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24 July 2014

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Explore Switzerland's restaurant scene

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 It’s time to explore the varied cuisine and regional wines of this beautiful country


Switzerland is a country that’s made up of four distinct regions, each with its own language and culture. swiss2 - STS2769.jpgEach of those regions merges time-honoured local food traditions with the best of modern culinary art.

As you travel through Switzerland you’ll find Malakoff cheese fritters in Canton Vaud, and cornmeal specialities and freshly caught perch from Lake Constance in Canton St Gallen. The Valais is famous for its raclette, melted mountain cheese served with steamed new potatoes and pickles, while Graubünden is known for its capuns, tender dumplings wrapped in Swiss chard leaves. Zürich has a reputation for its geschnetzeltes dishes (creamy shredded veal), and in Ticino you can try luganighe sausages and fabulous risotto.

Eating and drinking in Switzerland is a journey of discovery. Conditions are perfect for the wide range of unique products that characterise Swiss food and wine in the valleys and up in the mountains. Find out more about the country’s gastronomic treasures when you visit Switzerland, or go online and try one of the delicious recipes out for yourself.


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Romantic alleyways, designer boutiques, modern architecture and people in love with life – you’ll find all this and more when you visit the cities of Switzerland. There’s museums close to beaches and shopping centres a mere stone’s throw from historical attractions. And on top of that, you’ll discover culinary delights in countless excellent restaurants. Why not try one of them on your next visit?


Zurich


The Restaurant

The Dolder Restaurant at the Dolder Grand Hotel offers fresh and innovative gourmet cuisine by chef Heiko Nieder in a stylish atmosphere. The restaurant has been awarded 17 Gault Millau points and two Michelin stars. In the summer the pretty terrace offers views across the city of Zurich, the lake and the Alps. 

Kurhausstrasse 65, CH-8032
41 (0)44 456 60 00
www.thedolderresort.com

Restaurant Mesa

According to the Gault Millau guide, Mesa is the number one restaurant in Zürich. The renowned Austrian chef Marcus G Lindner has earned 18 Gault Millau points and one Michelin star. Using only the freshest ingredients he prepares traditional cuisine with Catalonian influences.

Weinbergstrasse 75, CH-800641
(0)43 321 75 75 
www.mesa-restaurant.ch


Basel


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real hot spot for both locals and visitors, Acqua is an Italian restaurant located in a former waterworks which has been converted into a beautiful lounge, bar and restaurant, with a lovely garden terrace in the summer. This very popular spot tends to get crowded on weekends.

Binningerstrasse 14, CH-4051 41
(0)61 564 66 66 
www.acquabasilea.ch 

Cheval Blanc

Les Trois Rois (The Three Kings) is a five-star deluxe hotel situated in a historic building in the heart of the Old Town of Basel, dating back to 1844. Its restaurant, Cheval Blanc, has been awarded an impressive two Michelin stars and 18 Gault Millau points. Cheval Blanc offers visitors refined seasonal cuisine with a Mediterranean influence, plus an exceptional wine list. In the summer months guests can dine on the attractive terrace that offers unique views of the Rhine river flowing through Basel. 

Blumenrain 8, CH-400141
(0)61 260 50 50
www.lestroisrois.com 


Bern


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The historic Kornhauskeller (Granary) is a unique room decorated with striking frescos by Swiss painter Rudolf Münger. Warm colours, wood, comfortable chairs and dimmed lighting give the eatery a sophisticated modern ambience with a cosmopolitan spirit. The menu at Kornhauskeller focuses on the authentic regional Italian cuisine, with Bernese specialities.

Kornhausplatz 18, CH-301141
(0)31 327 72 72
www.kornhauskeller.ch

Restaurant Schongrun

The Schöngrün restaurant is located right next to the Paul Klee Centre which celebrates the works of the famous artist. The high quality of the art and unique architecture of the building is echoed at Schöngrün, which has been awarded 17 Gault Millau points for its creative cooking.

Monument im Fruchtland 1, CH-3006, 41
(0)31 359 02 90
www.restaurants-schoengruen.ch


Geneva


Cafe du Soleil

Possibly the oldest restaurant in Geneva, which makes probably the best fondue in Switzerland. Founded around 400 years ago, Café du Soleil was built before its neighbour, the 17th century temple of Petit-Saconnex. A meeting place for politicians of all parties over the ages, today it remains a popular gathering spot for all. 

Place du Petit-Saconnex 6, CH-1209, 41
(0)22 733 34 17
www.cafedusoleil.ch

Le Lyrique

Beautifully situated in the centre of Geneva, Le Lyrique offers traditional French cuisine in a very Parisian atmosphere. With a welcoming atmosphere, it’s a great venue for everything from business lunches to family banquets. 

12, Bd. du Théâtre, CH-120441
(0)22 328 00 95
www.cafe-lyrique.ch


Switzerland’s cities want to seduce you into discovering something new or experiencing something old in a new way. Visit www.MySwitzerland.com/cities or call 00800 100 200 30 (freephone) for further information and offers on the Swiss cities. 


Find out more...

There’s so much to discover with the varied cuisine and the fine wines of Switzerland. Watch the sunset in a peaceful vineyard, listen to the chef serenade you while you enjoy dessert in a grotto or visit a gourmet restaurant in the midst of snow-covered mountains. In the new guide Gourmet travel you can find out where to enjoy which Swiss specialites.

Order the brochure now by visiting www.MySwitzerland.com/collateral, or call 00800 100 200 30 (freephone).

You’ll also find further information on Switzerland’s unique culinary scene at www.MySwitzerland.com/gourmettravel


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