Summer is (almost) here for you to enjoy the great food, spectacular views and beautiful mountain backdrop of Zürich's best rooftop eateries. Add these seven rooftop bars and restaurants to your summer bucket list and see how many you can hit up before the end of summer!
Eden au Lac's Sky Bar
The setup is classy, the food is exquisite, the drinks go down way too easily – and do not even get me started on the views: It is hard to beat the lakeside vista that the Sky Bar offers!
Located on the top of Zürich's well-known Hotel Eden au Lac, the Sky Bar makes you feel like you are on a vacation. Or that you are a celebrity sipping on a fancy champagne. This is surely a sophisticated hangout for the summer. Even the burgers and sandwiches are sophisticated: Choose wisely among the lobster, grilled beef or Mediterranean vegetables. Or just keep coming back until you have tasted them all!
Where: Utoquai 45, 8008 Zürich
Nearest station: Kreuzstrasse
ooo Rooftop Restaurant
Located on the top floor of the Modissa flagship store, the Asian inspired ooo restaurant serves mouthwatering dishes and excellent cocktails. It is very tempting to go overboard when the trolley passes by – too many variations of scrumptious dumplings to choose from. The serving trolley also offers meat loaf and Angus beef. But whatever you order: Make sure to leave room for dessert!
The views are not too shabby either and the inside is very stylish. When Modissa is closed, enter through the separate entrance on Uraniastrasse.
Where: Bahnhofstrasse 74, 8001 Zürich
Nearest station: Rennweg
The upscale Grieder Bar with its stunning views overlooking Paradeplatz is another terrace that is worth checking out. Enjoy the exquisite lunch and snack options on the luscious leafy lounge area. Or just sit back, drink a cup of coffee and relax – the comfy chairs will help you accomplish this mission.
You can find loads of little temptations on your way up to the terrace - make sure to not get lost inside the store. The bar is only open during retail hours.
Where: Bahnhofstrasse 30, 8001 Zurich
Nearest station: Paradeplatz
Did you know that the Hiltl restaurant is the oldest continuously open vegetarian restaurant in the world? And did you know that you can also enjoy its wide range of vegetarian and vegan cuisine on a stylish rooftop terrace? Well yes, nowhere else than towering over Zürich's most prestigious shopping mile, Bahnhofstrasse.
Rain, hail or shine: As the Hiltl rooftop restaurant is partially covered, you can always take a break from your retail therapy on said road and enjoy a healthy bite from the buffet, a delicious chai or cocktail. And this not only during summer... But these days, everything tastes just a tad better!
Where: Bahnhofstrasse 88, 8001 Zürich
Nearest station: Bahnhofstrasse/HB
Leaning back on the terrace of Quai 61 brings you not only that summer feeling, but a celebration of all tastes and a picture-perfect view over the city, lake and mountains. The marina-themed restaurant and bar also boasts an impressive menu. Meat lovers, check out the homemade beef tartar or "harbor" beef burger. And no worries, there are plenty of fish and veggie dishes, too.
It is very popular with locals as many Zürcher choose this lakeside spot for after work drinks on nice sunny summer evenings. You will see that the (summer special) drinks list will not disappoint. How about trying the Agave Gin Spritzer? By the way, the Sunday brunch is also worth a visit...
Where: Mythenquai 61, 8002 Zürich
Nearest station: Schweizer Rück (tram/bus)/Hafen Enge (boat)
Restaurant Sopra at Jelmoli
The Bahnhofstrasse seems to be the place for rooftop restaurants. Nowhere else in Zurich can you find so many open-air, high-up, stylish eateries as here. And Restaurant Sopra is one of them. The outdoor lounge area is inviting. The Mediterranean cuisine is invigorating. The staff are incredible.
Located on the fourth level of the department store Jelmoli, this place also serves a scrumptious high tea. Chic setup, delicious food and a glimpse of the Bahnhofstrasse: This does not sound too bad, does it?
Where: Seidengasse 1, 8001 Zürich
Nearest station: Rennweg
(Photograph copyright Jelmoli)
Hotel Widder's Penthouse Terrace
This is the crème de la crème of all rooftop experiences and one of Zürich's best guarded secrets: Book the rooftop terrace of the iconic Hotel Widder penthouse suite and enjoy a four-course dinner with accompanying wines. It will be just you and your better half, overlooking Zürich's old town on a summer night. Sounds romantic, right? Well, it is!
This exclusive offer comes with a price tag. (This is Zürich, after all.) But it is one of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you will not forget.
Where: Rennweg 7, 8001 Zürich
Nearest station: Rennweg
(Photograph copyright Widder Hotel)
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