A Foodie’s Guide to Zürich
Over the past several years, Zürich has truly expanded its restaurant offerings, from previously being primarily regionally focused (Swiss/German, French, Italian) into a diverse and multicultural scene that boasts the cuisines of several different nationalities and lots of healthy fresh offerings. Whether you are visiting Zürich for a day or for a week, there is plenty to choose from! (Restaurants are grouped by Kreis, or neighborhood, to more easily help you plan your food adventure.)
Lucky Dumpling (Langstr. 10) makes their Shanghai Xiao Long Bao dumplings right in front of the customer, giving you the chance to see both the artistry and the delicious ingredients that go into your dinner.
Cartel Burrito Shack (Militärstr. 14) serves up Mexican burritos, tacos, and tortas in colorful and crazy environment. Whether you like your carnitas burrito “Gringo Bandito” (mild) or “The Crazy One” (spicy), your taste buds will most definitely thank you for stopping by.
Yume Ramen (Reitergasse 6), is the little brother of Sala of Tokyo and an “Izakaya” or the Japanese version of a gastropub. Both the broth and the noodles are made fresh at Yume using local Swiss ingredients (and Japanese know-how), and they have a wide selection of drinks and Japanese whiskies to choose from.
Kafi für Dich (Stauffacherstr. 141) is open from very early until very late every day of the week, but is particularly known for their breakfast and brunch offerings on the weekend. For just 29chf, you can eat brunch “à discretion”, however reservations are strongly recommended. They are known for their child-friendly atmosphere and their nightly music scene. (Good to know: Kafi für Dich also offers 18 adorable hotel rooms for very reasonable prices!)
The Bite (Brauerstr. 15) is a Swiss-Canadian burger joint, which has been consistently named the best burger in Zürich. They aren’t inexpensive, however they are good sized and offer great options. Even vegetarians and vegans are covered here, so everyone is happy. Reservations are definitely recommended on the weekend.
Co Chin Chin (Gasometerstr. 7) is the new kid on the block, but definitely the most popular. Foodies all over the city have been clamoring to try the Vietnamese food, especially the Pho, which is fully on trend at the moment. And it lives up the well-deserved hype, with rave reviews all around.
Les Halles (Pfingstweidstr.6) is a quirky, eclectic and cool place, fun and easy without any hint of pretension. The big draw here is the delicious “Moules Frites” or mussels in white wine sauce and fries. They also serve other antipasti, cheese plates, soups, and a large selection of desserts from the display case. Bikes for sale in the hallway and an Italian market in the back – Les Halles is a crazy but delicious stop on your food tour.
Maison Blunt (Gasometerstr. 5) this is a Moroccan restaurant and tearoom modeled after one in Fez. They serve platters of Moroccan style mezze – hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh and the like, and are particularly known for their brunch offerings (shakshouka, lox, falafel and more) – and all of this in a beautiful and cozy setting.
Brisket (Pfingstweidstr. 6) is a Southern BBQ restaurant, primarily modeled after Texas-style BBQ but also featuring pulled pork and pork belly, and a North Carolina style sauce. The owners did their due diligence and even ordered their smoker from Texas. It’s the closest this Texan is going to get to pit BBQ and despite the Swiss price tag, it’s worth every bite.
Roots (Linthescherstr. 15) “Vegan goes Urban” – if you crossed healthy vegan food and smoothies with a hipster Brooklyn coffee shop, you’d get Roots. Treat yourself to an Açai smoothie bowl or quinoa salad and feel super virtuous (especially if you’ve been indulging in my other suggestions!).
Restaurant Neela (Zweierstr. 55) serves up Sri Lankan/Tamil dishes in a modern attractive space. From curries with and without meat, homemade poppadums, kothu roti, chicken tikka masala, fried rice, and more, all passed down through traditional family recipes.
Stripped (Seefeldstr. 88) takes the pizza concept to a new and exciting place. Using only healthy and fresh ingredients – a seemingly endless array of toppings can be chosen to top one of three different pizza bases, or you can choose from 10 different signature pizzas, including such ones as; #FoodPorn, Calexico, and Damn Ham.
I hope you enjoy these #Foodie picks and that you have fun eating your way around Zürich! en Guete!