Melissa C. Koh

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Exploring Zurich

Zurich

You will never be bored when you are in Zurich. There’s a lot more to Zurich than just being the business district with the banks and businesses, it is also alive and buzzing with countless of activity in both day and night. 

If you are heading to Zurich, be sure to bookmark this blog post as it might come in handy as a guide to the places you should visit! 

River Limmat is a wonderful place to take a long and casually stroll. We took the opportunity to see the beautiful sights that Zurich’s Old Town had to offer and stopped along the way for coffee and shopping. I’d say this is the most beautiful part of the city where you can take in all of Zurich. Plus, there are many photo spots along the way. We stopped by some bridges all along the river from Lindenhof to the Quaibrüke. When the sun goes down, the streets and buildings light up and it is truly quite a magical sight to behold.

We visited Kleine Freiheit — an urban open-air lovely charming garden locale with a beautiful terrace that was covered in snow. It was our very first pit stop of the trip as it was not only in the heart of Zurich but also right next to our airbnb. We stopped by here for breakfast/an early lunch and really enjoyed the hippie vibes. The menu is not extensive so we just ordered a falafel sandwich with tomato soup and a huge glass of home made berry juice to share. The quality of food is amazing and it was just that perfect spot with a fireplace to stay warm and watch the snow falling from inside.

Address:
Kleine Freiheit
Weinbergstrasse 30, 8006 Zürich, Switzerland

Babu’s Bakery and Coffeehouse is always bustling with life. We visited on a Wednesday morning (without reservation) and had to wait for about 30 minutes before we could get a table. This is the place to go in Zurich for a nice hearty brunch. To top it off, they serve a luscious assortment of scrumptious cakes, crumbling cookies and flaky pastries that are to-die-for. The avocado toast was super and the pancakes were amazing! We’ll definitely be back again, this time with a reservation booking in advance.

Address:
Babu’s Bakery and Coffeehouse
Löwenstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

We did some quick research and found that Juicery 21 was a walking distance away from Babu’s Bakery and Coffeehouse so we decided to go for round 2. It is a small coffee/juice shop that sells amazing cold-pressed juices in Zurich! I wanted something extremely cleansing so I ordered a hot lemon juice bottle (a must try!) and a quinoa salad while James had a cuppa hot almond drink. This place is quite small so it might be a challenge to get a seat. But I highly recommend it to all coffee-drinkers and health-conscious juice-lovers! I might even consider taking it to-go!

Address:
Juicery 21
Sihlstrasse 93, 8001 Zurich

Zeughauskeller was built in 1487 and it is an intrinsic part of Zurich. Our dearest friends, Harrysding, recommended this spot to us, referring to it as a place to get a good “local feast”! We enjoyed a hearty, traditional German/Swiss cuisine like sausages and roost while we were there. Apparently, the curry is good too, but we had no stomach’s for it. Zeughauskeller has an extensive and wide selection of dishes and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here. Prices are reasonable for the huge portions and the selection of local craft beer is wonderful! Do give it a try if you guys are in the vicinity when you are in Zurich! 

Address:
Zeughauskeller
 Bahnhofstrasse 28A, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

We were so privileged to have been invited by our friends Harry and Carrie to their cosy apartment for some home-made delicious cheese fondue and wine. They served the delicious cheese dip with French baguette, parma ham, a mix of fruits, vegetables like chives, broccoli, carrots and other fresh spices. Harry also recommended James to dip the bread in rum before dipping it in the cheese and it was certainly a party in his mouth. Too bad I am on an alcohol abstinence, otherwise I’d have love to try it too! It was a wonderful night of super good conversation and delicious food.

Share with me in the comments below if there’s any other places that I should check out in Zurich and do follow my Instagram to keep up on my travels! 🙂 

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