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The best places to eat throughout Switzerland – restaurants and cafés reviewed by our experts

The best restaurants with winter sun terraces in Switzerland
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The best restaurants with winter sun terraces in Switzerland

Take advantage of the crisp weather and incredible views from the sun terraces of these Alpine hotspots

Lausanne’s best restaurants
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Lausanne’s best restaurants

It’s only a small place, so when it comes to finding a restaraunt, Lausanne doesn’t have as diverse a range in Switzerland’s bigger cities, but there are plenty of good places to eat here if you know where to find them. While there’s an abundance of café-restaurants serving modern Swiss bistro fare such as beef tartar, burgers, salads and perch filets, it’s also possible to hunt out decent Chinese food, an Indian curry and an Argentinian t-bone steak. Traditionalists can opt for classic Swiss cheese dishes at several dedicated places including Pinte Besson and Café Romand. And of course with Italy so close by, Lausanne is peppered with good Italian restaurants. Eating out anywhere in Switzerland isn’t a cheap affair, and Lausanne is no different. So if you’re going to blow your budget you may as well do it in style at somewhere like Le Cinq. At the other end of the scale a smattering of restaurants such as the Chinese Chez Xu offer real value for money, and most places offer a competitively-priced lunch menu which won’t put too much of a dent in your wallet.

Where to eat fondue in Switzerland
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Where to eat fondue in Switzerland

It is the season to tuck in to various forms of melted cheese in Switzerland. Here is our guide to a few of our favourite spots across the country

The best restaurants in Switzerland
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The best restaurants in Switzerland

Pull up a seat at one of the country's top tables with our insider's guide to the very best of Swiss gastronomy

Zurich's best healthy eating joints
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Zurich's best healthy eating joints

The trend for all things clean hasn’t escaped Zurich’s foodie scene. 

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Lausanne’s best restaurants
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Lausanne’s best restaurants

It’s only a small place but there are plenty of good places to eat here if you know where to find them. 

Geneva's best restaurants
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Geneva's best restaurants

Eating out in Geneva restaurants is part of the fabric of the city and for local office workers and businesspeople a long lunch in a local restaurant is an essential part of their working day, forging fruitful partnerships over a filet de perch and a glass of local chasselas. Given the amount of money swirling around the shores of Lake Geneva, this isn’t a city with a dearth of high-end restaurants, and at the five-star hotels, such as the Four Seasons restaurant Izumi, you’ll find haute-cuisine of all flavours. Those with less fulsome budgets are better catered for in the Old Town where modern Swiss and European food is easy to come by and usually good quality. Likewise in Carouge, Geneva’s pretty Italianate suburb which is packed with classy restaurants like Café des Négociants and bars and sees fewer tourists than the Old Town. While little in Geneva is cheap, the city’s recent predilection for food trucks and burger joints means there are more budget options than ever.

Find the best burger in Zurich
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Find the best burger in Zurich

The burger bandwagon rolls on in Zurich, with a recent wave of upmarket burger bars and stylish gourmet burger restaurants opening up across the city. Here, in our humble opinion, are some of the best burgers in town. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below to let us know your nominations for the best burger "king" of Zurich.

Zurich’s best restaurants
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Zurich’s best restaurants

From chic dinner spots to affordable but good quality lunch spots, here are a few our of favourite local places

Top burger bars in Geneva
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Top burger bars in Geneva

Find your ideal burger joint in Geneva

Food in Zurich
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Food in Zurich

Here's our guide to some of the best places to eat like a local, pick up a juicy burger, splash the cash or enjoy a great view.

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The best cafés in Lausanne
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The best cafés in Lausanne

Coffee culture is long ingrained in the city and you don’t have to look far for a croissant pitstop or cool cafe.

Geneva’s best coffee shops
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Geneva’s best coffee shops

There’s a huge variety of cafés in Geneva, from American-style coffee bars to English tearooms. Here are the best, as picked by our city insiders

Zurich’s best cafés
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Zurich’s best cafés

A selection of Zurich’s best cafés from our writers

Boréal Coffee Oerlikon
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Boréal Coffee Oerlikon

The independent coffee company open up their second branch in Zurich.

Bubble Café  •  Lausanne
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Bubble Café • Lausanne

It’s easy to miss this cafe if you don’t know where to look. The spacious café has comfy sofas, magazines to read, a book swap and free wi-fi. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Adriano’s Café Bar  •  Bern
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Adriano’s Café Bar • Bern

A café by day, a bustling lunch destination and a post-work cocktail venue: Adriano’s is well-known to Bern’s coffee cognoscenti and foodies. 

Breakfast, brunch and beyond

Blackbird Coffee and Breakfast Club  •  Lausanne
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Blackbird Coffee and Breakfast Club • Lausanne

A funky newcomer to Lausanne, this two-storey café tucked under Bessières bridge is the latest venture from the Anglo team behind equally funky burger joint Holy Cow!

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Quai61  • Zurich
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Quai61 • Zurich

Its fabulous setting looking right over the lake and beyond make it worthy alone for a visit, however that is not all that appeals about this quirky, charming and fun restaurant/bar. 

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
La Fourchette  • Basel
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La Fourchette • Basel

Breakfast is served into the afternoon, with the brunch each Sunday a local favourite.

Zum Kuss •  Basel
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Zum Kuss • Basel

This self-proclaimed cafe and culture bar offers lunches, coffees, evening cocktails and Sunday brunches. 

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Where to eat brunch in Lausanne
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Where to eat brunch in Lausanne

Whether you're looking for coffee and pastries in a café, a posh Sunday brunch, or a hangover curing fry-up, we've rounded up our favourite options to make sure the most important meal of the day is also the tastiest. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below to let us know your suggestions.

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Wintry food events
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Wintry food events

Whether you fancy fondue in the sky or skiing for your dinner, invitingly wintry food events are taking place across the country. 

Zurich's best healthy eating joints
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Zurich's best healthy eating joints

Whether you are vegan, gluten-intolerant, love juicing or like to eat organically, there is a restaurant or café for you. Here we navigate some of the city’s best healthy eating joints. 

Top burger bars in Geneva
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Top burger bars in Geneva

Fancy a juicy burger ? Check out some of the best places to grab one in Geneva

Find the best burger in Zurich
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Find the best burger in Zurich

The burger bandwagon rolls on in Zurich, with a recent wave of upmarket burger bars and stylish gourmet burger restaurants opening up across the city. Here, in our humble opinion, are some of the best burgers in town. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below to let us know your nominations for the best burger "king" of Zurich.