Here’s a list of allergy-friendly restaurants in Switzerland based on our family’s experiences and from recommendations of others living and traveling with food allergies and intolerances. Please help add to this list by leaving a comment below or sending me an email. Thanks for your help!
For some excellent tools and resources on dining out with food allergies, please check out Food Allergy Research & Education.
- McDonald’s – Recommended by a mother whose son has peanut and other nut allergies. We ate at the Luzern McDonald’s by the station in January 2015. It was such a treat for my son to eat the same “Happy Meal” as his brother! McDonald’s has information online (in French, German and Italian) about its ingredients and allergens, including potential traces of allergens in its menu items.
- Tibits – A vegetarian restaurant we haven’t been to, but we’ve heard it does a good job of labeling potential allergens. Tibits has locations in Bern, Basel, Winterthur and Zurich.
- Vapiano – The pizza crust at Vapiano is apparently made without dairy, so a family from Zurich wrote to say that they order pizza here without cheese for a dairy-free option. They have locations in Basel, Fribourg, Geneva and Lausanne.
- Altes Tramdepot – Located next to Bern’s BearPark. They make their own beer.
- Hotel-Restaurant Goldener Schlüssel – In the heart of Bern’s Alstadt, near the historic Clock Tower (Zytglogge).
- Helveg cafe & boutique – I received a recommendation in August 2014 for this cafe in Geneva, which describes itself as “vegan gourmet” and caters to those intolerant to gluten, lactose and eggs. I hope to visit this restaurant soon!
- Da Pulcinella – This restaurant has made dairy-free pasta and pizza for a family that brings in their own vegan cheese from home.
Please note: In November 2014, Le Petit Chou in Geneva published a list of 12 restaurants in Geneva with gluten-free and/or lactose-free dining options. It includes the Helveg cafe listed above.
- Hotel Belvedere Grindelwald – A four-star hotel with an excellent restaurant that served our son a delicious allergy-friendly meal in July 2014. It’s within walking distance of the Grindelwald Youth Hostel, where we stayed during our weekend in Grindelwald.
- Hotel Beausite – The restaurant at the hotel was recommended for accommodating peanut allergy.
- Da Carlo – While I haven’t eaten here, the owner of this restaurant contacted me in May 2014. This restaurant can serve gluten-free pasta and pizza, and on Sundays, it has a special children’s area. A friend recently ate at this restaurant and wrote to say the food was very good, and the staff was very friendly.
- GeA Gelateria Artigianale – With two locations in Lausanne, GeA offers gelato free of lactose, gluten, dried fruits, eggs and soy. A section of their website is devoted to food intolerances.
- Le Jardin: Mövenpick Hotel Lausanne – Located in Ouchy and recommended by a mother whose son has peanut and other nut allergies.
- Odélices: A bakery and caterer that specializes in products sans lactose and gluten. We haven’t been there yet, but Le Blog de Dave posted about this bakery and its owners in December 2013.
- Art Deco Hotel Montana – The restaurant at this hotel was recommended by someone who avoids gluten and dairy.
- Hotel des Alpes-Restaurant – Recommended by a family traveling in Switzerland. The restaurant prepared dairy-free meals for their daughter.
- Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern – Someone that avoids gluten and dairy recommended the restaurant at this hotel.
- 360°-Restaurant Piz Gloria – Known as the world’s first revolving mountain restaurant, there are views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Recommended for accommodating peanut allergy (e.g., soup and sandwiches).
- Hotel Jungfrau – Hotel restaurant recommended for accommodating peanut allergy.
- Maison des Halles – Another recommendation from someone with multiple food allergies. The Café des Halles menu includes several items marked as “gluten-free,” including bread.
- Ristorante Nostra Pizzeria – Located in the Hotel Engadinerhof, this restaurant was recommended for accommodating peanut allergy.
- Cervo Zermatt – This wonderful restaurant prepared an allergy-friendly meal of sea bass, pasta and carrots for our son in April 2014. Great food, good service and an amazing view of the Matterhorn. For the moment, this is my favorite restaurant in Switzerland.
- Parkhotel Beau Site – We ate here in April 2014, and the restaurant made allergy-friendly spaghetti for our son. Excellent food and service in a formal setting at a historic Zermatt hotel.
- Brasserie Louis – This restaurant is willing to make allergy-friendly substitutions (e.g., plain grilled chicken for breaded chicken).
- Cafe Bohemia – Recommended by a parent of a food-allergic child living in Zurich.
- Commihale – Italian food. Recommended for accommodating peanut allergy. English-speaking staff.
- Novotelcafé Restaurant: We ate at the Hotel Novotel – Zurich City West’s restaurant in December 2013.
- Restaurant Degenried – Located on the edge of Zurich in a forest, this restaurant is willing to serve plain grilled meats on request.
- Restaurant Hiltl – Recommended to us via the English Forum for Switzerland, we ate at Hiltl in December 2013. Check out the “Declaration” section of the website, which introduces key terms used to identify ingredients on their menus (e.g., “Mi” = milk ingredients and “Ei” = egg ingredients).
- Spaghetti Factory – This restaurant has two locations in Zurich, Hechtplatz and Rosenhof. Recommended for accommodating a patron with peanut allergy. Has English-speaking staff.
- Special Bites – You can order gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan cakes and sweets that can be picked up at their location in Zurich. We ordered some cakes and cookies from Special Bites in January 2015 and were very impressed.
- Vegelateria – I read an article about this place from NewinZurich.com in August 2015. Looks promising! Lots of vegan gelato options.
- Widder Restaurant – Located within a 5-star hotel in the center of Zurich, a kind reader emailed to say that the restaurant’s chef is very used to accommodating patrons with food allergies and intolerances.
Updated: September 12, 2015