I know that christmas has been long gone and I supposed to publish this post ages ago, but it’s better late than never, am I right?
After feeling rather disappointed from the Basel Christmas Market, I know that Montreux Christmas Market will not let me down because I’ve been there twice and this time will be my third. What I really love about Montreux Christmas Market is the location. Montreux is located just on the banks of Lac Leman (or Lake Geneva). Although you can’t really see the lake at night because it’s dark (stating the obvious here…) I still love the ambience of it.
Christmas Market also means that it’s food time (well, anytime is food time). From foie gras sandwich, macaroni and cheese, sausages, poutine, bonbons, churros, macaroons, cheese fondue, salami and mulled wine. You will never go home with empty stomach. More like barely-can-walk-straight stomach.
Foie Gras Sandwich is my top priority in Montreux Christmas Market. Each of my friend recommend me this dish. It’s a holy grail. It’s purely only foie gras and bread. I would suggest this to be your first dish in Montreux Christmas Market as it will fill you quickly.
Macaroni and Cheese really suits the cold weather of Montreux. A little carbs wouldn’t hurt nobody and this dish is just like a classic, must-eat food during winter. My friends ate sausage and I think there’s nothing special about it, but it was delicious. As for my tradition in Montreux Christmas Market, is eating Poutine (Canadian dish, which contains fries, gravy and cheese).
The one of the most popular stand in Montreux Christmas Market probably is the Candy Shop Bonbons (and I always sing ‘to the candy shop’ from the Magic Mike). Selling only candies and other sweets, but the variety of the sweets is very broad. The candies will be weigh and you will pay per 100 grams. There are a lot of unusual candies that you definitely should try.
CHURROS! My relationship with churros has been like a lost child looking for her mother. Switzerland need more damn churros shop! Thankfully Montreux Christmas Market has always been reliable. Then, I came across a macarons stand and they are selling the cutest macarons I’ve ever seen! It was a heart breaking moment when I have to eat the macaron.
How about some food to bring back home? One of my friend bought a cheese to bring back home and for me, I bought a very distinct aromatic tea. Oh, I almost forgot the one thing that is also a tradition when in any Christmas Market, drink mulled wine.
There are tons of other food that worth to try. That’s why, going to a christmas market for one day is not enough (unless you have a stomach made of rubber or the money of Beyonce). Going to christmas market with friends is unquestionably the best one. Because whoever you’re with it will always be enjoyable no matter where you go.
Gift, gift, gift. Christmas and presents are strongly related to each other and christmas related things are the best kind (at least for me). I saw very diverse stuff in Montreux Christmas Market. From dining ware, fairy lights, miniature, cheese fondue kit, baby clothes, handmade knit clothing, candles, glass ornaments, accessories, stationary, the prettiest bookmark (it seriously is the prettiest ones) ’till beautiful furniture and decorations. But think carefully when you are buying from here, it may seems pretty but is it worth it? Remember, Switzerland is goddamn expensive (lol, this post has become a how to not be a shopaholic during christmas time).
One last thing to do in Montreux Christmas Market is making a wish in the La Maison Des Voeux. You will write your wish and then tie it with a ribbon to the christmas tree or in any string in that hut. People from all over the world seems to write their wishes in this place and it is heart-warming to see and read people’s wishes.
If you ever happen to be in Montreux during christmas time, go to the christmas market. I’m sure you will have a great time in there, especially when you’re with your beloved ones. Anyway, Merry belated Christmas and Happy belated New Year. Wishing y’all an amazing year.