A Local's Guide to Verbier, Switzerland - This Way

A Local's Guide to Verbier, Switzerland

Describe who you are in 3 sentences:
My name is Delphine. I am a Swiss art collector, entrepreneur and philanthropist based in the mountain town of Verbier, Switzerland. I am spontaneous and travel constantly between Paris, London, and New York, so I center myself through my love for the arts and my friends.

What is your relation to this city?
My family came to Verbier in the 50's, and I learned how to ski before I knew how to ride a bike. Skiing satisfies both my impulsiveness and my perfectionism.

Best experience?
Heliskiing! Definitely heliskiing. Freedom, breathing healthy hair, the beauty of landscape. Riding by yourself on top of the world is like nothing else.

Weirdest experience?
I was hiking by myself a few summers ago and I got lost in the forest!

Your top 3 hangout spots?
The apres-ski at "Le Rouge" is a fantastic party - everyone is dancing in their ski gear. Or I like tea at "Chalet d'Adrien", or drinks at "Experimental Chalet".

Favourite restaurants?
I recommend "Le Chalet d’Adrien" and "La Cordée" if you want a gourmet experience. The best burgers are at "Le Shed". And the best raclette is at "Le Caveau". I usually direct guests visiting for the first time to get the raclette imbued with champagne, for an unusual treat. As for lunches I recommend "La Marmotte" or "Le Carrefour". The view from both places is breathtaking.

Best date place?
"La Cordee" or "Le Chalet" for the very charming, gourmet, chic, cosy atmosphere, "Experimental Chalet" if you want to stick to drinks – their cocktails are insanely good – and "O’Bar" is one of my favorite places for drinks for its cozy atmosphere and it beautiful design mixing “chalet style” and contemporary.

Best Sunday spot?
On a Sunday I would recommend going skiing, then having a late lunch and drinks at "Le Mouton Noir", which is midway down the mountain. Verbier locals are masters of the apres-rose ski!

If you were to live in another place, where would that be and why?
That would be New York or London for the extraordinary atmosphere, the access to culture and art-- the plays, the musicals, all of it.

Where is your escape place from this city?
The countryside. I love chilling and reading by the fireplace. I can relax for hours!

Best 5 local advices?
1. First, eating Swiss cheese and chocolate is a must!
2. Go to "Massage 1936" for a perfect indoor massage.
3. Go to "Lavey Les Bains" for thermal heaven.
4. Book a chopper to go heliskiing or hire a guide who will be taking you skiing to places you'd never discover on your own.
5. Don your snow boots and go shopping - my necessary stops are Mountain Air, Depeche Mode and Zadig & Voltaire.

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