Zurich locals love nothing more than a good brunch. Whether you are with a group of friends to reminisce the night just passed, or with family, there is a brunch place in Switzerland’s banking and finance capital that is right for you. From a full English breakfast to mimosas, we have rounded up ten of Zurich’s best brunch spots.
After too many cocktails on a Saturday night, this is the place for you. Located at the end of Löwenstrasse, Babu’s Bakery and Coffeehouse is a haven of an excellent brunch menu that covers pretty much anything you would ever wish to eat on a beautiful morning. Choose from the extensive list of options, which features bread and pastries made on site and breakfast favorites like acai bowl, salmon bagel, omelet, waffles, a good cup of coffee and the thickest and fluffiest pancakes. The place gets ridiculously busy on the weekends and service can be long so booking in advance is recommended.
Tucked away in a relaxed country setting, Fork and Bottle is Zurich’s only farm-to-table restaurant that offers a constantly changing menu of more than sixty craft beers. Created by chefs working directly with farmers, the menu also features homemade comfort food served at a fair price. Highlights include full English breakfast, pulled pork benedict, mushrooms on toast, bacon and homemade chorizo breakfast burrito, and fried chicken and savory sweet potato and spring onion waffles. If you are up for a boozy brunch, Fork and Bottle also has an outstanding selection of cocktails such as Bloody Mary, Aperol Spritz, and Mimosa.
Popular with people of all ages, Café des Amis is a bistro-style neighborhood pub located in a residential area called Wipkingen district. Adorned with wooden chairs and wrought iron railings, it is a cozy place where you can enjoy the food in an uncomplicated and beautiful atmosphere. The simple yet decent menu features items like crepe, smoked salmon, croissant, bread, seasonal fruits, Bircher muesli, eggs, and cheese. The service is a bit slow but the excellent food is worth waiting for. Brunch is served until 4 pm but the place fills up quickly and is packed all day so booking is essential.
Located just around the corner from Langstrasse is Maison Blunt, a Moroccan-inspired brunch stop that has been popular for years. A tearoom with sofas and low round tables for relaxing dominate the right side while the other side offers a more typical restaurant setup with tables that can be reserved. Maison Blunt serves a wide range of brunch items from a standard breadbasket with jam and butter to salmon and cheese boards. The star, however, is the Middle Eastern breakfast – a huge array of oriental food including such classics as hummus and cucumber mint salad. On sunny days, restaurant goers can sit and enjoy the dishes in the private garden.
Hiltl is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in the world having been around for over four generations of the Hiltl family. Their restaurant at the back of Bahnhofstrasse is the original, but they are now so popular they have expanded to multiple locations. The most popular of which seems to be Sihlpost, right at the back of the main station.
They serve brunch on Sundays as well as public holidays, as late as 2:30 pm. So, if you have had a big night out, and want a healthy breakfast to recover, this might be the spot for you. They are of course a vegetarian focused restaurant, so don’t expect bacon and eggs here. But if you are up for something alternative, it’s a great option.
Café Bubbles is a cute little café located just around the corner from the Stauffacher tram stop, not from from the center of Zurich. It’s a pretty popular place for brunch, specializing in a real English breakfast. Of course, they also offer the usual suspects like all varieties of eggs, as well as the Swiss must have, Bircher Museli, and bagels as well.
A favorite stop for a lavish brunch on a Saturday or Sunday is BANK in Helvetiaplatz. Labeled as the city’s newest trendy location because of its yummy food and cool atmosphere, BANK is a complete package – a combination of a bakery, bar, restaurant, and café. Rather than quantity, the menu focuses on quality, sustainability, and careful preparation. They focus on organic food and seasonal fruits that are very much in trend right now. A popular gut buster is the Helvetia breakfast which comes with everything from bread and croisannts to eggs and salmon. They also throw in some muesli and fresh orange juice.
Located in Zurich’s Wiedikon urban quarter is Bebek, a two-story Middle Eastern restaurant with interesting décor, high ceilings, and outdoor seating. Café goers will not be disappointed as the food – which is a combination of typical Swiss Sunday breakfast with hints of the Middle East – is flavorful and beautifully presented. For 29.50 CHF, you can eat all you want from hummus and moussaka to fruit salad and bread. Drinks are not included though, but it is still a very good deal considering the quality of the food. Bebek is always fully booked so reserve a table at least one week in advance.
Sitting right opposite the tram stop on Limmatplatz, Café Lang is easy to reach from the main station and offers a retro setting for late Sunday brunch. I absolutely love their coffee here, and sometimes come for that alone. However, if you also want to eat, then their unique platter style brunches complete with a kind of main and 3 side dishes in a jar (see the image above) and worth having to book ahead on most weekends. I recommend getting a spot at the back, but also along the long bar on the side is a great spot to sit.
There are a number of amazing spots in Zurich to enjoy a good brunch but only in CLOUDS Bistro, located in the 35th floor of the skyline dominating Prime Tower, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline and the lake while having your food. The all-inclusive brunch offered during Sundays at CLOUDS Kitchen is a perfect choice for brunch-loving people who want to satisfy a wide range of tastes. Its urban breakfast features croissants and other delicious bread served with jam, butter, and honey.
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