Situated in the northeastern part of Switzerland, St. Gallen is one of the highest cities in the country. With Lake Constance and Appenzell Alps surrounding the city, it offers breath-taking views with plenty of recreational areas nearby. The town was formed around The Abbey of St. Gall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the 8th century; with such strong history background, the city is also blessed with many traditional Swiss delights.
1) Butcher's Shop Schmid
Address: St. Jakon-Strasse 48, CH-9000, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Business Hours: 7 am to 12:30 pm, 3 pm to 6:30 pm on every Monday to Thursday; 7 am to 12:30 pm, 2 pm to 6:30 pm on Fridays; 7 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.
Contact Number: +41 071 244 81 16
Though the origin of Bratwurst is Germany but the meat delicacy made its way to Switzerland as early as in the 14th century. The St. Galler Bratwurst is the creme de la creme of such product. For the best St. Gallen Bratwurst experience, make your way to Schmid, to at least take a bite on these patented sausages. Schmid knows their Sausages well, all ingredients are locally sourced from selected farms in Appenzellerland and the canton of St. Gallen; Schmid has more than 100 years of experience in delivering these high quality Sausages. At Schmid, one gets to savor the authentic St. Galler Bratwurst.
2) Haus Des Weins
Address: Obereggerstrasse 8A, CH-9442, Berneck, Switzerland.
Opening Hours: 8 am to 10 pm on every Sunday to Thursday, 8 am to 12 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: +41 77 489 27 61
A big fan of Swiss wine? Make sure Haus of Wine is on your travel list then. The Swiss Wines have long history that could trace back its production since 1850. More than 80% of the Swiss Wines are for local consumption and only a small portion of them are meant for export. So if you wish to savor some really good Swiss Wines, you really need to find a good place. Haus of Wine is built for St. Gallen Wine in the wine-growing village of Berneck and gathers 19 wine-growers under a single roof. While you may purchase the wines here directly, you can also approach them for an arrangement of a tour around the vineyards... but do take note on the harvest time which falls between September to October every year.
3) Confiserie Sprungli
Address: Multergasse 21, 9000, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Opening Hours: 9 am to 6:30 pm on every Monday to Friday; 8 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.
Contact Number: +41 71 221 14 20
Sprungli has been serving Switzerland since 1836 and it is a big name in Switzerland... known for its Swiss Chocolates and Luxemburgerli (Macarons). They are everywhere in Switzerland... with the main branch at Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse. Those with a sweet tooth would be spoilt for choices in Sprungli... with plenty of choices available. Their Luxemburgerli available in various flavors is a must-have. We recommend their Champagne flavor, with a hint of booze. If Chocolate is your thing, their Pralines are not to be forsaken as well. Available in different shapes and flavors, there would be something for you.
4) Ristorante Ulivetor
Address: Hotel Santispark, Wiesenbachstrasse 5, CH-9030, Abtwil, Switzerland.
Opening Hours: 11:45 am to 2 pm, 6 pm to 10:30 pm on every Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays.
Contact Number: +41 71 313 11 11
While Hotel Santispark is located in Abtwil, a town 15-min drive away from St. Gallen city center; the neighborhood is relatively quieter and have easy access to supermarkets like Migros (literally 2-min walk away). There's also a bus stop behind the hotel which grants you access to the city center and it runs once every 10 minutes so you need not worry about how to get to the city.
Its in-house Italian restaurant- Ristorante Uliveto, offers guests great Italian dining experience... with an array of classic Italian dishes. Though some are uncommon, most are familiar dishes that we could get accustomed to. It has a relaxed atmosphere... with huge glass windows allowing natural lights to warm the place up. If you happen to be in this neighborhood and would like to try out something different other than classic Swiss food, this place is worth a look.
Have Fun Exploring St. Gallen!