With winter slowly coming to an end, sitting outside and looking at the mountains is a treat that anyone can resume doing - regardless of the altitude. The town of St-Cergue in the Canton of Vaud surely has a lot to offer in that respect.
From Nyon, you board a little red train on the Nyon-St Cergue-La Cure railway, taking you up the mountains of Jura with always a fantastic view over Lake Geneva and the Alps.
Once at the top, St-Cergue is a blend of traditional and modern, of local and global. There is a good amount of skiing and hiking in the area, so you will hear lots of different languages. Despite the influx of tourism, the town has retained its authenticity.
A place that truly embodies that feeling is Rando Burger an amazing family-run burger restaurant.
American burgers with Swiss ingredients at Rando Burger
Rando Burger is located in a former farm and is run by Gilles and Monique who had lived in the US for a few years. Their ambition is to make you discover good old American classics made with local, Swiss ingredients. The result is scrumptious.
They have free refills too - of apple juice!
For an extra five francs, you get a good portion of fries and unlimited apple juice at the soda fountain - a great pick. Whether you are sitting at the bar, outside in the sun, or across the courtyard in a cosy dining room, the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed, yet always busy! Make sure you get in early.
As we hop on the next train to go back, fully fed and delighted thanks to a sunny day out, we find out Rando Burger is also available in Montreux. Our next Saturday is sorted!
Please note: the Nyon-St Cergue-La Cure railway will soon upgrade its service: Trains will be running every 15 minutes, as opposed to every half hour.
(Feature photograph copyright Rando Burger, burger photograph copyright TripAdvisor)