3 LA FORGE DES HALLES, CHAMBÉRY
If you prefer something a little more laid-back than gourmet, La Forge des Halles is a quirky café and shop in central Chambéry which serves seasonal soups and salads against a backdrop of art work produced by a co-operative. As the name suggests, the building was initially a forge and is now run with a passion for recycling – all of the artists create their pieces from recycled materials and it hosts regular workshops too. The mismatch of chairs, tables, plates and cups which the food is served on are all vintage and even the menu is presented in an old children’s book.
The kitchen creates each day’s lunch menu depending on what comes back from Chambéry market, which inspires the freshly-prepared entrée, tarte and dessert du jour. It’s sustainable, healthy food, served with heart.
On Saturdays, La Forge des Halles serves a popular brunch which begins with a creamy fromage blanc, granola and orange juice. This is followed by a large plate filled with fresh green salad with homemade French dressing, ham or salmon, nutty couscous, pesto hummus, boiled egg halves and bread baked with vegetables. Make sure to leave room for a slice of divine chocolate brownie too.
The canteen offers a wide selection of teas or try a glass of the local Rosé de Mondeuse served with grapes in the bottom of the glass or a Brasserie du Mont Blanc beer. You might just end up finding a one-of-a-kind piece of art or jewellery in between courses too. Open every day, except Monday and Sunday, for lunch only. Brunch on Saturday is served from 11am to 1.30pm and costs €15. 19 Rue Bonivard, 73000, Chambéry Tel: (Fr) 4 79 68 48 38 laforgedeshalles.com