Swiss Miss is legit

March 19, 2011

Alden and I went in search of “budget dining” this afternoon in Lauterbrunnen.  Not necessarily for the section of the magazine, but for the sake of our own wallets.  After seeing several restaurants with pizzas and sandwiches costing 20+ CF, we found a “cafe bar” across the street from a backpacker’s hostel and hoped this would provide us with a decent meal inexpensively. 

When we walked in, we felt at home in the simply decorated, but comfortable-looking space and when we found the menus, we were even more comfortable with the price.   For 10,5o CF each, we got little lunch pies and drinks.


Photo by Alden Jones

The cafe was mainly wooden counters and tables, decorated with very alpine decor.  There were small items for sale, such as woolen hats and gloves, which also lent itself to the homey feel.  On two walls were black and white photos of the Alps by an artist in Interlaken, whom the girls working in the restaurant were very happy to tell us all about and give us directions to his studio and his website address.

Drink menus graced the walls, while menus in various languages hung from a peg at the counter.  The first thing that caught my eye was hot chocolate on the wall menu.  This is Switzerland after all, so the hot chocolate, my go-to hot drink, must be great, right?

pie and hot chocolateAlden and I settled on the “lunch pies” from the menu.  She got a classic steak pie and I opted for spinach and feta, one of my favorite combinations.  Her Coke cost the same as my hot chocolate.  Expensive.

Our food was fantastic looking, and tasted very good as well.  They probably weren’t enough to fill a man, growing boy or college guy, but for us, they were just right.

Before we left, I had to hit up the dessert counter and bring back some sweets for later, so that I didn’t have to spend 10 CF on a creme brulee again like last night.  So, I got a piece of carrot fruit cake and a chunky chocolate brownie to take back with me.  So far, I do not regret that decision.

carrot cake


My first sip of my hot chocolate?  It tasted and smelled like Swiss Miss.  So, Swiss Miss must be legit.

(Or cheap for a backpackers cafe, which is probably the most likely explanation.)

3 Responses to Swiss Miss is legit

  1. Brittany
    March 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Everywhere you go your eating sweets!! What is the equivalent of American dollars to 10,5o CF?

  2. Pamela D. Harris
    March 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Swiss francs are almost 1 to 1 equivalent to the dollar. I think the current rate is 9 CF to $10. Euros are more like 7 euro to $10. Everything is more expensive here because it is so difficult to get supplies up the mountain, and because it is a ski resort town. Plus, there are fewer bakery options than in Munich, which is where I got all my cheap meals. Here it is mostly sit-down restaurants ranging in prices.

  3. Sharon Harris
    March 20, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Always knew Swiss Miss was real :) Enjoying the blogs Pamela…Keep enjoying yourself!!