Switzerland's cuisine cosmospolitan and heavily influenced by its neighbouring countries. Even though Zurich is not the closest to the French border there are a number of fine French brasseries to explore in the city. Here are our favourites...
Located near the train station and the bustling Bahnhofstrasse, Vis-à-Vis offers French brasserie fare at its best. Let your hair down in its relaxed setting and enjoy its roast beef that is famous throughout the city. Start your day late tucking into delicious brioches and croissants as late as until 11am, or dine early at 6pm. While Vis-à-Vis’ freshly-made mango juice is a real boost of vitamins this summer, you can enjoy equally invigorating drinks at the bar.
LUXOS recommends: Signature roast beef.
Vis-à-Vis Talstrasse 40 CH 8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 211 73 10, www.vis-a-vis.ch
Roast Beef at Vis à Vis
With an elegant ambience typical of brasserie restaurants, Schiller boasts a wonderful location in the NZZ building as well. Choose from seasonal platters, Salade Niçoise, foie gras and lobsters, just to name a few of the delicious appetizers, before you dig into the main courses. While fish and meat are must-haves, the Club Sandwich Goethe is not to be missed. If 20 pages of drinks menu are not enough, the Bordeaux wines will warm things up, with live DJ music every Saturday from 9pm.
LUXOS recommends: Entrecote de Paris, the deluxe Seafood platter, Singapore Sling
Brasserie Schiller Sechseläutenplatz 10 CH 8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 222 20 30, www.brasserie-schiller.ch/
An institution in Paris for over 135 years, Brasserie Lipp’s location in Zurich’s city centre is just as legendary. When it opened here in 1990, it quickly became the place to go for traditional French fare and the best pickled cabbage in town. Today, the brasserie’s fish specialities are well-appreciated by local and international diners, who come from around the world to relax in its warm, cosy atmosphere, with just a touch of Belle Époque décor that makes your experience that much more memorable.
LUXOS recommends: Imperial Fish Platter Lipp
Brasserie Lipp Uraniastrasse 9 CH 8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)43 888 66 66, www.brasserie-lipp.ch
Hummer and Austernbar
And if it's fine French dining you're after then look no further than Hummer and Austernbar. This Zürich institution first opened its doors in 1935. With dark wood interiors, beautiful tables and exemplary service this restaurant is reminiscent of another era. This is the place to try lobsters (hummer in German), oysters and seafood.
LUXOS recommends: Lobster and spaghetti
Hummer and Austernbar: Bahnhofstr. 87 8021 Zürich, tel. +41 44 227 76 21, www.hummerbar.ch
Hummer and Austernbar