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...
A continuation from the Food Guide to St. Gallen Part 1, this post includes further introduction on St. Gallen's specialties.
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1) Panorama Restaurant @ Mount Santis
Address: Schwagalp Santis, CH-9107, Switzerland.
Business Hours: 7:30 am to 6 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: +41 71 365 65 00
2,502 meters above sea level, Mount Santis (or known as Santis der berg to the locals) is the highest mountain in Northeastern of Switzerland. To reach there, one would need to drive approximately an hour from St Gallen city but the view is more than rewarding. To reach the top of the mountain, taking the cable car would be the most convenient way. The return tickets for an adult would be CHF 55 and the cable car runs every half an hour. The ride would take approximately 10 minutes and you will find yourself in a mysterious place surrounded with white snow. At the summit, you can see 4 different countries- Austria, France, Germany and Italy while you are standing above the land of Switzerland.
Santis Platter (CHF 24)
Mac N Cheese with Bratwurst (CHF 22.50/ small)
Schlorzifladen Special Cake (CHF 10)
Foodies will find themselves a spot at Mount Santis either, at the top, there is a restaurant that serves classic modern Swiss food. Diners can savor hot food while overlooking the stunning view of Mount Santis. The Santis Platter at Panorama Restaurant offers regional delights... the Cheeses and Dried Meats are locally sourced from the nearby neighborhoods. For mains, there is an exquisite combo of Mac N Cheese with Apple sauce. It may sound weird at first bite but after a few bites, you will sort of get accustomed to it. A pretty strange but successful combination. The meal is best to wash down with a glass of Appenzeller Alpenbitter... a type of dark liquor specially brewed using 42 types of Herbs.
2) Restaurant Gaststuben zum Schlossli
Address: Zeughausgasse 17, CH-9000, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Business Hours: 11 am to 2 pm, 6 pm to 11 pm. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
Contact Number: +41 71 222 12 56
Ever dreamed of having a meal in a castle? Restaurant Gaststuben zum Schlossli is one of the few restaurants that offers such opportunity. Diners get to experience an unforgettable dining experience in different historic rooms in a 500 year old castle. The historic building has its own story to tell. It serves classic Swiss cuisine using recipes passed down from the past. All ingredients are freshly sourced locally and that includes local Swiss wines as well. While diners get to choose whether to go for the ala-carte menu, we had their 3-course set dinner instead... for CHF 80 per pax.
3) Wochenmarkt St. Gallen (weekly market)
Address: Marktpl, 9000, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Business Hours: 7 am to 3 pm on every Wednesday and Saturday.
Contact Number: N/A
The best way to understand the local food scene would be to visit a local market. Wochenmarkt is St. Gallen's weekly market that opens on Wednesdays and Saturdays. While there are not much stalls but you could find the freshest produce in town, ranging from greens to juicy fruits... even locally produced quality Cheese, fresh bakes and local specialties/ delicacies.
4) Bakery Schwyter
Address: Schuppisstrasse 17, 9016, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Business Hours: 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. Closed on Sundays.
Contact Number: +41 71 228 50 60
Pretzel (CHF 1.70)
With more than 20 branches in St. Gallen, Bakery Schwyter can be found basically every corner of St. Gallen city. It serves the community for more than a century and has been the go-to place for locals to source for their bread supplies. It has quite a fair amount of pastries and bread- be it sweet or savory. Definitely a good spot to stretch your tired feet. The branch we visited was somewhere close to The Abbey Library, one of the oldest libraries in the world... also a significant tourist spot in the heart of St. Gallen.
Have Fun Exploring St. Gallen!