Zurich is a city I didn’t quite expect to like so much. A city in the country known for cheese, chocolate and Roger Federer, how could I have ever thought it wouldn’t be great. After spending over a week in the city, I can honestly say I will always have fond memories of my time there. Although I did find myself having many supermarket dinners, due to the price of eating out being so high in Switzerland, I did try some delicious food at some local places.
Zurich served as our base whilst in Switzerland, as we travelled almost every day to a different area of either Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein. During my time in Zurich, I had the chance to explore the city thoroughly, with one full day allocated to doing just that. So here are my picks of what to do and where to eat in the beautiful Swiss city of Zurich…
What to Do:
The first thing I recommend is pretty simple, but one not to miss. Walk through the lanes of the Old Town. These little streets are scattered with boutiques, cafes, churches and everything in between. Whilst in the Old Town a must is to climb the tower located in the Grossmünster. It costs a measly 4 CHF, and so the only thing stopping you from the view at the top, is the narrowest and steepest staircase I think I’ve ever come across. Seriously, it is narrow and windes all the way up to the top of the church. The view from the top is absolutely beautiful, giving you a 360 degree view of the city. This is something I highly recommend and doesn’t seem to be all that touristy, as I was one of only a few people, climbing the tower on a Saturday.
Once you’ve enjoyed all that the Old Town has to offer, cross the river on one of the many bridges into the city centre of Zurich. Here you’ll find all the European stores you could dream of. From high end stores, to department stores and the classics such as Zara and H&M. It’s all there. My main recommendation is just to walk. Take a random street and see where it leads you. You never know what you’ll stumble across. And if you’re coming from Australia like me, everything will look absolutely beautiful!
If you’re visiting in the winter and are craving a classic wintery activity, head to Dolder Sports, to go iceskating on the rink that is surrounded by a wintery forest. Located on a hill on the outer edge of the city, amongst the forrest, the location is truly beautiful (especially around sunset).
So, after walking about 15km throughout the city, and doing some iceskating in the evening, your day in Zurich would have been jammed packed and you’ll be exhausted!
Where to Eat:
My number one recommendation is a little cafe in the centre of the Old Town called ‘Delish. Not only will it serve you for all your breakfast and lunch desires, but it is home to the most delicious (it really lives up to the name) cinnamon buns, which make for the perfect treat on a cold wintery day.
If you are craving some fruit and vegetables, which are hard to come by in this part of the world, head to Juicery 21. They make some killer juices and smoothies, which will seriously satisfy your craving for freshness after having consumed all the potato and sausages.
However, if it is a classic Swiss meal that you are after, head to Zeughauskeller. A classic beer hall that offers all the different ways that the Swiss like to eat potatoes and all the types of meat to go with it. Warning: it is incredibly hard to finish a meal here as they are massssive. And yes that is a picture below of meat on a sword!!!
For a quick burger fix, which is extremely reasonably priced in comparison to most other restaurants and cafes, give b.good Oberdor a visit. They sustainably gather all their ingredients from local farmers and produce some pretty great burgers.
Lastly, if you’re on a tight budget and can only visit Zurich by eating as cheaply as possible, then go to the co-op in the centre of the city. You can get a healthy and filling dinner for under AU$8 there. Oh and there’s always the train station…
Well there you have it! Everything from where to eat and what to during a short stay to the Swiss city of Zurich. If you get the chance, I highly recommend giving this beautiful European city a visit.