High above St. Moritz, Switzerland, overlooking a pair of alpine lakes, lies the Paradiso Mountain Club & Restaurant. The five-star Badrutt’s Palace hotel has owned and operated this luxury après–ski destination since the 2021-2022 winter season. If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy champagne and caviar in the Swiss Alps, this is certainly a great place to do it. Plus, the menu also features some excellent examples of Swiss regional specialties.
For the first time this year, the new Paradiso hosted the “Mountain Brunch” for the 29th edition of the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival, which I attended as a guest of the festival.
Mountain Club and Music Deck at the Paradiso
When you plan your visit to the Paradiso, please keep in mind that it operates as both a private club and as a restaurant that’s open to the public. The lower deck of the Mountain Club remains open for members only or to day pass guests who pay a special entry fee of CHF 40. The Music Deck on the upper level, however, remains accessible to everyone.
The winter menu generally features dishes inspired by Swiss, French and Italian cuisine. You’ll find local specialties on the menu, such as Bündner Gerstensuppe (barley soup) and the Paradiso Plättli, a plate of local cheese and dried meat specialties. For dessert, I recommend a slice of the Palace Chocolate Cake.
The Mountain Club, located on the lower deck of the Paradiso, offers an expanded menu in comparison to the Music Deck. At the brunch held by the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival, we sampled small portions of dishes from these various menus. One of my favorite dishes was the Black Truffle Croque Fondue. This baked porchetta Croque Monsieur had layers of melted cheese and black truffle shavings.
Within the private Mountain Club, along with a rustic chic indoor dining area, you’ll also find a well-appointed lounge designed by Gucci.
How to get there:
Located at an altitude of 2,180 meters (7,152 feet), the Paradiso offers outstanding mountain views while you’re dining in style. In the winter, you can reach the restaurant via winter hiking trails, with snowshoes or by chairlift. During my visit, I arrived via the Suvretta-Randolins chairlift. After the brunch, I walked down on a winter hiking trail back to the start of the same chairlift.
During the summer months, you can get to the Paradiso on foot or by bike. Badrutt’s Palace also offers a vintage Land Rover shuttle to the restaurant.
Paradiso Mountain Club & Restaurant, Via Engiadina 3, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland, +41 (0)81 833 40 02, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: I attended the Mountain Brunch at the Paradiso as a guest of the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this article are purely my own.
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