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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.



Main courses

  • 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.


Fast food

  • Carrot hot dog: pour marinade over carrots and refrigerate. The longer they sit, the more they taste like a hot dog.

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Ovomaltine: originates in Switzerland and enjoys ongoing popularity, particularly with young people.
  • Rivela: Swiss soft drink from milk.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • 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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