Switzerland’s biggest city is also its liveliest and most diverse. True, it has all the aspects you might expect from a Swiss urban space: clean streets and great public transport, chic boutiques and chocolate shops, even snow-topped mountains on the horizon. But Zurich offers a great deal more than these stereotypes, especially by making the most of its stunning location. Make the most of Zurich's outdoors with these outdoor dining spots.
High above the glamour of Bahnhofstrasse, on the sixth floor of the Modissa store, is this oasis of calm elegance. Inside it’s all teak and copper, giving it a cosy chic feel, but outside is the trump card: a wonderful terrace with views over the centre of Zurich and the gentle noise of the city below. It’s just the spot for a break from shopping or a relaxed evening out. The fusion cuisine offers everything from rib-eye steak to green curry, plus a fabulous dessert trolley. www.peclard.net/en/our-companies/peclard-chez-modissa
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George Bar & Grill
George Bar & Grill
Welcome to George’s penthouse! The idea behind this new-ish bar-cum-restaurant is that it’s the frightfully snazzy lair of a rich friendly guy named George, who regularly invites the world to come and party with him. It’s definitely a trendy spot and a cool place for an evening out. Not least thanks to its huge wrap-around terrace that delivers rooftop views of the city. www.george-grill.ch
What better way to enjoy Lake Zurich than to sit on a deck built on stilts out over the water? Add to that a leafy garden terrace with plenty of space for eating outdoors and you’ll understand why Quai 61 is a favourite spot with locals. It’s no surprise that the views are great, not just of the lake but the city and mountains beyond. www.quai61.ch
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