Some places just “get it” and Zuri Girl set out to find the best brunches our city has to offer. It’s time to pull out your social calendars, call some girlfriends and meet up at these fabulous weekend hotspots, and we love it when a glass of Prosecco is included…now, if only we could convince one of these fabulous restaurants to build a Bloody Mary Bar!
The Standard…When considering Brunch in Zurich, Bohemia always comes to mind, as they were among the first to offer an American-style brunch years ago, complete with bagels lox & cream cheese. Renovated in ’11, and better than ever, this modern interior is reminiscent of a Parisian café, with comfy booths, lounge and bar seating. Bocafé, the house-roasted coffee is special in and of itself (roasted every Friday by corporate accountant/coffee enthusiast!). Check the schedule for free concerts by local musicians.
Kreuzplatz, 8032 Zurich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 383 70 60
Babu’s Bakery & Coffeehouse
Worth the wait…Brunch at Babu’s often includes a delay, even with a table reservation, but isn’t the excitement of Sunday brunch to enjoy a casual atmosphere that is humming along in the background while you are catching up on your favorite magazines and newspapers alongside a luscious cup of tea or coffee? We recommend the etagèren, there are 3 to choose from and all options include pancakes!
Löwenstrasse 1, 8001 Zurich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 212 87 45
Simplicity at it’s finest…this is where Schickimicki hipsters have brunch in Zurich. The inviting spread at the buffet includes simple ingredients, perfectly presented. The atmosphere is chill, yet incredibly modern. Full of surprising contradictions, this is one of our favorite brunch spots in Zurich. Be sure to have a close look at the chandeliers while you are there. We love.
Kalanderplatz 6, 8045 Zurich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 317 19 19
Green oasis…The atmosphere of this kitchen and urban garden is well worth the escape to Wipkingen for Brunch (or any other meal during the week). Enjoy gluten free buckwheat waffles with bananas, walnuts and salted caramel sauce or go for something a bit more savory…thick slices of brioche with hollandaise, crispy bacon, local bratwurst and oven roasted tomatoes.
Nordbrücke 4, 8037 Zurich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 501 35 71
Unassuming yet exclusive…Serving brunch only on special Sundays (namely once per month) Gisserei may very well be the best brunch in Zurich for those looking for high quality food in a very unassuming atmosphere…an old metal foundry.
Birchstrasse 108, 8050 Oerlikon (map)
Website . Tel: +41 43 205 10 10
Stay a while…The team invites you to appreciate their motto: “simplicity – well done – is good” and we have never been disappointed. No overdone brunch here…enjoy a simple breakfast menu, with crepes on Sunday. Oh, and the cappuccinos are so smooth and creamy we can never have just one.
Seefeldstrasse 231, 8008 Zürich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 389 90 67
Beyond Fondue…traditionally, we love to spend winter evenings at Chäsalp for the fondue. If you have never been before, summer brunch is complete with an endless buffet of traditional specialties alongside outdoor picnic tables overlooking an inviting green meadow. Perfect for families where the kids can play freely…after they are charged based on height in centimeters!
Tobelhofstrasse 236, 8044 Zurich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 260 75 75
Traditionally Delicious…Historically, the sport of ‘fencing’ was not allowed within the city limits, so this nature spot was popular among sport enthusiasts. Today, Wirtschaft Degenried offers a beautiful Wald-Zmorge – Forests’s Breakfast – to include a glass of sparkling wine, warm beverages, and a sumptuous brunch buffet for adults and children. Konfitüre is homemade and the Fotzelschnitten (Swiss-style French Toast) is not to be missed! For the perfect afternoon, walk off your brunch through the winding forest trails near the Dolder.
Degenriedstrasse 135, 8032 Zurich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 381 51 80
Fork & Bottle
A hidden gem…Opened April 2012, Fork & Bottle is the culinary brainchild of chef Mike Goguen from Melt Catering. He just gets it. In addition to the usual American Brunch suspects, Gougen serves up Cinnamon Brioche French Toast, Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, a heavenly California Breakfast Burrito and delicate blueberry muffins with lemon zest & crumble topping. All pairs well with his Artisinal Beer menu!
Allmendstrasse 20, 8002 Zurich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 201 18 17
NENI Zurich Langstrasse
Oh yes…”Come stay the night with me” is the motto of the 25hours Hotel Langstrasse and “get in my belly” is how we feel about their late breakfast, aka brunch menu. Among the many delectable options, it is the Shakshuka that lands on our table time and time again.
Langstrasse 150, 8004 Zurich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 576 50 05
Restaurant Boucherie AuGust
Carnivore and more…Dubbed as Zurich’s best place to eat meat for carnivores, AuGust has a diverse brunch selection that includes everything from American style pancakes to the decadent Eggs Rennweg Style (Scrambled eggs, king crab, raw ham from Valais, sour cream with chives and toast)…then there is the surprise Asian Noodle Soup on the menu just incase you had a craving.
Rennweg 7, 8001 Zurich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 224 25 26
Le Pain Quotidien
Simply bread…Enjoy this casual restaurant where well-intentioned simplicity is superior. From soft buttery croissants to large jars of delectable konfitüre and chocolate spreads complimentary on each table – far more appealing than the tiny single serving packets found at most restaurants! Don’t forget to purchase a fresh baguette on your way out!
Römerhofplatz 5, 8032 Zürich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 251 62 60
Something special…Perhaps one of the most beautiful restaurants in Zurich, the brunch menu at terrasse is complete with its exceptional atmosphere. From the gorgeous modern artwork complimenting the high ceilings and bright mediterranean feel, you will enjoy treating yourself and visiting family members to this dining experience suited for a princess.
Limmatquai 3, 8001 Zurich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 251 10 74
True English Breakfast…Sunshine yellow and modern artwork by local artists adorn the walls at this casual restaurant. The atmosphere is uplifting, the brunch is delicious and affordable. Beyond the great food, Bubbles offers a “Philosopher evening” every Saturday and backgammon enthusiasts gather every Wednesday from 19.00. The place is casual and you’ll love this neighborhood restaurant for a quick bite.
Strassburgstrasse 15, 8004 Zurich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 240 31 31
For an Experience…Are you looking for a beautiful experience by the Zürichsee to sport your oversized sunglasses and head-to-toe white summer outfit, Quai 61 is a must. Conveniently located near Seebad Enge, consider a nice post-brunch relaxing walk through the Arboretum and hop aboard the ferry at Bürkliplatz after enjoying the Hangover Breakfast with Bloody Mary.
Mythenquai 61, 8002 Zurich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 405 61 61
Beyond the Buffet…Sure, we love Hiltl for breakfast, lunch and dinner (did you know they have an awesome breakfast spread starting at CHF 4.00/100g?!) but their rich brunch buffet on Sundays and holidays from 09.30-14.30 is fabulous, complete with live music, a glass of Prosecco…and children under 6 eat free! Choose from fresh squeezed juices, a hot & cold buffet and the most unique brunch experience in Zurich.
Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zurich (map)
Website . Tel: +41 44 227 70 00