Where to Eat and Drink in the Alps
Collected by Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
Traditional Alpine cuisine ranges from Raclette and fondue in Switzerland to schnitzel and pretzels in the Bavarian Alps. Lately, however, some of the world’s finest chefs have added an international flair, creating a food scene to rival the best.
Gurglerstraße 93, 6456 Gurgl, Austria
During the day, Hohe Mut Alm replenishes weary skiers with an abundance of regional specialties and spectacular mountain views. To truly experience the magic of this Alpine hut, however, you need to flick on your head torch and head there after...
Freihaus 4, 83707 Bad Wiessee, Germany
To truly live the Alpine life in Germany, you must dine on authentic Bavarian fare surrounded by majestic mountains. Freihaus Brenner am Tegernsee offers your best chance to do so—with a five-star finish to boot. Here, spectacular views over...
St. Christoph 18, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
Located in St. Anton, Hospiz Alm appeals to those with a penchant for sumptuous steaks and the world’s finest wines. The internationally lauded restaurant offers an authentic Austrian dining experience (the wait staff dons traditional dress)...
Adlerkeller has a reputation throughout the Bavarian Alps for two reasons: a delicious array of traditional cuisine, and a welcoming atmosphere that lures diners back again and again. Indeed, the lovely owners of this Kaufbeuren-based restaurant...
Avenue Centrale 134, 1884 Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
Villars-sur-Ollon might not top the list of world-famous Swiss ski towns, but this quaint place packs a punch—particularly with its newish bar, Moon Boot Lounge. After tackling some of the region’s finest (and, more importantly,...
Bankgasse 16, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Located in the heart of Garmisch, Koch’s lures diners from all over Germany—indeed, all over Europe—with locally sourced ingredients and innovative recipes. Committed to sustainability, the chefs build the menu around...
Unterer Mooserweg 2, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
You’ll never truly understand the joy of après ski until you’ve partied in Europe—especially at MooserWirt in St. Anton. Rumored to sell more beer per square foot than any other bar in Austria, MooserWirt epitomizes the...
Rue Sainte-Catherine 4, 3960 Sierre, Switzerland
A Swiss sojourn wouldn’t be complete with gorging on a plate, or five, of Raclette. For the best, head to the fairytale-esque Château de Villa, which sits on the mountainside in Sierre. Here, the house special consists of five cheeses...
3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Named among the best mountain restaurants in the world by The Telegraph, Chez Vrony sits on Rothorn Mountain, a short ski down from the Sunnegga Express in the hamlet of Findeln. Housed in a rustic-chic Swiss chalet, it’s been in operation...