Zürich, the largest city in Switzerland, is a great place to explore for foodies. This city is especially fun for those who prefer to eat healthy and green. Culinary delights ranging from Asian to seasonal Swiss dishes can be tried at fancy restaurants or at the local vegan butcher shop. Here are the top 5 vegetarian/vegan places to visit Zürich.
Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zürich
According to the Guinness World Records, Hiltl is the first vegetarian restaurant in the world. Founded in 1898 by Ambrosius Hiltl, this restaurant is currently run by 4th generation members of the Hiltl family. Hiltl is located close to Bahnhofstrasse, the main downtown street and one of the exclusive shopping areas in Zürich. This restaurant offers more than 500 vegetarian dishes at reasonable prices. Homemade delicacies, freshly squeezed fruit juices, tasty lemonades, and a large selection of beers and wines are also available on the menu card. The Hiltl also runs the first veggie butcher shop in Switzerland and has a cooking studio.
Seefeldstrasse 2, Zürich 8008
Tibits is a small chain of vegetarian and vegan restaurants, cafés, and take-outs. Located in the elegant Seefeld area, these places are very popular for business lunches and dinners, as well as for coffee. The extensive vegetarian buffets offer about 40 lacto-vegetarian and vegan foods, salads, snacks, fresh juices, coffees, and other drinks. Visitors can choose what they like and pay-by-weight. With so many high-quality and healthy dishes, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy such meals in a relaxed and uncomplicated atmosphere.
Bahnhofplatz 15, Zürich 8001
Bona Dea is vegetarian buffet located in the Zürich Main Railway Station, opposite of the Bahnhofstrasse. There is no special menu, but this cozy place offers a large vegetarian buffet of seasonal dishes that are skillfully prepared throughout the day. Guests can try a variety of hot vegetarian dishes, tasty salads, delicacies with mushrooms, Asian and Indian cuisines, and delicious desserts. Complementary organic beers, wines, and fresh juices will also go along with the gracious service at this fine establishment.
Langstrasse 231, Zürich 8005
Samses is a family vegan restaurant located along the famous Langstrasse. Not only does this restaurant offer an à la caret menu, but a variety of buffet options, including tofu dishes, vegan soya schnitzel, vegan burgers, Asian dishes, and vegan desserts. This friendly vegan place is also well-known for its legendary vegan fondues! They have six different flavors, including “DeLux Fondue” with ceps, truffles, and herbs, and “The Hutten” with beer and vegan bacon.
Bahnhofstrasse (at Jelmoli Food Market), Zürich 8001
Take-out Bad Hunter offers a variety of green food delights at the Food Market inside the Jelmoli Shopping Mall along Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse. This convenient “pit-stop” serves lunch, dinner, and cocktails, and has plenty of options including vegetarian wraps, salads, bowls, snacks, and desserts. The dishes at Bad Hunter are made only from natural ingredients. These dishes are also not fried, roasted, baked, grilled, but carefully steamed. They try to minimize the use of salts and fats. Instead of normal sugar, Bad Hunter tries to use natural ingredients such as maple syrup or honey. Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy their fresh smoothies and herbal teas.