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Local cuisine that won't break the bank

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Local cuisine that won't break the bank

My partner and I will be in Zurich in early December, and we want to sample as much of the regional Swiss foods as possible. Many of our guidebooks list restaurants that would meet our needs, but too often they are enormously fancy and pricey. Can anyone recommend a more local place where we could sample the local cuisine but not have to dress to the nines and shell out big bucks? Thanks!

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1. Re: Local cuisine that won't break the bank

Hi Coupleloves2Travel,

Sorry, I don't have any specific recommendations for you for either Zurich or Interlaken, but here are a few tips (most are common sense, so maybe useless!) --

Eat your main meal in the middle of the day, when restaurants are cheaper.

Use grocery stores for at least one meal per day -- fresh local produce, cheese, wine, bread, & meats are incredibly tasty. This works well when you've had your main meal earlier in the day.

Eat in the cafeterias in the Manor department stores.

Get off the main street and away from the big tourist attractions (waterfront cafes, etc) -- wander a block or two away and poke down some side-streets.

Italian restaurants are always good for great pasta & pizza.

Hope you get some more recommendations!


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2. Re: Local cuisine that won't break the bank

Try the Swiss way of fast food: the sausage Bratwurst. The most famous Bratwurst take away of Zurich is the one of Vorderer Sternen, just next to Bellevue square. Even Tina Turner has been seen there eating her sausage!

In Niederdorf (Old Town) there are several traditional restaurants with inexpensive Swiss specialties and a rather rustic athmosphere, for instance Rheinfelder Bierhaus (the locals call it 'Bluetige Duume') or Bauernschänke.

For a unique experience of Swiss food (and not at all touristy), go to Restaurant Alpenrose on Limmatstrasse. They use old, not well known recipes and adapt them to the modern times. You can also sample the best of Swiss wines. More expensive than the other mentionned places, but still affordable by Swiss standarts.

Or follow Swandav's advise and create your own picnic for instance in the park on the lake shore. Good Swiss specialities can also be found on the markets (every tuesday and friday on Buerkliplatz square, just opposite of the pier from where the public boats start, every wednesday in the hall of main railway station).

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3. Re: Local cuisine that won't break the bank

Here's a great website that helped us during our trip in June - it lists all restaurants with prices, along with tips for hotels and movies, too.


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4. Re: Local cuisine that won't break the bank

The restaurant Zeughauskeller at Paradeplatz is always a good choice and their food is not very expensive.

Then also cheese fondue is not really expesive food, here I would recommend restaurant Dezaley in Niederdorf.



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5. Re: Local cuisine that won't break the bank

outandabout list a number of restaurants in Zürich and a few clubs and hotels.






I'd go for gastroplanet.ch

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