The pristine mountain town of Courchevel 1850, which forms a part of Les Trois Vallées in the French Alps, is world-famous for its plethora of excellent ski runs, Michelin-starred restaurants, and luxury chalets. Over the years, the concept of hygge, the Danish concept of cosiness and comfortable conviviality in one’s surroundings, has been gaining ground in this winter wonderland through the emergence of quaint cafes, bistros, and boulangeries. While hygge is not an indigenous philosophy that was born in this corner of France, its presence is ubiquitous — welcoming tourists to come in from the snowbound slopes and streets to experience the contentment and the tranquillity that warm hearth brings.
For a generous dose of hygge to inaugurate any trip, travellers should stop by Le Grand Café, which is located on Rue Park City. The café serves delectable Thai cuisine in a setting that perfectly combines dark burnished wood with ambient yellow lighting. The décor and layout, a subtle medley of quirkiness and stateliness, are reminiscent of a 1920s jazz bar in Hong Kong. The menu boasts global favourites such as Pad Thai and Green Curry as well as rarer delights such as cold cut fruits in Lily Koi sauce. Le Grand Café also offers a venerable selection of wines for the discerning tippler.
The next destination of choice for any tourist in search of a place to spend a frosty afternoon is L’Arbé Restaurant. This Savoyard restaurant is situated on Rue de Verdons and offers a panoramic view of the march of life in Courchevel 1850. Furnished with light wood, warm lighting, and French windows, L’Arbe’s plush interiors exemplify the characteristic hospitality of the region, coaxing visitors to wait out the storm with a good book and a cup of chocolat chaud or a bowl of traditional fondue. This establishment is very family-friendly, and children may enjoy trying out a customized menu created for them.
Boulangerie Au Pain d’Antan, which opened its doors in 1950, is the oldest bakery in Courchevel. Serving local delicacies including artisanal croquants, pains, patisseries, and viennoiseries, this boulangerie is perfect for a midday break between skiing sessions. Present in each Courchevel village, a branch of Boulangerie Au Pain d’Antan is never too far from any tourist hotspot. In addition, there is the provision of home delivery. Visitors may, therefore, choose to enjoy the boulangerie’s extensive menu from the comfort of their chosen accommodation.
To truly experience hygge in this picturesque destination, visitors should rent a luxury chalet in Courchevel 1850. One Authentic Properties offers two celebrity chalets in Courchevel: Chalet Le Blanchot and Chalet Le Coquelicot. Built with robust log work, polished glass, and mellow stone, each chalet is a masterclass in design, catering to the rarest hedonistic tastes. Both chalets come with six ensuite bedrooms, a designer kitchen, a salon with an open fireplace, a formal dining room, an indoor swimming pool, and a hot tub. Each property is serviced by a team of hospitality specialists including a non-residential chalet manager, two full-time housekeepers, a private chef, a butler, a concierge service, and an in-resort driver. Luxury car rental, helicopter transfer, and telephone calls are available à la carte. Visitors staying at either chalet, at each mesmerizing location, is certain to take back memories that will last a lifetime.