We’re very excited to be launching our new ski school in Zermatt this year. To prepare for the winter we’ve been checking out the best restaurant on the slopes, so we can make sure all of our clients get the very best of what this fantastic resort has to offer.
Famed for its cuisine, restaurants in Zermatt are pricey but worth it.
Here are a few on the ‘not to be missed’ list below…
Findlerhof, also known locally as Franz & Heidis, after its owners, is located on the Zermatt side of the resort near the village of Findeln. This restaurant offers great local dishes, to be expected as it is run by two locals, and is paired with an incredible hand-selected wine list. The menu offers a great pasta and fish selection, great for the pescatarian, and is accessible for all skiers from beginner level; it is also accessible via a walking path.
Chez Vrony, a chic restaurant and probably the most famous restaurant on the slopes, is a family owned restaurant run by Vrony. Again located in the village of Findeln on the Zermatt side, you can take the gondola up and walk down if you have non-skiers in your party, otherwise it’s a great ski-in restaurant accessible from a blue run. Pretty much everything on the menu is good, and the terrace offers great views of the Matterhorn on a clear day. Top trip – try the Wallisian platters.
CERVO, located in town with its own chalet accommodation too, boasts a fantastic restaurant and apres bar. If you’re stopping in for lunch, it is just a short ride back up the mountain on the Sunnegga funicular located by the restaurant. Known amongst regulars for its delicious truffle oil and parmesan chips, and locally sourced and reared meats, they place a strong focus on sustainability and quality. Views of the Matterhorn are also not to be sniffed at
Alphitta; a restaurant which is great for families accessible by the Gornagratt train which is a short 20 minute journey from Zermatt and ideal for an after-ski school trip. Run by an Irish guy and Dutch lady the offerings include a great mix of Asian fusion and traditional swiss. Daily specials are always delicious and there is a big St Patricks day party each year, not to be missed!
Blatten is the oldest restaurant in Zermatt, famed for its truffle and crayfish risotto that is incredible. Great to go to if you’re having a later lunch as it’s just a short ten minute ski back into Zermatt. Especially good to go to at the end of the season as it gets the sun.
Zum See is located in a little mountain hamlet of the same name next to a chapel a short ski down on the Furi- Zermatt piste, it is also possible by walking trail. They are famous for their freshly-made mille-feuille (also known as crèmeschnitte in this region) for dessert or simply a sweet treat. They pride themselves on fresh ingredients and are known for their fantastic meat dishes. If you have a big group there’s a room in the attic that can be rented for a private dining experience; for this you must book well in advance.
Refugia guide del cervino is at the top of the Cervinia side, and is well worth a visit for a morning coffee in their snack bar; the best coffee you’ll find for a euro. The Cervinia side is especially good to ski after February as it gets the sun, along with some great skiing.
Bontadini also on the Cervinia side, this place is great for some cheap eats; it has a snack bar on top that offers some great local Italian soups and big paninis. You can call up in advance and book for a sit down menu lunch for the restaurant below the snack bar. The restaurant has incredible floor to ceiling windows which look down the Aosta valley. Their bread selection is unrivalled elsewhere, with 8 or 10 different types of bread made with locally sourced ingredients on site.
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Chalet Etoiles sits below the Bontadini restaurant and again has the option of a self-service or waited restaurant. In the restaurant, the handmade pastas are renowned. It’s a ‘must book’ place at least 24 hours in advance, and be prepared to wait up to half an hour for your booking as the Italian dining style is rather more relaxed that you may be used to!
Princeppi Delle Nevi a hotel directly translating as ‘the price of the snow’ this is a place for a really extra special lunch, serving haute cuisine inspired by traditional Italian fare.. Ideal for those who don’t like to be rushed and want to escape the crowds, they only serve one sitting at lunch. Also a must book in advance and can be quite tricky to find, so a good option if you’re taking a guide or instructor for the day. You will need to get the timings right if eating here, as this is located at the bottom of Cervinia; leave by 2.30pm at the latest if you want to make it back to Zermatt in time!