Friday, March 16, 2012

BERN

BAKERIES, COFFEE, ICE CREAM, JUICE & TEA
Adriano’s – 2 Theaterplatz; 011-41-031-318-8831; adrianos.ch; good coffee.
Beck Glatz Confiseur – 1 Marktgass-Passage; 011-41-031-300-2024; mandelbaerli.ch; good coffee.



BARS & NIGHTCLUBS
Bellevue Palace – 3-5 Kochergasse (Terrace Bar); 011-41-031-320-4545; bellevue-palace.ch; luxurious Art Nouveau hotel; offers sweeping Alps views (you can see Jungfrau fro deck); stiff cocktails; try Fancy Hendrick’s (cucumber syrup and lemon juice).
Dachstock – 8 Neubruckstrasse (at Reitschule); 011-41-031-306-6969; reitschule.ch; bar servicing performance art venue.
Frauenraum – 8 Neubruckstrasse (at Reitschule); 011-41-031-306-6969; reitschule.ch; among city’s few lesbian-centric spots.



HOTELS
Bellevue Palace – 3-5 Kochergasse; 011-41-031-320-4545; bellevue-palace.ch; luxurious Art Nouveau hotel; offers sweeping Alps views.
Hotel Landhaus – 4-6 Altenbergstrasse; 011-41-031-331-4166; landhausbern.ch; on old city’s eastern tip; basic but comfortable rooms.
Hotel Schweizerhof – 11 Bahnhofplatz; 011-41-031-326-8080; schweizerhof-bern.ch; 99-rooms; 150 years old.



RESTAURANTS
Adriano’s – 2 Theaterplatz; 011-41-031-318-8831; adrianos.ch; good for lunch; try Meh-he-he sandwich (goat cheese, arugula, dried figs, and honey).
Altes Tram Depot – 6 Grosser Muristalden; 011-41-031-357-1515; altestramdepot.ch; good beer and lunch; try bacon and onion spaetzle.
Le Mazot – 5 Baerenplatz; 011-41-031-311-7088; mazot-bern.ch; fondu in traditional atmosphere; no self-respecting Bernese has fondue other than in fall and winter, fyi.
Lotschberg – 16 Zeughausgasse; 011-41-031-311-3455; loetschberg-aoc.ch; fondu in modern atmosphere; call ahead to reserve table in gondola car parked outside.
Marzilibrucke – 8 Gasstrasse (Marzili); 011-41-031-311-2780; taberna.ch; Sunday brunch venue, starting at 10 a.m.
Restaurant Luce – 28 Zeughausgasse; 011-41-031-310-9999; tiramisu is worth trip for dessert alone; huge portion.
Rosengarten – 31b Alter Aargauerstalden; 011-41-031-331-3206; rosengarten.be; garden restaurant serves good lunches, like pork saltimbocca and saffron risotto; affordable.
Schwellenmatteli – 1 Dalmaziquai; 011-41-031-350-5001; schwellenmatteli.ch; riverside dining on deck cantilevered over Aare River; Italian-Mediterranean food (stick to Italian).
Sous le Pont – 8 Neubruckstrasse (at Reitschule); 011-41-031-306-6969; reitschule.ch; restaurant serving performance art venue where.
Zehendermatteli – 161 Reichenbachstrasse (about 3.5 miles from downtown, on city’s far north side); 011-41-031-301-5447; zehendermaetteli.ch; working farm and restaurant.



SERVICES
Bern Tourism Office – Bahnhofplatz (main railway station); 011-41-031-328-1212; berninfo.com; rent iPod for self-guided walking tour of city’s oldest parts; make sure to see cannonball scarring at Mattenenge 2, where Bernese rebels (who knew there were any? what could they be angry about?) fired in 1802.


SHOPPING
Beck Glatz Confiseur – 1 Marktgass-Passage; 011-41-031-300-2024; mandelbaerli.ch.
Confiserie Tschirren – 73 Kramgasse; 011-41-031-812-2122; swiss-chocolate.ch; family making chocolate in Bern since 1919.
Glanz & Gloria – 48 Brunngasse; 011-41-031-311-1950; glanzundgloria.sf.tv; vintage women’s clothing.
Heimatwerk – 61 Kramgasse; 011-41-031-311-3000; heimatwerk.ch; souvenirs and tschotchkes.
Open-Air Market – Parliament Square (Bundeshausplatz); open every Saturday and Tuesday morning; artisan butchers and cheesemakers.



SIGHTS & SITES
BaerenPark – 6 Grosser Muristalden; 011-41-031-357-1515; baerenpark-bern.ch; 64.5K' square grassy enclosure housing city’s mascots (brown bears named Bjork and Finn).
Grindelwald – myswitzerland.com/en/grindelwald.html; municipality that also includes settlements of Alpiglen, Burglauenen, Grund, Itramen, Mühlebach, Schwendi, Tschingelberg & Wargistal.
Mahogany Hall – 18 Klosterlistutz; 011-41-031-328-5200; mahogany.ch; live jazz venue since 1968; on river, next to BaerenPark.
Reitschule – 8 Neubruckstrasse; 011-41-031-306-6969; reitschule.ch; performance art venue where, on Friday nights, white-collar professionals and purple-haired punks sit side by side, drinking beer at the nearby Sous le Pont restaurant.
Rosengarten – 31b Alter Aargauerstalden; 011-41-031-331-3206; rosengarten.be; views of city, in addition to pretty garden.

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