Let’s be honest. No matter how many restaurants a city has, it’s usually only a handful of places that are must-sees. And in Zurich, Hiltl is definitely one of those.
Hiltl is Europe’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. It opened in 1898 and is still today a place locals – both vegetarians and non-vegetarians – love eating at.
Actually, Hiltl is more than a restaurant. It is a two-floor complex with a café / lounge area, a restaurant, a cooking studio, and – in the evening till late night – a dance club.
I’ve been many (I repeat: many) times here for lunch, drinks, or simply a coffee. But the meal I enjoy most at Hiltl is brunch.
Every Sunday and on public holidays, Hiltl serves an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the winter months, there is live music, too.
The interiors are stunning and make it a very pleasant place to go to with friends or that special someone.
Brunch costs 57,00 Swiss francs and includes cold and hot dishes, fresh juices, hot beverages, a variety of desserts, and – one of my favorites – a glass of sparkling wine.
The buffet is really big. There’s a breakfast section with several bread types, cheese, sliced fruits, nuts, cereals, jam, etc. Another section has a wide range of cold salad dishes, such as couscous and greek salad. Then there’s a huge selection of hot dishes: samosas, basmati rice, calzones, jalapenos, onion rings, quinoa sticks, just to name a few.
The fun in it is going back and forth to the buffet and tasting a little of everything… or almost everything!
There are many hot beverages to choose from. Picture below are a latte macchiato and mint tea, hot chocolate, and lemongrass tea.
It is very important not to get too full after eating the “main dishes”, as the desserts are very delicious, too. Several desserts are vegan or at least egg-free. Pictured below are vegan pineapple crumble, vegan spicy chocolate cake, vegan mango & coconut muffins, and non-vegan cheese cake.
And as the pictures tell, one can easily spend hours at Hiltl enjoying the lovely atmosphere and the great food!
- All-you-can-eat brunch buffet incl. drinks, 57,00 SFr.
Address: Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zurich
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 6:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. / Sun, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.