It is that time of year when street vendors trade ice cream and gelato for Heisse Marroni, bar menus exchange bubbling Bellini’s for Glühwein, and the delicious Swiss specialty, cheese fondue, comes out of hibernation. Get your long forks ready to dip your bread into this fine cuisine, grab your friends and indulge in one of many winter fondue experiences.
It is easy to find a lengthy list of Zurich restaurants serving this tasty cheese delight, but we are not the type of gals to settle for average. We love a unique restaurant where the fondue is exquisite and the experience is guaranteed to be a memorable one!
The Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten offers an Open Air Fondue overlooking the Limmat River. Yes, Open Air as in outdoors, but do not be afraid…they provide heat lamps, down blankets and cozy chair cushions to keep you warm enough to relax, but cool enough to crave the ever-filling, delicious fondue. Even the potatoes are kept warm by being served in an absolutely adorable little Swiss themed potato sack!
If a warm fireplace and a view from above is more your style, then hop on the S10 Uetliberg Bahn to Restaurant Uto Staffel. This Swiss gem, equipped with breathtaking views, is a short train ride from the city centre and serves one of the tastiest fondues in Zurich. Fancy a little adventure? Hike up the 873meters, then you can devour your bowl of cheese guilt-free!
One of our favorite places to take out-of-town visitors is Frau Gerolds Garden. Known for their summer social scene, the winter chalet checks all the boxes for cozy, trendy and fun. A hipsters hangout for sure!
Several mountain resorts including the not so far away, Rigi, take the fondue experience a step further by accompanying it with an evening walk – your fire-lit torches and the moonlight guide you through the mountains where a cozy Swiss chalet awaits you and your well worked up appetite.
Order your fondue in the traditional style with bread and potatoes and definitely accompany it with Black Tea or White Wine (try a glass of Fendant) to help digestion…your tummy will thank you!
If the scenery and vision of melted cheese hasn’t convinced you yet, then think of the laughs you’ll share as your friends maneuver the long fondue forks around the pot. Oh, and don’t forget if a lady looses her bread in the fondue pot, she must kiss the man to her right so be careful where you sit, ladies!