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
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 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.
Café des Amis, Nordstrasse 88, 8037 Zürich, Switzerland +41 43 536 93 81
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.
Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland, +41 44 227 70 00