Summertime in St Moritz

Hearty fare, breathtaking views and chic atmosphere atop a mountain – plus an invigorating stroll

The snow may still be melting in the Swiss Alps, but soon the ski slopes will be a carpet of green and wild flowers and the tingling alpine air will feel just as life enhancing as it does in winter.

I should think few would argue that one of the high points of any trip to Switzerland is lunch at a mountain restaurant, and a particular favourite of mine is El Paradiso in St Moritz. In winter it’s fun to pack inside at one of the long wooden tables, enjoying the atmosphere and the conversation of skiers taking a well-earned break; in summer it’s just as memorable to sit outside on the terrace and savour the breathtaking views of the peaks beyond the lake.

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The menu is hearty fare and I’d recommend the pork chops and spare ribs served with baked potatoes and sour cream – and best washed down with cold beer or Sion wine.

For those who don’t want to go back to St Moritz by chair lift, there’s a beautiful 90-minute walk, clearly signposted whatever the season, that leads down the mountain, through the pine woods and back into town.

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