There are many reasons to go to Annecy and one that might be less well-known (for now, get in quick while you can) is gastronomy. Fresh fish from the lake, alpine cheeses, locally grown wines, génpi – a sort of gin/absinthe hybrid liqueur with a kick, farms galore, numerous artisan producers, chefs drawn to the amazing array of seasonal produce, saffron is grown in the valleys as well as other herbs including cumin and dill. It’s not easy choosing where to eat out in Annecy as there’s such a great choice, but these tried and tested places will definitely tickle your taste buds!
Where to eat out in Annecy
Lunch: Midget, Cave à Manger, is the perfect place for a light lunch tapas style, and a glass of wine. Run by sommeliers Benjamin and Karin it’s friendly, local and delicious. 4 Quai Madame de Warens
Dinner: Whatever you do, don’t miss the locals favourite: La Brasserie Irma, Bocuse Brasserie (top photo). Yes that Bocuse. Irma, the mother of legendary French chef Paul Bocuse was born in Annecy and lived here before moving to Lyon. The fabulous restaurant which opened in 2020, nestles on the edge of Lake Annecy with fabulous views. It’s the locals favourite secret. You can get a takeaway for a feast on the beach opposite, enjoy aperitifs on a pontoon in the lake, relax in the garden or dine inside the bright interior. The food is superb. Avenue du Petit Port
Wine and Dine
Feel like a celeb and take a river taxi across the lake at sunset to eat like a lord at 1903 in Talloires.It’s the bistro of the legendary Michelin starred Auberge du Père Bise and star chef Jean Sulpice’s dishes are guaranteed to make you feel good.
Head out of town to Manigod and the Chalet-Hotel La Croix-Fry gastronomic restaurant to be utterly and thoroughly spoiled. Dine out on the deck overlooking the Aravis mountain valley or inside the cosy restaurant with its grand wood fire and beautiful décor. Indulge in delicious dishes made with fresh regional products, ceps, Manigodine cheese, fish from nearby Lake Geneva, divine reblochon cheese pie and wild mountain fruits.
Aperitifs in Annecy
There’s so much choice but the locals tip is to head to the pretty rue Sainte-Claire.
Or head to Talloires to enjoy a wine tasting in a historic cellar with one of France’s top sommeliers, Charly, at the 18th century Abbaye de Talloires Hotel. There’s a cosy piano bar and gorgeous terrace shaded by lime trees overlooking the lake. Afterwards stay for dinner at the stunning gourmet restaurant.
Coffee in Annecy
There’s loads of choice but a few favourites are:
Aux Roseaux du Lac famous for its chocolate-coffee roseaux (reeds) sweets. 6, rue du Lac
Make like the locals and enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee at the Buvette de Marché, the oldest café in Annecy. 20 Rue Sainte-Claire, 74000 Annecy.
Le Boutik Hotel has a lovely little cafe and terraced area which is perfect for Sunday brunch. Reserve in advance as it’s popular leboutikhotel.com
Taste of Annecy at home
A few recipes to take your tastebuds for a tour from your kitchen:
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Cycle round lake Annecy, where to stop en route…
The ancient Chateau de Menthon-Saint-Bernard