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10 Things to eat in Lugano and where

You can breathe Italian style in the kitchens of the beautiful Lugano, Swiss municipality in Canton Ticino belonging to that portion of tricolor Switzerland that draws precisely from the north-Italian gastronomy to create substantial and tasty dishes. Obviously, Lugano is also known for the high quality of its raw materials, for the tasty cheeses and, above all, for the number one delicacy in the world: chocolate.

Index

  1. Alplermagronen
  2. Bratwurst
  3. Zuger Kirshtorte
  4. Polenta
  5. Jugged rabbit
  6. Bread Cake
  7. Fondue Chinoise
  8. Carpione fish
  9. Cheese fondue
  10. Swiss Chocolate
  11. Where to eat in Lugano: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Alplermagronen

We can't really call it a "hymn to lightness" but the taste at the table, as we know, often requires strong flavors and courses "loaded" with ingredients ... and then, Switzerland in winter is really cold! However, you will not need any excuse to taste a delicious portion of alplermagronen, a striking example of the union between our cuisine and that of Switzerland. Enjoy your meal!



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 11,00
  • Main ingredients: macaroni, cheese, onions, cream, potatoes

2 - Bratwurst


You cannot stop in Lugano without having tried one of the national-popular dishes of the town: the bratwurst. Grilled, tasted alone (the Swiss are against adding mustard) or in a sandwich and a side of chips, this extraordinary sausage will win you over.


  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner or as a snack
  • Average cost: from € 7,00 to € 12,00 (based on the side dish of chips or the presence of the inevitable sandwich)
  • Main ingredients: sausage

3 - Zuger Kirshtorte


Typical dessert of Canton of Zug, the cake made from kirsh it has a strong but absolutely pleasant flavor on the palate. The mix of creaminess and crunchiness has made it a must of Swiss confectionery in the world, so much so that it has been included in the Register as a protected geographical indication.


  • recommended: as a dessert after a meal or as a snack
  • Average cost: around € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: biscuit, kirsh, hazelnuts, powdered sugar

4 - Polenta


It may seem obvious, but in Lugano there polenta it is one of the most consumed courses in taverns and restaurants. On its own or as an accompaniment to game dishes, polenta is one of the perfect examples of "contamination"between Swiss cuisine and Italian gastronomy.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: about € 13,00 (the price rises when served as a side dish for another course)
  • Main ingredients: corn flour, water, salt

5 - Jugged rabbit


Lugano is famous for its meat and game dishes. Among these, one of the most requested in the well-known clubs of the city is the rabbit, often served in jugged, not to alter the flavor but, at the same time, to sweeten the meat.


  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 18,00 (often accompanied by a side dish based on polenta)
  • Main ingredients: rabbit, red wine, celery, leek, onion

6 - Bread cake


A dessert that comes from the idea, as good as it is "politically correct", of abolishing waste in the kitchen. Supportive, therefore, but above all, delicious, the Bread Cake it is "the" dessert par excellence of the Canton of Ticino.


  • recommended: as a dessert after a meal, or as a snack
  • Average cost: € 7,70
  • Main ingredients: stale bread, macaroons, milk

7 - Fondue Chinoise


Of oriental origin, the fondue chinoise has depopulated in Swiss cuisine, so much so that it has become a mainstay of food and wine in Lugano. The principle, moreover, is very simple: broth, meat, accompanying sauces, mixed to create a tasty dish, without requiring any particular evolution in the kitchen.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 25,00 approximately
  • Main ingredients: veal, beef broth, garlic, lemon

8 - Carpione fish


Not just meat. In Lugano one of the most popular "fish" seconds is the soaked fish, dish prepared using fish lacustrine and drawing on the Lombard culinary tradition.


  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 17,20
  • Main ingredients: whitefish (or other lake fish), flour, onions, carrot

9 - Cheese fondue


Impossible to resist one of the number one Swiss dishes, made with a typical product of the highest quality: the cheese fondue.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 21,50
  • Main ingredients: garlic, dry white wine, kirsh cheese (Emmentaler, Gruyère)

10 - Swiss Chocolate


Dark, with milk, with hazelnuts ... we could not forget the irresistible, delicious, luxurious food in this exclusive top ten food in Lugano. Swiss chocolate!


  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: based on the format and variety of chocolate
  • Main ingredients: cocoa, hazelnuts, milk

Where to eat in Lugano: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

A good dose of Italian style can be perceived in the Lugano menus. This city is in fact located a few kilometers from the borders with our beautiful country, and is the heart of the Italian canton of Switzerland, or Canton Ticino.
In fact, Lugano's recipes draw on both native traditions and the typical gastronomy of northern Italy, to create decidedly tasty dishes. The cost of living in this area is particularly high, as are the prices of cafes, clubs and restaurants: with a careful selection of food, you can still manage to eat at the right price. Here are the best places to eat:

1 - Trattoria Galleria Lugano

  • Description: in the heart of the historic city center, it offers fish and meat specialties as well as Mediterranean dishes, with an excellent value for money
  • specialty: excellent fish dishes
  • Average price: from € 40,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

2 - Antica Osteria del Porto

  • Description: tavern located in front of Parco Ciani, one of the oldest places in the city and offers local dishes at affordable prices
  • specialty: vellulate, meat tartare, baked veal marrow
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: Get Directions - Website

3 - Grotto Del Pep Restaurant

  • Description: restaurant in a farmhouse style, welcoming and rustic, it offers typical dishes of Ticino cuisine
  • specialty: fresh and always seasonal raw materials
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

4 - Clock Restaurant

  • Description: elegant restaurant in the city center, renowned both for its refinement and for the excellent preparations it serves
  • specialty: excellent risotto
  • Average price: from € 50,00 per person
  • Address: Get Directions - Website

5 - Sassa Bistrot & Bar

  • Description: Casual restaurant with panoramic cuisine serving Swiss and Italian cuisine
  • specialty: focaccia and gourmet pizzas
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page
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