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These beautiful Swiss cities offer a wealth of treasures to explore – including a selection of top gourmet restaurants. Why not try one on your next visit?
Switzerland’s biggest city, Zürich is quick and easy to reach from the UK. Located on the shores of Lake Zürich, it has a multicultural feel and, whether you are looking for art, fashion or nightlife, you can find it here.
The Bahnhofstrasse (Station Road), Zürich’s famous shopping mile, has marked out the city’s reputation as a shopper’s paradise, and is the top address for fashion, jewellery and watches. The city’s picturesque old town is definitely worth a visit, too, with its art galleries, street cafés and bookshops.
The restaurant on the 35th floor of the newly built Primetower offers stunning views of the city. At 126m, it is the tallest building in Switzerland.
Maagplatz 5, CH-8005; +41 (0) 44 404 30 00; clouds.ch
Using only fresh ingredients from the market, chef Françoise Wicki fuses gourmet cuisine with down-to-earth Swiss fare. Artworks by Jean Tinguely, Horst P Horst and Dieter Meier decorate the
Stauffacherquai 1, CH-8004; +41 (0) 44 297 99 99; hotel-helvetia.ch
Winterthur is famous for its galleries and museums, boasting art collections of world renown. Winterthur’s lovely old town is ideal for strolling and shopping, and you’ll find an impressive number of parks and gardens – perfect for soaking up the atmosphere of this small yet beautiful city.
Enjoy Mediterranean and Asian-influenced cuisine in this gourmet restaurant, which boasts 16 Gault Millau points and a modern, elegant decor. It also has a very large wine list, which will
definitely appeal to connoisseurs.
Marktgasse 49, CH-8400; +41 (0) 52 208 18 18; kronewinterthur.ch
Set in a beautiful 17th century castle, this restaurant boasts a unique historic atmosphere, with its antique furniture, tiled ovens and sumptuous wall paintings. It has 13 Gault Millau points and
a menu featuring contemporary international food.
Wülflingerstrasse 214, CH-8408; +41 (0) 52 222 18 67; schloss-wuelflingen.ch
Located on the westernmost fringe of Switzerland, Geneva houses the HQs of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the European seat of the UN. Its most famous landmark is the Jet d’Eau, a fountain with a 140m-high jet, but the heart of Geneva is its old town with lakeside promenades, numerous parks and elegant shops.
This restaurant’s creative interior design and exceptional location in the heart of the city – in the middle of the business and shopping district by the shores of Lake Geneva – mark it out as one
7-9 rue du Rhône, CH-1204; +41 (0) 22 810 32 60; arthurs.ch/en
Dominique Gauthier (Cook of the Year 2009) runs the Michelin-starred Le Chat-Botté, one of the finest gourmet restaurants in town, deserving of its 18 Gault Millau points. Located in the Hotel Beau
Rivage, the order of the day here is inventive, contemporary French cuisine.
Quai du Mont Blanc 13, CH-1201; +41 (0) 22 716 66 66; beau-rivage.ch/uk