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Top Choice Seafood in Lugano

Arté al Lago

This Michelin-starred restaurant at the exclusive lakefront Villa Castagnola is Lugano’s culinary star. Chef Frank Oerthle does remarkable things with fish and seafood, with ingredient-focused specialities such as l…
Top Choice Church in Lugano

Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli

This simple Romanesque church contains two frescos by Bernardino Luini dating from 1529. Covering the entire wall that divides the church in two is a grand didactic illustration of the crucifixion of Christ. The pow…
Italian in Lugano

Bottegone del Vino

Favoured by Lugano's downtown banking brigade, this place has a season-driven menu, with ever-changing lunch and dinner options scrawled on the blackboard daily. Expect specialities such as ravioli stuffed with fine…
Cathedral in Lugano

Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

Freshly renovated in 2016, Lugano’s early-16th-century cathedral conceals some fine frescoes and ornate baroque statues behind its Renaissance facade. Out front are far-reaching views over the Old Town’s jumble of t…
Museum in Lugano

Museo delle Culture

Neoclassical Villa Heleneum contains this ethnic art museum, about 1.7km east of Lugano. The brew of tribal relics includes a collection of masks and statues soaked in sexuality. The Mediterranean gardens nurture le…
Gardens in Lugano


This lakefront promenade necklaces the shore of glassy Lago di Lugano, set against a backdrop of rugged mountains. Linden and chestnut trees provide welcome shade in summer, while tulips, camellias and magnolias blo…
Italian in Lugano


The kind of no-fuss trattoria every neighbourhood could do with, Galleria pairs warm service with winningly fresh classics such as linguine with clams and sirloin steak. The pizzas are also bang on the money. Everyt…
Museum in Lugano

Museo del Cioccolato Alprose

Chomp into some cocoa culture at this choc-crazy museum – a sure-fire hit with kids. Whiz through chocolate history, watch the sugary substance being made and enjoy a free tasting. The shop, cunningly, stays open ha…
French in Lugano

Al Portone

Bold artworks grace this contemporary gourmet haunt, while Francis plies you with such French-infused delights as Provençale-style roast lamb and wild Breton seabass with tomato compote and black olive sauce.
Swiss in Lugano

L’Antica Osteria del Porto

Set back from Lugano’s sailing club, this is the place for local fish and Ticinese dishes like polenta crostini with porcini. The terrace overlooking the Cassarate stream is pleasant, as are the lake views.