Restaurants & Cafés

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

Switzerland's best markets
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Switzerland's best markets

From fruit and vegetables straight from the grower, freshly-baked bread to alpine cheese to meringues. Whatever you're looking for, have a browse through our pick of Switzerland's best markets.

The best summer restaurants in Switzerland
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The best summer restaurants in Switzerland

Check out some of the coolest places to dine, drink and relax this summer in Switzerland. 

The best food events this spring and summer
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The best food events this spring and summer

Loosen that belt as our guide to food events happening across Switzerland will get you in the mood to scoff, stuff, dine and nibble.

Zurich’s best cafés
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Zurich’s best cafés

Coffee culture is a big part of Swiss city life and you don’t have to look far to find a coffee shop, coffee house, tea room or café – Zurich has them all. However, they can vary in function, with some proving good for a breakfast gipfeli (the Swiss-German word for croissant) and others like Sprungli or Kafi Dihei serving excellent milchkafi (milky coffee) and cake. Then there are venues like Grande Café (perfect for posing with a laptop) or Café des Amis, which is ideal for a hip Sunday brunch – in fact, a few cafés provide shining examples of great food in Zurich, making café-hopping one of the most enjoyable things to do in the city. Whatever you’re after, you’ll probably find it in a Zurich café, so here’s our pick of the very best spots around.

Top burger bars in Geneva
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Top burger bars in Geneva

Get stuck into our list of great local places for burgers 

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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

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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
Users say
1 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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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.

Winter season gets into full swing at Zurich's Baur au Lac Hotel
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Winter season gets into full swing at Zurich's Baur au Lac Hotel

Zurich's Baur au Lac has a range of indulgent activities designed to warm you up this winter

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. 

Swiss restaurants declared the best in the world
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Swiss restaurants declared the best in the world

It seems that when it comes to gourmet food, no one does it as well as Switzerland, according to a new French publication