Zermatt Mountain Restaurants
The mountain restaurant obsessed Where to Ski and Snowboard Guide, (wtss.co.uk) the world’s most comprehensive annual guidebook to the planets ski resorts, says simply that Zermatt has, “the world’s best mountain restaurants.” It’s hard to add to that, so the bare details are that there are some 40 places to eat, including a far bigger choice of the table-service, gourmet cuisine variety of which The Where to Ski Guide’s editors are most fond. The views are generally spectacular too. Despite the huge choice of on-mountain dining, the guide recommends you book ahead where possible and, as with all things Zermatt, check your budget. Oh, there are quite a few standard cafeteria style eateries too, offering faster, more affordable food but generally still to a high quality.
Restaurants In Zermatt
There’s a remarkable choice of more than 90 places to eat in Zermatt, with something for pretty much all tastes and all budgets – pretty well. Along with numerous purveyors of traditional Swiss mountain cuisine such as fondues and raclette you’ll find restaurants serving Chinese, Caribbean, French, Italian, Japanese, Mexican and Thai dishes.
There are far too many good places to list and indeed it’s more difficult to find bad places, however it is easy to spend a lot of money fast so you need to be wary if that’s an issue. At the more affordable end try the spaghetti factory for Italian, the Brown Cow for hamburgers (...or there is in fact a McDonalds...) or the Weisshorn for Mexican.
Many establishments serve top notch nosh, For example the Swiss Chalet (18 Bahnhofstrasse; +41 (0)27 96 75 855) is great for traditional Swiss fondue and raclette cheese specialties as you would expect. Le Gitan (64 Bahnhofstrasse; +41 (0)27 9681 940 legitan.ch) is especially good for grilled meat dishes and does a famous champagne fondue.
Grocery Shops in Zermatt
Zermatt has a good selection of food retailers. There are more than half a dozen bakeries, several butchers ad a couple of delicatessens selling fresh and preserved food from the region as well as fine foods from around the world. Josi (Tempel 9, +41 (0)27 966 24 30) is a good choice for cheeses as well as wine while Stoller (Vispastrasse 16; +41 (0)27 967 10 56; stoller-zermatt.ch) is the main green grocers. Merkur (Bahnhofstr., Arcade Schweizerhof; +41 (0)27 967 43 73; merkur.ch) is a top chocolatier.
There are several small supermarkets including Migros Wallis (Hofmattstrasse; +41 (0)27 720 65 40) and PAM le mini (Winkelmatten; +41 (0)27 967 24 22). CCPerren AG (Spissstrasse 24; +41 (0)27 967 15 23; ccperren.ch) provides a cash and carry service.
A private chef service is also provided in resort by Private Chef Zermatt (Casa Blanca; +41 (0)79 344 02 42; privatechefzermatt.ch).