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What To Eat In Zurich: Top 9 Local Delicacies (2024)

Truth be told, discovering what to eat in Zurich surprised me. Yes, there is lots of cheese, chocolate, and wine, but I didn’t think much beyond that. I’d been to other parts of Switzerland, but never to a city like Zurich: a place that’s distinctly Swiss but has a tinge of the culture of the neighboring countries.

I knew that after almost two weeks in this gorgeous city by the lake, I had no problem determining my favorite foods. Though there are all sorts of fabulous cafes and modern eateries, I was drawn to a lot of the Switzerland famous foods like champagne truffles, bircher muesli, and rösti.

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What To Eat In Zurich: 9 Foods To Try

From classic Swiss dishes to only-in-Zurich treats, these are foods you have to try if you are wondering what to eat in Zurich:

Champagne Truffles: Teuscher

There are indeed Teuscher stores outside Switzerland (New York! Beverly Hills!), but something about going into the store in its home country makes for a way more interesting experience.

Admittedly, Teuscher can be a bit kitschy regarding how they decorate their chocolate, but they’re super classic regarding truffles. And the queen of their truffles are the Champagne truffles (I mean, they’re made with Dom Perignon). I’m partial to the rose Champagne truffles, but they’re all delicious.

Luxemburgerli Macarons: Sprungli

Another of the great chocolate houses of Switzerland, Confiserie Sprüngli, has some amazing pralines and truffles, too. But they’re known for their macarons, known as Luxemburgerli (think of mini macarons that are lighter and airier). There are a ton of flavors, but the ones with acid or salt (like the citrus flavors or salted caramel) were the ones we felt were most balanced. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Some must-try foods in Zurich include Champagne Truffles from Teuscher, Luxemburgerli Macarons from Sprungli, Hot Chocolate from Conditorei Schober, Bircher Muesli available all over Zurich, Rosti from Hiltl, Geschnetzeltes from Hotel Ambassador, Caffe Freddo from Bovelli Caffe, and Fondue from Zunfthaus.

Champagne Truffles are a specialty of Teuscher, a renowned chocolate store in Zurich. These truffles are made with Dom Perignon and are a classic treat to try when visiting the city.

Luxemburgerli Macarons are a specialty of Confiserie Sprüngli, another great chocolate house in Switzerland. They are mini macarons that are lighter and airier than the typical macarons.

Hot Chocolate: Conditorei Schober

You can’t go wrong at Conditorei Schober, a century-old patisserie and cafe that looks like a confection wonderland.

Loaves of bread, pastries, and chocolate cover everything from strudel to macarons and croissants. We had brunch there one morning, feasting on chocolate croissants, eggs benedict, and both iced and hot chocolates. It’s hard to go wrong here, but the hot chocolate was a show stopper – with rich chocolate and whipped cream so thick it was like mousse!

Toasted Quinoa Coconut Blueberry Müesli Recipe

Bircher Muesli: All Over

Yes, you can have muesli elsewhere, but you’ll want to try it in its hometown of Zurich. Sure, the history of this dish is a bit sterile — a doctor created the oat, fruit, and nut mix for patients in his Zurich sanatorium — but don’t let that deter you. It’s available at most cafes, where it’s served not only at breakfast but all day. 

Rosti: Hiltl

Hiltl has some serious street cred seeing as it’s on record in the Guinness Book of Records as being the oldest continuously operated vegetarian restaurant anywhere. I’m talking worldwide.

They have a buffet that rivals the best buffets in Vegas except that every one of the hundreds of dishes is vegetarian. Their veggie burger and veggie tartare are most must try but I was partial to their Swiss-style potato pancakes or rösti. Buttery, crisp on the outside, and as light on the inside, I liked it so much that I ordered it twice!

Geschnetzeltes: Hotel Ambassador

If there’s only one dish you order in Zurich, have it be Geschnetzeltes, a dish so local to Zurich that it’s part of the city’s identity.

Almost like stroganoff and veal Marsala met and then got Swiss citizenship, Geschnetzeltes are pieces of veal (sweetbreads, kidneys, etc) cooked in a creamy mushroom-white wine sauce.

There are super old-school places to try it, like Zeughauskeller, but my favorite was the slightly more sophisticated version served at the Cafe Carme at the Hotel Ambassador (served with nothing less than a side of rosti)!

Caffe Freddo: Bovelli Caffe

Okay, this only applies if you’re there during the warmer months, but, if you like coffee, try the Caffe Freddo at Bovelli Cafe. Like a Shakerato and a Mocha, I liked it so much that I made my own recipe for Caffe Freddo.

Fondue: Zunfthaus

One thing I really missed out on was fondue as it’s really only served in the colder months. And, one of the classic ways to try it is by dining at one of the city’s ancient guilds or Zunfthaus, many of which have restaurants. At the Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten they have classic Swiss cuisine and their fondue is supposed to be noteworthy. 

Local Wine: All Over  

Chasselas is the big white wine here, and it’s great with fondue. Because I was there in the summer, we were drinking a lot of local rose and white wines and were particularly happy with the wine selection at Fischers Fritz and its sister restaurant, Milchbar (which has great coffee and Gin and Tonics, by the way). 

Do you have any other spots you would recommend for what to eat in Zurich? Let us know in the comments below!


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