|The cheese board at La Ciboulettte|
|Squid at La Ciboulette|
|Fillet of Royal Dourade at La Ciboulette|
Chalet la Pricaz
Situated on a mountain pass high above the lake the view from Chalet la Pricaz is so amazing it is almost surreal. The lake is dazzling, the mountains awe inspiring and bells peal in the background from the grazing cows.
|Gazpacho starters overlooking Lake Annecy from high above|
The simple wooden chalet serves food made only from locally sourced organic ingredients. A complimentary amusé of gazpacho was superbly fresh and sweet. The tartiflette (€18), described by the New York Times as the “nirvana” of tartiflettes, oozed with tangy Reblochon cheese, a whiff of onion and lashings of salty diced bacon. An amazing experience.
|The nirvana of tartiflettes|
Details: Col de la Forclaz, 13km south of Annecy, France (Ph +33 (0)4 5060 7261)
Chez Ma Cousine
Another location with to-die-for views, at Chez Ma Cousine you actually sit at tables on the lake, the sound of the water lapping against the yachts moored nearby the only distraction. Unfortunately, unlike Chalet la Pricaz, the food at Chez Ma Cousine did not match up to the views. I was distinctly underwhelmed by my stringy bavette steak (€26) although the accompanying frites were crisp and golden. There was some redemption in the form of a decadent dessert of Vacherin (€11) but this was the one disappointment of our dining out in Lake Annecy.
|Great views and drinks at Chez Ma Cousine – pity about the food|
Details: Chez Ma Cousine, 2036 Route Annecy 74210 Doussard, France (Ph +33 (0)4 50 32 38 83)
|I recommend paragliding over Lake Annecy – foot modelling by me|
Gourmet Travel Tips
- Don’t stay in Annecy itself but rather stay in one of the villages on the North East side of the lake which have the sun for as long as possible in the afternoon. We stayed in Talloires which was beautiful and about 10 mins drive into Annecy.
- The weather was stunning so we went for the budget option and stayed at one of the lakeside campsites. The La Chapelle Saint Claude Campsite had wifi and a private beach area on the lake but unfortunately there were no BBQ or cooking facilities. €20 a night.
- Lake Annecy is one of Europe’s top paragliding locations. We took to the air on beginners tandem flights (€85 for 30 mins) to get a birds eye view of the lake and cliffs.