Which are the best mountain restaurants in Zermatt?
There is an unparalleled selection of excellent stops across the massive ski area – known as the lunch capital of the Alps – ranging from modest self-service to upmarket fine-dining.
The Swiss side boasts well over 30 different establishments whilst there is a similar number over the border in Italy on the way down to Cervinia and Valtournanche.
Zermatt’s pistes have their famous culinary institutions such as Chez Vrony, Zum See and Fluhalp but here are four lesser-known eateries which we especially like.
This privately owned refuge is discretely located just above Trockener Steg and whilst the interior is cosy and atmospheric, the sunny terrace has some of the most dramatic views in the Alps, across the Theodule glacier, towards Klein Matterhorn and the Breithorn.
During Zermatt’s annual Unplugged music festival, the Gandegghutte is the venue for Europe’s highest jazz concerts with the regular appearance of the Ronnie Scott’s Club house band.
With a traditional menu, the house speciality coffee is certainly worth trying. The ‘käseschnitte’ is also excellent and unique with its bacon garnish.
At the start of the Moos ski itinerary joining Furri to Winkelmatten, the Alm is an excellent meeting place as it is a pleasant and not too arduous stroll up from the village and yet, it is just off the main piste down from Gornergrat and Riffelalp.
The sheltered garden is a real suntrap and young children are very welcome as the restaurant has its own exterior play area.
The Alm’s speciality is fresh trout – there are two live fish ponds tucked in beside the restaurant – as well as a good selection of meat, fish and pasta dishes. The giant prawn salad is particularly good.
Jäegerstube at Zmutt
Technically this is not a ski restaurant, even if it is close to the piste joining Stafel to Furri, as a deep gorge necessitates a 10-15 minute walk across the bridge and up to the ancient and picturesque hamlet of Zmutt.
Popular with walkers who generally take about an hour to come up the well-maintained path from Zermatt, the large and peaceful sun terrace at the Jaegerstube looks up at the peak of the Matterhorn.
A friendly welcome is assured and whilst the cuisine is again traditional Swiss fare, the ‘käseschnitte’ gets our vote as best in the valley.
Immediately below the Riffelalp resort and with the convenience of a Gornergrat train station close by, the Alphitta was taken over at the start of last season by local character and band front-man, Dave Murphy.
Together with his partner Tanja Siemerink, they were both previously in charge of the hotel and restaurant at Schwarzsee.
Weather permitting, there is daily live music on the terrace which looks across at the Matterhorn and the inside is warm and inviting.
Served by a young and dynamic team, the food is imaginative with an international bent: the sea bream was a favourite here last winter and it wasn’t even on the menu!
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Edited by Iain Martin