In 2016, the first Zurich Food Festival helped announce to the world something that the Swiss had long known-the country's largest city has emerged as an exciting culinary capital. The Food Market at the Jelmoli department store lets visitors admire, and sample, a number of local products. The city's top hotels-like the Park Hyatt Zurich and the Hotel Adler-offer chances to dine on gourmet dishes in white-tablecloth settings while trendy, new restaurants abound in Zurich West.
If you want to try one of Zurich's signature dishes, Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (sliced veal in cream sauce) served with rösti (grated potatoes shaped into a cake and fried), include a stop at Zunfthaus zur Waag on your itinerary. The restaurant is housed in a guild hall that dates from 1315, although Chef Alain Koenig's dishes are served in a 19th-century room with wood paneling and leaded windows, overlooking the Münsterhof square in the heart of the old town. In the summer, the restaurant's terrace provides an ideal setting to sample wines from nearby vineyards.
For an itinerary to the gourmet highlights of the Alps, visit AFAR Journeys.