The BEAUTIFUL QUAIS of the Sallanche river (Sallanches)

A walk along the ūüí¶¬†quais in Sallanches makes for a perfect buggy walk or stroll with a toddler on a draisienne (see MBFF article ūüĆł BUGGY WALKS – Sallanches springtime family stroll here for a suggested route). All is very compact in the ūüŹõ centre of Sallanches – so you can take in two playgrounds, ūü¶Ć¬†Le Centre de la Nature Montagnarde¬†(currently shut for renovation; re-opening 2020), ūüďö¬†la M√©diath√®que Ange Abrate, a visit to the Tourist Office, ūüŹõ some history, ūüĆļ flowers and some riverside ‚ėēÔłŹcaf√©s and restaurants, all in one morning or afternoon visit (be sure to check the opening hours!).

Les ch√Ętaignes de Sallanches ¬© montblancfamilyfun.com

Springtime flowers & chat√Ęignes ¬†

A walk along the quais in Sallanches when the ūüĆ≥ūüĆį¬†ch√Ętaignes (chestnut trees) are in bloom is lovely, as the trees form a tapestry above one’s head, providing plenty of shade . . . the bridges across ūüí¶ the Sallanche river are also adorned with ūüĆ∑flowers, making the walk even prettier! The ūüĆ≥ūüĆį chestnut trees normally flower in early May.

The ch√Ętaignes all ligned up on the quais in Sallanches ¬© montblancfamilyfun.com
Les ch√Ętaignes de Sallanches ¬© montblancfamilyfun.com
Les ch√Ętaignes¬†de Sallanches ¬© montblancfamilyfun.com
Les ch√Ętaignes flower leaves Sallanches ¬© montblancfamilyfun.com
Les ch√Ętaignes in bloom in Sallanches ¬© montblancfamilyfun.com
The Sallanche river in Sallanches and the ch√Ętaignes¬†in bloom¬†¬© montblancfamilyfun.com

Caf√©s & restaurants along the quais ‚ėēÔłŹ

You are absolutely spoiled for choice when it comes to ‚ėēÔłŹ¬†restaurants and caf√©s along the quais in Sallanches! Starting from La Place Saint-Jacques and heading down to the playground near the Mairie, you have:

  • ‚ėēÔłŹ¬†Chez Vez (officially called the Saint-Jacques, and affectionately referred to as Chez Vez, this is an institution in Sallanches, with comfortable chairs next to the river and summer concerts);
  • ūüćį¬†Chocolat-Th√©¬†– fresh juices, cake and chocolate!
  • ūü•ó A Table restaurant;
  • ūü•ó L’Espace restaurant and bar;
  • ūüćļ¬†Le Blaireau qui Brasse bar and restaurant (known for its home-brewed beer and great burgers);
  • ūü•ü¬†Khue Dahn¬†(Vietnamese cuisine, lovely);
  • ūüćļ¬†L’M l’Atelier (great, locally-sourced food and the site of the summer event Ce soir on ferme la Rue);
  • ūüćē¬†Passion Pizza – a French-awarded pizzaiolo;

Most of these restaurants and cafés open summer terraces, which are perfect for lunch, apéros or an evening meal.


Down by the river . . .  

There are various access points down to the riverside in Sallanches, the perfect place to have an evening picnic after a hot summer’s day ( NB – do take due care down by the ūüí¶ water with small children! ).

There is a new and friendly littleūüć¶wooden ice-cream hut right by the river (open during the summer months, under new management) – ūüć¶ La Cabane √† Glaces;

© La Cabane à Glaces
Enjoying a crêpe down by the river © montblancfamilyfun.com
Riverside walk (or run!) to picnic spot © montblancfamilyfun.com
Riverside splash in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com

Sallanches Saturday Market 

A trip to ūüć鬆Sallanches’ Saturday morning market¬†(which is bustling and lovely) is one way to experience the joys of the riverside; but then you do also have to share it with all the market stalls and market-goers (not so easy on a draisienne!).

A quieter visit would be on a weekday or Sunday . . .

Sallanches Saturday market © montblancfamilyfun.com

Events & festivals along the quais

All year-round, there are¬†ūüé∂¬†festivals and events for families and children in the centre of Sallanches and often up and down the quais . . . during the summer months, we are spoiled for choice:

  • ūüéĶ¬†¬ę¬†La F√™te de la Musique¬†¬Ľ – this nationwide amateur music festival (21st July) is particularly lovely to experience along the quais in Sallanches (you can bar-hop!) / a couple of years ago, we found ourselves down by the river, with the children throwing pebbles and building a dam! (we had filthy children by the end of the evening, but they had so much fun!);
An alternative ¬ę F√™te de la Musique ¬Ľ in Sallanches!¬†¬© montblancfamilyfun.com
  • ūüĖľ¬†¬ę¬†Exposition Montagn’Arts¬†¬Ľ – June until August¬†– photography graces¬†les quais de la Sallanche . . .¬†
  • ūüéĶ¬†¬ę¬†Ce Soir on Ferme la Rue¬†¬Ľ – every first Thursday of the summer, with a different musical flavour each month, la rue Berthollet in Sallanches (next to L’M l’Atelier) shuts to traffic, to allow for dancing!¬†/ FB page;
  • ūüĆą¬†¬ę¬†Les F’estivales de Sallanches¬†¬Ľ:¬†Festivit√©s de la Saint-Jacques – from Friday 27th July to 1st August¬† La Saint-Jacques is the patron saint of Sallanches, and the town celebrates with: retraite et illuminations aux flambeaux, f√™te foraine and other animations! /¬†a huge funfair is set up in Sallanches for five days, next to the quais¬†on the Pr√© de Foire, lots of FUN!¬†
La Fête Foraine de la Saint-Jacques à Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
  • ūüĆą¬†¬ę¬†Les Enfants d’Abord¬†¬Ľ children’s festival – this year from the¬†6th to 9th August 2019¬†/ over 4 days, the quais and the centre of town in Sallanches are dedicated to children: workshops, games, spectacles! / this festival is really special and a fabulous initiative from Sallanches and all of the shop-owners and volunteers involved, and it has now been running for 24 years! / there are workshops galore, adventure games, nature games, dance, circus acts, magic, music, bouncy castles and a different spectacle each evening / themes this year:¬†tac’inette¬†is the owl mascot that guides children through the five different themed sections /¬†the fun is from 15h30 to¬†18h30¬†each day / see here for programme;
© Les Enfants d’Abord

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