You may have spotted them this ❄️ wintertime, on the ⛄️ fronts de neige and on the ⛷ ski pistes, by 🚡 télécabines and télésièges departure and arrival points, along main roads in designated spots, or perhaps a slot at a 🍏 market . . . and come 🌷 springtime and ☀️ summertime, some of them will move to new locations: 💦 lakes or perhaps another 🏔 mountain location . . .
🥗 FOOD TRUCKS & FOOD HUTS have multiplied 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc! Some can be seen feeding the visitors at 🎶 festivals and concerts, and some you can even book for private hire! They take the form of: airstreams, vans, wooden huts, Mongolian yurts, igloos and even a trailer painted to look like a 🚡 télécabine! Some serve the staples of 🍕pizzas, 🍔 burgers, 🌭 saucisses & 🍟 frites . . . some offer 🍲 🥗 organic and 🍰 sweet treats, and some are ☕️ coffee specialists . . .
It has been really interesting (and fun!) researching this article and learning the stories behind the food trucks and huts and the passion for food of those running them! So, here in this article, are the 🥗 FOOD TRUCKS and FOOD HUTS we have happened across on our MBFF adventures . . . I shall add to this list au fur et à mesure . . .
[ 💵 good to know – many of these food trucks and huts won’t accept cards; so please be sure to bring enough small change! ]
Colour code for listings:
Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz and environs) & Vallorcine
Passy & environs
Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Le Fayet, Saint Nicolas de Véroce & environs
Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs
Les Contamines-Montjoie & environs
🇫🇷 Further France 🇫🇷
🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇨🇭
🇮🇹 Italy 🇮🇹
CHAMONIX VALLEY & VALLORCINE
☕️ Café Alpin ☕️ (Chamonix Valley)
I met with the ☕️ Café Alpin team last summer at the Chamfest festival and loved their coffee . . . their little fleet of blue vans now extends to THREE in Chamonix Valley at: 🚡 Brévent departure station, 🚡 Grands-Montets departure station and at the 🚂 Montenvers train station – and more vans are planned for next year, in other alpine resorts.
the ☕️ Café Alpin story: the the team behind ☕️ Café Alpin are coffee and ski enthusiasts, so they decided to bring quality Italian coffee, hot chocolate and English tea to the Alps – specifically to the lifts, to warm up the customers waiting in line – they come to you! The ☕️ Café Alpin vans are blue Piaggio Ape and are produced by international designers in Italy. Their coffee baristas come from all over the world and bring with them their international know-how (from coffee meccas Italy, London and Sydney – masters of the finest coffee!) . . . as Café Alpin puts it: ” As every country has its own little twist in coffee preparation, only by combining all of them together, we are able to create an extraordinary final product. Every single coffee that our baristas prepare is made with love and passion. They put their heart into it and take their time to prepare every drink. We will only serve a ☕️ perfect cup of coffee to our clients. It has to be the highest quality. It has to be extraordinary. Using our magical “snow white” cups in Alpine style, with a delicious coffee, tea or hot chocolate, we are creating a memorable experience for our clients “.
drinks served: ☕️ Café Alpin are coffee aficionados and they choose the highest quality coffee from Italy; they take their time to find the best quality products to satisfy their customers. They also serve hot chocolate and tea and small cakes;
🗺 locations: 3 ❄️ Chamonix Valley locations – 🚡 Brévent departure station, 🚡 Grands-Montets departure station and at the 🚂 Montenvers train station;
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La Crêperie DEMISEL (Chamonix Valley, Sallanches & Saint-Gervais)
This 🥞 crêperie food truck has been around since 2014, gracing the Chamonix market and other locations au Pays du Mont-Blanc!
La Crêperie DEMISEL’s story: run by Tiphaine & David, this is what they say: « Après 3 ans de rencontres, de balades et de différentes expériences professionnelles à travers le monde, c’est avec plaisir que nous retrouvons nos Alpes française. Passionnés de sport de montagne, Chamonix semble le terrain idéal. Artisans crêpiers que nous sommes, nous souhaitons désormais apporter et partager notre savoir-faire dans la vallée. Originaire de Bretagne et de sa presqu’île Guérandaise, nous travaillons dans le respect des traditions et avec des produits régionaux, bretons et savoyards. Nous vous invitons à découvrir de nouvelles saveurs et passer un moment convivial autour de notre stand. A très bientôt. »
food served: 🥞 crêpes sucrées et galettes salées, à base de farines de froment et de sarrasin produites par un artisan minotier, des produits laitiers frais et du sel de Guérande; (sweet crêpes and savoury galettes made from traditional wheat and buckwheat flour, fresh dairy products and Guérande sea salt / see menu here;
🗓 where to find La Crêperie DEMISEL: see FB page for where to find them and when . . . you can also hire the foodtruck for private events, kids’ parties, après-ski . . .
🗺 email: email@example.com / tel: +33 (0)6 95 01 81 63 / website;
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Tibet Foodtruck (Chamonix / Passy / Saint-Gervais and Megève)
New kids on the block, 🥟 Tibet Foodtruck can be found serving up its delicious momos and more at: Chamonix (Saturday morning market), at Mountain Store Passy from 12h until 14h (lunch slot), at Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc market (Thursday mornings) and at Megève’s morning market on Fridays;
food served: mainly a choice of 🥟 steamed or fried momos (Himalayan dumplings) / 95% of the products used are bio and they try to buy local products where necessary!
🗓 where to find Tibet Foodtruck: see website for where to find them and when . . . you can also hire the foodtruck for private events;
🗺 address: Chamonix market, Mountain Store Passy, Saint-Gervais & Megève markets / tel: 07 83 80 75 55 / website / FB page;
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🍕 La Roulotte (Chamonix) 🍕
🍕 La Roulotte in Chamonix (located just back from the main road rue Joseph Vallot, near Satsuki) serves pizzas au feu de bois to take away (there is a tiny area to eat on-site) . . . and it is recommended to order in advance!!!
🗺 address: 414 rue Joseph Vallot, 74400, Chamonix Mont-Blanc / tel: 06 59 56 62 38 / website / FB page;
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Le Savoie Faire (Chamonix Valley)
A little play on words for the name of this food truck (le savoir-faire = the know-how of social finesse), which is a classic 1981 Citroën Hy van that has been lovingly restored and equipped to serve street food . . . this winter, it has been stationed at the Café Comptoir restaurant in Vallorcine.
the Savoie Faire story: 🍲 Le Savoie Faire is an English couple, who have lived and worked in Chamonix for the last 25 years! They used to own a restaurant and chalet, but now they concentrate on private chef catering with their food truck . . . so these days, they come to you!
food served: 🌭 hot dogs, toasties, 🍲 soup, falafel burgers, the occasional 🐷 hog roast and more;
events: the Le Savoie Faire can be hired for weddings and other private events / they have been at 🎵 Musilac Mont-Blanc recently;
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🍕 Bab Pizza (Servoz) 🍕
Servoz locals know 🍕 Bab Pizza well . . . it is a seasonal food hut serving feu de bois pizzas, which sets up close to the 💦 Gorges de la Diosaz, at the entrance to the village (coté Plaine St Jean), from May until October . . .
Bab’s story: Bab set up Bab Pizza thirteen years ago . . . over the winter season, David (nickname Bab) is a secouriste de pistes in Les Houches (as depicted on the quirky logo: a skier spinning a pizza!). Why did he chose Servoz? Bab says that he wanted an authentic village in the Alps, without any mass tourism, somewhere with a real identity . . . a huge percentage of his clientèle is local and very loyal.
food served: a choice of around 🍕20 home-made pizzas, cooked in a four à bois / price range for pizzas: 7€ to 10€ / soft drinks and beer / to eat on-site or to take away / reservations are recommended;
🗓 opening hours: May until October, evening, 18h until 21h / shut Mondays;
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🍔 Les Chosalets airstream (❄️ Les Chosalets domaine de ski et téléski in Argentière & ☀️ Club de Tennis Chamonix) 🍔
Over the ❄️ winter season, located at the ⛷ Chosalet beginner ski area, this is an airstream serving burgers, paninis, pasta, crêpes . . . they also organise fondue evenings in the igloo and there is snowtubing and sledging on-site.
And over the ☀️ summer season, the airstream can be found at the Tennis Club de Chamonix 🎾 !
tel: 06 82 11 53 21 / FB page;
PASSY & PLAINE-JOUX
🥟 Emile Foodtruck Aventurier (Mountain Store, Passy) 🥟
Emile’s story: the Emile of this story is the food truck! He belongs to a travel-loving team, who navigate alpine roads to bring exotic food to you, and along the way make new culinary discoveries! And the folk behind Emile are also concerned to leave as small 👣 a footprint on our environment as possible: re-usable dishes and cutlery (clients bring back their dishes and at Emile, they are washed!)
food served: banh bao, boa burgers, Asian noodles and 🍲 soups, and 🍚 different dishes from around the world . . . some fusion dishes, all home-made! (Aurore, of Emile Foodtruck Aventurier, is of Laotian origin, so she loves adding an 🥟 Asian twist to her dishes!);
🗺 locations Pays du Mont-Blanc: Thursday lunchtime, Mountain Store car park (except first two weeks in August) / also available for private hire, so do give Aurore a call for your functions (she gets rave reviews!);
tel: 07 60 00 99 96 / FB page;
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🍕 Arte’pizz (Passy) 🍕
🗺 locations: Wednesdays from 18h – avenue de Saint-Martin, Passy (just after Mountain Store, direction Sallanches) / Saturdays – avenue de Genève, Le Fayet (in front of shop Point P);
tel: 07 69 74 65 94 / FB page;
SALLANCHES, COMBLOUX, CORDON & DOMANCY
🌎 Le Petit Monde (Sallanches & Domancy and Passy) 🌍
🌍 Le Petit Monde was set up to enable people to discover a selection of street food from around the world . . .
their story: Le Petit Monde was set up by a couple, Marine and Clément (one from the region, and one from the south of France), huge fans of world street food . . .
the concept: Le Petit Monde is a project, but also a concept. As well as sharing their love of food and street food, the aim of Marine and Clément is to respect the environment, to work with producers from the area using products with no pesticides, and keeping the price accessible. Waste is limited, using compostable and recylable products (you can re-use your containers);
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🍔 Goutez y Voir (Sallanches & Domancy) 🍔
A new food truck on the block, Théo’s food truck – Goutez y Voir – is to be found in Domancy and Sallanches . . .
Théo’s story: Théo gained his knowledge of the food industry with a Bac Cuisine and Ecole Hôtelière, and then gained a CAP Pâtisserie . . . after time working in the 🇨🇭 Valais, Switzerland, he returned to the region to share his love of local cuisine . . . and hereby the birth of the food truck Goutez y Voir.
food served: seasonal dishes, burgers, boîtes-apéro, pâtisseries / he sources local produce from 🏔 le Pays du Mont-Blanc as much as possible, putting first local agriculturers, butchers, cheese-makers, beer-makers . . .
🗓 opening hours & locations:
- Sallanches – 820 avenue de Genève, 74700, Sallanches;
- Domancy: La Fruitière du Mont-Blanc – 63 impasse de la Fruitière, 74700, Domancy;
- 🏰 Château & Domaine Montrottier (near Annecy) on Thursdays;
- 🏉 Rugby Club Faucigny MB – 530 avenue Albert Gruffat, 74700, Sallanches (on match days!);
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🍦 NEW for SUMMER 2019 – La Cabane à Glaces (Sallanches)🍦
🍦 La Cabane à Glaces set up this summer in the little wooden hut by the Sallanche river! There are some tables and chairs on the lovely quai, or you can head down to the river’s edge (NB – be careful with young children by the water!).
🍦 La Cabane à Glaces’ story: Tifaine was born in Sallanches and at 18 years old started working in restaurants and mountain refuges over ☀️ the summer seasons (during the ❄️ winter season she works as ⛷ a pisteur secouriste in Le Tour – Vallorcine). In 2013 she left for Australia and came back with Max, an 🇦🇺 Australian music teacher. Together they decided to take over La Cabane à Glaces over the summer months.
the concept: Max and Tif are trying their best to minimise their 👣 ecological footprint; most of the products they use are artisanal, local and / or organic.
food served:🍦artisanal ice cream, homemade 🥞 crêpes and gaufres, ☕️ organic coffee, 🍊 fresh orange juice and other organic juices, home made ice tea, 🥤 artisanal sodas and milk shakes.
🗺 address: Quai Alexandre Curral, 74700, Sallanches / FB page;
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Chez Papi on a la Frite (Sallanches)
A Belgian friterie!
🗺 address: 744 avenue de Saint Martin, 74700, Sallanches / tel: 06 37 36 86 91;
Ciné Pizza (Sallanches)
As well as the food truck, 🍕 Ciné Pizza also distributes fresh feu de bois pizzas from its machine on-site, 7 days a week, 24 hours (heated in 4mins or cold in 30 seconds)!
🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 18h and Friday and Saturday midday;
🗺 address: 1169 avenue de Genève, 74700, Sallanches / tel: 06 08 42 67 77 / website;
SAINT-GERVAIS & LE FAYET
❄️ Le Cerf Blanc (Domaine Skiable Saint-Gervais) ❄️
⛷ Le Cerf Blanc is a food hut on the Saint-Gervais ski pistes, at the top of the Télésiège Croix, with a cosy transparent igloo to keep you warm on-site!
food served: 🍔 burgers and more, Marmotte beer;
🗓 opening hours: 10h30 until 17h, winter season;
🗺 address: top of Télésiège Croix, route des Crètes, 74920, Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains / tel: 06 26 10 58 10 / website / FB page;
MEGEVE & PRAZ-sur-ARLY
❄️ Rosalita Casual Food food truck (Mont d’Arbois, Megève) ❄️
Rosalita Casual Food is a food truck located in the ⛷ Mont d’Arbois ski area of Megève, and so it is easily accessible from Megève or Saint-Gervais, by following the green pistes Lanches OR Alpage;
their story: Rosalita Casual Food’s story is a family one, as Guillaume and his brother-in-law wanted to open a mountain restaurant (his parents own an 🐄 old laiterie next to his uncle’s farm). After several months searching for the right location, the idea for a food truck seemed to come naturally to them; a way to change the way we eat on the ski pistes! And so, they found themselves a genuine airstream from 1964! This food truck is located in a quiet area, with no télésiège right on the doorstep. There is a little covered and heated terrace (to shelter during bad weather), and a lovely open terrace with transats for those sunny mountain days, to admire 🏔 Mont Charvin and the Aravis . . . and, bonus – they have some luges for children!
food served: on the menu is local cuisine, NO HAMBURGERS, but ✅ YES to frites, paninis, sandwiches, local diots, poutine, tartiflette, soup of the day, waffles, muffins and donuts, and a wide selection of soft drinks, beer and coffee. Rosalita Casual Food is invested in looking after the environment, so concentrates on short distribution distances, and biodegradable or recyclable waste / menu;
🗓 opening hours: every day until 15th April, from 9h until 16h30;
🍔 La Piste Noire snack (Le Jaillet, departure point of télésiège Christommet) 🍔
A small snack hut in the ⛷ Jaillet section of Megève ski area . . . located at the departure point of the Télésièges Christommet and Les Prés.
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🐟 Curly’s Fish & Chips (Domaine Nordique, Notre Dame de la Gorge) 🐟
[ 2020 update: sadly no longer operating! ]
Curly and Fanny’s 🐟 Curly’s Fish & Chips food truck has been a welcome addition for the anglophone community 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, and for all those interested in the famous British take-away dish of fish & chips! For those seeking other British staples, they also serve bacon & egg sandwiches! (and hot dogs, if that isn’t up your street!). The MBFF team are regular customers – we had a lovely afternoon this wintertime eating fish & chips under a snow flurry at the Domaine Nordique in Les Contamines-Montjoie (the parents ate quietly, while the boys dug holes and cuddled the huskies present);
locations: ☀️ summertime – located right next to the Parc de Loisirs du Pontet (entrance to Domaine Nordique) and on Monday and Thursday evenings from 17h at the 🏕 Camping des Écureuils (279 chemin des Doux, 74400, Les Bossons) / and in ❄️ wintertime, at the Domaine Nordique – this makes for a lovely family day out, with ski nordique, walks, huskies, a sledging zone, the pretty church at Notre Dame de la Gorge (see article FAMILY STROLLS: winter wonderlands au Pays du Mont-Blanc for more details);
food served: 🐟 fish & chips, mushy peas, curry sauce, egg and bacon sarnies, hot dogs, battered prawns (you can reserve your order in advance);
location: Domaine Nordique, Notre-Dame de la Gorge, Les Contamines-Montjoie / tel: 06 56 72 99 27 / FB page;
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🍨 Le Repaire des Curioos (Les Contamines-Montjoie) 🍦
locations: a new location for winter 2019 / 2020: the Loyers patinoire;
address: La Patinoire des Loyers, Les Contamines-Montjoie / tel: 06 56 72 99 27 / FB page;
🇫🇷 FURTHER FRANCE 🇫🇷
🇫🇷🥪 1930 (Tête du Torraz, La Giettaz) 🥪 🇫🇷
La 🏔 Tête du Torraz is a great panoramic spot for summer hikes (1930m altitude), with a 360° view of the Chaîne des Aravis . . . and in winter, it is the highest point of ⛷ La Giettaz ski station (top of Télésiège du Torraz) . . . during the ski season, you will find a snack bar, decorated to look like a 🚡 télécabine, and serving snack staples – burgers, hot dogs, paninis . . .
🍔 Le Plan B (Plan d’Eau, Queige, SAVOIE) 🍔
[ 2020 update: 🥟 Le Plan B used to be based in Praz-sur-Arly, but for the 2020 summer season, they have a new location a bit further away, in Queige, Savoie! ]
🥟 their story: 🥟 Le Plan B is Séverine Durieux and her brother-in-law Stenzin Skaldan . . . Séverine is from a hotelier background; Stenzin, on the other hand, is from 🇮🇳 Ladakh in northern India, and by trade, he is a qualified high mountain guide! He met his future French wife guiding a Himalayan trek, and then moved to France. When he is not busy with Le Plan B (🗓 opening dates December until April, ski season), he heads back to his native 🏔 Ladakh to work as a mountain guide from May until September. When this duo had decided on a food truck future, they chose a new trailer and then painted it to look like a 🚡 télécabine, in the colours of Haute-Savoie!
🎵 events: 🥟 Le Plan B was at 🎵 Musilac Mont-Blanc last year;
🍔 food served: sandwiches, burgers, 🌭 hot dogs, panini, frites, soup, donuts, crêpes, gaufres . . . and the odd Himalayan speciality, like delicious 🥟 momos!
🗺 location: Plan d'Eau, Queige, Savoie / tel: 06 33 78 18 38 / FB page;
🇨🇭 SWITZERLAND 🇨🇭
🇨🇭 La Yourte des Amis – resto et ski bar (Trient) 🇨🇭
⛺️ La Yourte des Amis is a Mongolian yurt, serving food and hosting friendly soirées, in 🇨🇭 Trient, Switzerland . . .
Anja & Raphael’s story: Anja is German and Raphael Swiss-German, and their dream was to live and work in 🏔 the mountains . . . this they have achieved with their ⛺️ Yourte des Amis, and also by working as accompagnateurs en moyen montagne (their company Happy Tracks organises snow shoe outings, hikes, canyoning. . .)
⛺️ mongolian yurt: Anja and Raphael serve their homemade food in an authentic Mongolian yurt . . . the atmosphere within the yurt is very cosy and friendly, especially on a snowy day! (the yurt can seat 20 pax). For fine weather days, there is a terrace with lovely mountain views, beanbags and hammocks;
special soirées: and they also organise lots of themed soirées like a Soirée Allemande and Soirée Karaoke!
activities offered: ❄️ wintertime – Anja and Raphael organise a sortie raquette et luge et diner dans une igloo dans la forêt. Equally, you can reserve the yurt for a private soirée (sledging, pierrade, etc . . .). Nearby is the 🛷 2km long piste de luge de Trient (transfer and sledge hire possible), ⛷ the téléski for beginner skiers (FREE!), ski de fond, snow-shoeing and other activities. ☀️ In summertime, the yurt is near the Tour du Mont Blanc paths, and nearby, you can do 🚵♀️ VTT, hiking . . . and the Refuge Peuty is nearby, for a night in a dormitory.
food served: Anja and Raphael serve homemade food . . . burgers (Swiss beef), frites, Swiss rösti, macaroni d’alpage, pasta, soup, nachos, fondue, crêpes, cake . . .
❄️ winter opening: 12h until 16h, Friday 12h until 23h, Saturday 10h until 23h and Sunday 10h until 16h;
☀️ summer opening: every day 15h until 22h and weekends midday until 22h;
NEW for summer 2020 – you can spend a night in a yurt!
🗺 address: Trient, Switzerland / tel: +41 78 719 29 83 / FB page;
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🇨🇭 Chez le Libanais (Marché de Plainpalais, Geneva) 🇨🇭
If you have a craving for 🇱🇧 Lebanese food, then a visit to Chez le Libanais at the Marché de Plainpalais in Geneva is one place to head! This ideal location means that you can enjoy also one of the many museums in the district: the MEG, the MAMCO or Contemporary Art Museum of Geneva . . . and also have a play in the playground or skatepark there (good to know – remember that on the first Sunday of every month, many of these museums and their temporary exhibitions and workshops are FREE; see here);
food served: Lebanese specialities like mezzes, falafels, hummus;
🗺 locations: Marché de Plainpalais (Geneva) – Fridays 7h until 15h AND Sundays 6h until 18h / also in Meyrin;
🗺 address: Plaine de Plainpalais, 1204, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: +41 787 922 345 / website;
🍗 Rotisseries in markets 🍗
Let’s not forget the wonderful 🍗 rotisseries to be found in our local markets! It is always fabulous to pick up a ready cooked, succulent roast chicken for lunch! Here are a couple in Sallanches, at the Saturday morning market:
🍗 Rottisserie du Marché (Sallanches market) – tel: 07 88 62 68 03 / FB page;
Next weekend, Friday 18th & Saturday 19th September 2020, a street food festival is coming to Cluses: Miam Street Food Festival! Food trucks and local suppliers will be present! / more information here;