We returned to Villars after a 15 year absence with some trepidation - could it still be lovely? We needn't have worried - the village is still magical, sitting on its south facing balcony on the mountains with a view of the Dents du Midi that you could never tire of. Yes there has been some building but in keeping with the village's character but the boulangerie (Heiz) is still wonderful, next door to Marche Viret, the supermarket which will comfortably provide all you require for a holiday.
There are several restaurants in the village. The Toscana pizzas are wonderful, if pricey but the gem for us was Le Francis, an unassuming looking place from the outside in Avenue Central (nearly opposite the Co-op). Here you can have good pizzas, pastas, galettes, burgers, stroganoff etc with a salad bar (veg is a rarity in the mountains in winter) at a realistic price. And the best bit is - They have a non-smoking section!!! Every where else in the village still is smoking and, boy, do you notice it when you've got used to smoke-free in the UK!! Come on Switzerland, catch up with the times on this one!
My advice would be avoid the Rotisserie des Alpes to the right of the railway station. We waited over an hour for steak and chips, until hunger got the better of us and we left and returned to Le Francis!
We stayed in the apartments at the Panorama resort - clean, functional with a small kitchenette for breakfasts, central and with glorious views. Rather small if you have family and do take extra pillows if you like an English Stack!!
It's a beautiful village with good skiing at Bretaye, just pack a few extra francs!! Enjoy
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