Zurich is a vibrant hub for foodies. Over the years I’ve lived here, I’ve developed my fondue finesse, relished rather a lot of raclette, and indulged in more than my fair share of schoggi. But this international city offers far more than just traditional fare: you’ll find foods from all over the world here, served in everything from high-end eateries and Michelin-star restaurants to veggie-friendly student diners and laid-back coffee shops. The sheer variety can be overwhelming, so here’s a few of my top tips on how to immerse yourself in Zurich’s culinary scene.
The Swiss summer can be very warm, so book your terrace table well in advance.
If you only have time for one thing, make it a tasting session around Viadukt and Markthalle in Zurich West.
Dedicate your first day to the national staples of chocolate and cheese. Some city tours combine sightseeing with a visit to the Lindt Home of Chocolate, one of the country’s most famous chocolatiers. If you’d like to learn more about the origins and ethics of Swiss chocolate production, look out for bean-to-bar tours, which promote small-scale, local makers.
What better way to cap your first day than with a fondue or raclette dinner onboard a private vessel on Lake Zurich? If you’d rather stay on land, Old Town restaurants such as Swiss Chuchi or Le Dézaley are famed for their traditional recipes. You could risk a walk-in outside of rush hour, but bookings are always preferred.
On your last day, take advantage of Zurich’s premier transport links to sample even more of Switzerland’s delicious offerings. Head to Bern, the home of Emmental cheese, for a sampling along with some famous Kambly Swiss biscuits; visit a cheese maker, castle, and chocolate factory in the birthplace of Gruyere; or discover picturesque countryside and rich Alpine culinary heritage in Appenzell.