The picturesque Swiss
town of Lucerne is a food lover’s paradise, with a combination of stylish new restaurants and well-loved old taverns on every corner. Here are 10 great spots in Lucerne that every traveler should visit for a taste of Swiss cuisine at its finest.
Bistro, Cafe, Swiss, European, American, $$$
Mill’Feuille, located right by the River Reuss, is one of the best places in Lucerne for breakfast and brunch. Breakfast is served until 6pm, and features items like quark served with a goji berry compote and muesli, alongside traditional breakfast combinations of bread, homemade jam, and hazelnut spread. Try the baked eggs with various toppings, a favorite of regular patrons, or the signature “Mill’Feuille” steak tartare, which is best enjoyed on the roof terrace with a view of the river.
Mill’Feuille, Mühlenplatz 6, Lucerne, Switzerland, +41 410 10 92
Restaurant, Swiss, European, $$$
The Galliker family has been running this tavern for over a century, serving hearty, traditional fare to generations of Luzerners. The atmosphere at Wirtshaus Galliker can best be described using the untranslatable German word, Gemütlichkeit (a combination of coziness, familiarity, and the feeling that all’s right with the world). Enjoy a homemade Luzerner Chügelipastete (a veal and mushroom puff pastry pie) while surrounded by old regulars at this family and pet friendly restaurant.
Wirtshaus Galliker, Schützenstrasse 1, Lucerne, Switzerland, +41 240 10 02
Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, $$$
This classic spaghetteria and pizzeria, situated in the picturesque Old Town of Lucerne, has developed a loyal clientele over the past 30 years. Valentino’s features an extensive menu of authentically prepared pasta dishes and pizzas along with Valentino’s specialty seafood risottos. The old-fashioned decor definitely adds to the restaurant’s charm.
Ristorante Valentino, Metzgerrainle 3, Lucerne, Switzerland, +41 410 31 93
Pub, Restaurant, Swiss, $$$
Adjoining Lucerne’s town hall is its very own restaurant and brewery, Rathaus Brauerei, where you can enjoy the staples of alpine cuisine in a convivial, pub-like setting. Highlights of the menu include the Älplermagronen mit Apfelmus (a macaroni cheese pasta dish served with applesauce), the Luzerner Käsekuchen (a savory cheese cake), and rabbit fillet with oyster mushrooms. Naturally, all food at the Rathaus Brauerei goes well with Rathaus Natürtrub and Rathaus Bock, the two in-house beers.
Rathaus Brauerei, Unter der Egg 2, Lucerne, Switzerland, +41 41 410 52 57
Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, European, $$$
Savvy travelers in Switzerland quickly catch onto the fact that most restaurants put out an affordable lunch set menu that changes every week and La Cucina is no exception. The restaurant, part of the Hotel Astoria, combines authentic Italian fare with an elegant setting, and has earned an impressive 12 Gault Millau points. Travelers who don’t want to break the bank can still enjoy La Cucina during weekday lunches, when the daily set menus include options like ricotta gnocchi with chicory and buffalo mozzarella, octopus carpaccio, and pizza prosciutto.
La Cucina, Hotel Astoria, Pilatusstrasse 29, Lucerne, Switzerland, +41 41 226 88 88
Restaurant, Swiss, European
Restaurant Stern boasts architecture with 714 years of history, a great summer terrace with a view of the Franciscan Church, and a refreshingly contemporary take on Swiss and international cuisine. Try the special summer set of three light starters (gazpacho, fennel and orange salad, and cucumber with gin dressing), or the vegetarian tagliatelle with rocket, strawberries and Seelisburger cheese. The menu is seasonal, so there is always something new to try.
Stern Luzern, Burgerstrasse 35, Lucerne, Switzerland, +41 41 227 50 60
Restaurant, Swiss, German, European, $$$
The premises of Zunfthausrestaurant Pfistern date back to the 16th century, when it was built as a guild hall for the city’s bakers and millers. A beautiful fresco on the facade, depicting a tree bearing many coats of arms, makes the building one of the Old Town’s crown jewels. The typical, seasonal Swiss cuisine also comes with the fantastic view of the famous Kapellebrucke.
Zunfthausrestaurant Pfistern, Kornmarkt 4, Lucerne, Switzerland, +41 10 36 50
Restaurant, Asian, Ice Cream
Part of the Hotel Wilden Mann, Burgerstube is decorated in early 20th century neo-gothic style, and offers a great menu of regional treats, as well as a selection of items with an Asian twist. Try the sliced veal with rösti, or the crab terrine with saffron mayonnaise. The dessert menu is the real highlight, featuring mouthwatering items as an apricot and amaretto terrine, and creme brûlée with berries and sour cream ice cream. For maximum indulgence, order the “Probiererli” plate, which lets you sample multiple dessert items.
Burgerstube, Hotel Wilden Mann, Bahnhofstrasse 30, Lucerne, Switzerland, +41 41 210 16 29
Rösslistube is owned by the proprietors of Gasthof Rössli, a beautiful family-run inn on the outskirts of Lucerne. The lovely wood-panelled dining room, with its bright green open fireplace, is the ideal setting for a leisurely Sunday lunch. The menu mainly comprises of modern interpretations of old recipes, like salmon marinated in coffee and served with nut mayonnaise, or zander (similar to perch) with melon and lime chutney.
Rösslistube, Gasthof Rössli, Dorfstrasse 1, Adligenswil, Switzerland, +41 370 10 30
Bistro, Brasserie, Restaurant, European, French, $$$
An appealing ambience is definitely one of Brasserie Bodu’s strong points. The French restaurant is decorated in charming bistro style, with assorted framed pictures and vintage knick-knacks adorning the walls. The menu covers the classics of French cuisine, like a house entrecôte, ratatouille, and bouillabaisse, offering no big surprises but providing a very satisfying meal in an enchanting setting.
Brasserie Bodu, Kornmarkt 5, Lucerne, Switzerland, +41 41 411 77