Ultimate Comfort Food in the Swiss Alps

Forget the Michelin stars: After a day on the slopes, the most rewarding meals are shared at these 10 Swiss gems, all serving stick-to-your-ribs dishes.

Pascal Gertschen
OF 10

It may not have the reputation of its big foodie neighbors Italy and France, but for a small country, Switzerland has a massive constellation of Michelin stars: 140 in all 26 cantons, the highest amount of stars per capita in any Michelin Red Guide. But after a day in the snow, we crave hot, gooey, cheese-centric comfort food over fussy plated dishes. Chalk it up to the country’s appetite-whetting cold mountain air or its preference for the everyday over the elaborate, but there’s no better remedy to a day on the pistes than crispy cordon bleus, stringy raclettes, creamy macaronis, toothsome spätzli, and of course, bubbling fondues—just a few local dishes that promise to warm you up. On your next visit to the Alps, ditch the stars for a hot plate of something Swisser at these off-the-path comfort food restaurants from Appenzell to Zurich.