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Fondue in the Sky, Time Out Switzerland

Where to eat fondue in Switzerland

Dip your way through our guide to the best restaurants and places in Switzerland for finding the melted, cheesy delight that is fondue...

By Time Out contributors
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Zurich

Chäsalp

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Swiss Zurich

Tourists rarely stumble upon this cosy restaurant way up on the Zürichberg. It's popular with locals for its wide variety of cheesy dishes and flavoured fondues including chilli, mushroom and peppercorn.

Chässtube Rehalp

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Swiss Zurich

Larger and more spacious than the Fribourger Fonduestübli, this cheese haven at the edge of town is a favourite for tourists and locals alike, so do book well in advance.

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Swiss Chuchi

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Swiss Rathaus

Although this restaurant does attract a large amount of tourists, it is equally as popular with residents, thanks to it being a reliable and classic local fondue experience. 

Baracca Zermatt

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Swiss Oerlikon

Even though this restaurant is somewhat off the beaten track, once inside it offers a surprisingly authentic rustic chalet atmosphere, complete with a cosy fireplace. 

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Le Dézaley

Restaurants Swiss Zurich

Located near the Grossmünster, this restaurant is renowned for its cheese fondue. Dip into this traditional Swiss dish, which many say is the best to be found in Zurich, or branch out with a range of other hearty specialties.

The Fondue Tram

Things to do Walks and tours Hochschulen

For those who love eating on the go, the Fondue Tram is just the ticket. Hop aboard a classic 1930-built tram and enjoy the sights of the city while tucking in to a flavour-rich pot of melted cheese. The two-hour dining experience includes a grison charcuterie platter and dessert. 

Until Feb 13 2018. 

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Geneva

La Buvette des Bains

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Swiss Pâquis

This café-restaurant is part of Geneva’s Bains des Paquis, a 1930s-era public swimming baths on Lake Geneva’s right bank. Open year round, it offers hearty fondue in the heated cabin in winter.

Le Gruyérien

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Swiss Chêne-Bougeries

It's a way out of the centre but this little place is worth the journey. Serving rich and velvety fondue in a traditional Swiss environment (chalet-style furnishings, cow motifs), Le Gruyérien is great for a casual night out in a friendly atmosphere. 

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Les Armures

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Swiss Old Town (Vieille Ville)

The main reason to visit this hotel restaurant is for fondue. There are several places in town that do a decent Swiss moitié-moitié (half vacherin, half gruyère cheese), but this one is particularly boozy, rich and moreish. 

Café du Soleil

Restaurants Jonction

Like a picture out of a fairy-tale, the majestic house that shelters Café du Soleil welcomes clients from all over the world and is known for its delicious homemade fondue. 

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Café Bon-Vin

Restaurants Swiss

Have you every tasted a tomato, a goat cheese or a champagne fondue? At Café-Bonvin, you can have it all. 

Lausanne

Café Romand

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Swiss Ville Marché

This traditional Swiss brasserie has been serving up specialities from French-speaking Switzerland in its wood-panelled interior since 1951.

Pinte Besson

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Swiss Ville Marché

This tall, narrow building at the end of one of Lausanne’s scruffiest streets claims to be the oldest pub in Lausanne. The menu is classic Swiss, including rich moitié-moitié fondue.

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Café de l’Évêché

Restaurants Swiss Cité / Old Town

If you like fondue but you’re not a strict traditionalist, this is the place to come. Café de l’Évêché has no fewer than 11 different fondues on the menu, from the classic moitié-moitié, to a house fondue with beer.

Café de Grancy

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary European Sous Gare

Sitting on a street corner in a quiet neighbourhood behind the main train station, this is one of Lausanne’s most popular cafés, so much so that you’d be hard pressed to get a table for lunch or dinner without booking ahead. Stop by in the afternoon and it’s a much more relaxed vibe. With an array of hot drinks – including 15 speciality teas – comfy armchairs, a selection of battered books and board games, plus free wi-fi, it’s easy to while away the day. The food is consistently good (especially the desserts) and there’s always something to draw you back, including fondue night on Wednesdays and brunch on weekend mornings.

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La Ferme Vaudoise

Shopping Specialist food and drink Ville Marché

This deli is stuffed full of edible specialities from the local area, including patés, dried meats, smoked lake fish, herbs, oils, dried mushrooms, double cream, fondue cheese, wine, beers and schnapps. 

More recommended fondue experiences in Switzerland

El Paradiso • St. Moritz

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Swiss Graubünden

Served outdoors, the luxury resort complex’s signature fondue service is one of the most memorable experiences you’ll ever digest. A feast for the eyes, nose and belly. 

Le Chalet · Château d’Oex

Restaurants Swiss Lake Geneva Region (Vaud, Valais, Geneva)

An attraction sure to entice any fondue fan: cheesemaking! Join the cheesemaker in making the locale’s signature Le Chalet cheese in a cauldron over an open fire. Once it’s fermenting, it’s time to tuck into the fondue – a classic Vaudois moitié-moitié (half-half ) of Chalet and l’Etivaz cheeses. 

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Les 3 Sifflets, Vevey restaurant, Time Out Switzerland
Marc Checkley

Les 3 Sifflets · Vevey

Restaurants Swiss Vevey

‘The Three Whistles’ serves its excellent fondue with a solid helping of national pride as staff march in wearing Swiss Army uniforms to the beat of the national anthem. After the meal, diners also get to play dress-up in Swiss national costumes and props.

Fondue in the Sky, Time Out Switzerland

Fondue in the Sky · Various venues

Book a table at Fondue in the Sky and you’ll be treated to a three-course dinner for up to six in the télécabine of a gondola ski lift as the sun goes down. The award-winning pop-up dining experience has events in Crans-Montana, Verbier, as well as Villars-sur-Ollon this winter, allowing fans to dunk their bread against some brand new spectacular alpine backdrops.

Verbier: Sat Feb 17, 6.30pm. Villars-sur-Ollon: Sat Feb 24, 6.30pm. Crans-Montana: Fri Mar 30, 6.30pm. Tickets here.

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Baracca Zermatt • Basel

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Swiss Grossbasel

This city centre seasonal pop-up restaurant has a surprisingly authentic mountain chalet atmosphere with some chic finishing touches to it. The menu features cheese or the popular Chinoise variation of fondue and more.

Restaurant Rosengarten • Bern

Restaurants Mediterranean Schosshalde

Between November and February, this popular hangout goes all out with its ‘Joy of Cheese’ menu. Suited to large groups, it tempts diners with a variety of fondues as they revel en masse at large tables on the veranda, complete with crackling log fires.

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Iglu Dorf • Davos

Things to do Davos

How about trying out Alpine accommodation experience with a difference? Davos-Klosters has its own specially created igloo village with events and activities, ranging from fondue meals to carving ice sculptures. 

Fondue mountain
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Fondue in the Alps

Things to do

It's the ultimate pilgrimage for nature lovers and foodies alike: a trail that takes hikers up to a lodge atop the mountains of Gstaad to have high altitude fondue with locally sourced Swiss cheese with amazing panoramic views.

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Gondolezza at Hotel Walther • Pontresina

Restaurants

Fancy dining in a cable car? The focus is firmly on fondue here - made in the the local Gletscher style with alpine cheese, naturally. Other traditional dishes on the menu include raclette, Grisons barley soup, sausages and salads.

Restaurant Les Mazots • Les Diablerets

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Swiss Les Diablerets

A more exhilarating cheese experience you’re unlikely to find. The adventure starts at sunset with a 1,700-metre ascent by chairlift to this quaint chalet restaurant in the snow. Eat your fill of fondue, then grab a toboggan and make the knuckle-whitening nighttime journey down the slopes. 

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