Zurich’s food scene in the last five years has witnessed a steady transformation and brunches have become a norm over weekends. There are many cafes within the city which offer innovative, consistent and international food palette to the local food enthusiasts. Vantika presents her favourite eateries.
I’d like to share with all you foodies out there – my top 6 brunch spots in Zurich where you can indulge in some quality food accompanied with a lovely ambience to enjoy the spirit of this beautiful city!
- Cafe Lang – It takes the top spot for its gorgeous presentation and a wide variety of brunch trays to choose from. My pick is the butterzopf or the ‘Grand Benedict’ with a hot cup of coffee. The cafe is situated at Limmatplatz and it is not stroller-friendly – but the staff is considerate enough to accommodate the entire family whenever possible. One can enjoy the food and drinks in their summer patio, which is open during the warmer months. It is best to reserve a seat over the weekend as the cafe is quite popular with the locals. (website: www.cafelang.ch)
- Cafe des Amis – This French-themed cafe is situated in Wipkingen and is very popular because of its spacious summer patio. It’s child-friendly, too. My pick would be ‘étagère des Amis’ for two. It is the showstopper – cheese, fruits, eggs, sweet crepes, ham, salmon and yoghurt – all laid out in three tiers. This place is usually booked out on weekends so a reservation is a must! (website: www.desamis.ch)
- Salut Salon – Another French-styled modern bistro located right at the heart of Wiedikon. It has an al fresco seating and the interiors are classy with monochrome shades of black and beige. My pick would be the “Salon Facile” that comes with the perfect french toast topped with wild berries. The cafe is child-friendly with ample space for the strollers to be parked. They have a stylish bar that serves some really nice cocktails all day long. (website: www.salutsalon.ch)
- Kafischnaps – This cafe, restaurant and bar is located in a half service hotel in Wipkingen. The rooms are named after fruits like ‘The Cherry’, ‘The Pear’, ‘The Plum’ to name a few. The chef Peter is from Northern Germany. He delights you with his creations. The cafe boasts of its iconic Wipkinger oven eggs baked to perfection and the house schnapps is highly recommended! It is a laidback and a non-fussy place with wooden tables and white walls. Here one can relish some high-quality food made only with Swiss produce. My pick would be ‘rösti with bacon’, sunny side up and chives. They have a vegetarian version too. It is a famous hangout for all mamas with strollers. (website: www.kafischnaps.ch)
- Le Pain Quotidien – It is a Belgian bakery at Römerplatz. The name means “our daily bread” in French. They believe in serving simple, wholesome and seasonal organic food and drinks. They have plenty of healthy options like homemade organic loaves of bread, pastries, tartines, soups and wines and a wide range of platters to choose from like ‘the Heidi breakfast’, ‘the botanic platter’ and the ‘kids breakfast platter’. My pick would be the ‘Discovery brunch’ which has beet hummus crostini, olive tapenade along with eggs, ham, croissant and juice. They don’t make reservations. So just walk in and find a table. (website: www.lepainquotidien.com/ch/en/)
- Kleine Freiheit – This is a small gem at Weinbergstrasse, Kreis 6. It has a lovely summer garden like an oasis in the midst of the city hustle and bustle, where trams run from all corners. A container cafe with an industrial feel – this has been my sanctuary for de-stress. My weekly indulgence has been a small portion of oriental mezze along with a cup of delicious cappuccino on the side. The cafe is open throughout the year and has a small fireplace during winters. They offer a wide variety of vegan options and specialise in oriental breakfast which is served till 3 pm over the weekend. My pick: the ‘Big Mezze Platter’ for two with hummus, babaganoush, moussaka and many other delightful options. Also, their homemade Hibiscus Ice Tea is a must try on a hot and sultry afternoon. The place is child-friendly and the terrace is also offered as a big play area for the kids. (website: www.kleinefreiheit.ch)
A lazy morning over the weekend is something we all dream of. A time where one can just hop out of bed and grab a hearty breakfast and a cup of fresh tea or coffee! I have always believed that good food brings an entire week of content. So, happy munching and happy brunching!
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