An old-world, picturesque city, Bern is a serene urban getaway for the modern traveller. In the midst of this secluded and quaint serenity, eat at Bern’s comfortable brunch restaurants and savour the best of what the capital city of Switzerland has to offer.
Right on the river Aare is the Schwellenmätteli restaurant. The pretty terrace affords great views over both the river and the old town and is the perfect place to start a day of sightseeing. One of their highlights are the syrup drinks made from flowers and fruit, with all the ingredients being locally sourced. Enjoy the typically Swiss dish of Birchermüesli alongside the typical Continental breakfasts of cold meats, cheeses, fruit juices and even a glass of Prosecco.
Located in the center of the city, Kornhauscafé is at the heart of a historic Bern. It serves a hearty and well-known brunch: the food is fresh and robustly healthy, and always very well presented. The selection of the food is large as well: apart from the general breads and jams, there’s also a wide variety of antipasti to be sampled, smoked fishes, other meats, and freshly-pressed juices. This is the perfect place for a leisurely, sumptuous Sunday brunch.
The Restaurant Marzilibrücke likes to have a combination of the traditional Continental brunch-breakfast selection as well as some international items on their list (think pancakes with maple syrup). The location of the restaurant is beautiful: located just by the river, there are tables set out in their shady garden, perfect for an al fresco summer morning.
Price range: fine dining
Opening hours: Sunday 10am onwards
Watch out for: their shady garden by the river Aare
Choose to eat your brunch at a traditional confiserie, the beloved confection-shop of the Swiss. The Confiserie La Praline is a tea room-esque restaurant and bakery situated in the Breitenrainquartier in Bern and has a very old-world charm to it. Come on their “Bäcker-Zmorgen”, which happens on Saturdays and Sundays and has set portions of breads, juices, and other traditional breakfast items.
Price range: mid-range
Opening hours: Sat-Sun 8am-2pm
Watch out for: the delicious confectionaries (buy some with your breakfast)
Just outside Bern, Zehendermätteli is an idyllic restaurant on a half-island on the river Aare. This serene retreat is very family friendly and beautiful; an escape from the urban spaces of the city of Bern. Their Sunday brunch has a large range of food to choose from, arranged in a service-friendly buffet. Spend your time after your breakfast strolling along the walkways by the Aare and enjoying the lovely views.
Set in Bern’s stunning rose garden, the Restaurant Rosengarten has fantastic views over the cityscape of Bern. Their Frühstück (breakfast in German) lasts as long as a normal brunch would, and has enough selections for a brunch if you choose the bigger option. There’s a variety of cheeses to sample, and a little bread-basket. Alongside there are the usual hot beverages, the juices, and various meat choices.
Bar, Coffee Shop, Coffee, European, Vegetarian, $$$
Filled with a hip retro charm, the Caffè Bar Sattler is a charming little café that sees a very mixed and alternative crowd. The service is swift and friendly, and the atmosphere very relaxed. Eat a traditional continental breakfast in the small café whilst chatting with friends or strangers; and be sure to taste their home-made ice cream afterwards as a special treat.
Price range: budget
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 8am-11pm, Sun 9am-6pm
Although primarily a bar, the Zar Bar also serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. They have a large selection of coffees and teas, as well as hot chocolate, and they serve primarily a sweet breakfast. They have cakes à la Viennese cafés as well as chocolate confections. The breakfast is laid out like a buffet, with warm breads, fruit juices, and jars of jams and Nutella. Be sure to stop by for a relaxed, laid-back breakfast or brunch.
A popular vegetarian restaurant, Tibits offers sumptuous and healthy brunches. There are vegan options as well as vegetarian options, and all allergens are clearly marked. There’s a wide variety of breads and fruit juices, but you also have the option to choose between a cold buffet and a hot buffet. The hot buffet is recommended due to the more unusual variety of choices (Demeter scrambled egg, French toast, etc.)
The Brasserie Lorraine is a quiet, unassuming restaurant that does some of the city’s finest brunches. With a large variety of both meat and vegetarian options, there’s something for everyone. Their outdoor patio is a shady, leafy area with subdued conversation. Eat your brunch at the brasserie with a newspaper and while the morning away peacefully.