Zurich is one of the hottest destinations in the world right now, with a thriving culture, bar and restaurant scene. Here are some of our top picks of where to eat in Switzerland's largest city.
The Times Restaurant & Design store
One of the hottest new restaurants in arts district Kreis 5, this venue lives up to the neighbourhood's high standards. A stylish interior, outstanding food and beautiful crowd make this one of the coolest new additions to the Zurich dining scene. Wonderfully original, this converted car repairs shop has been transformed into a chic, yet eclectic, interior. the menu runs through a range of interesting concepts, from amuse bouche to starters such as lasagne aperto and creative main courses. Attentive and friendly staff.
Luxos recommends: The surprise menu: your tastebuds will thank you.
Gasometerstrasse 7, 8005 Zürich, +41 (0)44 211 99 77, www.times-zurich.com
The Grand Dame of Zurich restaurants, this place draws the cities most illustrious crowd because of its timeless elegance and impeccable service. The walls are adorned by original works by Chagall, Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani and the food is classic. We love this place and, especially, the bar.
LUXOS recommends: Grilled chateaubriand, Béarnaise sauce and rösti
Ramistrasse 4, 8001 Zurich, tel +41 1 251 02 56 www.kronenhalle.ch
Reservations are required at Morgernstern, known for the outstanding home-style Italian food served in family platters and impromptu dancing on weekends. Fresh pastas are the specialty: ask Mario to order for you, you won't be disappointed.
LUXOS recommends: Antipasti misti and the fresh pasta of the day
Zwinglistrasse 27, 8004 Zürich, +41 (0)44 242 68 30, www.morgenstern-zh.ch
Long a Zurich insider secret, financial big-wigs would seal deals over bottles of Spanish wine and a crawl through the red-light district. Now, the area is more tame but the experience remains festive.
Luxos recommends: Grilled thick veal medallions with mushrooms
Langstrasse 209, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland, +41 (0)44 272 77 44, www.casaaurelio.ch
Cocktails here are like a voyage of discovery, with some superb recipes destined to become classics. 'Tales of London' is a prime example with fresh mint shaken with old tom gin and apple liqueur, served on ice with lime cordial, but there are lots more, and you'll keep returning to continue your exploration! In addition, vintage wines by the glass, single malt whiskeys, and hand-rolled cigars. the name comes from the interior-lit bar in onyx, forming the highlight of this modern and mellow venue.
LUXOS recommends: Drunken sailor, Jamaican dark rum, tange- rine syrup, lime juice and cucumber slices
Park Hyatt Zurich, Beethovenstrasse, 21 CH 8002, Zurich, tel. +41 (0)43 8831 234, www.zurich.park.hyatt.com
Nestled in the heart of Zurich's old town is one of Switzerland's oldest and most famous patisseries. the rich, baroque antique interior is spectacularly decorated at christmas, like a swiss doll house, lit up and filled with the most beautiful treats. People come from around the world for their cakes and hot chocolates. house specialties include the spectacular macaroons which come in a range of flavours, from chocolate and coffee to coconut, rose and chocolate passion fruit.
LUXOS recommends: 'Intense' an amazing chocolate cake
Napfgasse, 4 CH-8001 Zürich, +41 (0) 44 251 5150, www.peclard-zurich.ch