© Edward Franklin
Burgers, mainly gourmet burgers are really popular, a trend not lost in Alpe d’Huez.
From James Martin to Jamie Oliver, they've all fallen for the charms of the gourmet burger. Here’s our guide to the best that Alpe d’Huez has to offer.
Le Trappeur, is located by the DMC lift station, at the top end of town on Avenue du Rif Nel. Although it’s fairly basic and café-style in its décor, it’s definitely high-end on quality. It’s got a surf-skate-chic style to the interior and the music further adds to this. The coat hangers are skateboard wheel chucks – really cool!
The menu for has many different burgers, mostly beef-based, but there is a chicken-based option and a veggie burger. You can also get a couple of salads if you fancy but, let’s be fair, this place is all about burgers. The house speciality is the Jack Daniels burger which comprises of a 150g beef pattie, a shot of “Jack”, three rashers of bacon, a hash brown, salad, onions and barbecue sauce. All of the burgers here are available as singles, doubles and a not-for-the-faint-hearted triple burger. If you're hungry, a single burger is for you and if you are absolutely “Hank Marvin” then it’s a double – as for the triple burger, I guess a stint on a desert island may be the necessary precursor.
Le Trappeur is open from 19:00 to 22:00 and they also offer free home delivery so you can enjoy burgers in your chalet.
Smithy's Tavern is located in the heart of resort on Rue du Coulet. Ever popular with British tourists and seasonnaires alike, its fabulous burgers are available every night – they are truly mouth-watering, freshly prepared on the premises.
The burgers are all well priced and represent fabulous value for money. If you are in the mood for a challenge, then go for “The Fat Boy” – three burgers topped with a hash brown, onion rings, bacon, cheese and a fried egg – it stands at around 30cm high and is the stuff of legends in Alpe d’Huez. All the burgers come with a choice of chunky hand cut, sweet potatoes or skinny fries. They are served from 18:00 until 22:00.
For a good burger at lunchtime next to slopes, the Sandwicherie des Bergers in Les Bergers Commercial Centre is a great option. It’s only a few metres from the Marmottes 1 lift and is always busy, with a good range of menus for different burgers, sides and drinks. It’s also a popular haunt with the ESF instructors which is always a good sign.
L’Indiana Bar, down in the old town, does a couple of good burgers at very reasonable prices. They also have daily happy hours between 15:30 and 18:30, and again between 21:30 and 23:30 and, in the afternoon sunshine, the south-facing seating outside is truly glorious. L’Indiana has become really popular as one of the resort's main early evening après ski destinations.
Gaston Burger opens every day from 16:00 to 01:00 so it's good for some late-night munchies. They have a good range of burgers with over 15 different options available. Offering pretty good quality, this long-established takeaway continues to go from strength to strength.
Free home delivery is also available between 19:00 and 23:00.
Located just up from the Old Town is Baba’s Burger. Mainly operating as a takeaway, it does have seating for around eight people but these seats are at a premium as this place is always super-busy. The high quality of its burgers has seen Baba’s rapid rise up the rankings in Alpe d’Huez. The menu comprises of six different burgers plus a daily house special – everything is homemade which is evident in the quality of the burgers.