Too often tarred with the fondue and rösti brush, Swiss cuisine has been elevated to a whole new level in good-living, fine-dining Zürich. This lakefront city has become quite the confident gourmand in recent years, with 2000-plus places to eat and drink and six Michelin-starred restaurants and counting. While you'll still find classics like Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (sliced veal in a creamy mushroom sauce) on menus, many chefs are dabbling in new culinary waters, putting their own creative spin on seasonal ingredients. Zürich has a restaurant for every mood and moment - glass-clad modernist dining rooms with lake views, industro-cool former factories, beamed medieval taverns. When the sun dips behind the not-so-distant mountains, locals fill the pavement cafes in the old town that straddles both banks of the River Limmat. For a more boisterous night out, head across to Züri-West, a nightlife hotspot with gritty, post-industrial edge that at times echoes hedonistic quarters of Berlin.