After some relaxation, I then did some window shopping. Having seen so many luxe watch ads on the ski slopes, you quickly learn that watches are the top choice of buyers in this town. And surely there is more choice here than in arguably any other small town! I hear you can negotiate on price, but Russian tourists do prop up the demand.
For eating out, I highly recommend two amazing places. First, the Corbeau D’Or restaurant, off a small street near the center, located in the Mirabeau Hotel (www.hotel-mirabeau.ch), was terrific. It’s a bit formal but not stuffy. The food was superb and it offers a nice traditional Swiss menu.
Second, go to the Omnia Hotel restaurant. This involves a little adventure in taking an elevator up from the town (ask for directions); the elevator goes through rock to the upper road in front of the hotel. The Omnia restaurant is modern (in a trendy design hotel) and is a nice contrast to the Corbeau D’Or. It’s a smart splurge pick. There is a nice tasting menu option or you can dine à la carte. Leave room for the cheese cart and dessert!
Despite France’s reputation for top cheeses, I must say that Switzerland’s cheese selection and quality is even better. Also be sure to try the local Swiss wines. They are very good and affordable.
I did not have the opportunity to go, but I’ve heard that the restaurant Le Mazot (www.lemazotzermatt.ch) is a good choice as well for traditional Swiss fare.
All in all, Zermatt is my choice for a Swiss ski resort. After chatting with locals, Lukas and Dada, they concur that the overall pick for choosing one place in Switzerland for skiing would be Zermatt. It has just the right mix of quality skiing, a charming village, fun nightlife, cosmopolitan clientele, and good food.
For general trip-planning information, see our Switzerland Travel Guide.