Zurich's Best Outdoor Eats

There is nothing more pleasant that dining al fresco. Zurich understands this, and obliges us with some of it's most wonderful outdoor eating venues.

by Diccon Bewes

 Dolder Grand

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Grand Hotels don’t come much grander than the Dolder, a fairytale castle built in 1899 on a hill above the city. And where better than the spacious terrace to enjoy the panoramic views that this elevated position offers. It really is beautiful, and the perfect place to enjoy the cuisine of chef Julian Mai. First an aperitif in the outdoor lounge, then the sumptuous food from the Saltz restaurant, accompanied by a great selection of (mainly Swiss) wines. It’s heavenly.

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With a terrace right beside the lake and stunning views across the water to the Alps and the city, you can’t ask for more. This is al fresco dining at its finest, not least because the Mediterranean cuisine matches the outlook. Not only can you relax on the sundeck but you can dock your boat in the private harbour. It could almost be St Tropez!

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Frau Gerolds Garten

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At the heart of the trendy Kreis 5 district, and in the shadow of the tallest building in Zurich, is this busy open-air city garden. In summer the large terraces host both a restaurant and bars, with giant ship containers as the backdrop. The best part is that most of the herbs, salads, fruit and veg used in the cooking are grown right here in the garden.

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