My work brings me to Zurich occasionally. While it may not be the most exciting of cities, Zurich is attractive in its own subtle way. I’ve grown pretty fond of this clean and efficient city, to say the least.
There are a few places I tend to visit each time I’m here. Top on my list is Globus, for its amazing food hall where you’ll find an extensive range of produce, cheese, bread, meat, take-outs and groceries. The tartufi, soft truffles made with ganache, is simply addictive.
Zurich has lots to offer, food-wise. I must admit I’ve not been exploring the food here as much as I’d like to with the pressing schedule (all my trips to Zurich have been solely for work, unfortunately).
Here are some of my favorite food stops, and it’s all conveniently located within walking distance from Bahnhofstrasse where I usually stay.
I couldn’t get enough of the tender & fluffy brioche, buttery croissant and bittersweet hot chocolate. Sprüngli offers a deluxe version of bircher muesli, with crushed berries and cream. The café at Paradeplatz is a great place for people watching too.
Get a box of chocolates or truffles while you’re here – excellent for gifts or when you just want to spoil yourself. Sprüngli also has an outlet in the Zurich airport.
Bahnhofstrasse 21, 8001 Zürich
Grab a sandwich at the takeaway stall outside the main entrance or have a bite at the café.
Hot dog stand at Zurich main station
I take the train to work every day, and on the way back, I’ll stop by for one of my favorite Zurich snacks – grilled bratwurst. I’ll always make room for sausages when I’m in Europe. I like the crackly skin which is not so common in sausages back home.
Il Baretto Cafe at Zurich main station – love the delicious custard-filled croissant with its creamy filling.
Federal Brasserie – for its old-world charm, good food (they’ve some traditional Swiss dishes) and one kindly waiter.
K accompanied me on one of the trips and we had a bite here at the end of my workday. We were not very hungry, so we shared a main course – the traditional Swiss sliced veal with rosti. When our food arrive, I was surprised with the very generous portion. It’s more than enough to feed two extremely hungry adults or even three average eaters. The kind waiter has asked the cook for an extra large portion – for the same price! It was really sweet of him.
Even though we were already full halfway through, we swept the plates clean. How could you not, when an unassuming stranger goes out of the way to feed you well. On my next trip here, I had the same dish, alone, and the portion was much smaller, not to my surprise.
The apple fritter with vanilla sauce and beer ice-cream is quite a treat. A nice way to end the meal.
Federal Brasserie is located at the Zurich main station. Address: Bahnhofplatz 15, Zurich, Switzerland.
Yumi Hana - when I’m craving for rice, spicy food or simply something Asian. Address: Schutzengasse 7, Zurich 8001, Switzerland.
Update: Yumi Hana is no longer operating in this premise.
Bread, bread, bread – anywhere in Zurich. The bread in Zurich is generally quite delicious. I haven’t had one that I didn’t like.