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Non-touristy places to eat in Zurich

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Non-touristy places to eat in Zurich

Any suggestions on local, non-touristy places to eat in Zurich? I don't need anything fancy, just good Swiss food. I speak and read enough German to get by in a restaurant, so that's not a problem. I'll be staying near ETH, but anywhere from there to the city center is okay, too.


P.S. Is it a major faux pas to order a cheese fondue for one? I'm traveling by myself, but really love fondue.

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1. Re: Non-touristy places to eat in Zurich

You have heaps and heaps of studenty places around there - definitely not touristy.

A fondue for one may be a problem since it is usually eaten by small groups and there might not be a small enough caquelon available - so you may need to eat the double portion :-)

Edited: 11:47 am, March 12, 2010
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2. Re: Non-touristy places to eat in Zurich

Although more international than Swiss, one restaurant I have enjoyed a number of times in Zurich is The Reithalle...


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3. Re: Non-touristy places to eat in Zurich

Fondue is something that we eat in the mountains, not in towns. Tourists eat it in towns...so if you do not want to eat in a "tourist" restaurant...don't look for fondue in Zurich!

On the other hand, there are some restaurants in Zurich that the ordinary tourist will not know about. These are the "Zunfthäuser" or Guild Houses. There are a fair number of them. My all time favourite is the Zimmerlauten, but it is closed at present due to a fire a couple of years ago. I also like the Haue, on the Limmatquai. The tourist office gives a list of them and here is the link (stay awy from Zum Grünen Glas as it is transformed itself into a (very nice) Italian place...nice in the summer because it has a garden...


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4. Re: Non-touristy places to eat in Zurich

We have always enjoyed the Zeughauskeller restaurant. While not cheap, the #47 'Kalbsgeschnetzeltes nach Zürcher Art' is fantastic.


The restaurant is across the street east from the Paradeplatz tram platz.

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