• Gastronomy and tradition, Taste my Swiss City Lugano self guided tour © Switzerland Tourism

Taste my Swiss City

A culinary discovery tour

True food and drink indulgence off the beaten track: discover the taste of Swiss cities by following recommendations from the locals. 

This city tour is definitely not in any travel guide (yet). It is a chance to decide for yourself – by choosing the local scene expert to suit your individual taste. Discover their favourite restaurants and be inspired by little delicacies in a rather different way.

It is quite possible that you will find yourself backstage in a jazz bar or in a cosy bistro discussing the delicious morsels on your plate with the locals. The journey might even take you behind the scenes at one of the oldest chocolate makers to learn all about the history of this sweet delight. Or to a historic bar wondering what ingredients might possibly have gone into your drink, before a helpful barman reveals the answer.

Details of Taste my Swiss City

This unusual menu comprises four to seven stops and is not only a chance to explore the city away from the mainstream, but also to see a different side to its food scene. The rather different view of the culinary landscape is thanks to your insider, who will guide you through the city virtually. Whether trendy, cultural or elegant, choose a culinary expert to suit your taste – and prepare to be amazed by their great tips! It is quite likely you would never have discovered that tucked away pub, little bar or roof garden canteen without the help of a local.

And the selection of restaurants is not all. It is our aim that you experience something special at every single stop. For this reason, you will not simply be served up something from the menu, but a special little delicacy created just for this tour. It will be big enough to satisfy, but not so much that you will feel too full to enjoy the next stage of the tour, where the next restaurant and next course of this special urban surprise menu awaits.

Note: These tours are not guided and instead walked and experienced independently according to the detailed instructions provided on booking. Bookings can be made directly via Viator. 

Sociable Ticino local: Ludmilla

With its modern art museum, Lugano is a cultural hotspot. In addition, its lakeside location makes the city a charming place to visit in the south of Switzerland.

Above all, though, Lugano is a food mecca. With specialities to be found at every turn, food is an important part of the culture here. For Ludmilla, the district of Maghetti deserves special mention. “The restaurants and shops in this part of Lugano are particularly good,” she says. After doing some shopping, she also likes stopping in one of the typical bars for a drink or aperitif – preferably with friends. These are important to her and she has many of them in the city. “Most of all, I love Lugano because of its people.” 

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