A fine meal and a warm welcome

A paradise of food and wine, the canton of Vaud never fails to impress its visitors with the diversity and the quality of its cuisine, and the professionalism of its hotels and tourism.


The canton of Vaud is seventh heaven for people who like good food. From gourmet restaurants on lakeside terraces to small mountain inns, the choice is huge and the menu varied. The shores of the lake play host to the densest collection of top restaurants in Switzerland as well as numerous bistros and traditional or exotic inns. The typical dishes not to be missed include: l’omble chevalier du lac (local Arctic char), papet vaudois (sausage and pear dish) or the succulent tarte au vin.

The canton of Vaud is a region that boasts an extraordinary number of "toques", or top-class chefs. The list is headed quite naturally by Frédy Girardet, crowned "Chef of the Century", inventor of “nouvelle cuisine” and acclaimed by his contemporaries as the chef in Europe year after year, whose restaurant was located in Crissier, close to Lausanne. Girardet retired in 1996, and his establishment, the Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville, was taken over by one of his students and disciples, Philippe Rochat. This restaurant, in turn, has attracted royalty, heads of state and the finest gourmets from all four corners of the globe. Visiting connoisseurs plan to stay in the region for several days solely to enjoy his cooking as well as that of Gérard Rabey at the Pont de Brent close to Montreux, of Bernard Ravet at the Restaurant de l'Hermitage in Vufflens-le-Château, of Carlo Crisci at the Restaurant du Cerf in Cossonnay, plus the surprising molecular cuisine of Denis Martin in Vevey or the creations at the Auberge du Raisin in Cully.


The canton of Vaud is also one of the main wine-producing regions in Switzerland. The hillsides of Lavaux and La Côte are exceptional wine-producing sites. Labels like Mont-sur-Rolle, Vufflens-le-Château, Féchy, Epesses, Dézaley and St-Saphorin are well known to lovers of Chasselas and Pinot noir. The third Vaud vineyard, le Chablais, with its wine-producing towns of Yvorne and Aigle, is located in the Rhône plane, close to the border with Valais. The fourth wine-producing region, with les Côtes de l’Orbe, Bonvillars and Vully, is found in the north of the canton, right by the Three Lakes region.


The canton of Vaud has numerous accommodation options available for its guests, ranging from five star palaces through to mountain huts together with everything in-between: guest houses, country lodges and business hotels. There are a total of 404 hotels in all categories spread around the canton of Vaud, giving a total capacity of almost 20,000 beds. No matter whether they have one star or five, are small or large, family-run or international, modern or wonderfully romantic, all the hotels have one thing in common: their warm welcome and their excellent cuisine.

The higher category hotels are equipped to cater for business needs, with business centres and conference rooms available for their guests’ use.

Lausanne and the Riviera boast a number of historic palaces that combine perfect service and modern convenience with a charm and elegance of times past.


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