Comfort Hotel Royal Zurich
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Bars & Cafes
Just one flight of stairs below Central Plaza Hotel will have you thinking you have landed straight in the cellar of a castle from medieval times. That is the effect the rather aptly named King's Cave has on you, and once you have got over your initial disorientation, the restaurant and bar has lots more that will hold your attention. The majestic fireplace and elegant candle holders are reminiscent of an era long gone, but the quality of the food and service bring you back to the present. Grilled meats are a house specialty, and the desserts are absolutely delectable as well. An excellent wine selection greatly enhances the dining experience.
Amore Mio is a gelateria in Zurich that promises you some of the best flavors in Italian ice-cream. It boasts of using completely natural ingredients and also makes sure its ice creams are produced fresh. The parlor operates without freezers and doesn't have any old stocks. Amore Mio also has its own ice-cream cart, which caters to parties and events. This cart allows customers to have wider access to their ice-cream and has space for 12 delicious flavors. With a wide range of creamy flavors, this parlor's crafted Italian ice-creams are a treat for one and all.
BQM Kultur Cafe & Bar, on Leonhardstrasse, is located close to the prestigious university, ETH Zurich. Which is a reason why, it is at most times dominated by students and teachers of the institute. The cafe-cum-bar offers a range of drinks and nosh that meets requirements for all meals of the day - there's a good selection of coffees and teas, juices and shakes and even beers and wines for later in the evening. The regular live music events and cultural programs its hosts, along with a really pocket-friendly menu, adds to its popularity with the young, lively crowd. Open from Mondays through Fridays, BQM makes for a cool hang.
Opened in 1973, Bonnie Prince boasts to be the only Scottish pub in Zurich. Named after Bonnie Prince Charlie, you will find his portraits on the bar's ornate walls. The lovely lamp fixtures give a warm glow to its plush surrounding. Their drink list comprises of rare Scottish ales and beers. Take a sip of Red Cuillin, Hebridean Gold or Fraoch Heather Ale. Relish the pizzas and pastas freshly made next door which you can order with your alcohol.
Ebrietas is located in the heart of Zurich. This rock bar, spread over two floors, is a popular haunt among metalheads and music lovers in the city. Alternative, rock, grunge and metal dominate the playlist contributed by emerging bands and local musicians. Their beverage list features premium beer, spirits and Swiss absinthe. Complement your selection from the bar with their delicious food menu.
If you happened to miss Oktoberfest this year, then fret not for at Bierhalle Wolf everyday is a reason to celebrate. Lively and brimming with cheer, Bierhalle Wolf is a restaurant and beer hall rolled in to one. The bar offers an impressive selection of local beers, while the kitchen whips up a variety of Alpine delicacies, including all time favorites like sausages, schnitzels, tartar, Cordon Bleu, cheese plates and pretzels that perfectly complement their legendary brews. With daily live performances and a lunch menu that draws its ingredients from the season's very best offerings, Bierhalle Wolf is a great place to get a taste of German culture and alpine cuisine.
When you decide to take a break from all the sightseeing, stop by Restaurant Johanniter. A local fixture in District 1, this cozy joint is famous for its Swiss and German fare. The atmosphere is always buzzing, and although the place is usually swamped, service is efficient. The copper vat lid that hangs from the ceiling is a part of décor that has been retained from the old brewery that once stood here. Pair the röstis and spätzlis with local beer, and you’re all set for a gratifying dining experience.
Conveniently located at Zurich's Hauptbahnhof, this location if Starbucks is perfect for bust travellers and tourists looking for their morning dose of caffeine. Usually populated by busy professionals getting their coffee to-go, Starbucks is also convenient if you have to wait a while for the train. With a variety of their special coffee-based drinks like their famous Vanilla Lattes, there is a wide variety of options. You can also grab a quick bite or a pastry from their display, or use the Wi Fi to do some browsing.
Conveniently located at Zurich's Hauptbahnhof, Pizzeria Atrio is a lovely little Italian cafe. From deliciously fresh salads, thin crust pizzas, sandwiches and pastas, there is plenty to choose from for hungry travellers. The bar opens at 6.00am for travellers looking to enjoy a quick espresso or latte before catching their train. A far cry from the usual restaurants, this one is quite classy and elegantly decorated in greens and golds, lending it an air of sophistication. With free Wifi, it's a convenient spot if you have to wait, and you can surf the net while enjoying a glass of wine or a perfect shot of espresso.
Grande Cafe & Bar is a charming cafe situated in a beautiful location. The place is very inviting and is frequented by many for an early-morning caffeine fix or even for an after-work drink. Dimly lit with quaint Edison bulbs and furnished with modest chairs and tables, Grande Cafe & Bar adorns an old-school look. When the weather is friendly, their outdoor seating, which gives peaceful views of the river, comes highly recommended. Along with coffee, this cafe is known for their cocktails, non-alcoholic cold beverages and local beers.
With its location near Zürich's main train station, the Carlsberg Newsbar is a convenient place where people can meet for a quick drink before catching the next train home. However, the cool atmosphere, big-screen TVs and occasional live concert entice guests to linger longer. Funky neon lighting illuminates the stage and bar areas, while stools made of chrome and black leather offer tired legs a lift. Those seeking sustenance more substantial than a snack can head upstairs to restaurant Au Gratin, which is under the same management.
Movie, a hip and a trendy bar near the Hauptbahnhof in the city-center, is a retreat for the young and the young-at-heart. Movie memorabilia makes up most of the decor. The lighting is dimmer than the dim and the furniture seemingly pays tribute to minimalism. However the music here is great. On the weekends, DJs do their thing here and a 'Sex on the Beach', a 'Goldfinger' or a 'Latin Lover' (these are all cocktails by the way!) will put you in a good mood for the rest of the night. On the warm summer nights, the garden terrace is very popular and hence rather crowded as everyone follows the principle of 'see and be seen.' The food is mostly a blend of American and Tex-Mex.