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Dining in Zurich: some of our favorites

 

Champagne, Restaurant Opéra, Zurich
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Champagne, Restaurant Opéra, Zurich

A few food and drink suggestions

Want to walk in the footsteps of the intellectual, political and the social elite? Would you like to dine in a Viennese-style coffee house with grand chandeliers and marble walls? The Art Nouveau Odeon is a café, restaurant, and bar that teems with a history and goes back to the origins of Dadaism. Einstein met with students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology here. Lenin, Mussolini, and Trotsky were among the regulars.

Odeon, Zurich
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Odeon, Zurich

Vegetarian? Haus Hiltl, the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant, is known for its buffet. It was founded by Ambrosius Hiltl who had rheumatoid arthritis and was told to avoid meat.

Hiltl Restaurant, Zurich
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Hiltl Restaurant, Zurich

Looking for a hidden gem? You will need a reservation for a table on the terrace of Grieder Bar, the café upstairs in Grieder, the exclusive department store known for luxury fashion. Try the Fruchtwähen, a fruit dessert traditionally eaten on meatless Fridays.

There is a hidden gem of a restaurant on the terrace of the luxury department store, Grieder.
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Look up to see a hidden gem of a restaurant on the terrace of the luxury department store, Grieder.

Like to immerse yourself in history? Zunfthaus zur Waag was the guild house of  the linen weavers, wool weavers and hatters when the city was governed by the trade guilds and nobility.

Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zurich
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Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zurich

It’s a good place to savor a Zurich specialty like  Kalbsgeschnetzelte (veal in cream sauce) with Butterrösti (a grated potato dish)

Kalbsgeschnetzelte, Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zurich
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Kalbsgeschnetzelte, Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zurich

There is a view of Fraumünster church and Münsterhof Square through the colorful stained glass windows.

stained glass window depicting linen workers, Zunfthaus zur Waag
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stained glass window depicting linen workers, Zunfthaus zur Waag

Want to try for beer on the house?

Oepfelchammer, Zurich
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Oepfelchammer, Zurich

You will have to crawl between beam and ceiling in the upstairs front room at Oepfelchammer.

Oepfelchammer beam, Zurich
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Oepfelchammer beam, Zurich

It is fun to read the inscriptions carved into the walls and tables in this 200 year old building in the Old Town.

Oepfelchammer, Zurich
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Oepfelchammer, Zurich

Want to help support people trying to return to the work force? Schipfe 16 is a restaurant that offers job training in this former soup kitchen. It is in the old Roman part of the city on a narrow riverside street that is known for its artisans.

Schipfe 16, Zurich
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Schipfe 16, Zurich

Tram and river taxi, Limmat River, Zurich
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Tram and river taxi, Limmat River, Zurich

Seeking award-winning seafood?  Restaurant Opera is decorated in surrealistic baroque images of the opera world. It has been awarded Gault Millau points and the Golden Fish for their specialties and is MSC certified.

Restaurant Opera_ Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera Zurich
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Restaurant Opera_ Hotel Ambassador a l’Opera Zurich

 

 

 

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