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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
  • 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 The inner courtyard of the Landesmuseum Zurich (just at the Mainstation) has been home to the festival since 2004. 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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