Après-ski in Gstaad: Tara Bernerd’s foodie guide

The interior designer reveals six hot spots in the Swiss Alps

Designer Tara Bernerd outside The Alpina hotel in Gstaad
Designer Tara Bernerd outside The Alpina hotel in Gstaad | Image: Beat Schweizer

“Getting up to the mountains is heaven, and Gstaad is a magical place. I like to walk to the village, where I go to Charly’s coffee shop. It’s been there for years and the pastries are simply amazing, but I try to resist and go for a coffee and a ‘glow juice’, made by my friend Dianne.” Charly’s, Promenade 76, 3780 (charlys-gstaad.ch).

Charly’s coffee shop and bakery, with its “amazing” pastries
Charly’s coffee shop and bakery, with its “amazing” pastries | Image: Destination Gstaad

“I do a lot of walking and hiking. My husband Tommy and I like the long walk to Lauenen, where you follow a river trail through a fairytale forest. The views are never lost on me. Having worked up an appetite, we’ll head to the authentic, chalet-style Hotel Wildhorn, which is renowned for its decadent rösti, the traditional Swiss potato dish that is prepared every imaginable way here. I prefer the version with ham and egg, but they’re all delicious.” Hotel Wildhorn, Dorfstrasse 4, 3782 (wildhorn.ch).

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“One of the best spots on a Saturday night is the Olden Hotel. Massimo, the maître d’, is fantastic and the bar has a warm, convivial feel. The restaurant is just as seductive, so we’ll stay and have my favourite spaghettini sciué sciué, a spicy tomato pasta.” Olden Hotel, Promenade 35, 3780 (hotelolden.com).

The restaurant at the Olden Hotel is a favourite place for dinner on Saturday
The restaurant at the Olden Hotel is a favourite place for dinner on Saturday | Image: Destination Gstaad

“For some culture, we’ll hike to one of the area’s art installations, such as Doug Aitken’s glass house – an incredible structure made of mirrors. After this, I often meet my sister and brother-in-law at the Sonnenhof. We’ll sit on the terrace whatever the weather, as the views are stunning. I rarely eat meat, but here they serve the steak still sizzling on a hot black stone, and it’s exceptionally good.” Restaurant Sonnenhof, Sonnenhofweg 33, 3792 (restaurantsonnenhof.ch).

The terrace at Restaurant Sonnenhof is a top spot, “whatever the weather”
The terrace at Restaurant Sonnenhof is a top spot, “whatever the weather” | Image: Destination Gstaad

“Tommy has quite a sweet tooth so we’ll pop into Délice, a cake shop run by the talented Heidi Sigrist-Wehren. She made our wedding cake and is considered a true pâtisserie queen.” Délice Café & Chocolatier, Dorfstrasse 4, 3792 Saanen (delicecafe.ch).

Good food and art are a cool combination at Seize
Good food and art are a cool combination at Seize | Image: Destination Gstaad

“We’ll spend Sunday night at Seize, a very cool restaurant serving excellent mussels and light, fresh soups.” 16 Art Bar Restaurant (Seize), Mittelgässli 16, 3792 (16eme.ch).

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