With its unique blend of familiarity and refinement, Didi’s Frieden features among Zürich’s top tables. The look is understated elegance with wood floors, white tablecloths and wine-glass chandeliers. Service is discreet yet attentive, while menus sing of the seasons in dishes like venison ravioli with dark chocolate and shallot jus – big on integral flavours and presented with panache.
Be sure to save room for dessert to see the chef’s artistic streak. It’s worth booking ahead as it’s popular. In summer, you can sit out on the ivy-draped terrace.
Guinness-certified as the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant (established 1898), Hiltl proffers an astounding smorgasbord of meatless delights, from Indian and Thai curries to Mediterranean grilled veggies, plus salads and desserts. You can opt for the buffet (charged per 100g) or for more substantial mains. Sit in the informal cafe or the spiffier adjoining restaurant. Good-value takeaway service is also available.
With its tall, stencilled windows, warm wood panelling and stucco ceiling ornamentation, the Alpenrose exudes cosy Old World charm, and the cuisine here lives up to the promise. Hearty Swiss classics, such as herb-stuffed trout with homemade Spätzli (egg noodles) and buttered carrots are exquisitely prepared and presented, accompanied by a good wine list and a nice selection of desserts.
Kindli captures the warmth and grace of a bygone age in its warm, wood-panelled interior, with bistro tables laid neatly and lit by candles for intimate tête-à-têtes. Dishes include traditional Swiss fare, such as like Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (sliced veal with mushroom-cream sauce and rösti), as well as red Thai curry and rock lobster with Sardinian pasta, tomatoes and rosemary.