A June 1999 trip
to Interlaken by neworleanstraveler
Quote: Interlaken is rich with dining options. However, in Switzerland dining and everything else can get very pricey. Here are a few dining options that have nice ambiance and are delicious.....and as an added bonus, they are affordable! Have a great time eating your way through Interlaken!
Restaurant | "PizPaz"
My guide book made the suggestion of PizPaz as a casual and enjoyable meal. I headed downtown from my hotel and found it located on the corner of the main street just a few blocks from the Victoria/Jungfrau Hotel. I asked to be seated outside and received a splendid table on the sidewalk facing the shops and foot traffic.
The menu was very large and offered both traditional Italian dishes, Continental fare and about 20 different types of pizza. Garlic bread was brought to my table and my waiter took my order of Risotto with Ham, cheese and mushrooms.
With a very crowded dining room, I expected a long wait. Refreshingly, in a reasonable time my meal arrived. The risotto was very good....it wasn't the best I have had, but I enjoyed it on this chilly evening in June!
My idea is that this restaurant would be a great place for the whole family. It is a good bet in Interlaken!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 22, 2000
Restaurant-Pizzeria Piz Paz
033 822 25 33
I followed her advice and she did not lead me astray. She said that the one "must" dining experience is to have pastries at the Schuh.
On a brilliantly sunny day in June, I walked down the Hoheweg and arrived at the Schuh. It has the perfect location, just on the perimeter of the local park, where daily dozens of parasailers land from their daring jumps.
I was seated on the terrace in the back of the restaurant and from that vantage point you have a commanding view of the Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau summits. As an addition to the remarkable views, a pianist was also on hand to add a lyrical flavor to the surroundings.
I ordered cinnamon spiced tea and an almond creme pastry that were both about the finest that I have ever had. The pastry was melt in your mouth delicious and I wish that I could have eaten a dozen more. The service was prompt but not rushed and I took advantage of the tranquil setting to take out my journal and collect my thoughts on paper.
I highly recommend the Schuh as a dining or after dinner destination in Interlaken.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2000
033 822 94 41
The Goldener Anker could be described as very pub like from the outside. In fact, it was very reminiscent of an London pub from its outside appearance. The inside did little to dispel my first thoughts. It was very woody and dark, but also looked very comfortable and inviting. I was promptly seated in a cozy booth that gave a commanding view of the restaurant and the adjacent bar, but I also had a window to look out onto the street.
A very friendly and informative waitress helped me through the menu, it was in German....I could make out most of it, but needed some help. She suggested the beef broth as an appetizer and the spring rolls on a bed of pasta and vegetables as my main.
She led me in a great direction with my meal. It was delicious! I really enjoyed this restaurant, it gave me a different view other than the typical touristy places that I had been going to. It was nice to see local families out on the town....they even ordered some of the same food as I did.
Great meal, great ambiance, great service!!!!
Restaurant Goldener Anker
33 822 16 72
The staff was super friendly and they were all Latin American (how's that for authenticity!). I asked to sit outside the restaurant and had a great view of the surroundings. The location is on a small street that doesn't see much vehicular traffic. It is bounded by several other restaurants and small boutique hotels. I was treated to about two hours of watching kids play in the streets, people joyfully walking by on expeditions here and there and various locals on their way home from work. It was very relaxing and comforting.
I ordered from the specials of the day. I had a guacamole salad and chicken fajitas. They served chips and salsa before your meal and were quick to replenish them if needed.
I think that this place is popular because it was constantly busy, but the service was never lacking. The food was good and I enjoyed the entire experience at El Azteca.
El Azteca Restaurant
33 822 71 31
Restaurant | "Migros Deli or Supermarket"
Located behind the Cental-Continental Hotel and the Interlaken West train station is the Migros Supermarket and Deli.
This is where you can stock up on those "I forgot to pack _____" items or buy snacks. I visited the Migros on a couple of occasions. First, I like to see the local specialties that are available in a foreign locale. Plus, I like to buy things like bottled water, fruits and candy that I can keep in my hotel room and take on the road on a daily basis. This cuts down on snack binges at those dreaded tourist snack stands...and fruits and water are healthier for you.
Inside the Migros, you will also find a self-service cafeteria and a pastry bar that served great sweets. I really liked the potato soup and the salads that the Migros offered. The prices were reasonable and the portions were hearty.