It has long been said that the Italians know how to eat, and that’s certainly the case in Val Gardena. Having said that, the mountain restaurants are a cut above the restaurants in the resort villages, so long lunches and afternoon snacks should definitely be high on your agenda. With an extensive international guest list, Val Gardena offers varied international cuisine, as well as plenty of Italian and local dishes.
Mountain restaurants in Val Gardena
There are so many cosy mountain huts to choose between, with the overwhelming majority boasting great views, friendly staff and top-notch cuisine and wines. In fact we’re tempted to say that you can’t really go wrong when it comes to dining in the mountains and just leave it at that! However, here are a few favourites just to get you started. The Rif Friedrich August at Passo Sella is great for hearty steak dinners. At Alpe de Suisi try the Zallinger Hutte or Mont Seuc for their excellent views, and Panorama in the Dantercepies ski area is a firm favourite for its Tyrolean charm and lovely terrace. One of the best is Rifugio Emilio Comici, specialising in fine wines and fish.
Resort restaurants in Val Gardena
There’s a fair choice of restaurants in Selva and Santa Cristina, with the better ones often to be found in the hotels. For a more special night out head to Ortisei for local cuisine or a 5* experience in the Adler or Gardena hotel restaurants. It’s an easy bus or taxi ride from the two higher villages.
Apres-ski in Val Gardena
There is some apres-ski action up in Selva and it can get reasonably lively at times. Piz Seteur and Stua at the base are both lively and fun, and there are sometimes live bands later in the evening at the latter. The Goalies is a typical ski resort Irish bar, for those who like that sort of thing. For Euro-Pop head to Luiskeller, and for night owls there is Yello’s bar or the Dali nightclub. For a change it is definitely worth checking out the more lively (and local) nightlife down in Ortisei.