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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I’m sure you are thinking what to get that special someone or where to celebrate the romantic day in Chamonix. Regardless of your budget we have a list for everyone:

Best shops to buy a Valentine’s gift

SV Carat (202 Rue Joseph Vallot, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc) – There are plenty of jewellery shops dotted around Chamonix. If you don’t find the perfect gift at SV Carat, there is also Bijouterie Claret (116 Rue Joseph Vallot), Swarovski Chamonix (125 Rue du Dr Paccard),Le Coffre À Bijoux (159 Rue Joseph Vallot), Lucie F. (15 Rue Whymper) and Cocobollo Sarl (189 Avenue Michel Croz).

Aux Petits Gourmands (168 Rue du Dr Paccard & 191 Rue Joseph Vallot, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc) – Diamonds maybe a girl’s best friend but the way to a women’s heart is through her stomach. What better choice than some delicious goodies to gorge on. Other areas to shop: Ancey Chocolatier (60 Rue Joseph Vallot) and L’Univers du Bonbon (111 Avenue Michel Croz).

Fleuriste Fleuri’Cimes (183 Avenue de l’Aiguille du Midi, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc) – Pick up a lovely bouquet of flowers from this florist, located very close to the Aiguille du Midi telepherique. There’s also Adonis Fleurs (346 Rue Joseph Vallot) and Aux Mille and Bouquet (880 Route des Praz).

Restaurants and bars in Chamonix

Le 3842 Restaurant (Sommet de l’Aiguille du Midi, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc) – What better way to spend the day than a tasty lunch on the summit of the Aiguille du Midi and then ski the Vallée Blanche. Or you can “relax” and admire the view from the Skywalk then take the telepherique back to town.

Bighorn Bistro & Bakery (77 Place Edmond Desailloud, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc) – Bighorn Bistro and Bakery bring a modern take on American inspired cuisine in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Right in the heart of Cham Sud, next to Monkey bar and restaurant, the Beckett & Wilde and South Bar.

Munchie – bar et cuisine (87 Rue des Moulins, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc) – Impress your better half with a romantic dinner for 2 at Munchie. Located right on rue des Moulins, you can have a feast then head to Bar’dup or Le Chamonix Social Club to celebrate in boozy style!

Valentine’s Day is a day that can be genuinely romantic and/or farcical cliché. Whether you celebrate it or not, it’s a great excuse to brush up on your French!

Here is a list of some love related French vocabulary:

Saint Valentin (f) – Valentine’s Day

Février (m) – February

la célébration – the celebration

la fête – the party

le cœur – the heart

les amoureux – lovers

l’amour – love

un cadeau – a present, gift

un ballotin de chocolats – a box of chocolates

des fleurs – flowers

un bouquet de fleurs – a bouquet of flowers

un bijou – a jewel

des bonbons – candy

petit ami – boyfriend

petite amie – girlfriend

sois mon valentin – be my valentine (masculine)

sois ma valentine – be my valentine (feminine)

bisou – kiss

aimer – to love/like

se fiancer – to get engaged

éposuer – to marry

flirter – to flirt

se bécoter – to smooch/kiss

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