In the stunning lakeside resort of Montreux, the restaurants are sophisticated, elegant and a treat for the senses. Catering to a mixture of jet-set traveler, music fans and European explorers, the restaurants range from Michelin-starred to local. Read our guide to discovering the best.
Montreux Jazz Café | Courtesy of Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
Montreux Jazz Café
The Montreux Jazz Café is part of the Fairmont Hotel and a must-try for your overall Montreux jazz experience. The atmosphere is plush and relaxed, setting the tone for comfortable lunch. Although their menu is internationally-tailored, there is an extensive variety of seafood. Eat here to top off your riviera experience in an appropriately ambient setting.
Caveau des Vignerons is a restaurant that is off-the-beaten-track but has very traditional Swiss food. Expect fare along the lines of raclette, fondue and rösti, at reasonable prices. The interiors are cosy and welcoming, and there are several options for kids (the chocolate fondue is particularly loved). Set in the Old Town of Montreux, this restaurant is a must.
Located right by the castle, Il Brigantino offers a much-welcomed respite to the soaring prices, as well as delicious, authentic Italian food. The menu is enormous, with a massive selection of pizzas, pastas, fish dishes, and so forth; there are plenty of options for children as well. The portions are large and filling, and the waiters are very friendly and easy to talk to.
Confiserie Zurcher is a traditional Swiss tea room. Although the name confiserie generally indicates a sweet shop, many confiseries, like this one, also have an adjacent tea room, café-esque eating area. They have sandwiches and pastries as well as hot meals. Stop by for a breakfast or to enjoy the eye-catching array of traditional Continental dishes such as pain au chocolat. The Bircher Muesli, a traditional Swiss breakfast staple, is especially delicious.
There is no place better to sample seafood than Eurotel’s Safran, especially given it’s spectacular views of the Alps and the Lake Geneva. The food is a carefully-selected variety of worldwide cuisines, with dishes ranging from tapas to Thai curries. Take a relaxed walk along the lake to top the evening off.
La Rouvenaz is a local favourite for its food and service. The top-notch Italian cuisine is packed with aromas and delicious cheeses, and is enough to suit any taste. The seafood is especially popular and the spaghetti is a winner. However, visitors most frequently mention the ocean salad as their favourite dish.
La Véranda in Vevey is a Michelin-starred brasserie with a casual, relaxed vibe to it. The complexity of the dessert menu is especially intriguing, as a number of unusual ingredients and combinations are used. Try the madeleine biscuit with chestnut, the blond chocolate mousse and the pear sorbet with elderflower liquor. Be sure to sample the wines from the extensive wine list, especially the excellent local wines.
With incredible views of the sweep of the Montreux Riviera, Maï Thaï‘s feels elegant, without charging high prices. The Thai food is authentic and brimming with flavours, the red curry, especially, has been lauded for its authenticity. Make a reservation in order to get the best of the seats.
Brasserie des Alpes is a restaurant, bar and pizzeria all rolled into one. The prices here are not as hefty as they are throughout Montreux, and the locals swear by its pizza. The location is very convenient for the newly-arrived traveller, situated just a few minutes from the railway station and very close to the lake shore.
Similar to the Confiserie Zurcher, Fleur de Pains is a café with pastries, sandwiches, and other light meals. The bakery is located right opposite Gare Montreux (the railway station). Service is efficient and clean, and the prices are very reasonable. Perfect for a breakfast or a light lunch.