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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

Family Fun in Verbier, Switzerland

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Family Fun in Verbier, Switzerland

Henley Vazquez

We were excited to hear from our friend, mom of two and Verbier regular, when she sent us all of her insider tips for what to do with kids in the Swiss ski destination. According to her, the one thing to remember about Verbier is that nothing is fancy, even while some things are more expensive than others, the majority of restaurants are a Swiss affair— which means jeans are the attire of choice. The most important thing is that you MUST make reservations everywhere, for lunch and dinner before you go, especially if you’re traveling over Christmas week. Check out her picks below, so you can start planning your itinerary now and go to all of the great places both on and off the mountain.


Restaurants in Town

Family-Friendly Picks

Le Caveau
Place Centrale, 1936 Verbier
+41 27 771 22 26

A typical Swiss fondue restaurant, a perfect place to take the kids for a nice(r) dinner out.

Restaurant Le Fer à Cheval
Rue de Médran, 1936 Bagnes
+33 4 50 21 30 39

This is technically a bar, but we often take our kids here for an early casual dinner. It does get very busy and the music will get loud later, so check out the quiet downstairs which is more out of the way. They also just created an area in the back where you can avoid the bar-folk. There is a nice terrace which is also a good place for lunch. For parents, you should grab an après-ski drink as well. 

Offshore
27 Rue de Medran, 1936 Verbier
+33 4 27 565 21 37

This is literally at the base of the mountain. You’ll know you’ve arrived because there is a massive pink VW Beetle, right as you walk in. This is a very casual kid-friendly place for an early morning breakfast, midday lunch or post-mountain bite.

A-Team Pizza
Place Centrale 14, 1936 Verbier
+41 27 771 30 00

Pizza delivery or a good to-go option for a dinner the whole family will love.

Date Night Picks

Le Chalet d'Adrien       
Route des Creux 91, 1936 Verbier
+41 27 771 62 00

This is a restaurant within a Relais & Chateaux hotel. It is probably my favorite sun terrace to have a lovely lunch on anywhere. Kids are welcome, but it’s so much more fun to enjoy a lunch here sans kiddos. It’s definitely more on the pricey side, but it’s great for a nice dinner out. Don’t forget to request a table on the terrace (this is what makes it really special, I think).                        

La Cordée Alps
Route du Centre Sportif 24, 1936 Verbier
+41 27 775 45 45

One of the more upscale dinner places in town. The kids are welcome, but it’s on the pricer side so be prepared. More international cuisine with some Swiss dishes.


Restaurants on the Mountain

Family-Friendly Picks

Chez Dany
Hameau de Clambin 10, 1936 Verbier
+41 27 771 25 24

This is a wonderful restaurant for a family dinner. You can order a CAT up and then sled down or the adventurous can walk up (but be warned, it’s a relatively long walk). The sled ride is really fun and recommended for kids three and up, although braver littles can try it-- but don’t forget a headlamp because it will be dark on the way home. You can rent sleds at bottom of mountain and bring them up in the CAT.  The food here is typical Swiss. It’s also open for lunch, but only accessible from the ski runs, so you can't get there from lifts in the afternoon.

La Vache
2730 meters, 1936 Verbier
+41 27 771 3291

This is a good lunch-only pizza restaurant right on mountain. It’s a little difficult to get to, but it's worth the trek. It’s also co-owned by the singer, James Blunt.

Cuckoos Nest
+41 27 771 2615

Another lunch-only option, this place is accessible via Gondola for the non-skiers who want to have a mountain lunch with a view.

Date Night Restaurant

La Marlenaz
Route de la Marlène, 1936 Bagnes
+41 27 771 54 41

A traditional Swiss restaurant where you can drive halfway and then walk up the rest. It's a tricky path, so may need to ask a local so you don’t get lost. It's a decently long walk (about 30 minutes), but well worth it as the view is priceless when you make it up there. Though kids are always welcome, as it's casual Swiss food, keep in mind the walk could be too long for the little ones. If you’re venturing out and up the mountain with kids, I think Chez Dany is a much better choice.

In Town Treat

Milk Bar
Rue de Médran 2, 1936 Verbier
+41 27 771 67 77

A great stop for hot chocolate, milkshakes and crepes.

On the Go

Sandwich Stand

Literally a stand on side of road, right next to the post office with (obviously) exceptional sandwiches and crispy fries.


Activities

Sports Centre
+41 27 771 66 01

Located in Patier, this is a great option for a day off the slopes and you don’t need to be a member. The Centre has a large pool for adults, hot tub, and kids' pool. There is also a skating rink where you can rent skates for the day. People love the snow go-karting, although we’ve never been.

Sledding

For the older kids, check out the sled run up Savoliere. It's actually a ski run where you can you rent sled at the bottom and take a gondola up. It’s pretty steep, so it’s not for the real youngsters, but adults will love it too.


Shopping

Mountain Air
Rue de Médran 77, 1936 Verbier
+41 27 775 44 00

The place for ski rentals and picking up any ski gear you may need. 


Passported Hotel Picks

For a Takeover: The Lodge

Richard Branson's chic mountain hideaway for up to 18 guests, complete with a kids' bunk room and indoor heated pool. Book the entire lodge for your extended family and friends, or do individual rooms during special summer weeks.

For the Scene: W Hotel Verbier

A modern mountain resort, centered on Place Blanche with ski in/ski out access. The apres scene here is fun, from kid-friendly earlier hours to date-night cocktails. 


Noteworthy

Adrenaline Internation Ski and Snowboard School
rue de la Poste 11, 1936 Verbier
+41 27 771 74 59

 Ski school for all ages, Polar Bear classes start at two years old. 

Petit Verbier Babysitting and Nannies
+41 79 577 49 38

Amazing Swiss nannies! They will always come and meet you and your family first. 

Farm Club
Route de Verbier Station 55, 1936 Verbier
+41 27 775 40 00

A standard bottle service club (and a reason to call the babysitters above). 

Le Chalet d'Adrien Spa
Route des Creux 91, 1936 Verbier
+41 27 771 62 00

A spa within the five-star hotel, includes luxe treatments and a hammam.

The Nevai Spa
Route de Verbier Station 55, 1936 Verbier
+41 27 775 40 00

Located within a hotel, this spa is a great place to unwind after a day on the slopes.

 

Travel Tips

Swiss Air flies directly to Geneva from NYC. From the airport, you can get a private car service (about CHf650) or there is a group bus. You can also take a train from the airport, but you have to change at Martigny and get out at La Chable. You can then take the gondola up from La Chable to the base of Verbier. Another option is to hire a car from Martigny for about CHf150. You don’t need a car once you’re in Verbier, there are buses all the time and taxi service at night.