Forget everything you think you know about Swiss food. Sure, the cheese is amazing and the chocolate’s even better, but the Zurich food scene has so much more to offer. Here’s our guide on where to eat if you’re a true foodie.
Brasserie, French, $$$
Brasserie Lipp, Zurich | Courtesy of Switzerland Tourism
Want to feel like you have stepped back in time? Then visit Brasserie Lipp, an Art-Deco wonder that is a perfect copy of its Parisian counterpart and which is particularly famed for its fish specialities. Here you will find all the best of French cuisine, plus exciting cocktails and an extensive wine list. Along with its beautiful Belle Époque dining room, Lipp has a rooftop bar, Jules Verne, from which you can enjoy an incredible view over Zurich. Just one floor above the bar, there is an observatory, so you can even view the night stars.
Hotel Atlantis, Ecco Zurich | Courtesy of Switzerland Tourism
Ecco Zurich, like its sister restaurants in Ascona and St. Mortiz, has been awarded two Michelin stars. Chef Stefan Heilemann and his talented team showcase their love for top-notch ingredients and avant-garde culinary techniques in a perfectly crafted menu. Ecco delivers dishes that not only look out of this world, but taste so good they’ll impress even the most jaded foodie.
Indulge in a classic: Zürcher Geschnetzeltes at Kronenhalle
Restaurant, French, Swiss, European, $$$
Restaurant Kronenhalle, Zurich | Courtesy of Switzerland Tourism
Zürcher Geschnetzeltes is an absolute must when in Zurich. This delicious veal dish is a local favourite prepared by thinly slicing the meat and then slowly stewing it in a white gravy. You can find it pretty much everywhere, but head over to the legendary Kronenhalle for a one-of-a-kind experience. This restaurant used to be a meeting place for world-renowned artists, some of whom would pay their bill with pieces they’d created. This is why Kronenhalle diners can now admire works by Chagall, Picasso, and Miró hanging on the restaurant’s walls.
Although Central Europe is famous for its ‘meat and potatoes’ culinary tradition, Zurich is actually home to the first vegetarian restaurant in the world, according to the Guinness World Records. Haus Hiltl has been serving vegetarian specialities since 1898. Guests can dine at the à la carte restaurant with waiter service, or go for the Hiltl Buffet, where they can choose from over 100 home-made delicacies, freshly squeezed fruit juices and much, much more.
Blinde Kuh, Restaurant | Courtesy of Switzerland Tourism
Blindekuh is the original and much-imitated ‘dine in the dark’ restaurant. Visitors must learn to trust their nose, their taste buds, and even their ears and hands while making their way through dishes prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The mission behind Blindekuh is to “foster dialogue between sighted people and those with visual impairments,” and the majority of their wait staff are blind or partially sighted.
If you love food markets, you won’t be disappointed with Zurich’s selection. Every Wednesday you can find a lively market in the main hall of the train station with stalls selling fresh products from all over the country like speciality bread, cheeses and meats. Helvetiaplatz hosts a year-round market selling home-grown fruits and vegetables, as well as delicacies from countries around the world. Want to shop with a view? Bürkliplatz turns into a farmers market twice a week; find freshly cut blooms, fresh fish and organic produce at this beautiful, lakeside location.
Zurich food markets Courtesy of Zurich Tourism
Fondue with a twist
Sure, cheese fondue may sound a little mainstream… but what about eating it on the move? You can now dine on the world’s first Fondue eTukTuk with three of your friends, and enjoy delicious, gooey cheese while driving past some of Zurich’s most scenic spots. A bottle of white wine is included in the tour, so what’s not to love?
A walking food tour is a wonderful way of exploring Zurich’s culinary scene. Zurich West, once the town’s industrial district, is now a cultural hotspot where all the most innovative and trendy eateries are. Your guide will take you from place to place, explaining the fascinating story of Zurich’s food history along the way.
Frau Gerolds Garten, Zurich Courtesy of Switzerland Tourism
If you want to combine your love for food with stylish accomodation, Hotel Storchen in the heart of Zurich is the right place for you. This beautiful and recently renovated property is known around town for its amazing restaurant, La Rôtisserie. Here you can find delicious Swiss and international dishes in a refined and beautiful environment. When the weather is nice, the outdoor seating area in the square is also a real delight.