Terrace - The Balcon de Merlet restaurant
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Balcon de Merlet

The most beautiful terrace of the Valley

Beware: the restaurant is open, with restrictions, according to security measures. Reservations advised. Face mask obligatory to enter retaurant and souvenir shop.

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

Excerpts from the Menu

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

Fondant d’Arly: €22
Tomato Tartiflette: €17.50
Kids menu: €10
Mountain platter: €17
Cesar salad : 16,50€

Charcuterie platter in the afternoon : 15,00€

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

Practical information and booking

Start of service at 11:45 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. in July and August.
In busy periods, booking is recommended, on site or by phone between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (Warning! We do not take messages or SMS into account!)
Before reserving your table, reserve your entry slot for the park. If you wish to have lunch at 12 p.m., book the entry slot preceding the meal (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
We cannot keep tables beyond the reserved time.
On busy days, due to the limited number of tables, there may be a wait; We thank you for your understanding.
We do not serve carafe of water because it is not drinkable.
Payment by cash, bank check or credit card from €8. We do not accept restaurant tickets or holiday vouchers.
The restaurant is located within the enclosure of the animal park, it is therefore necessary to pay the entrance ticket to access the restaurant.
The mask is compulsory to enter the restaurant and the shop and to circulate in the rooms.

welcome to the store!

Located in the same chalet as the restaurant, the shop offers many souvenirs to offer or treat yourself! Soft toys, jewelry, postcards, placemats, key rings and decorative items.

In particular, you will find a small guide to Merlet and a coloring booklet, DVDs on the park and the commemorative book published on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the park “Merlet, what is your magic?” (See details below)

The "Petit guide et jeux" booklet of Merlet

The booklet "The Little Guide and Games"

Very educational, this “Small guide” of 40 pages offers a treasure hunt in the park and presents at each stage the animals of the park in detail, the history of the site and other information on fauna and the mountain. Numerous illustrations and games for children aged 7 to 77! If you find the mystery word by solving all the puzzles, a surprise awaits you at the reception!

On sale at the park reception – €5.00

Livre Merlet, quelle est donc ta magie ?

Merlet, what is your magic?

A unique work to discover absolutely! In 60 pages, it’s a dive into the unusual history of the former hamlet that has become an 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 in a limited edition. Note that the copies sold at the Park also contain Thierry Sicoli’s audio CD… a nice gift for those who have climbed to the park!

Also on sale at the shop and at the park reception – €28.00

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

DVD "Behind the scenes of an exceptional site"

A unique documentary, both educational, full of humor and beautiful landscapes. You will discover behind the scenes of the park: an extraordinary work and way of life, linked to animals, to pastoral traditions over the seasons.

To discover with 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

Also on sale at the park’s shop and reception – €9.00

"Shared happiness at Parc de Merlet" DVD

DVD "When dreams come true"

“Shared Happiness”
All nature lovers, 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 then play this beautiful music himself… We learn to listen to and admire nature quite simply…

Watch the trailer on the video page

Also on sale at the park’s shop and reception – €9.00