Epic Europe

TOP 5 MOUNTAIN RESTAURANTS IN THE ALPS

Our Favorite Meals With A View

In Europe skiing is as much about lunch as it is the runs that take you there, from rustic mountain huts serving wooden plates of local cheese and dried meats, to gourmet restaurants with menus and wine lists to compete with Michelin starred restaurants, Zermatt has something for everyone. Here are our favorites:


“Zum See” - in our opinion the best mountain restaurant in the world! The restaurant occupies a three-story wooden house that dates back to the 16th century. Inside there’s a snug dining room with low ceilings, tiny windows, and, on a shelved sideboard, an arsenal of glistening fruit tarts and rare Swiss and Italian wines. Outside, the seating sprawls from a stone patio out into a kind of tiered plaza amid the barns. Markus, the owners’ son, who apprenticed with Daniel Boulud in New York City, oversees the front of the house, while his father Max works his magic in the kitchen. The food is far from fussy – simple perfection with local ingredients. www.zumsee.ch


“Chez Vrony” - in Findeln, on the other side of the skiing domain (eat here when you're skiing the Gornergrat / Rothorn / Sunegga side). Incredibly homey, with amazing decor, the best view in the world, and amazing food. Run by Vrony, the sister of Heinz Julen, the renowned and quirky artist / architect / designer whose work is ubiquitous in Zermatt. www.chezvrony.ch


“Blatten” - just down-slope from Zum See. The mountain guides' favorite, classic alpine food, done exquisitely. The wild mushroom soup with puff pastry is a must. www.blatten-zermatt.ch   


“Franz & Heidi’s" - Also in Findeln, and technically named Findlerhof, exceptional views, food, and hosts. Every bit as good as Vrony, served in a cozy chalet or on the small terrace with unsurpassed views of the Matterhorn. www.findlerhof.ch


“Flühalp” - Below the Rothorn, classic Swiss mountain food, killer views & the Fluhalp band. Excellent. www.fluhalp-zermatt.ch 

 

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    WHAT WE DO

    Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.


    Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

    • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
    • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA
    • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK
    • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA
    • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA
    • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA
    • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA
    • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH

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    Would you like more information, or to have us create a tailored trip for you? We would be glad to begin the design process for your ultimate experience in the Alps. 


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