Here are few places i like to go to in Zurich. The map below eventually will show all of them in one map. Each place has a separate link to Google Maps though. See below for general info like tipping & smoking
Great soups and has also a few non-soup items like curries (i recommend Catsu Curry) and starters like gyoza and soft tofu.
Ooki on Google Maps
Swiss & French Cuisine
Great place to eat lunch & dinner or to go for drinks, live music in the evenings. Awesome decor with a gigantic skeleton overseeing the whole place. Check the website for the current shows.
El Lokal Website | El Lokal on Google Maps
Awesome atmosphere set in an industrial trash deco, great kitchen, especially moules & frites from september to february.
Les Halles Website | Les Halles on Google Maps
Moroccan food and tea room
Outstanding place. So great, that I went to celebrate my wedding there. They serve excellent mezze plates and other oriental specialities as couscous or tagine.
Maison Blunt Website | Maison Blunt on Google Maps
Best sushi place in town. More expensive than other places but totally worth every penny. Huge variety of sushi but also noodles and soups. The place is run by Japanese staff only and has to a big part Asian clients which is always a good sign for Japanese places.
Samurai Website | Samurai on Google Maps
Great food in a lovingly decorated restaurant.
Cinque Website | Cinquei on Google Maps
Asian classics for an urban crowd: curries, noodles fried rice etc.
Lily’s Website | Lily’s on Google Maps
Zum Guten Glück
They serve a wide variety of pancakes, salty and sweet, but also have daily menues. This place probably has the heaviest counter in town: it’s made of massive tin!
Zum Guten Glück Website | Zum Guten Glück on Google Maps
Italian cuisine (surprise, surprise)
Limited but awesome menu with not so usual Italian dishes like Luganighe (pork sausage and lentils) or quail.
Try the fennel & parmesan carpaccio as a great starter.
Italia Website | Italia on Google Maps
Pizza and Italian cuisine
Totally unhip and the opposite of cool but with the best pizza. Perfect dough with fresh ingredients.
Grottino 77 Website | Grottino 77 on Google Maps
Great standard Italian dishes, very decent pizza. Awesome meat dishes. Has a very lively atmosphere.
Don Leone Website | Don Leone on Google Maps
Mainly Swiss cuisine
There are usually 3 or 4 dishes for lunch with a daily changing menu. Very reasonable prices for good food. Drinks & tapas in the evening. On Sundays they serve the legendary Giardino Burgers.
Piccolo Giardino Website | Piccolo Giardino on Google Maps
Affordable & good sushi, not as exotic or authentic as Samurai but really worth it.
Yooji’s Website | Yooji’s on Google Maps
Cozy place run by 3 lovely Finns – frankly the best coffee place here.
Sisu Website | Sisu on Google Maps
Beautiful place situated in an old butcher store.
Kafi Schnaps Website | Kafi Schnaps on Google Maps
Great coffee, great atmosphere.
Dini Mueter Website | Dini Mueter on Google Maps
This is your 100% Italian café and pastry place. And the pastry is awesome. Try aragoste and sfogliatelle.
Caredda Website | Caredda on Google Maps
This place with a beautiful interior is named after its main speciality “Mohrenkopf” which is beaten eggwhite & sugar covered in chocolate.
Café Mohrenkopf Website | Café Mohrenkopf on Google Maps
Situated at Idaplatz in the heart of trending Wiedikon this is a great place to have your coffee outside.
Piazza Website | Piazza on Google Maps
Cozy atmosphere and a great drinklist make Bar 63 one of my favourites. Their rum drinks are an absolute must.
Bar 63 Website | Bar 63 on Google Maps
The tiny bar of the Xenix cinema becomes one of the most popular places to go for drinks in summer since it hast a vast area outside.
Xenix Website | Xenix on Google Maps
For smaller amounts coffee, drinks round up to whole francs: 3.70 becomes 4.- etc
For larger amounts apply the 10% rule.
In many places you’ll pay at the table to the waiter directly: the waiter will tell you how much it costs and you will tell him the sum plus tip. if you get a bill on a plate, lay the tip on the plate after receiving the change.
At some places you’ll pay at the counter where there is a tip jar.
There is a general non-smoking policy in Zurich, some places have additional fumoirs. If not, smokers will have to smoke outside.