When I thought about Zurich before my recent visit, two things immediately came to mind: chocolate and bankers. And while I would find plenty of other gems in this charming city (more on those in a later post), my initial suspicions were also confirmed: the city does indeed have an abundance of both sweet treats and handsome men in suits, the former of which is much more socially acceptable to photograph than the latter. With that in mind, here are some of my favorite treats from my time in Zurich.
Hot Chocolate from Cafe Schober:
I decided to start my first day in Zurich with breakfast at Cafe Schober, a lovely spot tucked away among the cobblestone streets of the Niederdorf neighborhood. Cafe Schober made me feel oh so elegant – I ate my breakfast in a room filled with plush red velvet furniture and sparkling chandeliers, mixed in with twinkling lights and shining red and gold ornaments, left over from the Christmas season. The hot chocolate that accompanied my breakfast was deliciously rich, and topped with a seriously thick, decadent cream formed into a perfect swirl. I loved this place!
Truffles from Cafe Schober:
Before leaving Cafe Schober, I made a stop at the chocolate counter, which was just as elegant as the dining areas; I especially loved the enormous silver cash register. I decided to pick up a few truffles for the road as a reward for all the walking I was sure to do that day (and, indeed, I later ate them while sitting by Lake Zurich after a lot of walking). While it was hard not to ask for one of everything, I narrowed my choices down to two: a champagne truffle and a Bailey’s hot chocolate truffle. Both were delicious, but I think I’d give the edge to the champagne truffle!
Luxemburgerli from Sprungli:
Since the most popular post on this blog to date is about macarons, it’s safe to say I’m not the only one obsessed with these treats. In Zurich, however, macarons take on an even cuter form as luxemburgerli from Sprungli. These miniature treats are tinier, puffier, and – in my opinion – even tastier than other macarons I’ve tried. I brought back to Geneva with me a small box that included pistachio, salted caramel, champagne, and raspberry flavors. They were gone way too quickly, and if you’re heading to Zurich anytime soon, I’d highly recommend a stop at Sprungli to score yourself a few. And please bring back some for me, too, okay?