waffles, paninis and croquet-monsieurs to scoff on the ski lift or eat on the south-facing sun terrace. Wash it down with a hot chocolate, tea or coffee. Open from 8:30am.
Restaurant Les Airelles, Domaine de l’Alpe d’Huez, Vaujany, Montfrais (04 76 80 79 78). This traditional mountain hut is built into the rock and is renowned for its roaring log fire. There’s a daily set menu offering salads, soups, omelettes, grilled meats and specialities like burgers with Reblochon cheese and ‘pot au feu’ with truffles. Sit in one of three dining areas or out on the large sun terrace. From the second stage of the Vaujany-Alpe d'Huez cable car, you can reach Les Airelles by following the Les Rousses piste as far as the middle station of the cable car at Alpette, then follow signs for Montfrais. You can also get there on foot via the Montfrais bubble lift and a short travelator.
Au Ble Noir, Chemin des Bergers, 38750 Alpe d’Huez (04 57 30 00 73). Housed in a beautifully restored old barn in the centre of town, serves traditional French dishes like crepes and fondues as well as wood fire specialities. Open from 12-2pm and 7-9:30pm.
Au P’tit Creux, Chemin des Bergers, 38750 Alpe d’huez (04 76 80 62 80). Housed in a beautifully restored alpine building with a south-facing sun terrace and cosy pine interior. Typical French dishes are served for lunch and dinner and average around €48. House favourites include foie gras, carré d’agneau and mango tatin.
Au Grenier, Avenue de Brandes, 38750 Alpe d’huez (04 76 80 64 11). This reasonably priced restaurant serves traditional French dishes. Specialities include veal with Beaufort cheese and Cassolette de St. Jacques (scallop casserole). Open for lunch and dinner with a large south-facing terrace and cosy interior.
Smithy’s Tavern, Route du Coulet, 38750 Alpe d’Huez (04 76 11 32 29). This centrally located bar and restaurant appeals to all ages and has a solid reputation as a good-value eatery (mains start at €13). The Tex-Mex menu features nachos, fajitas and burritos as well as plenty of bloodier options for enthusiastic carnivors, like homemade burgers, fillet steaks and the rack of ribs. Also has a lively après-ski scene with live music. Opens from 5pm Mon-Fri; from 10am Sat; from 2:30pm Sun.
Pizza Tchao, Galerie de l’Ours Blanc, 38750 Alpe d’Huez (04 76 80 38 98). Serves a choice of 70 pizzas, as well as fondue and raclette, to eat in or takeaway. Buy four pizzas, get fifth one free.
The Underground, Chemin de la Chapelle, 38750 Alpe d’huez (04 76 80 31 19). This bar in Vieil Alpe has a cool vibe – with beer mats on the walls and snowboards on the ceiling. Popular with both locals and visitors, The Underground is a renowned bar in these parts and hosts live music most nights. It also offers Sky Sports and snacks.
The Sporting, Avenue des Jeux, 38750 Alpe d’Huez (04 76 80 33 45). This is one of the few late-night bars in town and isn’t cheap but is the place to be for VIPs and party lovers. Live DJ music most nights. Expect to pay €10 for a beer.