Curious in Zurich

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This will be some kind of a different sneak peek, because it is about Zurich. My relationship with Zurich started 28 years ago when I first came to Switzerland, and I have to admit that it was love at first sight.  Zurich welcomed me.  It is the city where I learned to speak German (with a Swiss accent, of course), where my husband and I found our first jobs abroad, and where our son was born. Now I live one hour away from Zurich, but I always find a good reason to get there.

coverThese are my favorite foodie spots in Zurich, listed in alphabetical order and in no way ranked. Places I enjoy going, depending on the mood, occasion, or situation! You will find that some of them offer simple fare and others more elaborated cuisine. I trust that you will not be disappointed and, perhaps, you will discover Zurich from a different perspective.

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Babu’s Bakery & Coffeehouse – A nice coffee shop (700 m, 9 min from the Zurich Main Station).  At Babu’s everything is prepared in their own kitchen using fresh products.

Breakfasts here are a daily feast, and they also have a light lunch menu. Sorry to tell you, but here it is usual to find people standing in a line to order. Fortunately, the line moves quickly, and it is worth the wait. Otherwise, call to reserve. If you are in a rush, they also carry a grab-and-go section. New to their concept, from Thu to Sat evenings they have ‘plates to share’.  Soon it will be possible to preorder online breakfast and lunch.

My girlfriends and I were delighted with their weekend Brunchetagère and the additional warm dishes (pancakes, scramble eggs, etc.) we could order à la carte.

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Didis Frieden – I am glad that I got to know this place through friends (350 m, 5 min from the Zurich Main Station). Didi will know how to spoil you from start to finish. For lunch he carries daily changing menus and in the evenings a seasonal, short menu to order à la carte. The wine list is worth exploring. If you are with a group, you can ask for the magnum wine list.

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Here you must save some space for dessert, not only because they are delicious, but because you will not like to miss Didi’s artistic talent!

fishersfritz-5Fishers Fritz – I love this spot, located directly on the Zurich Lake shore, and its informal outdoor atmosphere.fishersfritz-8

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They serve the best fish fried in batter, using fresh catch from the lake.

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The perfect place to enjoy a gorgeous summer day.

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Tips:
• You can also get there by boat.
• If you are into camping, you might be interested in checking their camping site.

 

 

 
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Frau Gerolds Garten – A urban garden in the thriving, trendy district Kreis 5, once the industrial quarter.
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fraugeroldsgarten-7From Apr to Sep it is a garden restaurant with large terraces and bars; another one of my favorites on a sunny day.

Fantastic grill fare, salads, and pasta. Simple but perfect!

From Oct to Mar a wooden pavilion is set up to serve winter specialties like fondue. I still have to go and try the winter experience.

George Bar & Grill – This is a bar and grill restaurant with a chic, penthouse feeling.

Chill out on the terrace, which surrounds three sides of the building, to finish an evening with a nightcap with views over the city rooftops.george-6

Hiltl Dachterrasse – For veggie lovers, this is a must! Hiltl is the first vegetarian restaurant in the world (1898), offering nowadays 500 dishes that satisfy not only demanding vegetarians. I have decided to list their location with roof terrace, right on the renowned Bahnhofstrasse. It feels like finding an oasis during a shopping spree. A good place to stop for a coffee, a drink from the bar, or a nice meal from the healthy and varied buffet.


kaufleuten1Kaufleuten – I used to relate Kaufleuten to cultural events (concerts, literary readings, etc.) but not to food. The last time we went for a concert there, we decided to try the restaurant. I have to say that I really liked what we ordered and that is why I am mentioning it here.

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Les Halles – Another one in Kreis 5. This place is so cool! Recreated like a garage and serving fresh MIMG_0282editerranean food (mainly moules and beef tartar) like in a market – orders are taken at the counter. Don’t come here if you are looking for a quiet evening.  Oops, no picture for this one!  I will have to go back!

Maison Blunt – This is a tea room and restaurant with Moroccan cuisine. They also have regional, seasonal lunch menus (including two vegetarian) and the take-away option.img_0005

img_0008I usually go for the mezze, and everything is absolutely delicious. Yes, … in Kreis 5!

Più – This Italian restaurant is just a few steps away from the Main Station. Great wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and many other Italian dishes, including homemade despiu-3serts and a bar. The large window fronts and the modern interior design create a nice atmosphere.

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Sternen Grill – If you are in Zurich looking for Swiss fast food, this is the place. This is a busy corner incredibly well known for its iconic bratwurst that is supposed to be eaten with hot mustard and a buerli (a Swiss crusty bread roll).

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Bratwurst … those on the left

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• It is fun to explore the revitalized Kreis 5, always unconventional, eclectic, and full of surprises.
Freytag – best Amaretti

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Jules Verne Panoramabar – great city views from a bar …

Lindenhof – great city views from a beautiful park

Muensterhof Brunnen – On special occasions wine flows from this fountain but for no longer than 60 min.


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Sprüngli – best Truffes du Jour (chocolate truffles), which are never more than 24 hours old. My fav the dark ones. I also like this little cake that is only available on ‘Sechseläuten’, the traditional Spring holiday of the city.

Teuscher – best Champagner Truffes. In this case, the light and not the dark ones are my choice.
Wienachtsdorf am Bellevue – A nice foodie Christmas market. Opens already one month before Christmas Eve.

 

4 thoughts on “Curious in Zurich

  1. Patty thank you for this recommendations!!! Having been a witness of this love story (Zurich et toi!) and knowing your passion for discovering unique places serving good food I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to choose those that you mention in this post. Our next visit to Switzerland will definitively include a foodie visit to Zurich with you, I hope!
    Gracias… and keep the tips coming, they are a treat! 👍😘

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