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Tignes Apres-ski France

Apres Ski

Restaurants

A better selection than you might expect

Tignes now has about 60 restaurants, many of which are much-of-a-muchness, providing relatively low-cost dining for the huge number of self-catering visitors. However for gourmets the first choice must be LArbina. On its first floor this unpretentious three-star hotel has a dining room and wine list that one would be lucky to find in a good four-star property. Pat the patron is very passionate and knowledgeable about his wines especially those from the Rhone valley - and has many interesting unlisted bottles he is happy to serve to those whom he feels will appreciate them. Copies of Robert Parkers definitive guides lie on the bar for reference.

Just along from LArbina is the Clin dOeil, a tiny little restaurant with space for about 24 people run by a two-man team. The food is truly inspirational and there is an interesting and very competitively priced wine list. Les Campanules is another good restaurants in Le Lac.

The Le Caveau is one of the better places in Val Claret. The Ski dOr is a Relais & Chateaux hotel also in the Val Claret area that has a decent formal restaurant but rather more questionable decor. In Le Lavachet, La Ferme des Trois Capucines claims to be the highest year-round working farm in Europe. It also has an atmospheric restaurant, where you eat traditional Savoyard fare while watching the cows behind a glass wall.

Nightlife

In Le Lac our favourite spot is the Loop Bar & Restaurant. Now entering our 7th year, the Loop is in a prime position, right at the foot of the slopes in Tignes Le Lac. The huge sunny terrace is the perfect place to kick back with one of their famous gourmet burgers, while supping on a cold beer, Magners or Guinness. Happy Hour at the Loop is something of an institution - check out the listings and in-bar info for details of drinks promos, deals on delicious apres-food, live band and DJ sets and of course not forgetting sports.

Over in Val Claret we really like the Couloir Bar & Restaurant. Now under new management, they have assembled a super-friendly team and refurbished the bar and restaurant to a very high level. The talented kitchen team has created an imaginative and contemporary dinner menu - couple that with the extensive range of beers, wines and spirits inspired by world travel and you've got yourself a fantastic drinking and dining experience all soundtracked by feel-good funk, soul and lo-fi playlists.

For night owls, the top late-night haunts are Les Deep and Jacks Club in Le Lac and Le Blue Girl.

Non Skiers

Some alternatives for non-skiers

Tignes has plenty of alternative activities for adventurous non-skiers (and indeedskiers), including ice diving, snow rafting, ice climbing as well as aircraft and microlight flights.

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