Where to Eat and Drink in Gstaad
Discover our favourite bars and restaurants in glorious Gstaad.
Located in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland, this upscale German-speaking resort has long been a holiday destination for celebrities and royalty alike, with former and current residents including Grace Kelly, Prince Rainier, Dame Julie Andrews and Sir Roger Moore. Home to the winter campus of the world's most expensive school, Le Rosey, Gstaad is a well-known ski resort and a popular destination for international jet setters. Luckily there is a fantastic array of bars and restaurants to match its exclusive clientele. We have recommended a few of our favourite places on the drinking and dining scene to ensure you make the most of your stay in this fabulous resort.
With breathtaking views over Saanenland and authentic, locally-sourced food, Wesserngrat is the perfect place to refuel after exploring the ski runs of Gstaad. A family-run restaurant, Wasserngrat serves a variety of cuisine, ranging from traditional Swiss meals to internationally infused dishes such as truffle ravioli and Thai prawn soup. With its spectacular setting high above the town, you can soak up the sun on one of Wasserngrat’s two terraces and admire the expansive view of Gstaad and the surrounding area.
In the heart of Gstaad sits the Posthotel Rosstli, a stunning building, filled with alpine-style wooden furniture and traditional Swiss features. Situated in the pedestrian centre, this establishment is the oldest hotel in Gstaad, having been built in 1845. A family-run business since 1922, it is now the fourth generation who will welcome you upon your visit. Posthotel Rosstli is very family-friendly and is a must for lovers of traditional Swiss and local dishes. So make yourself at home and enjoy one of the many meals on offer, from the truffle fondue to creamy mushroom veal with rössti.
RISTORANT BAR RIALTO
A favourite of many celebrities, this Italian restaurant can be found on the main promenade. Providing authentic Italian dishes such as lemon risotto and pan-fried mint scampi, Rialto’s menu is sure to make everyone's mouth water. When the sun is shining, make sure you take a seat outside and enjoy the live music provided as you watch the horse-drawn carriages passing by.
For the sweet-toothed of the group, Charly’s is a must with its vast selection of homemade pastries and confectionery. A strong favourite for locals, this popular cafe is found next to the vast outdoor ice-skating rink on the promenade. Providing lighter food options, the cafe is ideal for breakfast and lunch with delicious options such as red curry, coconut and sweet potato soup to keep you warm on a cold winters day. When you have finished on the slopes, why not visit Charly’s for a decadent hot chocolate and a piece of raspberry tart as you admire the snow falling around you and watch the routines of figure skaters?
For that Michelin-starred experience
Found in the hotel Le Grand Chalet, La Bagatelle is a Michelin-starred restaurant serving classic French food made with top quality ingredients. At La Bagatelle, the outside terrace provides breathtaking panoramic views while the inside has a cosy interior. Homemade terrine of duck liver and fig-mango chutney as well as saddle of lamb with thyme, are just two of the divine dishes on offer. Wine lovers will very much enjoy the extensive and well-chosen wine list too.
Fans of Japanese food will love this Michelin-starred restaurant in the Alpina hotel. Following the success of its flagship restaurant in New York, this venue is very popular with the community of Gstaad. From snow crab to seared scallops with truffle miso, this restaurant has a flavorful menu as well as the largest sake collection in Switzerland. The building’s interior is designed by none other than Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and incorporates many concepts from traditional Japanese houses and temples.
ICE DOME AT PARK GSTAAD
A unique après ski location, the Ice Dome is the perfect bar to start your evening with a glass of champagne or two whilst enjoying the DJs music. Open to all, an adjacent ice skating rink makes for a picturesque winter setting whilst those wanting a break from winter activities can relax on woollen blankets around the outdoor fire pits.
GREENGO CLUB, GSTAAD PALACE
Located in the basement of the famous Palace hotel is the GreenGo Club, one of the oldest clubs in the international night scene. Opening its doors in 1971, this venue is known for its legendary parties in a unique setting. A club like no other, you can dance the night away on the retracting dancefloor over the hotel’s swimming pool. GreenGo maintains its 70’s decor, combining the best of the past and present with music played by resident DJ Jim Leblanc.
BOUQUET, LE GRAND BELLEVUE
This vintage cocktail lounge found in Le Grand Bellevue hotel has an array of expert mixologists waiting to create the perfect cocktail for you. Throughout the winter season, Bouquet offers a variety of themed nights, from karaoke Wednesdays to burlesque cabaret and masquerade parties. This venue has a luxe meets rock ‘n’ roll vibe ready to welcome you in the later hours of the evening until the early hours of the morning.
For further information on the resort take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Gstaad.