Terrasse Terrasse

Dine like a Local in Zurich

Blending old world charm with the latest trends, the city offers a wide choice of restaurants that embrace the contemporary as well as the traditional.

by Debra Moffit

Rico’s Restaurant

If you love good atmosphere as much as exquisite food on your plate, Rico’s splashes of colour in the artistic creation of the dishes blends with the red leather décor to inspire. Awarded two Michelin stars, chef Rico Zandonella serves up gourmet cuisine aimed to tantalise with space for outdoor summer dining. Gault Millau gives the restaurant 18 points out of 20!


Cabaret Voltaire

Birthplace of Dada, Cabaret Voltaire appeals to culture lovers bent on discovering the place where Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings launched the Dada movement in 1916. The cosy café/bar’s atmosphere makes for a great meeting place in the Niederdorf quarter. During the day, it serves coffee, cakes, and grilled Brutzelbrot bread filled with gruyere or mozzarella, seasonal vegetables and herbs. On evenings and weekends, the café/bar transforms into the vibrant Cabaret Voltaire with cocktails and a broad selection of absinthes.


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The elegant Terrasse delights with vast views of the River Limmat and the Old Town. It treats sophisticated guests to Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with garden terrace dining available. In addition to the restaurant, a lively lounge and bar with piano music or DJ’s add ambiance. Popular dishes include homemade veal ravioli or lemon risotto with prawns served with fine wine from the curated list.


Kronenhalle Restaurant

A famous historical landmark, Kronenhalle has served a list of stellar guests from Stravinsky and Brecht to Nureyev and Saint-Laurent. It highlights traditional cuisine served in hefty portions like veal steak in morel sauce, duck à l'orange with red cabbage, and Spätzle. Artworks decorate the main dining room and form the focal point for this classic restaurant.


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