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Zurich Summer 2019 – My top Food & leisure activities

We waited long! Finally we have you! Summer 2019 welcome to Zurich and the world. I am excited to share with you my favorite spots where to go for food, drinks and entertainment!

3 must discover summer food activities in Zurich

Build your burger ship

Cruise on the Zurich lake and enjoy a delicious burger on the legendary ship MS Helvetia! From 16 May to 19 September on the first three Thursdays of the month you can compose the burger of your choice or go for a proposal of the captain! The cruises takes 2.5 hours. The atmosphere on the zurich lake is legendary, enjoy a sunset with your friends, family or love!
My personal suggestion: The pulled pork burger! Find more information on the “Build your Burger Cruise” here.

“Lunchen & Planschen” at Hotel Giardino by Atlantis

Spoil your soul & body at lunch! The offer includes a homemade iced tea, pool access, bag with bathing shoes and towels! The lunch is a healthy summer menu consisting of 2 appetizers a main and a dessert. The pool waits for the perfect refreshment and swim! The surrounding up here is idyllic and peaceful, a hide way easily to reach from Zurich main station in only 20 min. The “Lunchen & Planschen” Package costs 64 CHF / Person and is available until September, Monday to Friday 11 am to 4 pm.
Here is what I had:

  • Parsnip soup with quinoa and parsley
  • Smoked tuna with an avocado crem, mango and rocket salad
  • Veal meatballs with quinoa, smoked apricot, pak choi and a tandoori sauce
  • Rhubarb tarte, long pepper and red fruits

For reservations call +41 44 456 55 44 or book it here:

Pick nick at one of my favorite parks!

When it comes to parks in town with plenty of shadow there is a great option. It must not always be the crowded Letten River or China Wiese at the lake, right?

Belvoirpark located close to Rentenanstalt, the perfect spot for those who seek tranquility and a place to read a book in a less crowded ambience.

Josefswiese close to Viadukt is a park for family and pick nick lovers! The park is big and the large trees giving the perfect shade! What I love here is the large water fountain! Kiosk & restaurants are just close by.

Werdinsel Go for a fun day with a plastic boat on the river! The best point to start is Werdinsel, it has a bit of a wild atmosphere out here. For families: enjoy the large paddling area with a waterfall for small children! For your BBQ use the pre installed grill!

Get your pick nic box ready!

Call your friends, prepare your music play list, pack some home made fresh little bites as for example:

  • Mediterranean pasta salad with feta, olives, dried tomatoes, pine nuts and capers
  • Fennel salad with apple stripes & grapefruits
  • Tzatziki
  • Cuscus Salad with tomatoes, corn, cucumber, red peppers & mint leafs
  • Watermelon & Feta Salad
  • Prosciutto Crudo in slices with honey melon

To add a suggestion from my community: Good music, beer, Iced Coffee and Watermelon!

My favorite two spots to swim or relax or dance with good sound

Seebad Enge for a swim and chill on Monday’s! It’s the place to hang out with some chilled music for a sunset session:
Mo 15.7 / Mo 29.7 / Mo 12.8 / Mo 26.8 and start into the week with the unmistakable Kasheme sound. Feel the Summer Breeze.

Barfussbar on Thursdays ! One of the most popular “Badi” bars among Zurich residents is the Barfussbar, offering a view of the Grossmünster, Fraumünster, and the River Limmat! The Badi is open as of 8 pm on Wednesday (Live Concerts, entrance donation), Thursdays for a live DJ Set (entrance for free) or Sundays for dance (Entrance fee 16 CHF).

Open Air Cnema’s in town you should not miss!

Bloom Openair Kino located in the Landesmuseum close to the main station. It’s on until July 11, 2019. Get the program here.

www.sofaopenairkino.ch Is the must in Wipkingen! Take your seat on a sofa! It starts July 4 to July 6, 2019!

www.filmfluss.ch located a Unterer Letten offering a true special sunset vibe at the river! It’s on from July 10 until July 28, 2019.

https://zuerich.allianzcinema.ch/en/programme If you are into a scenic view overlooking the Zurich lake and good food this is your spot. It’s on from July 18 to August 18, 2019. The tickets are sold out very quickly, therefore, check the program and book your spot now!

Cine Club Nord For all those who love an open air cinema in a green park! It’s located in Oerlikon 4 minutes from the train station and on August 16. and 17, 2019.

Let’s end our summer days with glory with the Theaterspektakel held on the beautiful Landiwiese!

This event closing summer in Zurich is very special! Get lost in street theater and dance performances of artists that come from all over Europe! It’s on from August 15 to September 1, 2019. Get more here.

In the mood of some Zurich Food spots to discover? Check my food guide!

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Ristorante La Baracca

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My personal highlight: The antipasti plate cut thin. Simple meat love.

Pizza and pasta from the wood oven

La Baracca is one of the places where you have to go for pizza or pasta. It’s not cliché, it’s the one and only truth. These place offers really good Italian cuisine. They know how to make the food. The pizza for example gets it’s bottom exactly as it should bethin and crispy, not overloaded with ingredients. A tomato sauce tastes like 100% tomato, fresh and fruity and of excellent Italian quality. It is always very busy, make sure you have a reservation.

La baracca is located at Kanzleistrasse 103. An Italian staff will love to give you suggestions on what to eat. Beside Pizza I recommend their amazing antipasti. Fresh salame, prosciutto, regional Italian cheese and mozzarella are super tasty.

www.ristorante-labaracca.ch

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Restaurant saku

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My personal highlight: Small authentic location with good obanzai selection close to Bellevue

Japanese food: Ramen, Obanzai course, Bento Box

If you live or work in the Seefeld area of Zurich, this is a place to go for Japanese food. Get some ramen soup or obanzai which are an authentic Japanese appetizer.

It’s located at Seehofstrasse 11. The bento box is delicious and is my favorite meal on the menu for lunch. The food is fresh. It’s busy for lunch time, so get your reservation first. I love it.

www.sakusaku.ch

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Kafischnaps

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My personal highlight: Wipkingen Ofeneier, don’t know any other place in town that makes them like they do.

Brunch, coffee, music, b&b

This place is in a urban and much liked area of Zurich in Kreis 1o. Its interior is easy and casual. The concept of having a large table where you can join other people if you’re coming alone is great.

The must tray on their menu are the Wipkinger Ofeneier, the Müsli is delicious, too. Everything is made of fresh and local ingredients. It’s a place to go for a drink afterwork, too, you meet people from the Kreis.

Kafischnaps is a good alternative to a hotel, if you have some friends staying over. They have lovely rooms! At weekends there are also live music performances .

Give it a try! It’s located at Kornhausstrasse 57 close to Schaffhauserplatz/Wipkingen.

www.kafischnaps.ch

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Waterlove: back to sealife in Greece

Sailing boosts me with energy. It opens horizons and gives me mental freedom

How easy is it to find a sailing boat without reservation?

After all of my city exploration in Asia I knew my next journey would be on a boat.
How easy is it to find a sailing boat? Very easy of course. You need positive will, fantasy and good communication skills.
I created an account on www.crewseekers.net after a few emails and a bit of research the right boat found me.
Naguib from Egypt hosted me 10 days. We were 5 people on board, the skipper, his girlfriend a friend of Naguib and an other guy from crewseeker.
The boat was a IMX 40, a racer named baraka! Looking back to my experience I have to say, that I appreciated much the time spend on that boat, it’s a school of life. Of course my main reason to be there was sailing.

I love following the wind

I love colorful sunsets, everyone seems different and particular. Cooking on board is challenging but great fun, too. You learn to mix everything that you find in your board fridge!
On such a small space you get to know people very fast, I enjoyed the great talks and philosophizing about life and made experiences.
Once in a while you also get to dance on deck or listening to someone playing the guitar.
The highlight of the morning is waking up with the sunrise and jumping into the fresh water to get awake.
Isn’t this sounding dreamful?

Some easy recipes to cook on board:

  • avocado bread
  • fresh fruit salad
  • greek salad
  • nuts as snacks in between to give you power
  • risotto
  • spaghetti à la empty the fridge

plus: dine out and explore the fresh seafood of the area!

Sailing in Greece

Greece is an astonishing destination for sailing. You are surrounded by islands with turquoise clear waters, memorable bays to anchor, lovely local people and excellent fresh seafood.
We sailed around Rhodes up to Cos, this is all around the Aegean sea. What I absolutely recommend are the Cyclades Islands and the Ionian Islands, too. Plan at least 2 weeks!
Thank you baraka and team for the safe journey!
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