At a glance
Explore the green valley of the Gorge du Chauderon
Hop on board a mini-train for a tour of the Lavaux vineyards
Check out mechanical artwork at Allo Claude
Top things to See and Do in Montreux
Bustling markets are in abundance in Montreux. Taste some mouth-watering local cheeses and wines at the covered market every Friday morning, or peruse the antique goods at the lakeside flea market, which also takes place on Friday. For a wonderful selection of clothing, head to Villeneuve on a Sunday.
Shopping Mall Manor, in Vevey, and Shopping Mall Forum, in Montreux, house various international and Swiss high-street brands, as well as more independent stores. There's also a selection of restaurants and cafés in the centres, where you can take a well-deserved break.
Near the waterfront, Avenue Claude, otherwise known as the Grand Rue, is where you'll find the more upmarket shops. Head here for brands like Cartier, Rolex and TAG Heuer, which sit alongside fine art galleries.
There's a plethora of wine cellars and bars in Montreux, with lovely intimate settings that are perfect for a romantic evening. The town is also dotted with theatres - like the Riviera Theatre, and Le Reflet in Vevey. You could also snuggle up in one of the cinemas to watch a range of international films.
Montreux is known for its love of jazz, so while you're here, make sure you pay a visit to the world-famous Montreux Jazz Café. Every summer, the town also hosts the amazing Monteux Jazz Festival that features a range of critically-claimed artists from across the globe. Other than its deep-rooted connection to music, the town also has a selection of casinos and lively bars along the waterfront.
When in Montreux, you’ll have to try at least one of the local delicacies. For lunch, have a rosti – filling enough if you add cheese, an egg or some ham – or perhaps tuck into some perch, which is caught straight from the Lac Leman and appears on loads of restaurant menus. However, you’ll also find everything from Chinese and Italian to American and French cuisine too.
Michelin-star dining at Le Pont de Brent
Set a little way out of town is Le Pont de Brent, a pretty country house restaurant with two Michelin stars. The menu is imaginative and forever changing, and all the dishes are artistically and beautifully presented.
Tasty street food from the pizza van
On Fridays in the market you’ll find a pizza van that appears near the Freddie Mercury statue. They sell large stonebaked pizzas for decent prices - ideal for a quick lunch before exploring the market further.
Meat-filled menu at Tango
On the Avenue de Chillon is the tiny Tango, a casual Argentinian bar and grill with a very meat-oriented menu. It’s very popular so booking in advance is essential. Their Malbec wines are said to be good too.