Late and lazy - the best brunches in Switzerland
Hangover cure or family gathering - a weekend brunch is the meal worth getting up for! And the fastest way to get teenagers up and out of the house? Invite them to brunch. Here’s our pick of the best...
Montreux – Gstaad
All aboard in grand Belle Époque style with the Montreux Oberland Bernois railway. This scenic Sunday trip in a vintage 1st class rail carriage includes an aperitif, three-course brunch, fantastic views, plus free teas and coffees all the way! Depart at 10.00am and return on any MOB afternoon service. See schedule for dates & details.
Globus - Balexert, Geneva
If your weekend’s not complete without Swiss chocolate then drop into choco-heaven, served hot, chilled, in a cup, in gorgeous squares or in a delicious sprinkle. Saturday 9am – 6pm. Plus two downtown locations - Mollard (Saturday 8am – 10pm) and Confédération (Weekends 10am -6pm).
quai de Mont-Blanc, Geneva
A relaxed breakfast/brunch in vintage, wooden cabins – served Sunday from 8am. Watch hardy swimmers take a dip or book a sauna, Turkish bath or hamman. Fresh juices zing with ginger, and classic Swiss birchermuesli is followed by generous tartines.
av Louis-Casaï, Geneva
Looking for a fun option for play-hungry children? Relax with a lavish buffet while little ones run to the bouncy castle... Delicious mini burgers, a chocolate fountain, Wii games plus helpful supervision. Under 5s eat for free – half price six to 14s. Sunday from 11.55am.
place du Mollard, Geneva
Start your Sunday with a classic brasserie experience. Slide into a cosy banquet for a fresh take on tradition by British Chef Justin Grant. Londoner Gant came to Geneva by way of Hyde Park and Lyon. Check out his English Man breakfast... Sunday 10.30am – 4pm.
Kornhausgasse 10, Basel
Don’t miss homemade house rösti at this Basel classic. But don’t be fooled, there’s a modern twist – including cocktails. Brunch on Saturday until 3pm; tuck into pancakes, Swiss muesli and the KornHaus hangoverkur. Classic recipe or secret remedy? Nope, it’s a vodka smoothy!
– two locations in Zurich
A legend on Zurich’s pan-Asia food scene, Ly’s has canteens in both the trendy Kreis area (Zahnradstrasse) and in Stadelhoferstrasse. Sushi, spicy Thai noodles and a modern Chinese menu delight a young weekend brunch crowd from 11am – 3pm. The industrial, open-plan dining hall/kitchen makes for plenty of noise and clatter – but it’s a buzz that works.
Re-live the glories of Rio with brunch and a side order of incredible lake views – at the TOM Café, perched atop Lausanne’s popular Olympic Museum. Juices, pancakes, eggs and bacon hit the spot, while children pay just CHF2 per year of their age! Fascinating Olympic memorabilia with a pop of colourful design. Weekends 11am - 2.30pm.
rue Ancienne, Carouge, Geneva
Comme à la maison – and it’s true; you’ll soon feel at home in this old-school Carouge café. Settle in with sweet-scented Chai and a paperback from the bookshelf. Or browse homemade cakes and pastries, scrambled eggs, ham and cheese, plus gluten-free options. Weekends from 10am. Check out the garden on sunny days.
Relax with amazing Lake Annecy vistas and transform your Sunday into an indulgent Spa day. Chill out with a massage or a dip in the pool, then head to the hotel’s stylish La Brasserie for a sumptuous three-course buffet brunch. Serving classic dishes by Executive Chef Eric Poing, pitched at bistro-gastronomy, offering a relaxed feel but maintaining the hotel’s efficient service. There’s also a great menu for kids. Brunch served Sundays from 12 noon – 3pm.
downtown Wielandplatz, Basel.3
All about eating the best regionally-sourced delicacies, including delicious honey, veggies, fruit, meat and dairy. Pitched in perfectly with the Slow Food movement, Radius 39 offers a bar, café and store – with a real community buzz. Support local growers and farmers and catch up with foodie events. Looking for a change from bacon and pancakes? Try unusual combinations such as quails eggs, homemade scones, muesli and yoghurt. Weekends from 9am
Etoy - Geneva - Gstaad
This brand new concept restaurant and gourmet store at Etoy offers a one-stop contemporary food concept, with deli, outside catering and take away. So after you’ve brunched in style (open 11am Saturday, starting soon Sunday) browse shelves of Italian cheese, pasta, pizzas, charcuterie and fine wine. Find Duchessa The Gourmet Kingdom at the centre i.Life at Etoy or Duchessa The Luxury Signature in Geneva and at new Boutique Hotel Ultima Gstaad.
Lausanne, Nyon and Geneva
Pizza for brunch? The kids will love you for ever... But family-friendly Luigia manages to maintain an air of slick sophistication despite welcoming little ones with bambini servings of several Italian classics. Ingredients are super-fresh, presentation and service first class and Luigia prides itself on a 72-hour process to create its distinctive homemade pizza dough. Not your usual Italian-rustic. PLUS Nutella pizza for dessert! Open from 12 noon at weekends.
Bread is good, toast is better – but for a real New York brunch it has to be a bagel... The Bagel Boys is a restaurant and bakery that brings you an authentic taste of home, plus bio-credentials and fantastic choice. Seeded bagels, sweet glazed; bagels, plain, loaded up as a sandwich or bagel minis, check out the Bagel Boys restaurant in the Hunziker area (Dialoweg), open 9am – 2pm weekends. Can’t make it into town? The Bagel Boys will deliver. Weekends from 9am
Geneva’s five-star lakeside, Hotel President Wilson
A Japanese brunch at the Wilson has got to be the coolest ways to kick-start your weekend. Michelin-starred chef Michel Roth serves delicious delicate sushi and maki next to a stylish contemporary fireplace, with a playroom and babysitter nearby. Check out classic French and Lebanese dishes, weekly themes and events. Roth is also known for his elegant Umami Japanese restaurant. Sunday 11.30 am – 2pm.
Set in a tranquil green and wooded space off Metallstrasse, the hotel’s CU Restaurant & bar is a popular after-work hangout for young professionals. But on Sundays it’s the CU Long Breakfast that ticks all the boxes. Market-fresh dishes and healthy options help create this buffet-with-a-view, and local regulars enjoy delicious cheese, whole-grain bread, eggs, sausages and homemade marmalade! Sounds like a walk in the park... Sunday from 8.30am -2pm.
Winterthur’s four-star Park Hotel
by night a smart cocktails destination that turns into a relaxed and comfortable hotel diner at weekends! But be warned – book ahead if you want to be sure of a table as Bloom is busy. Sunday brunch kicks off at 11am and in addition to breakfast buffet classics you can expect beef filet and deserts – so it’s definitely a combo of early morning treats and lunchtime specials. There’s a glass of sparkling Prosecco on hand too – plus under 12s pay CHF2 for every year of their age.
A laid-back vibe and a menu called Brunch Makes You Happy! It clearly works as regulars cheerfully tuck into a weekend brunch at the Kreuzplatz classic until 4pm! Pick-me-up cocktails and wonderful bacon and egg combos. Fancy a Steak & Egg brunch? This one comes with a side order of hash browns and bacon. Or how about Chia Pudding, made from almond milk and served with granola and fruit. Bohemia is open 9am – 4pm weekend.