Pause is an incredible coffee shop in Bourg St Maurice. It is on the main road leading to all of the Les Arcs resorts (Peisey-Vallandry excepted) and is only a minute’s walk from the central bus and railway stations. Here they are not just enthusiastic or “passionate” about coffee, they treat it as an art form. To the layperson, Pause is simply a very welcoming place where you can get a coffee, a huge variety of teas, a sandwich, a cookie, or even a glass of wine or beer in a relaxed and convivial environment. However, even a short conversation with the lovely baristas, Krisztina and Máté, (which can be in fluent English or French, your choice) reveals an exceptional commitment to quality and detail in their coffeemaking. They only use speciality Gardelli coffee beans and always have an alternative “world single varietal” on the menu. There is a choice of soy or almond milk available for non-dairy or vegan customers, and the things they can do with coffee and steamed milk truly puts the “art” into latte art. Another thing that is unique to this particular coffee joint is the Kürtös: a baked crispy-doughy half-doughnut half-Chelsea bun spiral totem tower, served on a wooden post and finished with either a sweet or savoury coating, the Kürtös is difficult to describe but very easy to eat, and the perfect accompaniment to a hot coffee.
Pause is open from 07:30 to 19:00 every day except Monday, with an early start on Saturdays (06:30) to accommodate the early-morning arrivals on the overnight Eurostar (whose desire for coffee is often outstripped by a genuine need for caffeine). Above I have described Pause as “world-class” and believe that description is completely justified. I have drunk coffee all over the world and, in a previous incarnation, even sold coffee machines for a living so, if you like coffee even a bit, heed my recommendation and visit Pause next time you are in Les Arcs. You won’t regret it.
My drink: Flat White €3.50
Best thing: Superlative coffee with a warm welcome
Worst thing: Distance from the pistes