A magnificent and huge lake where you can see the snow-covered Alps reflected in, elegant and tiny streets on a romantic channel, pretty hills surrounding traditional roof tile houses and a gargantuan golden church clock which dominates the panorama. Welcome to Zürich, the richest and largest town in Switzerland.
Walking in Banhofstrasse, Zurich’s main street, during Christmas time is an authentic experience. Every single thing is shimmering and there are Christmas trees everywhere. In the night thousands of colored lights create a magic atmosphere, it’s like living in a fairytale. You can also perceive this feeling in the elegant and warm bars and cafés of the city center. One of my favorite is the Schober café, a fantastic confiserie where it is possible to find delicious sweet treats like banana and kiwi marmalade, lavender honey, the incredibly tasty tarte au citron meringuée and a collection of macarons. The Schober café is special not only for the excellent confectionery but also for the traditional decoration of molded ceiling and the exquisite white furniture. Any respectable foodie should tempt his senses with the legendary Schober’s hot chocolate!
If you go to Zürich don’t miss the chance to visit Sprüngli, one of the best place for chocoholic and addicted to pastries ;). Here, one of the most peculiar products is the Luxemburgerli, a soft flavored biscuit with a heart of delicious filling.
Luxemburgerlis are like mini-macarons and they are only produced with natural ingredients. You can find them in a large variety of flavors like champagne, raspberry, Bourbon vanilla, chocolate, lemon and caramel (my favorite!). Take one and let it dissolve on your tongue, it’s simply delicious!
The name of these authentic treats comes from a young pastry chef from Luxembourg who was visiting Sprüngli to learn more about his profession during the 50’s. Here, he started producing his airy specialty which was called Luxemburgerli because of his origin. Nowadays Luxemburgerglis are the emblem of Zürich and you can only find them at Sprüngli!
Visiting Zürich during this period becomes an extraordinary experience because of the Christmas markets: hundreds of wooden huts selling Christmas decorations, wooden toys and typical Swiss delicatessen like raclette.
The biggest and most beautiful is the Zürich Hauptbahnhof Christmas Market where you can admire the enormous shining Swarovski Christmas tree.
Grüetzi from Zürich! I wish you all a foody Christmas!