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Grande Café Zurich

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My personal highlight: Can clattering dishes support creativity? Yes, but only combined with delicious specialty coffee and a lovely smiling staff

Grande Café bar is the spot you find me when I decide to work out of home. I have a perfect functioning WIFI and best specialty coffee from the roast BEANS served with love and a glass of water! Grande is located practically 2 minutes from Central at the Limmat river.

It’s the first address to choose when you are heading to the city centre and don’t want to be disappointed when it comes to coffee or cocktails or good mood atmosphere.

My favorite non alcoholic drink is their homemade Milonade made of lemon juice lovely decorated with mint leafs and fresh fruits!

The interior is simple and stylish, same the music that comes out of the loudspeaker. Other members of the family are: LE RAYMONDBOVELLI and DANTE.

Address: Limmatquai 118, 8001 Zurich, Kreis 1

Opening hours: MON-WED 07:30-00:00 -THU 07:30-01:00 FRI 07:30-02:00, SAT 9:00-02:00, SUN 10:00-19:00

Thank you for using the Lovefoodish Coffee and food guide Zurich!

www.grande-zurich.ch

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How to spend summer in Zurich 2021

The summer vibe is on ladies and gentleman, welcome to my top choice of food spots, parties and rooftops in Zurich!

This blog post will reveal spots you need to visit summer 2021 in Zurich. No official travel guide will hit this very personal list I put together for you! Either you are Zurich based or visiting from abroad, profit from all discoveries listed exclusively for my blog readers!

Where to have Breafkast outdoors in Zurich

  • Café Grande
    The atmosphere at Grande reminds me a lot of Paris or Milano, taking a coffee here and observing the people passing by is what makes me feel on holiday! Try the chocolate croissant or their home made lemonade! It’s a 5 min walk from the train station so perfect for a stop before heading to your next destination. More about this place also in my coffee guide
    here!
  • Café du Bonheur
    A little pearl in Kreis 4. The Café offers a large terrace and delicious local food. The chance you’ll find a spot here is big so easily without reservation. They have a nice variation of brunch dishes as egg Benedict and always a vegan option, too.
  • Nude Café
    This spot is located at the Letten river and very peaceful. Their coffee is delicious, also their bagels are worth to try.

Working remote? Than check out this beautiful spots!

  • Seebad Enge
    This Badi is small and cozy so go early, it gets full fast. There are power stations to recharge your computer and also tables. Working from here is tranquil because it’s not noisy. When it gets too hot, a jump into the lake refreshes your brain cells!
    Find a daily changing lunch menu and delicious caffé freddo!
    Entrance fee: 8 CHF, did you know that you can buy a season card for 110 CHF valid in all Badis (public pools) of Zurich ?
  • Panorama Flussbad Oberer Letten
    This public Badi is for free and located at the river. Get here early and use their tables or sun bath spots to spend some hours of work. The view over the river side from here is special.
  • Kraftwerk
    This spot is familiar to many remote workers. I personally love their terrace a lot, it’s spacious and colorful. Lunch varies, too.

Tipp: bring your own power bank, so you’ll never be out of battery!

Summer lunch with riviera feeling in Zurich

The Letten river is the place to be in Zurich. You can choose between Oberer Letten, this is the hang-out zone for Zurich hipsters. People come here to show their well trained bodies, turn on the music loud and enjoy the summer vibes! You can lounge around on the wooden panels, play a game of beach volley or enjoy a cocktail from the container bar.

Go for the longest swim: the current takes you all the way to the lifeguard at Pier West!

  • Primitivo Restaurant and Primitivo Sonnenterrasse
    At Primitivo you’ll have to try the tuna burger with wasabi sauce, it’s legendary! For a top view over the river, book a lounge at the Primitivo Sonnenterrasse and sip your Aperitivo while observing everyone else below on the wooden panels.
  • Stazione Paradiso
    This spot is only 5 minutes away from Oberen Letten. By following the beach volley fields and the skaters park you’ll easily get there. A must try here is the focaccia!

Enjoy an Aperitivo Italian Style in Zurigo

How many of you know the typical Italian Aperitivo ? You order a glass of wine and you get little tiny finger snacks as olives, pizzette or a variety of prosciutto and cheese. Well this kind of plates are available also in Zurich, of corse you’ll have to pay extra, sorry, nevertheless, I recommend to try them!

  • Vineria Centrale
    A spot in a side street of Langstrasse truly Italian style. The Aperitivo plate is home made and comes in a portion for two. The spot is mall and super cozy. There is always a cool playlist that throws you back to your last Italian holiday. Find wines or Classicals as Crodino or Aperol Spritz!
  • Ombra
    This  pop-up in Kreis 4 serves delicious Chicchetti Veneziani. They have creamy topics as gorgonzola & radicchio Veneziano or baccalà mantecato. Their natural wines are a must try. Find the classical Aperol Spritz or Negroni sbagliato, too.
    Hurry up, it’s on until 31.7.2021
  • Il salotto
    Salotto means living room in Italian, and that’s exactly the atmosphere you can expect inside and outside at their terrace. Ciccio and his wife serve high quality home made Aperitivi. Ingredients mainly form south Italy. I love their cheese and salami selection!

Dance and enjoy the sunset with top world finest DJ’s and…an Aperol Spritz!

  • Secret Island
    What comes up in your mind, when reading this? No, it’s not a TV program, it’s THE summer spot in Zurich located at Tiefenbrunnen. Feel the sand under your feet and watch the sunset going down by sipping your cocktail. The place reminds me a beach bar in Mykonos or Capri. On top of the lounges there is a house where you can dance with world finest sound of DJ’s as Stephan Jolk  Andrea Oliva or Ben Böhmer.
    Get the program here, it’s on until end of August.
    How to get in: Have your covid certificate ready or get your PCR test in front of the entrance for free.
  • Rundfunk Fm
    An event that belongs to Zurich as the Riviera Feeling at Letten! Welcome to Rundfunk.fm. The inner courtyard of the Landesmuseum Zurich (just at the Mainstation) has been home to the Rundfunk.fm festival since 2004. Rundfunk.fm plays in the beautiful inner courtyard for 45 days, creating a fairy-tale atmosphere with contemporary music and creative elements to create a unique event experience. Find the program here. For Food: Hungry bellies find what their hearts desire, too. Find sausages from Francis, delicious Momo from Tenz or the legendary Rundfunk Pizza!
    It’s on from July 22 – September 4, 2021. Entrance is for free.

A good day ends with the perfect summer Dinner!

Zurich people, did you discover the new area around Zentralstrasse yet? It’s getting a new urban and cozy destination to chill and have some great food!

  • Santa Sete
    Means holy thirst translated. This Italian Restaurant has an open kitchen and prepares classical dishes with a very own touch as a special version of the parmigiana (with ricotta & mozzarella) or Cacio e pepe. They do also have a variety of fusion dishes as the pikeperch in a coconut soup or a guinea fowl leg. The cocktail menu is very creative! Find a drink called Santo Papa (holy pope) that I tried and liked a lot! In the restaurant you find funny Italian sayings all over the walls. It conquered my heart in 3 seconds. The food they prepare is humble. You get good value for money.
    Check the menu here.
  • Yu-an
    My favorite Japanese restaurant with a large garden terrace!  I tried several Japanese restaurants in town, Yu-An is the one I opt for when it comes to fresh and authentic Japanese cuisine that is affordable. Their menu varies with seasonal dishes. I really love their hot pans: „Yakiniku“ (CH Rib-Eye) is a must try if you love meat.
    Keep always space for their dessert: The Yu-An Macha Mille Feuille brings you to another level of happiness right away!It’s located close to Stauffacher. Find a more detailed review on my blog here.
  • Puente
    Ceviche is one of the most famous dishes of Peruvian cuisine, and that’s the one dish I absolutely recommend to try at Puente. They really know how to season it best, so that all flavors unfold. Find a variety of dishes as grilled octopus or the Fluffy Chinese bun with pork belly. The Pisco Sour is a must!
    The location is small and cozy, I love the dimmed light! At Puente you get good quality for a honest price.
    It’s located in Kreis 5 a 10 min. walk from the Mainstation.

    Nikkei cuisine, by the way, is the combination of Japanese and Peruvian culinary arts that inspires tremendous creativity.

  • Brera
    Dining with a design and cosmopolitan flair. This is what I feel when at Brera. That’s why you need to check it out at least once! The interior reminds me a cool restaurant in Milano! Choose from a small menu with fresh products. They also have pizza & homemade pasta. Besides “Vino” we try their cocktails and homemade lemonades. The music they play comes from their vinyl box! Buon Appetito!
  • Coco & Grill
    In the mood of meat on a hot stone and a very natural chic surrounding? Than Coco & Grill is the place to go! The restaurant is hidden in a tranquil spot just 2 minutes from busy Paradeplatz. What makes this place special is the direct interaction with the staff and the Chef. This spot is famous for meat on the charcoal, choose your piece directly from their counter. The ambience is idyllic and fills you directly with maritime vibes!

Don’t forget: Zurich people love to dine out, so make sure you get your table reservation ahead! 

Are you a gelato lover?

Check my preferred gelato places in Zurich in this blogpost!

Must visit Rooftops in Zurich

Zurich has lovely apartments with roof tops! In case you don’t owe one, there are some options!

  • La Muña
    The place is located at the 6th floor of the Hotel Eden au Lac and offers  a 360° view of the historic center with the lake and the Alps in the distance. They have an exquisite summer lunch menu with Ceviche and Tiraditos. Absolutely ideal to spend a romantic dinner, too. Discover the whole menu here.
  • The Nest
    I will reveal you, why this spot is called The Nest – It’s on the rooftop of the beautiful Hotel Storchen, and guess it’s the cozy nest of the stork!
    The rooftop overlooks the memorable towers of Zurich, the Grossmünster. The rooftop is open everyday for an Aperitivo or breakfast at Sunday’s. I am a big fan of their focaccia. Never go wrong with a “Swiss Plättli” offering traditional Swiss cheese and different dried meat. Various products they offer are grown in their farms Terreni Alla Maggia in Tessin and truly delicious.
  • Freitag Tower
    This place is not for food or drinks but for a fantastic view over the industrial area of Zurich!
    Freight containers stacked on top of each other inspire city explorers and Friday bag lovers in Zurich West. It’s located in the Freitag Flagship store at Geroldstrasse 17 and accessible through the shop. Means you have to walk up some stairs until you get to the viewpoint, but it’s worth every step, promise!
    Opening hours are Monday – Friday. 11:00 – 19:00, Saturday, 11:00 – 18:00.

How to spend an entertaining summer evening outside

  • Rote Fabrik open air cinema
    Are you in the mood for some open air cinema at the lake? I absolutely suggest to stop by at Rote Fabrik. Have a look at the program here. They are showing old movies as “Night of the living dead” for example.
    It’s running every Thursday (and once on Friday) from July 1 to August 26, 2021.
    Film start ca. at 21.30 – Admission is for free // Collection at the place. In case of bad weather, they have an indoor room.
  • Theater Spektakel
    This is one of my favorite late summer events. The atmosphere is very special here, guess it’s the freedom you feel in the air observing artists as clowns or fire-eaters moving around the Landiwiese. Stroll through the program and get a feeling on what the shows have to offer. The Festival is on from 19.8 – 5.9.2021. Some shows are

     The festival will be characterized by theatre, dance, performance, installations and other art forms.

  • Allianz Cinema
    August wouldn’t be as fun without the open air cinema organized by Allianz Cinema. It takes place from 2.8. – 31.8.2021. The location is at Zurichhorn. Movies start as soon the sun is down, around 21.30.

    Cozy summer evenings with a magnificent backdrop lure film fans outdoors. National and international delicacies are screened under the open sky

    Believe me, experiencing the sunset and counting the seconds until the big screen goes up is an exciting feeling! Movies on the program are mixed, current and older ones even from the 90’s, as for example: The Peanut Butter Falcon, (500) Days of Summer (2009). Explore the program here. Normal price fro the ticket is 24 CHF for adults, 21 CHF for students.

 

Happy summer everyone! Stay safe and enjoy the beautiful city of Zurich!

 

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How to survive your quarantine with good food and amusing activities for singles, couples or families

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Seeking delicious take away or delivery food options during lockdown in Zurich and ideas on how to spend valuable time at home?

Find inspiration & creativity in this blog post for food, sports or love! We will be affected by this situation for several months, it is important to be well prepared!

Now that all restaurants in Zurich are closed due to the coronavirus, it is essential to support Zurich Gastronomy and order delicious meals for home. From street food to gourmet restaurants, there is a variety of options for vegan, vegetarians and meat lovers.

Discover here my lockdown food suggestions, mostly of them available through ubereats

  • Try the website lockdown-gourmet with plenty of international food as Asian, Italian, Local Swiss or Mexican for example. Some of the food is delivered by UberEats, some directly through by the restaurant.
  • My top Asian so far for Sushi: Hato Restaurant, get your order directly on UberEats or Smood.ch and for traditional Japanese dishes absolutely try Gaijin Izakaya. For super healthy fresh bowls or and more sushi try: Barfuesser! Find more on the restaurant on my food guide, here!
  • A light and healthy poke bowl? Kaisin was my choice for a light dinner! Get them on ubereats, too!
  • Greek Food lovers, go for Oh My Greek,
  • In the mood of some sweets for your romantic dinner or brunch family? Sweet pastry creations from Dolder Hotel, Star Patissier Christian Hümbs wait for you. They deliver for free if you live in Zurich Kreis 7! Otherwise you can go for a pick up at the hotel.
  • Pizza lovers know: Ristorante Luigia is one of the best address for Neapolitan Pizza, so don’t miss that one, too.
  • Pizza al Taglio if you are around the Old city in Niederdorf! Ritù Pizza makes the best Pizza slices in town! Natural ingredients and seasonal topings as artichokes, salame calabrese bit spicy and much more!

Fresh Bread and chocolate croissants!

A bike ride at the fresh air will be good for your brain cells! Visit John Baker at Helvetia Platz or Stadelhofen for your fresh bread or croissant early in the morning. There are allowed only 2 person at a time in the shop, so no worries about nervous customers standing around you. Read my detailed blog post on their tasty chocolate croissant, here!

Specialty Coffee for take away or a Gelato to go!

  • My favorite coffee shops Grande close to Central offers Coffee & Negroni’s to take away! Open Monday – Friday!
  • Just Coffee is my new entry! Coffee is good, their Vegan Donuts are awesome! Try it out! Open Monday – Sunday!
  • Don’t forget to stop by at Gelateria di Berna for your ice cream! Be aware of the long line, so go early!

In the mood of  a Negroni during lockdown made by your local Barkeeper?

The company Mikks supports Zurich bars and makes it possible to continue enjoying cocktails during lockdown. Visit the site cheerstosupport and find the drink of your choice from your dearest Cocktail Bar in Zurich!

Among the bars that deliver from now on are, for example, the “Bar Sacchi“, which offers various Negronis, and the “Acid Bar“, which among other things mixes a Ginger Lemon Kick. The “Barista Corado” offers espresso martini and the “Kasheme” bar offers light my fire and purple hazle. We love this initiative very much!

Cooking at home during quarantine or mixing your own cocktail

I’ve always been a fan of easy recipes especially now when I don’t go out for shopping every day I try to plan my shopping list as accurate as possible and go for recipes that are easy to prepare. There are plenty of recipes as risotto or oven recipes, where little ingredients are needed. I try to vary with veggies and fruits! Bake your own bread, pancakes or nutrition bars with nuts and honey.

And if you like to mix your own very simple drink at home, absolutely recommend to check the online shop of agoimports for some artisan fruity soda drinks in from the brand Three Cents. They come in different flavors and taste super natural! They are created with natural spring water from Rododafni (Greece). You can find also a selection of spirits as Gin, Vermouth or Tequila. My choice is the 100% handmade pink grapefruit soda mixed with some vermouth!

Online shopping is still possible so if you love fresh juices I absolutely recommend a cold press where you can create fast and easy vitamin bombs to start your day! The drink I love most is: carrots, ginger & apples!

Follow Laz uns Kochen for mediterranean inspiration in your kitchen, anaundnina for fresh and creative recipes or my friend Alma for some yummy baking ideas!

How to emotionally survive quarantine if you are single or a family!

These apps are much fun and allow to interact A with the people you know or B with random people around the globe !

  • Houseparty
    As the name suggests, it offers a way to hang out and party with friends while couped up at home.
  • Words With Friends 2
    Essentially a Scrabble clone built for phones, it comes with an interface designed for interacting online.
  • comehome
    Meet new friends, participating in house events organized in your city. It’s focussed on Italy, Spain & UK – Check it out 🙂
  • Smule App to get your caraoke career started!

Zero cost traveling for mind and soul to Europe, Africa or Asia?

We all know, one day we will travel again, get some virtual travel suggestions for Europe, Africa or Asia on my travel blog section!

In the mood of some virtual Museum visits around the globe?

Are you bored of Netflix and the endless browsing on internet ? Here comes your virtual museum visit without leaving your couch!

  • British Museum, London
    This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
  • Guggenheim Museum, New York
    Get ready with Google’s Street View for a tour through the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase. Discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras!
  • Musée d’Orsay, Paris
    Walk virtually through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    Are you a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter than see his works up close by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh.
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence
    This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici.

To see more of Google Arts & Culture’s collection of museums, visit the collection’s website. There are thousands of museum Street Views on Google as well. Google Arts & Culture also has an online experience for exploring famous historic and cultural heritage sites.

Single and in the mood to flirt online –  Spread  Love not Corona!

In Zurich a group of single boys & girls launched a flirting platform called: be-my-quarantine. The website is in German but once you’re logged in you can chat in any language! Get more directly on their site!

Why not having a coffee talk with Swiss celebrities or random people living in Switzerland?

The platform that makes this possible is called “binenand“. The platform connects generations in Switzerland, makes projects visible and networks actors and interested parties. Get a better picture on Instagram. The website seems to be in maintenance right now.

Ever tried Breakletics ? Looking for some fun and creative online sport instructors?

I personally was attending some classes in the studio Balboa in Zurich before lockdown, this is where I discovered the workout “Breakletics” and Leo. Check his classes to sweat and have fun! On Instagram he goes live daily!

Yoga & fitness go perfectly along together!
My preferred online yoga studio is called: Alo Yoga Give it a try and let me know how you like it! There is a wide mix of instructors you can choose of. They are running a 14 days free trial right now!

In the best case, we can even integrate some of these new habits into our routine and make them last also after this covid-19 pandemic.

Stay safe and healthy !

Marina

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Discovering at John Baker how the best chocolate croissant in Zurich is made

My personal highlight: Watching John Baker’s staff at Stadelhofen producing my favorite chocolate croissant from scratch – all hand made and with pure love

This Zurich Foodblog story has been initiated due to my curiosity of wanting to know where products in town originate from. One morning I was having breakfast at my favorite spot Cafe Grande at Limmatquai and I saw this delicious croissant. From the outside you don’t see what expects you inside this soft and tasty pastry. A core of best Swiss Chocolate wrapped of different layers of chocolate. A real breakfast dream for me. I needed to know, who is the inventor of this delicacy! This brought me all the way to Zurich Stadelhofen, where John Baker Ltd. has its bakery shop.

Who is John Baker?

A staff of dedicated people that believe in old traditions and genuine hand made bread. They knead and shape the bread with a contagious passion and an unbeatable tempo! Jimmy and Yves are the managers of the shops. Jens Jung alias Jimmy comes from a baker’s family (Bakery Jung). He has an immense knowledge on how to make quality bread and it seems that he perfectly transferred all of this knowledge to his staff.  At Stadelhofen you get most different sorts of bread, croissants and sweet and salty baked goods as sandwiches. Another John Baker shop is at Helvetiaplatz. Here you find delicious pastries and cakes and a coffee shop to enjoy the food.

How does John Baker make the difference?

On one hand the company stands for fair paid employees and suppliers. They make no compromises when it comes to quality. The suppliers of their ingredients are all regional mostly following Demeter quality.

What means Demeter quality? It’s a production in biodynamic agriculture. This method of farming is the most sustainable of all agricultural cultivation methods. It is based on the knowledge that soil, plants, animals and humans interact in an agricultural cycle.

John Baker gets produced his own bio flour. Good quality has its price, that is why maybe paying 2.50 CHF for a croissant seems high, but I promise, the taste is worth every cent and it is following the most sustainable cycle available.
The lever (pre-dough) is set traditionally the day before and ensures a particularly pronounced, mild aroma and a good freshness in the bread. Breads at John Baker do not contain additives.

What I love is the variegated bread range. Bread with dried fruits (an unicum in whole Zurich of its kind), seasonal breads for example with speck (November special) and various whole grain, black or white breads.

Very innovative is the open working space where while buying your bakery you can see the staff acting in the bakery. Enjoy a delicious takeaway coffee from Stoll with your bread!

John delivers bread, too. If you are interested in a catering or office order, give them a call at 044 281 92 92 or drop them an john@johnbaker.ch

Last but not least: Thank you to all the John Baker staff for your amazing products. Thank you Jens, Florian, Diego and Patricia for making this happen and sharing your time with me.

SPECIAL: John Baker surprise for my community!

Christmas is coming so I think it is a lovely time to gift my community. I have a surprise for you. John Baker is holding different baking classes for bread baking, making ginger bread or christmas cookies. You can win one entrance for a class of your choice (Value 100 CHF) taking place from 25.11 -16.12.17.

What do you have to do?

  • Follow me on Instagram
  • Answer the following question: Which is my favorite John Baker product:
    A) Chocolate croissant
    B) Fruit bread
    C) Brownie

Send an email: marina@lovefoodish.com with the correct answer and your coordinates by November 26, 2017.

No cash disbursement and/or an replacement of the prizes is possible, recourse to the courts is not permitted. . The winner will be notified personally. GOOD LUCK!
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