Not much in Lake Louise comes cheaply, that goes for food as well. However, there are a few places where you can stretch your dollar a bit further. Not all of these places are what I would consider budget, but out of the limited options in Lake Louise I am listing the cheapest of the bunch.
At The Lake
The Deli At The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
If you are up at the lake this is really your only option for food other than the more expensive restaurants in the Fairmont hotel. The Deli has a small seating area or you can take food to go. There are selections of sandwiches, soup of the day, salads, mac and cheese, muffins, pastries, yogurt parfaits, fruit cups, coffee, tea, bottled water and soft drinks. The line up can be long at peak meal times, especially in the summer months.
$5 to $15
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel
111 Lake Louise Drive
Open 24 Hours
Website: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Deli
Also located at the Fairmont hotel. If your starving and just need something to stop your stomach from growling the General Store has chocolate bars and small and larger size bags of chips. It is located immediately to the right of the bell desk in the main lobby.
Open 7 days a week
Summer 7am to 11pm Winter 8am to 10pm
Places At The Samson Mall In Lake Louise Village
A small cafe with only a few seats along the window and a few chairs outside. If you want to sit you’ll likely have to wait at peak meal times. They serve bacon,eggs, toast and hashbrowns for breakfast as well as toasted bagels and breakfast wraps. For lunch they have made to order sandwiches and wraps. They also offer a good selection of baked goods and hot and cold drinks.
$6 to $9
Samson Mall, Lake Louise, AB (403) 522-2006
Laggan’s Bakery and Deli
Laggan’s offers daily soup and sandwiches made on their artisan breads, as well as sausage rolls, pizza pretzels and other hot foods. They have a wide variety of pastries, cookies and other bakery items. The sandwiches usually go for a 30% discount after 6pm. The line up can be out the door during peak meal times, especially in the summer months. In warmer weather there are a few picnic tables to sit at outside in addition to the limited inside seating.
$6 to $7
Samson Mall, Lake Louise AB (403) 522-2017
Daily 6am to 7pm
The Bar And Grill
Western and Chinese food is available including soups, burgers, salads and steak. as well as all day breakfast.
101 Lake Louise Drive, Samson Mall (403)522-3879
Open daily for lunch and dinner
Other Places In The Lake Louise Village
Bill Peyto’s Cafe
Perhaps one of the favorite places to eat among the locals. Bill Peyto’s Cafe is located in the HI Alpine Hostel. They have a variety of menu selections that are prepared from scratch, such as burgers, pasta, roast beef and salads and fish and chips. For breakfast there is granola, yogurt parfaits and bacon and eggs. We’ve eaten here more times than I can count and always had excellent food. In my opinion the best bang for your buck in Lake Louise.
Mains $9 to $20
Hi Alpine Hostel
203 Village Rd, Lake Louise, AB (403) 522-2200
Summer daily 7am to 10pm Winter daily 7:30am to 9pm
Website: HI Alpine Hostel
Timberwolf and Explorers at the Lake Louise Inn
Timberwolf is an Italian-style bistro offering a large selection of pasta, pizza and calzones.
Starters $7 to $9 Pasta $13 to $19 Pizza $16 to $22
Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise , AB (403) 522-3700
Mon to Sat 5pm to 10pm
Website: Lake Louise Inn Restaurants
Explorers is located in the downstairs of the Lake Louise Inn. It offers pub style food like chicken wings, nachos as well as fish and chips and burgers.
Starters $7 to $13 Mains $13 to $24
Daily 5pm to 11pm
The Outpost Pub at the Post Hotel
The Outpost is located in the back of the Post Hotel. It is a popular place due to the cozy and rustic atmosphere with large portions of excellent food. They have soups, salads and burgers. We really enjoy their salmon burger and fries.
The Post Hotel
200 Pipestone Rd, Lake Louise, AB (403) 522-3989
Mon-Fri 4:30pm-Midnight; Sat-Sun Noon-Midnight
The Mountain Restaurant
The Mountain Restaurant is attached to the Husky gas station. They offer a variety of breakfast options, soups, pasta, burgers and salads.
200 Village Road, Lake Louise AB (403) 522-3573
Website: The Mountain Restaurant
The Javalanche is the newest place to open up in Lake Louise. It is owned by the same family as the Mountain Restaurant. They opened it as an option for healthy food to go. They offer a few seats inside. You get get a made to order sandwich, fresh pastries and pizza by the slice. Seattle’s Best Coffee is available as well as tea and other beverages. Free wifi.
200 Village Rd (adjacent the Husky Station), Lake Louise, AB (403) 522-3574
Daily 8am to 5pm
At The Lake Louise Ski Hill
Lodge of the Ten Peaks at Lake Louise Sightseeing Lift & Gondola
In the summer the lodge offers a generous buffet. Breakfast is $12.25 and runs from 8:30am to 11am. Lunch $18.75 from 11:30 am to 2:30pm. Prices are less for children. There is also a self server restaurant that has burgers, sandwiches and snacks.
Whitehorn Terrace Coffee Bar is also located within the lodge. It offers light food and some Starbucks beverages. It closes at 4pm each day.
Lake Louise Ski Hill
N side of Hwy 1 across from Lake Louise Village (403) 522-3555
Website: Lake Louise Gondola Restaurants and Dining
Places Selling Grocery Items
The Village Market
The Village Market is located in Samons Mall. It has a few pre-made sandwiches, produce, and limited selections of everything else you would find at a typical grocery store, but it is quite expensive.
Samson Mall, Lake Louise , AB (403) 522-3894
A small selection of grocery items, milk, cheese, kraft dinner, bags of cookies, your basic college survival type items. The prices tend to be more favorable on similar items that you would find at the market.
100 Village Road, Lake Louise, A (403) 522-3755
630am to 11pm daily
If Coming From Banff For The Day, Consider Bringing Food With You
That’s pretty much it for cheaper dining options in Lake Louise, It is very limited compared to Banff, to be honest there are only a few other dining options altogether. If you are on a tight budget and coming on a day trip from Banff you might want to bring food with you. Your best bet might be sandwiches from Subway or pick up something from Safeway to make yourself a bagged lunch or picnic if weather permits.