Swiss cuisine plays to the country’s strengths, with cheese dishes like fondue and that same melted goodness over potatoes, meat and onions; pies and Zurich’s own style hot pot; and more modest breakfast items like the famous Bircher muesli. On tours of Switzerland you will quickly learn locals do not hold back, following hearty meals with different varieties of cake, cookies and pastries, not to mention just a few of the iconic Swiss chocolate brands such as Lindt and Toblerone. When it comes time to ‘cheers’ be ready for local beers like Eichof and wines such as Riesling.

 

Breakfast:

Bürli, Zopf, sweet Magenbrot

Birchermüesli (Swiss invented Muesli)

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Mains:

Cheese Fondue (molten with white wine, garlic and dipped with bread or potato)

Raclette melted cheese over potatoes, gerkins, pickled onions and dried meat

Rösti grated potatoes with cheese, chopped ham and/or egg.

Veal, Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Trout

Pastetli (Meat pie with mushrooms)

Zürcher Eintopf (Hot-pot Zürich style)

Papet Vaudois leeks and potatoes

Pasta tri colori

Wurst sausages: Cervelat, Luganighe, Luganighetta, Kalberwurst, Landjäger

 

Dessert:

Dreikönigskuchen (Epiphanies cake), Nusstorte (nut cake)

Apfelküchlein (deep fried apple cookie), Brunsli (Swiss brownies)

Mövenpick Ice Cream

Fasnachtsküchlein (Carnival cookies), Basler Leckerli (Basel cookies)

Carac shortcrust pastry

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Chocolate:

Toblerone, Lindt, Teuscher, Sprüngli, Frey, Pamaco,

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Cheese:

Emmental, Gruyère, Vacherin, Appenzeller

 

Drinks:

Clean mountain tap water

Rivella Blue, Red, Green (soft drink with milk whey)

Chocolate Malt Ovomaltine

 

Beer:

Eichof, Feldschlösschen, Appenzeller, Amboss, Cardinal, Ueli Bier

 

Wine:

Riesling X Sylvaner, Chasselas, Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir)

 

Spirits:

La Clandestine Absinthe

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Courtney Gahan is a serial expat, traveller and freelance writer who has bartered with Moroccan marketeers, seen the sun rise at Angkor Wat and elbowed her way through crowds on NYE in NYC

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