Is a Small Swiss Town the Next Big Foodie Destination?

Is a Small Swiss Town the Next Big Foodie Destination?

Here's why epicureans are flocking to a surprising location.

By Jenny Berg
There are two ways to find the world’s best restaurants. First, you could follow any Top Chef alum to the kitchen he or she is currently helming. Or, you could check out La Liste, which ranks the top 1,000 restaurants in the world.
Can you guess which city lays claim to the No. 1 spot? Hint: It’s not in Paris. Here’s where to find the restaurant topping the illustrious list, what to eat there, and how to keep the indulgences going in town.

1. Eat: Restaurant de l’Hotel de Ville

Drumroll, please: Restaurant de l’Hotel de Ville is currently the number one restaurant on La Liste. In a converted manse in Crissier, Switzerland, the restaurant serves seasonal fare that’s meant to awaken all the senses. Dining here is referred to as “the Sensory Experience.” You may sink your teeth into a coastal scallops scattered with caviar, or taste a purple sea urchin drizzled in champagne jus. 

2. Stay: Hotel Beau Rivage Palace

After dinner, enter into a divinely comfortable food coma at Hotel Beau Rivage Palace. The hotel is in Lausanne, just a skip and a jump from Crissier. 
Coco Chanel herself once lived in one of its suites, but the coveted booking these days is for the Lavaux Suite. Perched on the rooftop, the spacious room has a Jacuzzi, an open bar, and a dedicated housekeeper. 

3. Spa: Lausanne Palace & Spa

During your stay, devote a whole day to total relaxation. The CBE Concept Spa at the Lausanne Palace and Spa has packages that include treatments, an organic lunch, and full use of the facilities. Decompress in the steamy hammam, take a dip in the pool, and quiet your mind in the Silent Duvet room. 

4. Soak in Some Culture: Olympic Museum Lausanne

Who knew? Lausanne is the hometown of the International Olympic Committee. Learn more about the legendary games at the Olympic Museum, which has a permanent exhibition featuring 1,500 objects. Peep the first Olympic flag, check out historic torches, and see a showcase of metals dating back to 1896.  

5. Take a Day Trip: The Lavaux Wine Region

Just east of Lausanne, the Lavaux Wine Region looks like a living postcard, with emerald-green vineyards and terraced hills. There are 14 villages in the region, and each offers stellar local wines. Hike to your heart’s content (or until the vino sets in); then, explore the rest of the lush territory on the Lavaux-Panoramic train. Heads up: the train runs seasonally, from April through October. 
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