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Food and drink

Food and drink
If variety is the spice of life, Swiss food truly presents a flavourful platter. Regional cuisine is wide and varied. Masterful local chefs create new ways to present traditional treats. Some gain international acclaim with edible artworks based on simple country fare. You just can't go wrong eating out in Switzerland. There's a match for every taste and budget.

Meal times
Lunch is usually served between noon and 2 pm, and even a little earlier at some restaurants. Dinner is usually served from 6 pm to 9.30 pm. Many restaurants and pubs, especially in the cities, also offer continuous (11 am-10 pm) hot dishes.

For vegetarians
Eating vegetarian is not a problem - either eat at a designated vegetarian restaurant or select individual meatless dishes on the menu.

Tipping: Not necessary
You never have to worry about tipping in Switzerland, as tips are included in the price. You can, however, add a smile to the face of someone who has provided good service by rounding up to the nearest franc or round figure.

What does a meal cost in Switzerland?
Usually, the most affordable way to eat at lunchtime is to order the "menu of the day". This usually consists of a starter (soup or salad) and a main course. In the evenings there are partially defined menus, which are slightly cheaper than if you select freely from the menu.
An "à la carte" main course costs between 20 and 50 francs. If you are after something more affordable, try snack bars or restaurants located in department stores (e.g. Migros, Coop, Manor).

Typical food and wine Food and Wine

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