The previously industrial sector of Kreis 5 is undergoing a revolutionary change in both attitude and aesthetics. Old buildings are morphing into hubs of gastronomy, cutting-edge art galleries and cultural spaces. Here we take a look at ten of the most popular and hip restaurants in the area.
Clouds is, as the name suggests, spectacularly poised in the clouds, with breath-taking views across Zurich, the lake and the Alps from its towering location. In the 2013/4 Distisuisse awards, CLOUDS’ own gin won gold in the category for special types, earning it the award for ‘spirit of the year’. Enjoy this sparkling aperitif alongside the smoked ricotta on black bread with balsamic cherries and almond crumble. The interior is simply beautiful – the smooth, clean lines of neutral tablecloths and chairs serve to highlight and accentuate the view across Zurich.
CLOUDS, Maagplatz 5, Zürich, Switzerland, +41 44 404 30 00
Ly’s Asia is situated in a beautifully lit and spacious industrial building with an open kitchen, championing the fresh produce and traditional cooking style used to produce their sushi, Thai and Chinese cuisine. The satay beef and Peking duck are among the favorites, but the sashimi salmon and unique desserts are also popular choices in this trendy setting. With delicate Asian flavors and a dining-hall style communal experience, Ly’s Asia offers both flavorsome food and a unique venue in which to enjoy it.
Ly’s Asia, Zahnradstrasse 21, Zürich, Switzerland, +41 44 999 08 08
The eccentricity of Les Halles speaks for itself: a quirky vibe comprising of Spanish and French influences, decorated with French posters and motorbikes whilst serving delicious Spanish wines. The former industrial site is now packed with character, offering some of the best mussels in the city in a relaxed, hippy atmosphere. Enjoy a chilled beer alongside a thick slice of salmon in hollandaise sauce with fresh asparagus, potatoes and fiery chilies or perhaps try a crisp and fresh salad with tender chicken or accompanied by a hot, filling baguette.
Les Halles, Pfingstweidstrasse 6, Zürich, Switzerland, +41 44 273 11 25