The Fonduementals of Fondue in Zurich

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Updated for 2018/2019

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The Fonduementals of Fondue in Zurich

 Where to Find Great Fondue (& Raclette)

Updated for 2018/19

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The most popular dishes to enjoy in Zurich in the Wintertime must surely be Fondue or Raclette. So for this year’s Season find below some great suggestions.

Many of you have written to us with recommendations for your favourite fondue places in Zurich so we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites and some of yours. If you fancy making your own, we have a recipe here and written out at the bottom of this page. That way you don’t even have to leave home to enjoy this famous Swiss dish. We’ve also included some of the Pop Up Fondue and Raclette locations too – do check the opening dates of these especially!

Reserve in advance as many of them get booked up very quickly.

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Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten

An outdoor fondue located in one of the “guild houses” this is a great location for a fondue and goes down well with visitors and locals alike. Sitting outside wrapped up warmly for Winter and sitting on sheepskin as you overlook the city at night it really is a magical experience. We’ve featured this one a few times before and our visitors love it too.

Limmatquai 40

8001 Zurich

www.zunfthaus-zimmerleauten.ch

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Chez Créttol 

This has to be a favourite with the cozy ambiance, the lovely building, the beautiful old tile clad oven and wonderful fondues. If you go you should try the tomato fondue – it’s really good!

Florastrasse 22

8700 Küsnacht

Tel: 044 910 0315 (No website)

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Restaurant Burgwies

This place is a sort of “fondue palace” – offering an amazing range of different types of fondue. They are also one of the rare restaurants that do “fondue for one” which is really helpful if you are the only member of the party wishing to indulge.

Forchstrasse 271

8008 Zurich

www.burgwies.ch

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Swiss Chuchi at the Hotel Adler

This restaurant is popular with tourists and locals alike. Offering fondues all year round it is located in a very central location just off Hirschenplatz in the heart of the Niederdorf.

Am Hirschengraben

Rosengasse 10

8001 Zurich

www.swiss-chuchi.ch

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Restaurant Le Dézaley

Recognised by many as one of the best fondue restaurants in Zurich, this centrally located restaurant is right in the heart of the Niederdorf. Great fondue and a cosy (though often very busy!) atmosphere.

Römerhof 7

8001 Zurich

Le Dezaley Website

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Chässtube Rehalp

Located in Rehalp this rustic wooden building houses a very well known and respected Fondue emporium. It’s a little up hill from Balgrist tram stop and serves great fondues and generous portions.

Forchstrase 359

8008 Zurich

Website

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Restaurant Chäsalp

This is a great place to take your guests. With a beautiful location on the Zuriberg this old farmhouse is the perfect location for a warming fondue with a real feel of “Swissness” about it!

Tobelhofstrasse 236

8044 Zurich

WRestaurant Chäsalp Website

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Walliser Kanne

A well known and very cosy fondue restaurant with lots of wood and Swiss ornaments and decor. Centrally located in the city and with a great reputation for top fondue!

Lintheschergasse 21

8001 Zurich

Walliser Kanne website

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Walliser Keller

Enjoy Swiss Alpine cuisine “SWISSALPECHUCHI” in the traditional but relaxing atmosphere of the Walliser Keller. They also serve Raclette as well as Swiss meat on hot stones.

Walliser Keller

Zähringerstrasse 21

8001 Zürich

Walliser Keller website 

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Fribourger Fonduestübli 

A cosy restaurant which is a popular institution in Zurich and has been serving up fondue for over 40 years. With its red check tablecloths and wooden interior you’re sure to enjoy a great fondue here!

Rotwandstrasse 38 

8004 Zürich

Fribourger Fonduestübli website

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Raclette Chez Vrony at The Widder (Pop Up)

Here’s a place to enjoy wonderful raclette washed down with a glass of Ruinart champagne. You melt the slices of cheese on little hot plates and pour over potatoes. It all takes place in a very charming room which has been decorated specially to look like the inside of the famous “Chez Vrony” Restaurant in Zermatt. Enjoy your raclette with a glass or of Ruinart champagne. Only open until 14th February 2019. Find out more here. 

Read our article all about our recent visit here.

Widder Hotel

Rennweg

8001 Zurich

Widder website

Chez Vrony at the Widder Hotel Zurich

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Raclette Factory Niederdorf

Located in the Niederdorf the Raclette Factory, as the name suggests, specialises in raclette. There is a great variety to choose from in the cosy yet modern alpine interior.

Rindermarkt 1

8001 Zurich

Tel: 044 261 04 10

Raclette-Factory Website

You can read our article all about it here.

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Fondue at Illuminarium Swiss National Museum (Pop Up)

A cosy chalet in the centre of the beautiful Illuminarium at the Landesmuseum in Zurich. Open 5.30 till midnight every evening (except 24th and 25th December) until 30th December. The have the two seatings and for the first seating you need to finish by 7.45pm.

Swiss National Museum

8001 Zurich

Illuminarium Fondue Website

Fondue at the Illuminarium Zurich

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Chalet Züriberg

A beautiful wooden pop up chalet perched on the edge of Zurich in a magical location serving a wonderful selection of cheese and meat fondue in a warm and cozy atmosperhere. Do make sure you leave room for one of their fabulous desserts – even if you can only share one!

Orellistrasse 21

8044 Zurich

Chalet Züriberg website

Read all about our visit here. 

Fondue Plausch at Chalet Züriberg Zurich

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Frau Gerolds Garten Winterstube (Pop Up) 

Located very close to Hardbrücke train station and near to the Viadukt, this quirky area becomes cosy and convivial once the Winter season approaches and you can enjoy a fondue in it’s little chalet hut. Open from 13th October till 15th March 2019. Fun atmosphere and good fondue.

Frau Gerolds Garten

Geroldstrasse 23/23a

8005 Zürich

Website

Frau Gerolds Garten Fondue Pavillon

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Fräulein Holle Sihlcity (Pop Up)

The Fräulein Holle is the Fondue Chalet pop up located at Sihlcity . You can try their delicious fondue daily from 11am until 30th December 2018.

Sihl City

Kalanderplatz 1

Zurich 8045

Fräulein Holle Website 

Fräulein Holle Fondue Restaurant Sihlcity Zurich

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Gasthof Hirschen am See

A little outside Zurich, located directly on Lake Zurich in Obermeilen near Meilen, this restaurant offers wonderful views with great fondue.

Seestrasse 856

Obermeilen 8706

Gasthof Hirschen am See Website

+41 44 925 05 00

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Chalet au Lac (Pop Up)

Located at the beautiful Hotel Baur Au Lac, right in the centre of Zurich this pop up is open until 31st December with dreamy fondues, warming Glühwein and a fabulous atmosphere.

Talstrasse 1

8001 Zurich

Baur au Lac Website

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Bellevue Wienachtsdorf (Pop Up)

Located right in the middle of the Wienachtsdorf on Sechseläutenplatz this lovely chalet offers a warm cosy refuge after shopping or skating at the market. Open until 23rd December when the market closes.

Wienachtsdorf

Sechseläutenplatz, 8001 Zurich

Wienachtsdorf Website

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Strozzi’s Strandhaus Herrliberg (Pop Up)

A little further along Lake Zurich in Herrliberg the Strandhaus is open for fondue again this year from 1st November until 22nd December 2018. Situated directly on the lake you feel as if you are in a boat. “Fondue am See” is open from Tuesday till Friday for lunch and dinner and on Saturdays from 6pm. Read our article about fondue here.

Seestrasse 146

8704 Herrliberg

Website

Fabulous Fondue Am See at Strozzi's Strandhaus

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The Fondue Ship

The Fondue Ship is a very popular destination. You get a trip around Lake Zurich in a big boat and a fondue too. A great idea for big groups and a popular activity in Zurich.

Website

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The Fondue Tram

We’ve written about the Fondue Tram (and some of the other themed trams) here. It’s really fun trip – especially for a group outing and the combination of a moving tram with vats of hot cheese and lots of wine is quite an intriguing one!  The vintage trams are adorable and it’s lovely to see the city at night especially when it’s lit up. Top tip – don’t wear your best clothes – as it’s quite a confined space so you may smell of cheese afterwards. However it is highly recommend as a fun excursion! Book tickets in advance. Open until 28th February. The tram departs from Bellevue. More information here.

 

If you just fancy having a cosy night in with the cheese – here’s the recipe to make your own fondue:

Recipe for a Swiss Fondue Recipe for 4 people:

  • Approx. 600 g of white bread
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 400 g grated Gruyere cheese
  • 200 g grated Emmental cheese
  • 3 dl (10 fl ounces) white wine
  • 5 cl (l.7 fl ounces) Kirsch
  • 2 teaspoons of corn starch (maizena)
  • Grind of pepper & Nutmeg

Preparation:

  1. Cut the bread into cubes. Crush the clove of garlic and rub the inside of the caquelon (or saucepan).
  2. Put the cheese and the wine in the caquelon and cook on the hob stirring constantly. Add kirsch and corn flour (Maizena), but keep stirring. Leave on the stove for a while, taking care that it doesn’tt overheat. Add a grind of pepper and nutmeg, then put the caquelon on the burner on the table.
  3. Adjust the heat so that the cheese stays at a constant temperature whilst eating. Put a small piece of bread on the fork, stir into cheese and enjoy. You may vary the varieties of cheese used according to taste.

By the way, did you know that is a woman drops her bread she’s supposed to kiss all the men at the table. If a man drops his cube of bread, he has to buy everyone a drink!

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Scottish Fondue From the Cheese Man

If you want to ring the changes why not try the British Cheese Centre’s special Scottish Fondue? Invented by Zurich’s very own Cheese Man, Michael Jones, the fondue is made with Scottish Cheddar Cheeses and dark beer. Instead of Kirschwasser you serve it with whisky. We tested it out and really enjoyed it – it’s a more of a caramel colour than a traditional fondue and makes a very pleasant change! So why not give it a go?

British Cheese Centre website

British Cheese Centre
Markthalle im Viadukt
Limmatstrasse 231
8005 Zürich

Have fun wherever you have your fondue or raclette this Winter.  Enjoy!

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