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Places to Visit in the Local Area

Places to Visit

*Abondance village with its historic Abbey and cloisters
*The vibrant city of Geneva with fabulous shops restaurants and famous lakeside setting
*The lakeside spa towns of Evian and Thonon are both only 30 minutes away
*The medieval town of Yvoire is only 40 minutes away on the route back to Geneva
*Lake Annecy and its stunning old lakeside town are 75 mins away.
*Montreux and Lausanne on the opposite side of the lake are within an hour by car over the wonderful Pas de Morgins or you can take a leisurely sail across Lake Geneva from Thonon or Evian
*Morzine is an hour away via the Col du Corbier (worth it for the spectacular views alone)


There are a number and wide variety of shops throughout the valley. With the exception of the very large supermarkets most shops tend to close for 2 hours over lunch.

General Provisions (Abondance)

There is a boulangerie on the main road opposite the tourist information office which sells a variety of breads and cakes, and a general store in the main square. There is also a very good boulangerie on the approach to La Chapelle and a Sherpa at the far end of La Chapelle.

Butchers and Delicatessen (Abondance)

This is situated on the main road in Abondance and sells a full range of fresh meats, sausages, charcuterie, pates, cheese etc. They also do very good home cooked meals e.g pasta dishes, quiche etc. Their lasagne is superb!


The largest supermarket in the valley is the Intermarche in Chatel. It closes at 7pm but at 12.00 pm on Sundays.
There is an excellent Carrefour Hypermarket in Thonon, at the western end of the town near MacDonalds, just off main road to Geneva. It is approximately 40 minutes by car and is open throughout the day, usually until around 8.00pm. Between Douvaine and Thonon en-route to the chalet from Geneva there is another excellent Carrefour.
There is also an Intermarche in Thonon and a Super U in both Evian and Vinzier.

Restaurant Recommendations

There are many restaurants in the area, primarily in La Chapelle and Chatel. The hotel/restaurants are very welcoming though use of English varies. We've not been disappointed with any we have tried. It is advisable to book in advance, especially for larger parties. In this part of France they don't do small portions and they love their cheese. In addition to 'a la carte' all the restaurants offer a range of fixed price menus which are excellent value for money.

*Hotel de l'Abbaye (Abondance)
Menus at various set prices plus a la carte. Mostly French spoken

*Hotel Les Cornettes (La Chapelle de Abondance in the middle of the high street)
Similar to Hotel de l'Abbaye but very large portions - especially the starters - be hungry! Mostly French spoken. Staff are excellent.

*Hotel Les Gentianettes (La Chapelle de Abondance - turn left off the main road just before Les Cornettes)
Excellent local menu. Mostly French spoken.

*L'ensoleille (La Chapelle de Abondance high street)
Watch the world go by from the raised terrace. Lovely food. Mostly French spoken.

*Le Clos de Savoyard (La Chapelle by the Cret Beni ski nursery area)
Excellent either for a skiers' lunch or a peaceful summer lunch on the terrace. Also open some evenings.

*La Poya (Chatel high street just past the cinema)
Not one we've tried but recommended. NB - one of the few restaurants open all year round.

*La Fiacre (Chatel high street adjacent to the cinema).
English spoken, a la carte menu, more expensive than average but worth it.

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