Best restaurants in Canton of Zürich

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    Didi's Frieden

    With its unique blend of familiarity and refinement, Didi’s Frieden features among Zürich’s top tables. The look is understated elegance, with wood floors, white tablecloths and wine-glass chandeliers. Service is discreet yet attentive, while menus sing of the seasons in dishes like venison steak with wild mushrooms and red wine-shallot jus – big on integral flavours and presented with panache. Be sure to save room for dessert to see the chef’s artistic streak. It’s worth booking ahead as it’s popular. In summer you can sit out on the ivy-draped terrace.

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    Kraftwerk

    This born-again kraftwerk (power station) now pumps out excellent locally roasted coffee, delicious meze and lunch specials in uberhip industrial surrounds. Vintage furniture is scattered around the high-ceilinged, crate-lined hall, where you can nibble on season-driven bites from aubergine caviar to spinach with smoked mozzarella, and fennel salad with hazelnuts and orange. The vibe is sociable and the service clued up.

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    Haus Hiltl

    Guinness-certified as the world's oldest vegetarian restaurant (established 1898), Hiltl proffers an astounding smorgasbord of meatless delights, from Indian and Thai curries to Mediterranean grilled vegies, plus salads and desserts. You can opt for the buffet (charged per 100g) or for more substantial mains. Sit in the informal cafe or the spiffier adjoining restaurant. Good-value takeaway service is also available.

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    Ecco

    If you want to blow the budget, two-Michelin-starred Ecco is the place to do it. As the culinary bastion of the five-star Atlantis hotel, it has serious cachet, with sensational cityscape views and cuisine delivered with panache courtesy of chef Stefan Heilemann. Tasting menus reveal profound flavours in ingredient-led dishes, from venison with Périgord truffle to Norwegian scallop with chorizo, fennel and orange.

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    Café Sprüngli

    Sit down for cakes, chocolate, ice cream and exquisite coffee drinks at this epicentre of sweet Switzerland, in business since 1836. You can have a light lunch too, but whatever you do, don’t fail to check out its heavenly chocolate shop, where you can buy delectable pralines and truffles, plus the house speciality – rainbow-bright Luxemburgerli macaroons – to take home.

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    Ikoo

    Get a taste of Japan at this cute little restaurant tucked away on a side street. The beautifully renovated dining room, with its creaky old floor, holds only a few tables, but the authentic organic ramen (Japanese noodle soup) is delicious.

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    Baltho Küche & Bar

    Monochrome colours, plenty of light and well-spaced seating give Baltho, at Marktgasse Hotel, the look and feel of an urban-chic brasserie. Attentive staff serve attractively presented dishes with a nod to the seasons – from caramelised octopus with fava beans and olives to ravioli with date tomatoes, and bang bang chicken. Kids get their own table and craft activities on weekends. The mood mellows later in the evening, with mixologists shaking up terrific cocktails.

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    Alpenrose

    With its tall, stencilled windows, warm wood panelling and stucco ceiling ornamentation, the Alpenrose exudes cosy Old World charm, and its cuisine lives up to the promise. Hearty Swiss classics, like herb-stuffed trout with homemade Spätzli (egg noodles) and buttered carrots, are exquisitely prepared and presented, and accompanied by a good wine list and a nice selection of desserts.

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    Juicery 21

    Decked out in black and white tiles, this on-trend cafe reels in locals with its great speciality coffees, cold-press juices, smoothies, bagels, and açaí and quinoa bowls (any of which are vegan). It's hip and healthy approach is going down a treat. Snag a spot among the tropical plants on the terrace.

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    Ristorante Italia

    Traditional recipes, friendly service and regionally sourced ingredients are the keys to success at this authentic Italian restaurant – the knock-out wine list helps as well. Daily specials can include mixed antipasti, pasta al forno (pasta bake) or chestnut crêpes with ricotta and honey. It’s best to arrive early if you want to eat on the outdoor terrace. Offers a well-priced four-course menu on Sundays.

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    Huusmaa

    Kitted out like your grandma's cottage, with dotted wallpaper, antique chairs and old-fashioned lampshades, super-cosy Huusmaa (house-husband, in Swiss German) is an easy-going restaurant known for its hearty home-cooked meals and fair prices. Expect signature meatloaf or traditional Swiss beef stroganoff. The weekend Bircher muesli is particularly good.

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    Co Chin Chin

    This industrial-looking, modern Vietnamese restaurant is stylishly decorated with a marble bar and loads of greenery. The great ambience is matched by the menu, which features a range of authentic dishes such as bún riêu (a rice noodle soup with crab meat and tofu), rice pancakes and summer rolls. Try the spicy pho burger.

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    Artisan

    The Artisan proves you don’t have to be right in the city centre to be one of Zürich's up-and-coming restaurants. In a space next to a community garden in the Wipkingen suburb, the chefs here make excellent organic dishes, including many vegetarian and gluten-free options. Try the signature veggie burger or the gluten-free pizza.

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    Babu's Bakery and Coffeehouse

    It's easy to lose hours in Babu's, where the luscious assortment of scrumptious cakes, crumbling cookies and flaky pastries are nearly as varied as the mismatched furniture, hanging plants and dog-eared novels squeezed onto the bookshelves. The great cappuccinos are backed up by an excellent selection of smoothies and fruit juices.

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    Spitz

    Situated in a former museum exhibition hall, this spacious, high-ceilinged restaurant puts its own twist on traditional Swiss fish and meat dishes such as veal liver with sage and chorizo served with a white bean puree. Spitz, which only uses top quality, locally sourced ingredients, always has vegetarian options available as well.

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    Roots

    Salads, soups, sandwiches and smoothies take top billing at this (mainly) vegan coffee shop. Favourites include the protein bowl with sweet potato, quinoa, avocado, various greens and Roots’ signature green hummus. The only exception to the vegan rule: cappuccinos can be served with regular milk.

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    Helvti Diner Stauffacher

    Using high-quality Swiss, Angus and Wagyu beef, this American-style diner on the Sihl river serves some of the best burgers in town. It even has its own take on the humble patty: the Diner Dog, a curled grilled sausage served in a single bun. Sides come in the way of salads, 'slaws and shakes.

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    Café Henrici

    The cafe that brought barista culture to Zürich is still one of the best places in the city for coffee, and the food is equally appealing. Expect cold brews, quinoa salads, açai bowls and traditional Alsatian tartes flambées (similar to a pizza, but with a crème fraîche topping).

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    Maison Blunt

    A local favourite, this beautifully furnished Moroccan restaurant offers delicious North African dishes including a mouthwatering vegetable tagine and a fabled falafel burger. If you're undecided, the large sharing meze is your best bet. In summer there is a small, leafy outside seating area.

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    Palestine Grill

    Palestine Grill sizzles up Middle Eastern specialities such as falafel, sabich (aubergine and egg stuffed pitta) and various meze. The popular Langstrasse takeaway kiosk, which is usually pumping out chilled hip-hop or reggae tunes, is perfect for a quick lunch or late night snack.