The Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Zurich

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Photo of Sean Mowbray
12 July 2017

Zurich is packed full of great places for a cup of coffee or a slice of cake with your breakfast and cafés where you can enjoy a late brunch while watching the world go by. We’ve brought the best breakfast and brunch joints in Zurich together into one list so you can test them out for yourself.

Babu’s Bakery & Coffeehouse

Bakery, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Restaurant, Coffee, Swiss, $$$
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Babu’s Bakery & Coffeehouse has you sorted for both brunch and breakfast serving from an extensive menu that’s good for both the health conscious and the meat hungry. It also serves some of the best coffee in town that just so happens to come decorated like a work of art. Service can be long so booking in advance is recommended if you plan to brunch here, otherwise you can take your food to-go.

Fork & Bottle

The Fork & Bottle is something of an expat hub in Zurich, which probably has something to do with its full English breakfast option and the impressive choice of craft beers (over 60 on offer). But that, and the rather rustic décor, shouldn’t put you off as both the breakfast and brunch menus are packed with formidable, and quirky options like fried chicke and savoury sweet potato waffles or a spinach and mushroom breakfast burrito. If you’re in for a boozy brunch they also have a good choice of cocktails full of fresh ingredients.

Fork & Bottle, Allmendstrasse 20, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland, +41 44 201 18 17

Bar Si o No

Bar, Pub Grub, Dessert, $$$
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A Jekyll and Hyde sort of place that serves cocktails until the wee hours, then ‘hangover’ brunches on Saturdays and Sundays. Si or No has an eclectic mix of healthy salads, fresh fruit, yoghurts and something for the sweet-toothed with a decent array of cakes on offer. If you’ve been dancing the night away it’s the right sort of pick-me-up that’ll leave you feeling fresh again.

Café Peclard

Stepping into Café Peclard is like stepping back in time. Its distinctive neo-Baroque style, with high back chairs, elaborately crafted furniture and beautifully designed ceilings, adds a distinguished touch to your breakfast. If that’s not all, Café Peclard is well-known for its traditional cakes and pastries and will leave you wanting more. A must-try is Peclard’s take on “Schoggi Mélange”, drinking chocolate mixed with whipped cream.

Napfgasse 4, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland, +41 44 251 51 50

Café Odeon

Cafe, Diner, Bar, Restaurant, European, Pub Grub
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Surrounded yourself in history at Café Odeon, which first opened its doors in 1911 and became a hub for 20th century thinkers. Over the years it’s been a favourite hang-out spot for artists, writers, musicians and scientists including James Joyce; Erich Maria Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front; and of course, Albert Einstein who was counted among the café’s regulars. With ceiling length mirrors, the old-school diner feel has been maintained – and the quality of the breakfast hasn’t diminished either.

Café des Amis

Cafe, European, $$$
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Café des Amis is a relaxed bistro-style bar in Wipkingen, a residential area, that feels much more Paris than Zurich, and is immensely popular as a result. Things move much slower here, so expect to wait for your food. At weekends brunch is served until 4pm but be warned, you’ll need to book if you want to have a chilled Sunday brunch as it is packed all day.

Haus Hiltl

The world’s oldest vegetarian restaurants is also where you can try out one of Zurich’s best brunches, which is served until 2.30pm on Sundays. The food is offered buffet-style and you can pay by weight or 35CHF and eat as much as you want. You’ll find traditional delights such as pancakes, pastries and fresh fruit, likewise more exotic dishes such as eggplant curry, kachari and samosas. Reasonably priced and certain to leave you satisfied, Haus Hiltl comes recommended.

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