Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Zermatt

Zum See
If Zum See is good enough for Sir Richard Branson's New Year's Eve parties, then it's certainly good enough for us.
Zermatterhoff
The rich and famous flock to Zermatterhoff in their designer-clad droves - and with five golden stars attached to its name, it's not hard to see why.
Vernissage
Style and sophistication abound at Vernissage, where discerning drinkers can indulge in a cocktail or three before taking a look around the in-house art gallery.
Toboggan Runs
The toboggan runs in Zermatt can be fun, but they're also used by skiers and snowboarders so check beforehand.
The Whymper-Stube
Named after a team of extremely brave climbers, The Whymper-Stube offers hearty food in warm, intimate surroundings.
The T Bar
Found in the basement of The Hotel Pollux, The T Bar is where the apres-ski party's at with live music and a rowdy crowd of young revellers.
The Pipe
Fancy an informal eatery that doesn't take itself too seriously? Then the Pipe is the place, with a relaxed menu and an even more relaxed clientele.
The Omnia
The Omnia is one of Zermatt's sleekest design hotels; expect cutting-edge minimalism and first-class amenities.
The Bond-like qualities of Chalet Zermatt Peak
If you're thinking of heading for some last-minute powder on the slopes in Zermatt, you might want to set up camp in Chalet Zermatt Peak while you're there.
Testa Grigia
Head for heights? Head, er, head to Testa Grigia; at 3,480-metres you'll need a stomach to appreciate its hearty Italian fare and comfortable accommodations.
Swiss Ski School
Sunnegga
As something of a ski resort in its own right, Sunnegga offers ski bunnies challenging slopes and lashings of superstar style.
Summit Ski School
Those who come first win? Apparently so, as Summit was the first ski school to have opened in Zermatt and it's still flourishing.
Stoked
A little healthy competition is good, and that's certainly the case at Stoked; as the original challenger to the Swiss Ski School, this place shows amateurs how it's down with razor-sharp teaching techniques.
Sparky’s
Cheap 'n' cheerful Sparky's offers mouthwatering meat and other cheap eats in an intimate, non-smoking atmosphere. Bliss.
Slalom Sport
Ski up at Slalom Sport, with the most extensive range of skiwear, equipment and accessories in Zermatt. What's not to love? Go.
Schwarzee
Despite being somewhat overlooked, Schwarzee is one of our favourite places to slice across the snow. Here's why; steep slopes weaving between trees, beautiful white powder and routes that will test even the most skilled skier. Need we say more?
Schneewittchen
Found beneath Papperla, Schneewittchen is all about low ceilings and pumping dance music; the Swiss crowd can't get enough.
Romantik Hotel Julen
As is suggested by its name, Romantik Hotel Julen has romantic, rustic interiors that would melt the heart of even the most stone-hearted skier.
Riffelalp Resort
An Hg2 favourite; the Riffelalp Resort has lashings of ski style, all at 2,222-metres up.
Pizzeria Roma
Pizzeria Roma serves the tastiest, widest, fattest pizzas in the region. What's not to love?
Papperla
Expect live music and a boisterous crowd that spills out on the street outside at Papperla.
North Wall
As the ultimate insider's hangout, the North Wall is where resort workers flock to unwind after long shifts tending to demanding ski bunnies.
Mountain Tracks Guides
Stay safe, improve your technique and explore further with well travelled guides.
Monte Rosa
The Monte Rosa is a discreet, tucked-away hotel with five-star appeal; so good is it, in fact, that Winston Churchill used to stay here when in town.
Mont Cervin Palace
Mont Cervin Palace is the biggest hotel in town, and proves - once and for all - that size really does matter.
Mont Cervin
Arguably the most lavish spa in Zermatt - if not Switzerland - Mont Cervin offers spa junkies 1,700-square-metes of awe-inspiring amenities.
Mirabeau Spa
Mirabeau Spa caters predominantly to the hotel of the same name, but is open to the public, too; the Finnish sauna is its crowning glory.
Lusi Restaurant
Despite the five-star pretensions of its parent hotel, The Lusi Restaurant is all about laid-back Mediterranean style; celebrity guests add to its cachet.
Le Gitan
Meat is the thing at Le Gitan, where the mouthwatering menu would satisfy even the most bloodthirsty carnivore.
Lanna Thai
Looking for tantalising Thai? Call off the search; Lanna Thai offers the best in the biz with awe-inspiring Asian, and then some.
Kleine Matterhorn
Get high at Kleine Matterhorn, whose top reaches 3,320-metres; with thin air and super-steep slopes, even the most hardcore skier will be kept on their frostbitten toes.
Klaus Tscherig
Klaus Tscherig is more than ski-savvy; if he can't get you sliding down the slopes, nobody can.
Hotel Sonne
The Hotel Sonne is worth the steep slog up to its entrance; inside are fabulous four-star interiors and a real family-run vibe.
Hotel Riffelberg
Stunning views and mouthwatering food. What more could you need? Check out the restaurant at Hotel Riffelberg for the cream of the slope-based crop.
Hotel Post
Young skiers flock to The Hotel Post for strong drinks and good jazz; a simple formula that's cemented its position on Zermatt's apres-ski scene.
Hotel Bahnhof
Hotel Bahnhof is something of an institution in Zermatt, with a location beside the railway station and dormitory rooms that cater to the student crowd. Who said you can't ski on a shoestring?
Hotel Alex
The Hotel Alex has all the makings of an Hg2 favourite, with an in-house swimming pool and tennis courts; the rooms aren't half bad, either. In fact, they're rather lovely.
Hohtalli
Hohtalli offers world-famous skiing for advanced skiers and snowboarders; adrenaline guaranteed.
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