Terrace - The Balcon de Merlet restaurant
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Balcon de Merlet

The most beautiful terrace of the Valley

Marc, Caro and their friendly team are pleased to welcome you to their panoramic terrace or in their cosy indoor restaurant room. You can also enjoy refreshments and local specialities. Reservation recommended in July and August


Tel : +33 6 07 87 81 76

Sample of dishes on the menu

Home-made specialities (croûtes au fromage, with cheese or mushrooms) €17.50

Fondant d’Arly: €22
Omelette: €13
Tomato Tartiflette: €17.50
Kids menu: €10
Mountain platter: €17

Desserts: ice creams, pastries,
café gourmand assortment: between €3 and €8.5

Practical information

  • Service 11.45 am-3 pm in July and August
  • Reservation possible on site or by phone between 9 am and 11 am (Please note that we do not accept reservations via text message or answering machine)
  • You table will be reserved until 12.15 pm.
  • We do not serve pitchers of water as the water available is not drinkable.
  • Payment by cash, cheque or bank card from €15. We do not accept vouchers such as ‘tickets resto’ or ‘chèques vacances’.
  • You will need to purchase a ticket to enter the park in order to access the restaurant

Welcome to the souvenir shop

Located in the same chalet as the restaurant, the shop proposes a wide range of souvenir items. Cuddly toys, jewellery, postcards, table mats, keyrings, decorative items, etc.

You will also find a short guide on Merlet Park and a colouring booklet, some DVDs and a commemorative book published for the 50th anniversary of the park ‘Merlet, quelle est donc ta magie?’ (details hereunder)

Booklet  "Parc de Merlet information"

"The guide" booklet

Very educational, this booklet “The guide” presents the animals of the Merlet Park in detail, the history of the site and other information on wildlife with illustrations (drawings, watercolors, photos) signed Claire Cachat.


On sale at the park reception – 4,00 €

The 2 booklets bought together are at 7 €

Parc de Merlet playbook

"Playbook" booklet

And why not this playbook, exclusive to the Merlet Park, for children from 4 to 12 years old.


On sale at the park reception – 4,00 €

The 2 booklets bought together are at 7 €

Behind-the-scene of a site of exception, Merlet park DVD

"Behind the scene of an exceptional site" DVD

A unique documentary, both educational, full of humor and beautiful landscapes. You will discover behind the scenes of the park: a job and a lifestyle out of the ordinary, related to animals, pastoral traditions through the seasons.


To discover with your family or even at school! As a bonus, a short film shot in 1974 featuring Grandfather Cachat and “his” chamois.


Watch an excerpt on the video page


On sale at the shop and at the reception of the park also – 9,00 €

"Shared happiness at Parc de Merlet" DVD

"When the dream becomes reality" DVD

“Shared happiness”

All lovers of nature, contemplatives, poets or musicians, young or old will spend a moment of great serenity.


Thierry Sicoli was inspired by the atmospheres of Merlet to compose and play himself this music of beauty … We learn to listen and admire nature simply …


Watch the trailer on the video page


On sale at the shop and at the reception of the park also – 9,00 €


Livre Merlet, quelle est donc ta magie ?

Merlet, what is your magic?

A unique book to discover absolutely! In 60 pages, it’s a dive into the unusual history of the old hamlet turned animal park that awaits you, with unpublished historical photos … Written and illustrated with passion by Claire Cachat. This book is available in bookstores in Chamonix limited edition. Note that the copies sold at the Park contain in addition the audio CD of Thierry Sicoli … a nice gift for those who climbed to the park!


On sale at the shop and at the reception of the park also – 28,00 €