Switzerland is a country with a rich and diverse culinary heritage, influenced by its neighboring cultures and its varied geography. From the alpine pastures to the sunny valleys, Switzerland offers a range of delicious dishes that reflect its history, traditions and terroirs. Lets explore some of the typical Swiss foods that you can enjoy in Interlaken, a charming town and a must visit in the Bernese Oberland region, surrounded by stunning mountains and lakes, huge waterfalls and some of the best scenery and eateries to enjoy Swiss cuisine.

Fondue: The Ultimate Swiss Comfort Food

One of the most iconic and popular Swiss dishes is fondue, a melted cheese dish that is served in a communal pot over a portable stove. Fondue is usually made with a mixture of cheeses, such as Gruyère, Emmental, Vacherin or Appenzeller, and flavored with white wine, garlic, kirsch and spices. The cheese is melted in a special ceramic pot called a caquelon, and kept warm with a burner. To eat fondue, you dip pieces of bread or potatoes into the cheese with long forks, and swirl them around to coat them with the gooey goodness. Fondue is a social and fun way to enjoy a meal with friends or family, especially on a cold winter day. Its both delicious and a big part of Swiss cuisine and culinary traditions so a must try when you travel to Switzerland.

You can find many restaurants in Interlaken that serve fondue but there is one that stands out as the ultimate cheese fondue experience: the Fondue Villa & Garden. Their bottomless fondue feasts combined with a fun Swiss cheese & fondue history lesson and cheesy garden games makes it a delicious and super fun place to visit. Add to that their small Swiss fondue museum, ‘Take it Cheesy’ fondue cooking classes and dairy and cheese farm visit and you get the most unique and extensive Swiss cheese fondue experience you should not miss.

Rösti: The Crispy Potato Pancake

Another classic Swiss dish that you can savor in Interlaken is rösti, a crispy potato pancake that is often considered the national dish of Switzerland. Rösti originated as a breakfast food for farmers in the canton of Bern, but soon spread to other regions and became a staple of Swiss cuisine. Rösti is made by grating raw or cooked potatoes, and frying them in butter or fat in a large skillet, until they form a golden brown crust. The potatoes are seasoned with salt, pepper, and sometimes herbs, cheese, bacon, or onions.

Rösti can be eaten as a main course or as a side dish, and can be paired with various toppings or sauces, such as eggs, cheese, ham, sausages, mushrooms, or tomato sauce. You can find rösti in many restaurants in Interlaken, such as Husi Bierhaus, Harder Kulm, Panorama Restaurant or SALZANO Restaurant. You can also try different regional variations of rösti, such as Berner rösti (with bacon and cheese), Walliser rösti (with cheese and onions), or Zürcher rösti (with mushrooms and cream).

Chocolate: The Swiss Sweet Treat

No visit to Switzerland would be complete without indulging in some of its world-famous chocolate. Switzerland is one of the largest producers and consumers of chocolate in the world, and has a long and proud tradition of chocolate making. Swiss chocolate is known for its high quality, smooth texture, and rich flavor, thanks to the use of premium ingredients, such as milk, cocoa, sugar, and nuts. Swiss chocolate makers have also invented some of the most popular types of chocolate, such as milk chocolate, white chocolate, and filled chocolate.

You can find many chocolate shops and cafes in Interlaken, where you can buy or taste a variety of chocolate products, such as bars, pralines, truffles, cakes, or hot chocolate. Some of the best places to satisfy your sweet tooth are Schuh Interlaken, Funky Chocolate Club, Confiserie Rieder or the Swiss Chocolate Chalet. For a delicious Swiss chocolate fondue you should definitely head to the Fondue Villa where you can opt for a milk, dark or white chocolate fondue. Pro tip: all of them are refillable and all-you-can-eat! Yummm


Swiss cuisine is a feast for the senses, and Interlaken is a great place to discover and enjoy some of its most delicious dishes. From fondue to chocolate, you can indulge in the flavors of Switzerland and experience its culture and hospitality. Whether you are looking for a cozy and comforting meal, a hearty and satisfying dish, or a sweet and decadent treat, you will find something to suit your taste and mood in Interlaken. Bon appétit!

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