Korean food is my number one choice during any season. But then again, I am partial. Why? Korean is refreshing and tastes delicious!
As the biggest city in Switzerland, Zürich offers a variety of choices and quite a diverse Korean cuisine. For those looking for the best Korean food in Zürich, I have put together a list of recommended Korean restaurants.
Here is my ultimate foodie guide to Korean restaurants in Zürich:
Akaraka Korean Restaurant
Akaraka is a Korean restaurant near the Selnau station. Are you curious what this name means? The linguistic meaning is "Under Music and Joy we become one." Because both directors are opera singers, they have expressed their love for music (and of course for food) in the naming.
A wonderful harmony of music and food is promised here: Akaraka has a nice variation of appetizers, and I highly recommend the bulgogi. With variations of meat (chicken/beef/pork), you can enjoy the marinated juicy meal with a nice piece of lettuce (ssam) and rice.
The chef has kindly marked the spiciness level on the menu. And if you like spicy, try the ddeok-bok-ki (spicy-rice cake). To cool off your palate, the menu lists delicious spicy soups and desserts. And who knows? You might have the chance to hear the beautiful singing of the owners during your meal...
+41 43 538 30 85
Mo to Fr 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM and 6 - 11 PM, Sa 6 PM - midnight. Su closed. (Last order until 10 PM.)
Bibim Shack, a Korean take-out restaurant near Hardbrücke, is a nice and quick solution to get your fix.
Bibim bab is the one and only menu: a tasty bowl of rice and vegetables with optional meat. My advice: add the spicy gochujang hot pepper sauce on top of the bowl to enjoy it properly. This sauce has been altered to Swiss tastes, but it is still a good quick grab for lunch. At the moment, they also run a pop-up restaurant at Müllerstrasse 31.
(Photograph copyright Bibim Shack)
+41 044 271 54 82
Mo to Fr 11 AM - 2 PM and 5 - 9 PM , Sa and Su closed.
Mi Mi Sa
Mi Mi Sa is a tiny Korean shop and restaurant in the Seebach area of Zürich. My recommendation is to try the spicy beef soup, which is very authentic. Please note that they only accept cash.
Mi Mi Sa
+41 43 299 92 67
MISOGA is one of my top choices for Korean restaurants in Zürich. Their flagship restaurant is conveniently located at Hegibachplatz. The restaurant has a comfortable yet classy vibe, and MISOGA offers traditional Korean dishes such as haemulpajeon (seafood pancake).
Bibim bab is a classic bestseller, japchae and bulgogi as well. On a rainy day, my favorite is pajeon and makguli (rice wine) - it's the best combination ever.
+41 44 422 99 90
Mo to Fr 11:30 AM - 2 PM and 6 - 10:30 PM, Sa 6 - 10:30 PM, Su closed.
Miss Miu is the newest Korean restaurant in town, located at Europaallee by the main station. The tastes are modern and fusion, rather than original Korean. But they are nonetheless delicious.
This spacious restaurant has a nice interior and a separate corner for Korean BBQ, which is only available during dinner. Miss Miu has diverse dishes, from appetizers to fun and Instagramable desserts.
+41 44 260 55 22
Mo to Th 10 AM to 11 PM, Fr and Sa 10 AM to midnight, Su 10 AM to 11 PM.
Restaurant Shilla is a fairly new Korean restaurant at the Letzigrund Stadium. The special thing about Shilla is that the interior and service feel very original, as if you were dining in Seoul.
Shilla is my favorite place in Zürich for Korean BBQ with galbi marinated beef. The service will cut and BBQ the meat in front of your eyes! The Korean style beef tartar is very tasty, too. As a lunch special, Shilla has bento style dishes that are easy to take out. And finally, the restaurant is spacious enough to have big group meetings.
(Photograph copyright Restaurant Shilla)
+41 44 431 80 80
Tu to Fr noon - 2:30 PM and 6 - 10 PM (Fr until 10:30 PM), Sa 5 PM - 10:30 PM, Su 5 PM - 9:30 PM. Mo closed.