In and around Sainte Foy are some good places to eat, and you won’t find any unpleasant self-services. Les Brevettes, by the Arpettaz chair-lift, is a lovely place for lunch – but it doesn’t have a phone number for making bookings. So get there early if you want to sit on its sun terrace. Down in the village, La Maison a Colonnes (+33 479 06 94 80) is another good lunch spot – it’s in a 16th-century former farmhouse right by the slopes, and is a cosy and atmospheric spot for dinner, too. Chalet La Foglietta (+33 617 36 10 88), at the top of the Arpettaz chair-lift, is a lovely wooden chalet where you can stop for a drink or snack. It’s worth noting (when it’s sunny in spring) that an entire take-away picnic can be ordered in advance.
Newcomer, Les Marquises is situated next to the Marquise chair-lift. The restaurant has two terraces with views over the Arbine, Mont Pourri and the Thuria Glacier. The owner is Savoyard and her husband is from Sardinia but has been living in Sainte Foy for 20 years. Dishes are made of fresh products and local meat cooked on a plancha.
It is well worth skiing across to the lovely hamlet of Le Miroir, where Chez Merie (+33 479 06 90 16) is located. The fabulous regional cuisine is fused with a touch of Provence and the setting is really gorgeous – a roaring log fire, sheepskin rugs, and lots of gnarled wood. It is also possible to drive here in the evening.
In the village there are just a few choices, including La Bergerie , which is a gastronomic restaurant at the foot of the piste that’s decorated in mountain chalet style. The Monal Bistrot is in Hotel Le Monal and comes warmly recommended, and La Bequa (+33 479 06 90 51) is another popular place for dinner. Restaurant le Bec de l’Ane (+33 479 06 92 45) is a pizzeria/bar with a good sun terrace. If you’re self-catering but want to eat in, one solution is La Table de Magali, where you choose from a menu and the chef comes to you to prepare it.