Rathaus Brauerei Luzern: Good Beer at a Reasonable Price
Given its location right against the river in old town my first impression of this place is that it was a tourist trap. However doing some checking I found out that it was a popular brewery and restaurant for local folks in Luzerne.
I did not have any food there. This trip was largely about beer. So I learned that they make their own beer. Their standard beer is Seidel and they have at least one seasonal beer always on hand. The Seidel is a light carmel colored pilsner beer. It was tasty. It is served in either a half liter or liter mug. The cost of a half liter was a little over 4 swiss francs. Not bad for Switzerland and their sky high prices.
Favorite Dish: The Seidel beer.
Bachmann Confessore: A Luzerne Institution
Located all around Luzerne is the Bachmann Confessore stores. These stores which can either be very little such as in front of the rail station and lake or big in the case of old town manage to make a surprisingly large variety of excellent but relatively inexpensive food. Sandwiches, pralines, fresh bread, quiches and other baked goods galore fill the typical Bachmann's.
What was most enticing to me was the Bachmann's in old town that was baking bread on a Monday in mid afternoon. They had these old cast iron ovens and the bread that was coming out smelled wonderful. Couldn't pass it up when the alternative was a day or two day old loaf from Co Op. Bachmann's also has delicious quiches made with asparagus and various cheeses. Prices are at or just below what I found to be the going price for baked goods and sweets in Luzerne.
Favorite Dish: The fresh hot bread priced from 2.5 swiss francs.
Café Mill'feuille: Cool concept
This café is located at the end of the old town ie downriver near the second wooden bridge across the Reuss.
They have outdoor seating and the café itself is not small. Toilets are upstairs.
I ordered "Riz Casimir" a Swiss rice with curry dish and was asked whether I knew their concept of half portions. So everything comes in half portions, there are no full portions except for one dish there is a "man's portion". They prefer that you order several courses of food instead. This I didn't do. My Riz Casimir was yummy but just too small ;-) It cost CHF 16.00 and my black tea cost CHF 4.50. Service is very friendly.
Bachmann: 'Kaffee und kuchen' by the lakeside...
Confiserie Bachmann is a fourth-generation Lucerne-based company....making chocolates, cakes, breads, sandwiches etc all of which are produced using 'fresh, natural and high-quality' ingredients.
There are several Bachmann shops dotted around the city but the lakeside outlet I found is exceptionally well-placed for providing sustenance for the many people who enjoy ambling along Lucerne's tree-lines lake 'promenade', enjoying the lovely views across the water to the distant mountains and watching the boats plying to and fro.
And it's also very useful for local workers' lunchtime snacks, as I soon realised by the queues which formed around midday.
They sell filled rolls and sandwiches and hot and cold drinks as well as a variety of cakes. The coffee is very good and I really enjoyed my apple-filled pastry. Prices are very reasonable (in Swiss terms) for such good quality food...and such very friendly and pleasant service.
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Al forno: Eat a tomate salad and tortellini alla panna
It`s a small nice restaurant it`s not direct in Lucerne city it`s in Kriens. The service is very kind and helpful. And they like to make jokes with you. The food is very good and there a lot of different dishes. So when you want to have a dinner with our family or our friends so it`s a perfect restaurant and it isn`t expensive.
Favorite Dish: For starter i like the tomate and mozarella salad and then tortellini alla panna and then ice cream. But they have also lovely pizzas.
Hotel des Alpes: Great food, beautiful location
A great location with outdoor riverside tables overlooking beautiful Chapel Bridge & the lake.
Excellent service, English menu available, top quality food with a wide choice of dishes.
Watch the people promenading by, listen to the strolling musicians. At dusk when the fairy lights come on it's a wonderful experience.
Favorite Dish: We had the house merlot red wine at SF22.50 for 500ml carafe, which was excellent. I had one of my all-time favourites veal cordon bleu, which is breadcrumbed tender veal wrapped around a slice of ham & Swiss cheese and fried in olive oil. Served with French fries & vegetables. Geina had a traditional bauernbratwurst, a large pork sausage made with herbs & spices served with onion sauce & French fries. Both dishes were outstandingly good.
We were also tempted by risotto with five herbs & parmesan cheese at SF19.60, and perch fillets sauted, with crayfish sauce, lemon rice & leaf spinach at 36.80.
Wilden Mann: For a Nice Romantic Dinner
Ok, let's see what I can remember about this restaurant from our visit there almost 3 years ago in October, 2008.
This was the last night of our trip to Europe so we wanted to go out on a high note. We had eaten at 3 different places in Switzerland during our previous 3 nights there (2 in Lauterbrunnen and 1 in Interlaken) and were less then impressed. I mean the meals were OK, but nothing extra special. I'm pretty sure we selected this one from one of the guidebooks we had. As it turned out this was a very nice albeit expensive place to have dinner.
As you can see from the 1st picture the interior was somewhat dark with an obvious German flavor. There weren't a whole lot of people in the restaurant, but I remember one of the tables had a father (I'm assuming with 3 of his children). From the bill which I saved I can tell we each had a glass of wine and then ordered essentially from a set menu. As usual I ordered the fish item and Sue ordered the beef. We were also able to have a small tasting from the chef (I have a little card that was presented that states, "With compliments from the kitchen".
Favorite Dish: The meals were very good and in fact were actually, in my opinion the 2nd best dinner we had on our trip. The only other meal I thought was better was our meal from our first night in Paris a week earlier.
I've included 4 food pictures to give you an idea of the presentation.
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- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Café-Restaurant Hug: Excellent Birchermüesli
Lovely Restaurant right at the River. The Menue-Card is rather small but you will definitely find something you like.
Favorite Dish: The Birchermüesli is just excellent! Try also the "open tea" such as Black Tea from Nepal.
BODEGA: A DELI AT THE STATION
We had to have a quick meal before leaving on our onward journey to Interlaken from Lucerne and the bet place to do so was the station. There are quite some options from fast food to traditional restaurants. We however decided to go for a restaurant called the Bodega which is at the ground floor of the station. they had many boards with signs of different foods. We opted for Thai curry with jasmine rice. My wife preferred a veg. dish, all of which was prepared in front of us in a wok and we and surely did not make a mistake. It turned out for around 10 Euros a person with a drink included. Nourishing and delicious. We surely did not miss the train.
Brezelkonig: A Selection for Everyone
Boy oh boy, the things I think I should have done now after I go back and review pictures of our trip to Europe in 2008. Things I didn't do include eating some fish and chips in London, walking down the streets of Paris eating a freshly baked loaf of French bread and here in Switzerland, not buying and munching down on one of those huge pretzels.
As you can see from the picture here from the old town area of Lucerne, we were plenty tempted by the pretzels on display. From what I remember though we decided to see what other eateries we could find through our walk through town and never did make it back to this pretzel store. Darn!!!
- Family Travel
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Pacifico: Mexican Cantina and Bar
This is a very nice restaurant (with bar). I liked the ambience. It has very nice wooden ceilings and a beautifully painted walls with great photos.
Service is first class.
Favorite Dish: They serve good Tex Mex food like Fajitas, Burritos, Spare Rips, Nachos and other typical stuff. They have beef tartar and good steaks (meat is from Argentina) as well. On the menu is some vegetarian dishes as well and they have a good choice of salads.
And of course not to forget the Margaritas!
Stadtkeller: Swiss Traditional
I came purely to admire the beautiful frescoes on the front of this building but it is highly recommended in guides for people looking for Swiss Traditional food accompanied by music, song, dance and folklore.
It looks a bit cheesy for my taste but who am I to criticise. The food is reported as being good and the entertainment is traditional Swiss so I can see the attraction for some. Not for me though.
The restaurant caters for groups as well as individuals - so be warned ;)
- Food and Dining
- Arts and Culture
River Cafe Hug: Casual riverside breakfast
A casual cafe/restaurant in a quiet part of the old city with riverside seating, perfect on a warm sunny day. A great place to start the day before you go exploring the city's sights.
Favorite Dish: Continental breakfast, available as an all-you-can-eat buffet for SF19.50.
Paella, large SF27.50 or a smaller portion at SF18.50. Wine SF4 a glass.
Café Ruethemann: Café Konditorei
This café in the non-touristy part of Lucerne but close to the railway station serves various pastries and cakes etc. It belongs to the Konditorei next door. This is a normal café with ordinary people as guests, no trendy ones.
Not accessible for wheelchairs.
Favorite Dish: I had a tea and something called "Japonais". The small, heavy calory pastry is called by this name all over the German part of Switzerland.
Mövenpick is known for their famous ice cream.But this restaurant offers also international cuisine.Don't forget also to try their Lucerne's local specialty. the Chügelipastete,meatballs and mushroom, pie with grapes in a sauce.
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