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Where to eat in Murren

We are staying two nights in Murren and we are looking for places to eat.
Our plan is something like this:
Arrive Monday late afternoon at Bellevue and need to eat dinner someplace
Tuesday we plan on spending the day hiking around so a good breakfast and maybe some sort of sandwiches we could pack for lunch. Something light or snack-ish on the go. Then need to eat dinner but I’m guessing we are going to be pretty tired so nothing fancy.
Wednesday a good breakfast for more morning hiking then something we can maybe grab for the train to Basel late afternoon.
Thanks so much!

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The hotel restaurant looks pretty nice. Does the Bellevue have a half-board option for booking there?

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I just answered your question about breakfast at Hotel Bellevue.
My recommendation would be to eat at Bellevue. There’s a variety of choices and we thought the meals were good.
After a day of hiking, we felt comfortable in heading straight to dinner in our hiking clothes. Generally speaking, we found Mürren to be very casual, which we liked.
Sandwiches for lunch: The COOP is just down from Bellevue, so you could pick up sandwiches there for your hikes.

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We stayed at the Eiger Hotel and had great breakfasts there. We filled up so we didn’t need to eat lunch, but you can get snack food at the coop.

We liked the Bellevue for dinner. Unless things have changed in the past few years, there is nothing fancy in Murren. We tried a few other hotels for dinner and found them all pretty similar. We were tired from hiking every day and really enjoyed a nourishing and casual sit down meal.

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The Eiger Guesthouse has good pizza. Might be an option for the second night.

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Half-board is usually a good choice at Swiss hotels—-excellent food and a good value. The half-board option at Hotel Bellevue is 39 CHF for a 3-course menu at dinner (first course, main course, and dessert). The main courses offered are generally “nightly specials” that do not appear on the regular Speisekarte you see online. In most hotels, they post it in morning and you can decide if you wish to take half-board that night.

We have never stayed at any hotel in Mürren; we rent an apartment. But we have dined there, as it was recommended by our apartment host as the best restaurant in Mürren. We sit in the Jägerstübli rather than the main dining room ( which has a view and is usually fully booked). I was attracted there the first time by something I saw on the chalk-board Speisekarte for that evening: pistachio-crusted Zander filet (aka pike-perch, a tasty lake fish). Others in our family group of 7 chose game options. It was all delicious.

You can usually dine in the restaurants at other hotels if you like. And there are at least 2 stand-alone restaurants, not attached to hotels. One is Stägerstübli, which I believe is recommended in the RS Switzerland book as a local favorite with traditional Swiss food. We have only had lunch there, sitting outside on the Main Street as we waited for family members arriving on the train.

https://www.staegerstuebli.ch/de

The other is Tham’s, a casual Chinese restaurant also on the main pedestrian street. Not much seating, but it is great for take-out, especially if you are craving vegetables after all those rich Swiss dishes of cheese and potatoes.

https://www.tham.ch/

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Thanks for the tips! I don’t think I understand how half board works. Would you take a minute and explain it to me, please?

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Half Board just means that a fixed price dinner is included with the room price. It also means breakfast included, but since it is already included, that is redundant.

I have always taken this when staying at hotels on ski trips in Europe. It is a very good value, considering in is not often you can get decent dinner for 2 for under 100 CHF in Switzerland.

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But do we have to choose to do half board now or when we check in?

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You can usually ask for half board at check in. If you are quite sure you want it, drop them an email the day before as a courtesy.

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Perfect. The. We will wait to make that decision. Thanks so much!!

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Lola, we were in Murren this past Sept and we didn't see any Chinese restaurant, and we were looking for lighter fare. Perhaps the place hasn't reopened since the covid shut-downs?

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Tham is on the lower road between the BLM station and the post office and Coop. Most of the way to the Coop. Don't look for a fancy restaurant...