An Insider’s Guide To Zurich
Consistently ranked as the number one city in the world for the best quality of life, the Swiss metropole at Lake Zurich is unsurprisingly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
But Zurich has much more to offer than pretty lake cafés and stunning mountain views. We sat down with local Frank Folberth, who has been living in Zurich for 14 years.
Read on for his recommendations of where to stay, enjoy an evening apero, indulge in the best fondue in town, and the not-to-miss museums:
Where to eat
A famous brasserie with paintings of Chagall & Co. Favourite dish: Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (Zurich-style Veal Strips in a Cream Sauce) Try their bar before or after dinner. The bar keepers are probably the coolest ones in all of Switzerland.
- More about Kronenhalle
- Rämistrasse 4, 8001 Zürich
Serving traditional dishes and fine wines from Veneto. The ambience is also "molto Italiano" and the art is reminiscent of the unique Zurich painter Hanny Fries.
- More about Bindella
- Hönggerstrasse 115, 8037 Zürich
A Turkish diner with authentic Turkish dishes, everything is organic and from local suppliers. Try their brunch.
- More about Gül
- Tellstrasse 22, 8004 Zürich
Frank’s go-to bar is La Stanza, open from 7am to midnight Perfect for coffee in the morning or an Apero after work. They have freshly baked brioche and sfogliatelle for breakfast, as well as warm focacce and salads for lunch.
- More about La Stanza
- Bleicherweg 10, 8002 Zürich
Eden au Lac
The terrace of the Eden au Lac is the best place to be during summer months.
- More about Eden au Lac
- Utoquai 45, 8008 Zürich
If you like Fondue:
Fribourger Fondue Stuebli
Is a very cosy little restaurant with an authentic and traditional vibe.
- More about Fribourger Fondue Stuebli
- Rotwandstrasse 38, 8004 Zürich
For more than 100 years, the Restaurant Buech has stood high above Herrliberg, overlooking a small vineyard, and snow-capped mountains. Here, a harmonious landscape, fun-loving people, and culinary delights (Seasonal dishes and delicate wines) combine in a unique way. Take advantage of their own boat that will take you from the city to Herrliberg and back.
- More about Restaurant Buech
- Forchstrasse 267, Herrliberg
Where to shop
Ensoie Perhaps the coolest concept store in all of Switzerland. Family run. Strehlgasse 26, 8001 Zürich
The Kunsthaus Zurich currently is the largest art museum in Switzerland, comprising four buildings from different eras – the Moser building (1910), the Pfister building (1958), the Müller building (1976), and now the Chipperfield extension (2020).
- More about Kunsthaus Zurich
- Heimplatz 1, 8001 Zürich
Where to stay
Stay at the Eden au Lac, the latest edition of the famed La Reserve Group. Zurich’s one and only five-star hotel right beside the waterfront woo with classically beautiful architecture, wonderful staff, and delicious cuisine, from inventive Peruvian-Asian fusion fare to grilled-to-succulent-perfection Mediterranean dishes.
Around the Lake
If you are into boats, don’t miss a visit to Pedrazzini Yachts in Bäch, 20 min from the city. It's the Swiss version of the Northern Italian Riva boats.
- Seestr. 59-61, Bäch am Zürichsee
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