Everywhere you look there are great views within the charming city of Zurich and Girlfriend Guide set out to find the best views where you can also toast a nice bubbly drink to enjoy not only the view, but the food too!
A Special Occassion
As if their view alone is not enough, Sonnenberg Restaurant also has the bragging rights of serving you the delicacies of one of the most famous chefs in Switzerland, Jacky Donatz. His talents feature fine dining specialties with a creative seasonal menu offering. Small groups are welcome to arrange a pre-dinner degustation in the phenomenal wine cellar boasting with wines from both vineyards a few yards away to the most famous across the globe.
Sonnenberg Restaurant | Website | Hitzigweg 15, 8032 Zürich
Ahhh…the Days of Summer
Beer & Brats mixed with evening live music make Restaurant Bauschänzli a casual and fun summer spot. Open from April to September and sitting on the water’s edge, Restaurant Bauschänzli is a special gem in the heart of Zurich (yes no uphill climb required!). There’s an a la carte menu, but Zuri Girl recommends the self-service buffet, as the oversized pretzels and Appenzeller Beer are the perfect combo on a clear, sunny day.
Restaurant Bauschänzli | Website | Stadthausquai 2, 8001 Zürich
A Hikers Hideaway
A fireplace and year-round fondue set the mood for this “mountain” top delight. It is a bit of a hike up (literally for those who journey here via the Uetliberg wanderweg), but once inside the rustic, cozy hideaway, you will have no doubt you are in Switzerland. They serve a stupendous fondue along with local specialties. Although Zuri Girl prefers it in winter for the fondue and snow-capped city views, the summer is equally impressive with relaxed terrace seating.
Berggasthaus Uto-Staffel | Website | Gratstrasse 6, 8143 Zurich 6 Gratstrasse
A Tourists and Travelers Delight
Introduce your out of town guests, to the swanky Jules Verne Panarama Bar and watch their jaws drop at the breathtaking city you call home. As Jules Verne exclusively serves lunch, Zuri Girl recommends traveling up the long elevator ride in the evening when the city is sparkling with lights and you can enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif. The cocktail list and small plate menus are plentiful and if you are lucky, one of the few intimate window tables will have a place for you (reservations only possible for lunch)
Jules Verne Panorama Bar | Website | Uraniastrasse 9, 8001 Zurich
Welcome to 7th Heaven
A weekend reservation is coveted, but for our spontaneous girlfriends, Zuri Girl has the insider scoop on how to enjoy this restaurant on top of the world. Take the elevator ride up to the 35th floor around 18.00 and before perching at the bar, ask the maître d if there are any reservation cancellations for the evening. If the answer is no, you are welcome to ask to be informed if there are any no-shows within the next hour or so…meanwhile, you will be at the bar enjoying a few cocktails and appetizers while catching up on good conversation and gazing at the beautiful views as the sun sets
Clouds Restaurant | Website | Maagplatz 5, 8005 Zurich
**This article was written by Girlfriend Guide and published in the
Summer 2012 Issue of Hello Switzerland**