Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Zurich

Sternen Grill
The popular sausage joint, the Sternen Grill, offers the best wurst in Zurich from its restaurant and takeaway in the Hochschulen area.
The Restaurant
For traditional Savoyarde cuisine and speciality dishes – all at a fraction of the resort price options - venture out on the bus to this homely hideaway.
Rive Gauche
Specialising in 'Modern Fine Casual Dining', the Baur au Lac's chic restaurant has a popular following amongst Zürich's most stylish diners
Josef
Seerose
Lakeside dining and fantastic views come as standard at Seerose, Zürich's favourite summer restaurant
Les Halles
Famed for moules frites, this restaurant and bar in an old vegetable market is a Zürich institution that's stood the test of time
Gartenhof
Understatedly cool, Gartenhof is vibrant, local and immensely relaxed
Caduff’s Wine Loft
Housed in an old Kreis 4 warehouse, the Wine Loft is a large, light-filled temple to Bacchus
Cinque
A slice of pure Naples, flickering candlelight comes as standard at this popular little Italian
Asia at Tao’s
An oasis of oriental chic tucked away in the Altstadt, Tao's menu embraces Asia in its entirety
Rico’s Kunststuben
With two Michelin stars, 19 Gault Millau points and a reputation as one of Europe's best restaurants, it's hard not to have high expectations when you enter Rico's Kunststuben
LaSalle
A tour de force in industrial chic, LaSalle was one of the first restaurants to bring high-end cool to edgy Kreis 5
Blaue Ente
Beloved by courting couples, Blaue Ente is perfect for a celebratory evening or impressing on a first date
Casa Ferlin
Old school Italian at its best, Casa Ferlin hasn’t felt the modernisers touch for many a year
Fischer’s Fritz
Embodying the contrasts that make Zürich such an intriguing place, this lakeside campsite has a renowned fish restaurant and bar.
Sala of Tokyo
Sala of Tokyo's atmospheric, wood panelled dining room is a slice of pure Japan in the most unlikely venue: a rather unprepossessing 19th century building in Kreis 5
Terrasse
One of Zürich's most glamorous bar-cum-restaurants, Terrasse offers a winning combination of killer cocktails and top-notch Italian fare
Cantinetta Antinori
Didi’s Frieden
A recent refurbishment gave an extra gloss to this popular Modern Swiss restaurant
Bederhof
A classic Swiss restaurant in smart residential Enge, Bederhof is a local favourite
Sein
Understated and elegant, Michelin-starred Sein has a coolly contemporary interior and superlative cooking
Rosso
With a hidden location and laid-back feel, this vibrant pizza- and Italian restaurant embodies the innovative, irreverent spirit of Kreis 5
Kindli
A comfortable, elegant haven in the Altstadt, Kindli is warmly welcoming in winter and has some charming outdoor tables for al fresco dining in summer
Lindenhofkeller
Nestled in the Altstadt, Lindenhofkeller is one of Zürich’s most atmospheric restaurants
Coco’s Bar and Grill
The antithesis of its rather chi-chi locale, Coco's is a low-key local favourite tucked down an alley off Paradeplatz; in fact you'll have to look pretty hard to find it
Alpenrose
A classic Swiss restaurant Alpenrose is simplicity itself; if you're looking for a relaxed dinner and a genuinely local atmosphere, it's hard to beat
Aura
Chic and playful in equal measure, Aura is a departure from the other restaurants around Paradeplatz and has quickly become a fixture on the lunching scene.
Volkshaus
The perfect place to start an evening of Kreis 4 fun, Volkshaus has a popular bar and an enormous restaurant which turns out inventive Swiss cooking
Schlüssel
It may style itself as a neighbourhood restaurant, but with a charming, light dining room and excellent seasonal menu, Schlüssel is well worth seeking out
Münsterhof
A restaurant of two halves; the casual Unten is perfect for a light lunch and foodies will revel in the fine dining Oben's tasting menus
Lumière
An atmospheric French restaurant, Lumière's classic brasserie styling and large windows make it as warmly welcoming in winter as it is light and airy in su
Kronenhalle
Pure old school glamour; Kronenhalle's brasserie-style dining room has a fin de siècle elegance and walls adorned with paintings by Chagall, Miró, Klee, Braque and Picasso
Heugümper
A step away from Paradeplatz, Swiss fusion restaurant Heugümper has a cosy, laid-back charm that has kept diners coming back for 10 years.
Ginger
With the slogan 'more than sushi', it's no surprise that Ginger has an inventive take on Japanese cuisine, although sushi purists will not be disappointed
Helvetia Restaurant
A local institution, the restaurant at multi-tasking bar-, restaurant- and hotel- Helvetia has a funked up brasserie feel
Maison Manesse
Loosely defined as fun fine dining, Maison Manesse is limited only by its chef's inventiveness
Josef restaurant review, Zurich
Author of Hg2 Zurich Sara Townsend reviews one of the city's star players - the Josef restaurant - and finds an interesting menu and a reasonable price tag.

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