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Lugano: Self-Guided Food Tour

4.8 / 5

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Activity provider: Lugano Region

Lugano: Self-Guided Food Tour

Activity provider: Lugano Region

From US$ 95.90 per person

Get to know the city from a local's perspective with a self-guided "Taste My Swiss City" gastronomic tour. Enjoy snacks typical of the region, off the beaten track and recommended by locals.

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  • Discover Lugano through the eyes of a local
  • Enjoy a drink and/or snack at each of the 5 authentic stops
  • Visit the locations independently (within the opening hours noted on the voucher)
  • Follow the instructions given on your voucher to discover the carefully chosen spots
  • Explore off-the-beaten-track locations with this self-guided food tour
Full description

Discover the local cuisine of Lugano in your own way with this self-guided tour. Immerse yourself in Lugano and visit some locations off the beaten track. Start your day at Grand Café Al Porto, which has been a local hub in the heart of the city since 1803. Choose a pastry creation to try along with a hot or cold drink. Stroll on to the next stop, Bernasconi Gastronomia, one of the milestones for gourmet lovers in Lugano and a 100-year-old establishment that continuously adapts itself to the wants and needs of an increasingly dynamic clientele. Try a traditional aperitif with local finger food accompanied by a glass of local prosecco. Next, taste a glass of local wine with local cheeses at your third stop, Bottegone del Vino. Soak in the ambiance of this friendly wine bar-restaurant situated in a buzzing pedestrian district is a small wine-restaurant in the center of Lugano's pedestrian area. Experience the grotto atmosphere of the Ticinese valleys captured in the city center at your fourth stop, Ristorante La Tinera. Taste truly authentic Ticinese cuisine by having a traditional hot dish accompanied by a tazzin (cup) of local red wine. Finish up your culinary journey at the final stop, Vanini, one of the city’s oldest cafes and located in Lugano’s famous Piazza Riforma. Continue exploring the city into the afternoon or evening, taking an ice cream for the road.

  • 1 meal and 1 drink at 4 restaurants
  • 1 ice cream at the end of the Tour
  • Tips (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Start the self-guided tour at the first stop, Grand Café al Porto, Via Pessina 3, 6900 Lugano. It is recommended to start at 10:00 AM or 10:30 AM.

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  • Self-guided tour
  • Have your booking confirmation ready at each stop
  • Please show your voucher before taking a seat
  • Find the route, opening hours and contact information in your confirmation voucher
  • Check the opening hours of all the food stops before you go on the tour
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • From Monday to Saturday. It is suggested to start at 10 or 10:30 AM with the first stop
  • The operators will know of your arrival, table seating will not be reserved, they will find a solution at the moment, but we ask for some flexibility
  • All the operators will do their best
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 12 reviews

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Great food and wine. Not much more to say

September 17, 2022

The selected restaurants are something special. We really enjoyed the tour.

January 1, 2020

It is always a hassle to look for restaurants in a holiday resort. With the booked tour this problem was solved. And it was always a surprise where the tour leads next.

October 21, 2019

Product ID: 202114