Budget eating suggestions in Switzerland

Old Mar 31st, 2010, 02:30 PM
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Hi prepar -

I just checked my trip report from our latest trip to Switzerland - our lunches in restaurants ranged between 32-44 CHF for two adults - mind you that usually consisted of a shared salad and a bowl of soup and one drink each. We had lunch at an establishment in Wengen that charged 12 CHF for a bowl of soup and 4 CHF for a pitcher of tap water.

Our most expensive meal was just over 60 CHF, but it wasn't a fancy meal, just a plate of Rosti and Raclette with one drink each.

We paid 16 CHF for two kebabs in the city, and 18 CHF for a double cheese burger, medium fries and a Happy Meal at a McDonalds in a moment of weakness. Our cheapest on-the-go breakfast was two lattes and two croissants for 19 CHF.

We purchased bread, fruit and cheese from bakeries and grocery stores for breakfast and we had the occasional picnic.
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Old Mar 31st, 2010, 02:51 PM
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Here are some prices from our last couple trips (all listed in Swiss francs). These were a few splurge lunches as we ate most nights in our chalet apartment and other meals more the picnic type from grocery stores.

These are from the mountain-top restaurants, not the cities mentioned in the OP. For us, they were real splurges for lunch. But then, the views....oh the views. And you can sit there as long as you like, no rushing to get the table seated by another party. Soak it all in. Worth every penny!

Rosti 19.50
5 dl Coke 5.00

Kleine Scheidegg:
1 Strudel with vanilla sauce 6.50

Piz Gloria (Schilthorn):
Schilthorn Keller (meat/cheese platter) 23.50
Schweinschnitzel 25.00
1 pitcher tap water 6.00 (gasp!)

Restaurant Jungfraujoch:
bottled water 4.60
bratwurst & frites 17.00
mustard & ketchup packets 1.60 (for 2 packets)

Berghotel Schynige Platte:
Sptazli with some kind of chicken 16.00
Schweinsgeschnetzeltes 22.50
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Old Mar 31st, 2010, 11:06 PM
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Ok wow, I really appreciate all the feedback each one of you are giving me and also sharing with me your travel experience. I am now definately budgeting about 100 CHF for my meals with a plus minus of about 10-15 CHF. Because I will have picnic lunches and dinners but at the same time I want to enjoy the local food. For some meals I can go low on my spends and be lavish on a few meals.
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Old Mar 31st, 2010, 11:24 PM
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Can you please share with me your favourite place in Geneva, Lucerne and at Interlaken for meals. And which are the local dishes which I must have. I will definately try fondue and Rosti
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What month are you going? local food are somewhat seasonal, in winter there are excellent homemade sausages, venison stew, rabbit, fondue, raclette, for example that you wouldn't find so much in summertime.

One of my favorite things in the Geneva area (sorry don't know specific restaurants to recommend as I stay in either Vevey or Montreux, not Geneva itself) is a typical cheese & meat platter. They are wonderful.
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> a typical cheese & meat platter

That's usally called "Assiette Valaisanne" (Dish from Valais -canton), nice although not a huge one could cost chf20.- or more.
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We found the best food at moderate prices at the train stations! We started off in Zurich, and our hotel was right across from the train station, so we went there our first night, mostly for convenience. Amazing! While there, some people nearby told us the train stations all over were great - so we did that about half the time - and they were right!

We had lunch in Luzern at a very nice restaurant, but the food was very expensive and only mediocre.

At some restaurants, the aroma of cheese is overwhelming, and you walk around smelling like that after...

If you see Veal Zurich on the menu - fantastic, especially served with Rosti. At the hotel where we stayed in Leichtenstein, the chef prepared this for us every other night, even though it wasn't on the menu, and served it himself in a gleaming copper pan. (I only wish I could duplicate that at home!)
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Old Apr 1st, 2010, 11:25 PM
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Suze, I will be there in the month of May (14- 20)
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The dish djkbooks is talking about is Zurcher geschnetzeltes. It is my favorite dish in the German cantons of Switzerland. I have had it in Zurich at Restaurant Krolpf. It is a German style beer hall in a very old building. It was better on my first visit about 25 years ago, but a great dish. Not cheap but delicious. It is usually served with Rosti. Raclett over potatos, spagetti bolanaise and gameister salad were meals I used to orde when I was traveling around Switzerland in my college years in the early seventies. Still cheaper then a lot of the meals you can get. Like most of Europe take advantage of fresh bread and baked ham from the butcher with a little Tommy mayonaise.
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Ah traveling in spring will be beautiful!! (but the winter foods won't be served), except you can find fondue and raclette even in the warmer weather some places.
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If you will be going up to Jungfraujoch, you may want to take snacks. The restaurant there seemed quite expensive and it was crowded when I was there last September.
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Hi again,

In Vevey, I got fondue at this place in Nov, so it'll probably also have it in May (it may be on the menu throughout the year there):

Mazot restaurant, rue du Conseil 7

But go early, as all the seats were taken by 12.30. It was packed with local residents, including some Brits who live there.

Have fun!

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This link will take you to a detailed photo/narrative of a day trip we took to Zurich. It includes lunch at an inexpensive eatery that is popular with the locals.

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