Lying at the top of a pristine lake and surrounded by rolling, snow covered hills, Zürich in winter is truly a sight to behold. Despite its small size, this beautiful city has an endless amount of adventures to offer, particularly as regards food. Zurich presents a combination of traditional local cuisine, featuring a relaxed brasserie style and as well as a more modern and unexpected style of cooking.
Loft Five’s urban flair and modern atmosphere put it on a par with New York restaurants. Its cosmopolitan dining atmosphere and cosy vintage décor make it the perfect place for any meal. Start the day with an excellent breakfast in their bakery, and if it’s Saturday, don’t miss brunch from 10am to 4pm. For a quick lunch, choose amongst their salads, or in the evening, go for the legendary James Joyce Burger. A stylish bar offering unique wines and cocktails completes the evening. Casual dining has never been this chic. www.loftfive.ch
A hybrid restaurant/dance club, Geroldchuchi has all the ingredients for an unforgettable evening. Although located in the north, Geroldchuchi is known for its homemade pasta and unique twists on Italian classics, as well as its delectable desserts. The night doesn’t end at dinner though. The Hive Club showcases the hottest rising DJs in Zurich in the same building for non-stop nightlife. www.geroldchuchi.ch
Just a few minutes from Lake Zurich, the Morgarten Bar is famous for Sunday brunch, held from 10am to 3.30pm. At lunchtime, try something spicy and exotic such as their Thai vegetable mix or something light such as their summer salad bowl. All orders are served together in a relaxed atmosphere; everyone can serve themselves, much as you would do it in your own home. www.morgartenbar.ch
Located in the charming old part of Zürich, Brasserie Louis is a must for anyone who loves traditional French cuisine with a twist of international flavours. The menu is a summary of the best that French cuisine can offer. Coquilles St. Jaques, quiche, bouillabaisse, entrecôte, and an impressive collection of French wines represent only a small part of their delicious offerings. www.brasserie-louis.ch
Carlton’s location on Bahnhofstrasse makes it the ideal place to meet for lunch, after-work drinks or dinner. Classics such as Filet Wellington or Florentine steak have been updated with a twist that only exalts the restaurant’s 120 years of prestige. Whether this is your first time or a firm favourite every time you visit Zurich, the wine cellar will without doubt complete your gastronomic experience. www.carlton.segmueller-collection.ch
Located in Oerlikon, Giesserei attracts not only business people or gourmands, but also couples who are looking for a romantic dinner. The menu changes daily, reflecting head chef Claude Trefzer’s inspiration and passion for fresh ingredients. The Sunday brunch is a must, available from September until May and featuring a filling and enjoyable buffet complete with champagne. www.diegiesserei.ch
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