Traditional Zurich Food
Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Zurich is complete without tasting the traditional Zurich food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Zurich to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Birchermüesli: is a popular breakfast cereal based on uncooked rolled oats, fruit and nuts.
- Cholermues: Swiss breakfast omelet with dried fruit filling.
- Gruyère: is a hard yellow cheese, named after the town of Gruyères in Switzerland.
- Popovers: is a really strong sheep's milk blue cheese.
- Swiss Breakfast: one of the best meals in Switzerland.
- Cold cucumber soup: cucumber, sour cream, chicken broth, spices, herbs.
- Swiss artichoke soup: a rich and creamy soup.
- Swiss broccoli soup: made with cheese and fresh broccoli.
- Swiss cabbage soup: a great starter for a meal.
- Swiss potato soup: comes from the Swiss region of Emmental.
- Broccoli and cauliflower salad: popular in the Italian cantons within Switzerland, adds a healthy and pleasurable note to any meal.
- Gruyère salad: Gruyère, in thin julienne strips, mâche, white wine.
- Wurst salat: Salad with sliced sausage and Emmentaler cheese
- Älplermagronen: Alpine herdsman's macaroni.
- Emmental Apple Rösti: this used to be a very popular meal, since the ingredients were usually at hand and the preparation is very simple.
- Fleischkaese: is a specialty food found in the south of Germany, in Austria and parts of Switzerland, similar to bologna sausage.
- Fondue: melted cheese with kirch served with bread or baby potatoes.
- Papet vaudois: the Canton of Vaud is home to this filling dish of leeks and potatoes (hence the name vaudois).
- Pastetli: a meat pie, which usually comes in round shape.
- Raclette: melted cheese with pickles.
- Rippli: ribs taken from pork. In the region of Bern, it is served with bacon, beans and potatoes.
- Roast chicken with stuffing: served with some vegetables on the side and potatoes.
- Rösti: potato dish that resembles hash brownies.
- Saffron Risotto: is a common dish from Ticino, the southernmost canton of Switzerland.
- Teigwaren (Pasta): pasta three colors in the colors of the Italian flag red, white and green with vegetable.
- Zurich Geschnetzeltes: Swiss stroganoff made with veal and served with Rosti.
- Zürcher Eintopf: Hot-pot Zürich style. Meat and vegetables are all served in the same pot.
- Apfelküchlein: deep fried apple cookie.
- Basler Leckerli: Basel cookies, made with lots of honey - very sweet.
- Brunsli: Swiss brownies, a traditional Swiss Christmas treat.
- Bürli: small breads served for breakfast or at BBQ parties.
- Carac: a Swiss pastry made of chocolate.
- Champagne truffles: coloured truffles with a milk chocolate butter and Marc de Champagne centre.
- Chräbeli: anise cookies, also a Swiss Christmas treat.
- Dreikönigskuchen: Epiphanies cake.
- Fasnachtsküchlein: carnival cookies, also known as "Chnüblätz" ("knee cookies").
- Luxemburgeli: sprüngli version of macaron.
- Magenbrot: sweet pieces of bread.
- Mailänderli: there are many different Christmas treats in Switzerland, "Mailänderli" (Milano cookies) are amongst the most famous.
- Meringue: Swiss Meringue with double cream from Gruyère.
- Rüebli Kuchen: carrot cake.
- Schokolade Kuchen: chocolate cake.
- Schwabenbrötli: Swabia cookies, another traditional Christmas treat.
- Tirggel: are traditional Christmas biscuits from Zurich.
- Zimtsterne (Cinnamon Stars): cinnamon cookies.
- Zopf: there are lot of types of bread in Switzerland, but Zopf is traditionally served on Sunday for breakfast.
- Carrot hot dog: pour marinade over carrots and refrigerate. The longer they sit, the more they taste like a hot dog.
- Brezel König: think large, soft pretzels, “arms crossed,” made with just flour, water, yeast, and salt.
- Cervelat: pork red grilled sausage.
- Egli knusperli: fried fish fingers.
- Heissi marroni: hot roasted chestnuts.
- Kalbs bratwurst: veal white grilled sausage.
- Luigi's Piadina: made with white flour, lard (or olive oil), salt and water and filled with sliced prosciutto and Asiago cheese.
- Schweins bratwurst: ground pork grilled sausage.
- Ovomaltine: originates in Switzerland and enjoys ongoing popularity, particularly with young people.
- Rivela: Swiss soft drink from milk.
- Aigle les Murailles: white wine.
- Chasselas: the most common white wine in the French-speaking parts of the country.
- Cynar: Made from 13 herbs and plants, dark brown, bittersweet flavor.
- Damassine: is a liqueur produced by distillation of the Damassine prune from the Damassinier tree and is produced in the Canton of Jura.
- Hürlimann Stern-Bräu: quite bubbly, the beer that really fills you up.
- Kirsch: Swiss cherry spirit.
- Löwenbräu Lager: on tap readily available all over Zurich. Maybe a bit too bubbly and filling, but overall quite OK.
- Panaché: Beer with lemonade.
- Riesling X Sylvaner: is a common white wine produced in German-speaking parts of the country.
- Turbinenbräu: the typical beer for Zürich.
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