I treated my little trip to Verbier like I would any holiday, and that means judging it by its food. And boy oh boy, there is some good eating in Verbier! You're guaranteed to be able to gorge in Switzerland with the cheese, chocolate, and meat, but the resort had its own quirky little hideaways that I had to share for anyone planning on going there (or to convince you to go).
Located at the bottom of the main gondola up the mountain, Offshore is the go-to breakfast bar in the resort. It'll sort you out whatever meal of the day it is, but I think the fact that we had all three of our breakfasts here says a lot about its morning menu - I heartily recommend the Crazy Pancakes. It also has its own in-house VW Beetle, and even the butter comes in the shape of a car! Details people, details.
At the end of a day's skiing, all you want is a warming cup of hot chocolate - or in this case a bowl - and a crepe. Milk Bar does what it says on the tin: it's a small sanctuary of milk, cream, chocolate, and calories to replace the energy you've used during the day. With a miniature moving gondola and paintings of cows everywhere we couldn't decide whether the decor was Alpine chic or just plain tacky, but it's cosy and comfortable nonetheless.
You probably couldn't go far wrong with any of the beautiful restaurants in Verbier, but we really did feel like we were spoiling ourselves dining at Ecurie. With two dinner sittings a night at 7pm and 9pm, you can only imagine how busy this little wooden haven gets. The wine is delicious (and cheap), the meat is cooked to perfection, and the interior is all you expect when you're skiing in the Swiss alps. You can even see your steak being cooked from the table!
All you need to know about Du Vieux Verbier is that it has a fondue for one on the dessert menu, and although there's enough to feed the five thousand I did demolish it all on my own. We all had some form of beef steak and were in agreement that it was delicious. Vieux Verbier is of the same ilk as Ecurie, as presumably most of the restaurants are, but it has its own charm (and of course the fondue...)
Follow the glowing blue haze that spreads over the rooftops at night and you will reach Farinet. The aprés ski hotspot has an outdoor area, indoor bar, and also a basement club so it's the place to be at the end of any day. Just be prepared to pay 40 francs for 3 drinks...
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