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The Annecy food and drink guide

Annecy is renowned for a number of attractions including historical landmarks, a crystal clear lake, and stunning scenery.

However, most importantly for the foodies among us – incredible restaurants and bars await! The charming cobbled streets are lined with endless options, making it hard to choose just one spot to dine at.

Luckily, our team of locals have narrowed down the best places to eat and drink in Annecy for you. Discover our top picks below…

The best Annecy restaurants

Brasserie des Européens

Style: Both traditional and contemporary/ seasonal cuisine
Location: 4 Espl. de l’Hôtel de ville, 74000 Annecy

If you’re looking for traditional French cuisine done well, Brasserie des Européens is well worth a visit.

Our top meal suggestions are the “Café de Paris”, mussels, or the “tartare de saumon”- all tried, tested and thoroughly enjoyed by the OVO Network team!

They are also renowned for their Oysters and impressive seafood platters, but if you fancy something a bit different, they serve international dishes as well, so there’s something for everyone.

A seafood salad
Prawn, grapefruit and orange salad at Brasserie des Européens © Brasserie des Européens

Brasserie Saint Maurice

Style: Both traditional and contemporary French cuisine
Location: 9 Rue du Collège Chappuisien, 74000 Annecy

Another team favourite, Brasserie Saint Maurice fuses traditional and contemporary French cuisine, using high quality ingredients, to create amazing dishes. Set in the heart of the Old Town, it’s a great place to stop off for a bite to eat whilst exploring. A great spot for all things seafood, delicious Risotto and a trusty Plat du jour!

A Salade César façon
The caesar salad at Brasserie Saint Maurice © Brasserie Saint Maurice

Les Ecuries du Pré Carré

Style: Contemporary French fusion
Location: 10 Rue Vaugelas, 74000 Annecy

At this hidden gem in the Pré Carré square, you can expect top-class food, in a laid-back setting. And the warm, welcoming service from the staff makes the experience all the more special.

The menu is seasonal, but if you get the chance, make sure to try the Sashimi as well as the Meat Ravioli in Thai Broth.

Those looking for a twist on a classic should sample the Italian beef tartare- which is yet to be challenged by our team as the best in town!

A mouthwatering chocolate dessert from Les Ecuries du Pré Carré © Les Ecuries du Pré Carré

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La Ciboulette

Style: French, fine dining
Location: 10 Rue Vaugelas – Cour du Pré Carré, 74000 Annecy

Those who like to dine with a little more finesse should treat themselves to an evening at La Ciboulette.

Neighbouring Les Ecuries du Pré Carré, this fine dining spot is the winner of Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2021, boasting impressive dishes and raving reviews.

A decadent dish of foie gras and pear dressed with balsamic glaze
Foie gras, tapered pear and spiced wine © Restaurant La Ciboulette

Chez Ingalls

Style: Relaxed, modern French cuisine
Location: 29 Rue Vaugelas, 74000 Annecy

Chez Ingalls introduces new flavours to traditional dishes in a relaxed setting.

With a varied food and drink menu, which includes great cocktails, it’s a great spot for bigger groups. Our favourites include the Burrata for the starter and the pork for the mains.

A pot with beef, carrots, onions and herbs
Beef stew with red wine © Chez Ingalls


Style: Italian, relaxed
Location: 12 Fbg Sainte-Claire, 74000 Annecy

A good pizza isn’t difficult to find in Annecy, especially when you eat at Sapaudia! We recommend adding the “crème de truffe” to your order – you will not be disappointed!

Courgette and cherry tomato pizza © Sapaudia


Style: Traditional Savoyarde
Location: 13 Rue du Pâquier, 74000 Annecy

L’Étage is ideally located right in the centre, just a stone’s throw from the lake.

Specialising in traditional Savoyarde dishes, if you’re after a cheese fix, then this is where you can find it! This area of Annecy can get very busy at peak times, so book ahead if you can.

Delicious Savoyard dishes await at L’Étage © client du restaurant L’Étage sur Tripadvisor

La Verrière

Style: Small plate dining and bar
Location: 12 Fbg des Annonciades, 74000 Annecy

Ideal for groups of around 4-6, La Verrière’s menu consists of small plate dishes, putting a modern spin on classic French cuisine.

The restaurant is located just outside the very centre of the Old Town and has indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a great choice of drinks, including cocktails to accompany your meal.

Thai style beef tartare
Thai steak tartare © La Verrière

Le Libellule

Style: Fine dining
Location: Quai Napoléon III, 74000 Annecy

For a truly unforgettable experience, why not dine on the lake itself? Board Le Libellule boat and enjoy a delicious set menu, whilst taking in the stunning views of Lake Annecy.

Check the website for opening times and reserve well in advance.

Bon Pain Bon Vin

Style: Casual wine bar and French dining
Location: 17 Rue Filaterie, 74000 Annecy

If the name didn’t give it away- Bon Pain Bon Vin delivers a truly French experience.

With a fantastic selection of wine, Champagne and small plates, it’s a must for those looking to embrace all things French.

Located in the Old Town, you get all the charm of the historic setting, but on a slightly quieter street.

Le Bel Abri

Style: French/ European
Location: 5 Av. de Chavoires, 74940 Annecy

This spot is perfect for those wanting to escape the busy centre and discover some of the quieter restaurants around the lake.

Located approximately 20 minutes by foot from the centre, and offering a varied range of dishes, with European influence and exotic twists on French classics, Le Bel Abri is a real lucky find.

Our top recommendations for meat eaters would be the “os à moelle” (bone marrow) for starters and lamb saddle for mains.

The Best Bars in Annecy


Captain Pub

Style: Casual bar and dining
Location: 11 Rue du Pont Morens, 74000 Annecy

Located in the heart of the Old Town, with views down the canal, Captain Pub is a great spot for a pit stop, especially in the summer.

On the drinks menu, you will find a good selection of beer, wine, cocktails and shots with varying prices. Opening times are 11:30 am – 2:30 am daily.

Captain pub Annecy
A wide variety of drinks are on offer at Captain Pub © Captain Pub

Finn Kelly’s

Style: Casual bar/ Irish pub
Location: 10 Fbg des Annonciades, 74000 Annecy

If you’re looking for a casual drink in a lively setting, then Finn Kelly’s is worth a visit.

Set slightly back from the very centre of the Old Town (but still capturing all the charm of the historic setting), you can enjoy a drink outside in the spacious seating area, or inside when the weather is a bit cooler.

Finn Kelly’s, an Irish pub in the heart of the old town of Annecy © Finn Kelly’s

Craft Beer

Beer O’Clock

Style: Craft beer bar
Location: 18 Fbg Sainte-Claire, 74000 Annecy

Craft beer enthusiasts will want to make Beer O’Clock number one on their itinerary when visiting Annecy.

With self-serve beer taps and on-screen menu descriptions, you can taste as much as you like and be your own bartender!

A top-up card will be provided to you, which you can load money onto and pour as little or as much as you want.

Snacks such as Saucisson are available if you want a light bite whilst sampling the range of brews.

Self serve beer taps at Beer O'Clock
The self-serve beer taps at Beer O’Clock © customer at Beer O’Clock

Le Ouistiti à Roulettes

Style: Craft beer bar
Location: 31 Rue Sommeiller, 74000 Annecy

Although primarily a shop, this spot is great for craft beer enthusiasts who want to sample some new artisan beers whilst in Annecy.

However, if you’re not a beer drinker, you will want to consider going elsewhere, as there’s little else on the drinks menu.

Two beers at Le Ouistiti à roulettes
Two beers on the menu at Le Ouistiti à roulettes © Le Ouistiti à roulettes

Casual Bars

Brasserie du Théâtre

Style: Casual bar and dining
Location: 1 Rue du Pâquier, 74000 Annecy

A good selection of beer, wine and soft drinks are on offer at the Brasserie du Théâtre.

Located a stone’s throw from the lake and the centre of town, it’s a great spot to stop off for a drink whilst shopping or in between sightseeing.

The outdoor seating area at Brasserie du Théâtre Annecy
The outdoor seating area at Brasserie du Théâtre Annecy © Brasserie du Théâtre Annecy

Le Vénitien

Style: Casual bar and dining
Location: 9B Rue Royale, 74000 Annecy

Le Vénitien is ideal for a drink, a light lunch or “finger food” in the evening.

You’ll find a great selection of beer, wine, cocktails and spirits on the drinks menu at fair prices.

The bar is just next to one of the rivers running through town, making it a relaxing and peaceful spot to visit.

Often showing sports on the TV, the indoor bar at Le Vénitien is a great spot for a relaxed drink or bite to eat © Le Vénitien

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Summer Spots


Style: Casual outdoor bar and finger food
Location: 525 Rte d’Albertville, 74320 Sévrier

Located approximately 5 minutes by car (traffic dependant), 40 minutes by foot, or 15 minutes by bike from the centre, L’Oasis is the ideal summer setting for a drink by the lake.

Despite being a longer walk, you can enjoy views of the lake the entire way and follow a designated walking path to get there.

A lake view from L'Oasis
The view from L’Oasis can’t be beaten! © L’Oasis

Woodstock Garden

Style: Casual outdoor bar and pop-up food options
Location: 32 Av. de Loverchy, 74000 Annecy

On site of the Annecy Hostel, Woodstock boasts an impressive beer garden with plenty of outdoor seating. Check their Facebook page to keep up to date with live music events that tend to happen on weekends throughout the summer.

The terrace at Woodstock bar Annecy
The terrace at Woodstock Annecy © Woodstock bar

We hope you’ve found this guide useful and enjoy sampling the best that Annecy has to offer!

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