10 Things to eat in Bern and where

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The capital of Switzerland is a city that, like other European capitals, makes available to citizens and tourists a great variety of restaurants and clubs which offer typical specialties from all over the world, in addition to strictly traditional dishes. During the visit to the city, therefore, a taste is due typical Swiss cuisine, a mix of traditions from the main three cantons, which is therefore influenced by French, German, Austrian and partly Italian influences. Are you planning to spend a few days in Bern? Here is a small guide that lists the 10 things to eat absolutely in the Swiss capital.


  1. Berner Platte
  2. Cheese fondue
  3. Raclette
  4. Älplermagronen
  5. hash browns
  6. Swiss birchermuesli
  7. Spaetzle
  8. Swiss chocolate
  9. pork cutlet
  10. Leberspiessli
  11. Where to eat in Bern: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Berner Platte

As the name suggests, this specialty is typical of the city of Bern. It is about a single dish consisting of ham, speck, spare ribs, feet, marrow with sauerkraut, beans and potatoes. The birth of the dish can be traced back to a precise date, it was created to celebrate the victory of the Bernese over the French on March 5, 1798.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 20,00
  • Main ingredients: ham, speck, ribs, feet, marrow, sauerkraut, beans and potatoes

2 - Cheese Fondue

Fondue certainly needs no introduction but, in Switzerland, it takes on an even more special declination thanks toplenty of typical cheeses on which the country can count. Swiss fondue is generally made using soft cheeses, such as fontina, comté, gruyere and emmental, to which white wine is added. Fundamental to the success of the recipe is to have the appropriate container with stove available

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 25,00
  • Main ingredients: soft cheeses, dry white wine, garlic, nutmeg

3 - Raclette

This name indicates both the typical Swiss preparation, both the cheese you use. More than a recipe it is a real ritual, carried out for example by the heat of the fireplace, towards which the chosen half wheel is held inclined. When the exposed surface begins to melt the it is scraped with a knife and is served with boiled or baked potatoes.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 18,00
  • Main ingredients: Raclette cheese, potatoes

4 - Älplermagronen

It is a dish consisting of pasta, potatoes, cream, cheese and onions. Its name can be translated into "pasta of the alpigiano" and it is a classic of Swiss cuisine. However, this is not a very old dish, since pasta arrived in the central Alps only in the th century, brought by Italian workers following the construction of the Gotthard tunnel.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: pasta (usually macaroni), potatoes, cream, cheese, onions

5 - Rösti

For its preparation the potatoes come grated raw and sautéed in a pan, some recipes include the addition of chopped onions and tasty strips of speck. It can be eaten as a side dish or as a single dish.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, onions, speck

6 - Birchermüesli

The dish is named after its creator, the nutritionist doctor Max Bircher who, 120 years ago, stopped in a mountain pasture during a hike in the Alps. A farmer offered the man the same thing that she and her children were eating, namely a bowl of milk with chopped cereals, berries and ground nuts. The doctor was conquered by the simplicity of the dish but also by its high food value, so much so that he took it as a starting point for the Birchermüesli. To date, there is no family in Switzerland that does not consume it, perhaps replacing milk with yogurt, adding chocolate or dried fruit.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: cereals, nuts, berries, milk or yogurt

7 - Spätzle

Despite being a typical preparation of southern Germany, these dumplings are also very popular in Switzerland. They are based on soft wheat flour, eggs and water, a very simple preparation but with a very tasty result.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: soft wheat flour, eggs, water, seasoning of your choice

8 - Swiss chocolate

It has always been one of the symbols of Switzerlanddespite the fact that the country itself does not have a climate suitable for the cultivation of the cocoa plant. World-famous Swiss chocolate owes its success to the innovative ideas of th-century Swiss chocolatiers. To date, Switzerland is one of the nations with the highest chocolate production in the world and the one in which the greater consumption of chocolate per capita.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: about € 12,00 per kilo
  • Main ingredients: cocoa

9 - Schweineschnitzel

A specialty that comes from the Viennese cuisine, is none other than one veal slice breaded and then fried in lard. It can be served with different side dishes and looks a lot like our cutlet.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 14,00
  • Main ingredients: calf meat

10 - Leberspiessli

They are gods veal liver skewers (or pork) wrapped in bacon and cooked on the grill or in a pan.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: veal (or pork) liver, bacon
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Where to eat in Bern: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Being the capital of Switzerland, in Bern you will find many clubs and restaurants offering both international dishes and typical recipes of the Swiss tradition, which they are influenced by the French, German and Italian cuisine, making Swiss cuisine one of a kind.
As for places to eat, it's not always easy to find cheap restaurants or for all budgets. Switzerland is already an expensive destination on its own and this is also reflected in this aspect. A tip to save: absolutely avoid touristy places! The best thing is to look for the most characteristic places frequented mainly by locals. At lunch you can then stop in the various markets that fill the streets of the city and taste the typical dishes at a good price.

1 - Beaulieu

  • Description: located in the university district, off the beaten track, it is the right place to taste and discover the true Bernese tradition; it has several menus, depending on the season, as well as one for lunch and one for dinner
  • specialty: Market Menu Beaulieu
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Erlachstrasse 3 - Get directions - Facebook page

2 - Kornhauscafé

  • Description: a real institution in Bern, built between 1771 and 1778 initially as a granary, then over time transformed into a restaurant; offers typical dishes and excellent wines, open in the morning also for a good breakfast
  • specialty: "Kornhaus" tartare
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: Kornhausplatz 18 - Get directions - Facebook page

3 - Rosengarten restaurant

  • Description: located inside the Rosengarten, one of the most beautiful and most popular parks in Bern; open from morning until late evening; it is equipped with outdoor tables and an internal room, both with a beautiful view of the city
  • specialty: dish of the day
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Alter Aargauerstalden 31B - Get directions - Facebook page

4 - Schöngrün

  • Description: near the Paul Klee Museum, a bit far from the historic center; restaurant with modern design, housed in a historic building; offers dishes that combine local tradition with international influences
  • specialty: soup of the day
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: Monument im Fruchtland 1 - Get directions - Facebook page

5 - Thousand Sens

  • Description: in the heart of Bern, it has a typical French bistro look oriented towards fusion cuisine; there are several menus, one for lunch, one for dinner and one for special occasions and business meetings, all offering fresh and special dishes
  • specialty: a thousand sens table
  • Average price: from € 100,00 per person
  • Address: Schweizerhof-Passage, Spitalgasse 38 - Get directions - Facebook page

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