samedi 24 janvier 2015

Davos: Land of the $43 hot dog and $55 salad

"How much? $43 hot dogs at Davos... Brother, can you spare $100...for lunch?"

Full of global leaders, policymakers, business gurus and the odd music star, the attendees at the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos aren't short of a dollar or two.

But they might well be at the end of the week—with some of the food prices around town proving to be a little hard to stomach.

At the posh Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère, a conference hotspot, even humble menu items can be astronomically pricey.

A hot dog with pickles, fried onions and mustard is priced at 38 Swiss francs (about $43.50).

It's 48 Swiss francs for a chicken Caesar salad with parmesan (about $55).

Separately, a draft beer at a local restaurant, in a pint-sized glass, can cost 6.50 Swiss francs, about $7.50.

Some items seemed priced just for the billionaires floating around WEF but it's a very different mood in the nearby shopping promenade.

Read more: Davos is primarily a town for tourists. Outside of the World Economic Forum's week, people flock to ski and stay at the hotels and the ski chalets

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