If you make it to Chamonix in the French Alps for a hiking, mountaineering or skiing holiday, why not try a piece of pie made by Charles, a local pastry chef who has honed his skills at the Chateaux Lake Louise, in Alberta, Canada and has been making delicious, home made pastries for a decade in Chamonix, France.
Steph and Charles, a French husband and wife team, work throughout the year serving gourmet pastries, specialty coffees and teas to locals and tourists alike. They offer reasonably priced meals for under 15 euros and fresh fruit juices. More than just a coffee shop, Pie has become a meeting place for many locals, tourists and shop owners stopping in for a chat, a quick espresso or a read of the local paper.
But you better get there early, meaning, don’t expect pastries to last all day.
Charles bakes early in the morning and then spends the remainder of the day serving clients.
Pie can be found at the end of the pedestrian-friendly Avenue Ravanel Le Rouge, at number 111, across from the Salomon running shop.
Off season the café is shut Monday and Tuesday. And if you need advice on where to climb, hike, or ride, just ask Charles or Steph, they are both accomplished alpinists and hikers, and know riding and hiking trails in and around the Chamonix Valley very well.