The View is not Hidden, but the Bar Maybe…
It seems rooftop bars are a new “in” thing for Zürich. Why not? When the city has all the view to boast about, why let those metropolitans full of skyscrapers show off their rooftop ventures despite the only view to be seen is the city lights? Let Zürich beat them with the sights of Zürichsee, Limmat river, and Swiss Alps.
Welcome to the latest rooftop bar in town! Yes, right in town – where the lake meets the river and just behind the Opera House. So, you can indulge the view of the lake of Zürich plus the Limmat and the beautiful buildings in the old town in one. But the place might not be easy to find, as the name suggests “The View – Hidden Bar – because you have to enter Hotel Ambassador, squeeze in the tiny elevator that brings you to the 5th floor, and walk 2 flights of stairs through the roof door.
What you will see is a cute, cozy, small space on the top of Hotel Ambassador that makes you feel more like on a private roof terrace rather than a hotel or bar. And that is probably the View’s unique offering. No need to dress up or prepare for a big consumption bill. Because it is more like a place you drop in to chat with a friend or two over a casual drink before heading off elsewhere. Or if you have a visitor in town, you can show them how the Züri people enjoy their home roof terrace. We like that idea!
The Drinks & Food
The View only has a small drink menu, but a good one. There are standard Apéro lists and homemade tea and some special summer drinks. Just ask the bartender. They can also bring simple cheese and cold-cut plates but no other menu. Well, the idea is indeed an Apéro place that feels like home.
Zuri Girl Tips
The View opens only 3 days a week, given there is no rain or strong wind. So, you’d better check it out before summer ends. And make sure you book the 2 seats at the north corner where you see the Limmat and the lake together.
The View – Hidden Bar
Article & Photo created by Zuri Girl Fah Panyada Ruengskul; a corporate marketeer from Bangkok who turned into a housewife-cum-entrepreneur in Zurich. Fah’s hobby is writing travel articles and gastronomy. After living in Sao Paulo for almost 3 years, she published 6 travel books of which 4 are about Latin American countries. Her latest book “Europe Beyond Sky” features skiing and dining experience in Gstaad among 5 other European cities. Check Fah’s travel and gastronomic exploration at her blog and Facebook/travelling beyond sky or Instagram – travellingbeyondsky.