I always wanted to do a cool food tour in Zurich. Living here for 5 years, we know, it has a wealth of great and unique restaurants and bars to offer. And then one day, booom, we got a kind invitation from the Zurich tourism board. What a coincidence! So, woohoo, we thought (what else) and made our stomach ready for a nom nom trip through the western part of these Swiss city.
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Food Tour in Zurich West - A Glimpse
Our tour started at the tram station called "Toni Areal". At turned out, we were a group of ca. 10 people incl. our tour guide! Just a few words about our group first. Our guide was a Swiss who leads these tours every Friday, whole year around. She was the one taking us from one place to another, having control over the time (we had 20 min for each place only) and explaining the history of the different corners in Zurich West. Then, back to the group - A bit to our surprise, the majority of the attendants were Swiss! How unique is that? Something we didn't expect! To our experience, usually tourists like to join food tours but seeing locals excited and curious about their own country, was refreshing and inspiring! Last but not least, there was a very friendly and open-minded Israeli couple on this tour. Since we got along well, we spent the rest of the evening talking in one of the bars in Zurich. Love these kind of spontaneous meetings!
So, let's have a look now how our food tour looked like:
1# Restaurant NENI
Our first stop was the restaurant called NENI, located in the Twenty five hours hotel in Zurich! It is owned by a Israeli and offers many specialities from all over the world. We got to taste some delicious Israeli food. Hummus, falafel balls and aubergine dip (Baba Ganoush) served with a fresh lemonade was a great treat!
Steinfels at the Heinrichstrasse 267 in Zurich is a restaurant, bar and a brewery! Beer lovers, this is a place for you! We were served with two home-made beers, one better than the other one! A waiter was also so kind to explain the process of making beer. Interesting! Besides that we got some yummy avocado breads to taste. At the end we were handed over some vouchers for our next visit! How cool is that!
3# LaSalle at Schiffbau
One of our favourite stops was the restaurant in the old Schiffbau building called LaSalle. We got the chance to taste a veggie soup made of mushrooms. Afterwards we were pleased with a vegetable terrine and a meat bread. It's definitely a restaurant Jerry and I would pick to celebrate a special event.
4# Les Halles
This restaurant/bar called Les Halles is absolutely one of our favourites in Zurich! Why? Because of its cool ambiente! The owner is passionate about cycling so he turned this restaurant/bar into a place full of bikes. Not sure about you, but we love ideas like this! In the past, we've already had some great night-outs here. Imagine how happy we were when we realised, this will be our 4th stop! On the top, we got some delicious mussels to try along a French wine. It's a place known for its great French cuisine! Make sure to come here also in the evening for a great atmosphere!
5# Spheres bar
The next stop was a bar called Spheres. We liked the fact that there was a library corner in the bar. Having a drink with a great book in hands is always a great idea! Outside there is a relaxed sitting area. We had the chance to be seated here and then we were served with delicious cheese, olives, dry tomatoes, walnuts and bread. Serving the Portuguese wine and beer were a nice gesture too. All in all, we liked hanging out here!
6# St. Jakob Beck
This bakery, named St. Jakob Beck was our last stop at this food tour in Zurich. It can be found in the cute market hall (German: Markethalle im Viadukt) at the famous street Limmatstrasse. We were served with a vegan homemade ice-cream, available in many varieties - I had one with the taste of pistachios, Jerry had a vanilla ice-cream. We must say, for a non-diary ice-cream it was very delicious. Not sure, if I ever had a vegan ice-cream before. Surprisingly, at the end, we got a nice present in a form of a home-made marmalade.
The tour gave us the chance to discover the diversity of restaurants in the western part of Zurich. The main focus of this food tour is not really the Swiss cuisine. Its purpose is more to show the locals and tourists the array of international and national restaurants and bars in a less- known part of the city. We'd say its a great tour for expats in Zurich or tourists/gourmet people who like discovering new restaurants and, aside of that, meeting some locals on the tour.
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Some additional information about the Food Tour in Zurich West:
- It costs 85 CHF per person
- The tour lasts approx. 3 hours
- It is available every Friday from 4 to 7 pm
- Book your food tour in Zurich West here
Thanks to Zurich Tourism for making this Food Tour in Zurich West possible for us. All opinions are, as always, ours.
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