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You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.

    • Ristorante Galleria Arté al Lago

      The only Michelin-starred restaurant in Lugano belongs to the Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola which is located directly opposite. Head Chef Frank Oerthle creates extraordinary culinary delicacies, largely revolving around fish dishes. The ambiance has a wonderfully artistic feel, with sculptures by well-known artists adorning the interior.
      Piazza Emilio Bossi 7
      6900 Lugano
      +41 91 973 48 00
    • Le Bucce di Gandria

      Made with love
      Anyone visiting the Swiss Customs Museum in Gandria should definitely round off their trip with a meal at the restaurant. This simply decorated restaurant with a view of the lake serves up creative, seasonal dishes that have been lovingly prepared. Even the bread and pasta are home-made.
      Via Cantonale
      6978 Gandria
      +41 91 225 88 33
    • Grotto Grillo

      Popular and down-to-earth
      Rather more of a restaurant than a typical grotto, but just as cosy – the Grotto Grillo. Its very good, down-to-earth cuisine is extremely popular – not least with the locals – so booking is always a good idea. The wine list is extensive, and contains some excellent choices. It’s especially easy to forget the time sitting on the pretty terrace in good weather.
      Via Ronchetto 6
      6900 Lugano
      +41 91 970 18 18
    • Grotto della Salute

      A song
      Maybe not a typical grotto, but one of the best restaurants in Ticino. Chef Alex conjures up the most wonderful dishes for his guests with plenty of passion and care and the very highest standards of quality. Dishes vary according to the season. In winter he often serves white truffles with homemade pasta, asparagus in the spring, and unusual summer specialities in the hot months, which can be enjoyed in the idyllic atmosphere of one of the three outdoor terraces.
      Via Madonna della Salute 10
      6900 Massagno
      +41 91 966 04 76
    • Grotto Flora

      Typical grotto ambience
      This typical grotto is just a 15-minute drive from Lugano. Guests instantly feel welcome, and the traditional Ticino dishes on the menu are fabulous. The homemade grissini are perfect with an aperitif - but be sure to leave room for one of the heavenly desserts. Next to the grotto is a bed & breakfast with eight comfortable, individually furnished rooms with their own bathrooms, and other rooms that share a bathroom. A delightful oasis with typical Ticino joie de vivre.
      Via Municipio 8
      6927 Bigogno
      +41 91 994 15 67
    • Seven

      Gourmet restaurant in Ascona
      The lovely town of Ascona on Lake Maggiore is a good 45-minute drive from Lugano. It’s well worth taking a trip out to this pretty little town with its enchanting promenade. However, the perfect finish to the trip is a visit to the gourmet restaurant Seven belonging to Swiss star chef Ivo Adam. Guests really do feel like royalty here. The concept is beautifully planned, the service friendly, and the food a true delight for the palate. There are views of Lake Maggiore from the terrace. Booking is essential.
      Via Moscia 2
      6612 Ascona
      +41 91 780 77 88
    • Ristorante Elementi

      Four-element cuisine
      Because of its location in the casino, guests have to pass a passport control to enter this restaurant – but it's definitely worth it! The modern, glass-fronted restaurant serves up excellent fusion cuisine with Mediterranean, Spanish and Oriental influences. The dishes have all been inspired by the four elements: air, water, earth and fire.
      Via Stauffacher 1
      6900 Lugano
      +41 91 973 71 11
    • Fingy‘s

      Take-away deluxe
      A delicious breakfast, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, wraps or wonderful American cakes and homemade desserts - Fingy’s has all these delights to take away, and you can sit in the sun to enjoy these freshly prepared dishes. The ambience at Fingy’s is alternative and artistic, and great importance is attached to the quality of the ingredients. Very popular, especially at lunchtime.
      Via Serafino Balestra 20
      6900 Lugano
      +41 91 922 26 26
    • Osteria Portici

      Risotto in a hollowed-out Parmiggiano
      The cosy Osteria Portici is situated in the heart of the village of Morcote right beside Lake Lugano. Genuine warmth and hospitality await, and the typical risotto is served in a hollowed-out parmiggiano cheese. There are also lots of other treats on the menu – and there is a good selection of wines which makes it easy to find the right one. Regular photo exhibitions also do their bit to help the pleasant ambience. An enchanting place.
      Piazza Granda
      6922 Morcote
      +41 91 996 18 96
    • Luce Al Gargantini

      Taste of the South
      The chefs make it their priority to use fresh, seasonal ingredients here. The result is deliciously simple Italian and Argentinian cuisine. Outstanding service and a fantastic interior make for an unforgettable dining experience.
      Riva Giocondo Albertolli 5
      6900 Lugano
      +41 91 921 18 76
    • -9° Gelato

      Fabulous ice creams
      A passion for ice cream. In 2009, a group of friends got together to design the perfect ice cream. Naturally, everything is homemade, and only the very best quality ingredients are used. As well as the old favourites, it also offers a range of innovative flavours. A fabulous way to refresh on a hot summer’s day.
      Via al Forte 4
      6900 Lugano
      +41 91 921 15 67
    • Vanini Dolce e Caffè

      Great reputation
      This popular café opened back in 1871. Located in Lugano's Old Town, it is the perfect place for sitting outside, enjoying a coffee and a piece of cake, and watching the world go by. Don't leave here without trying one of their ice-cream creations!
      Piazza Riforma 1
      6900 Lugano
      +41 91 923 82 84
    • Grand Café al Porto

      Coffee house in the Old Town
      The Grand Café al Porto is as much a part of Lugano as the lake is. First opened in 1803, it quickly became a popular meeting place with artists, writers and politicians. Today, tourists and locals alike like to start the day with a tasty breakfast here – or else stop in for a strong espresso and sweet little something from the Confiserie Al Porto after a good day’s shopping.
      Via Pessina 3
      6900 Lugano
      +41 91 910 51 30
    • Il Fermento

      Ticinese beer
      Beer definitely takes centre stage here – especially artisan-brewed, local beers. They have a wide range on offer, with something to suit all tastes. Tasty dishes such as 'Flammkuchen' and platters of cold cuts and cheese are perfect for soaking up the beer.
      Via Marconi 2, Palazzi Gargantini
      6900 Lugano
      +41 91 923 45 45
    • Gran Caffè

      Relaxed bar
      From Wednesday to Saturday, the café turns into a relaxed bar with an excellent wine list, tasty drinks and a pleasant, uncomplicated atmosphere. The perfect place for a nice, relaxed evening or as the starting point to enjoy Lugano's nightlife.
      Via Giosuè Carducci 3
      6900 Lugano
      +41 91 922 22 16
    • Class Café

      Lounge, bar and restaurant
      The stylish Class Café is right in the middle of Lugano. Whether looking for a lounge, bar or restaurant, guests enjoy the elegant ambience and cheerful atmosphere of the Class Café. And because the outside terrace is heated, even on cooler evenings guests can sit outside and enjoy the refreshing cocktails accompanied by the latest hits played by the DJs.
      Corso Pestalozzi 3
      6900 Lugano
      +41 91 922 60 80
    • Al Lido Bar

      Public swimming bath and bar
      Brunch, lunch, dinner or a cool drink right on the Lake Lugano. Probably the coolest swimming bath on the lake. See and be seen. A refreshing dip in the lake during the day, and then enjoy the sunset over a delicious meal in the evening. The Beach Bar Chiringutti stays open until the small hours. A fabulous location.
      Viale Castagnola 6
      Lugano 6900
      +41 91 971 55 00