6 Delicious Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants In Zurich

You don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy these tasty joints.

Home to the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant and a flourishing plant-based food scene, Zurich is the place to go for delicious vegetarian eats. Here are six cutting-edge restaurants that offer more than just salads for their vegetarian and plant-based customers.

KLE

Zweierstrasse 114, 8003 Zürich, Switzerland

KLE Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants In Zurich
KLE. Photo by erna.drion on Instagram

Named after the sauerklee plant, KLE boasts plant-based cuisine with innovative meat substitutions such as beet pastrami and BBQ mushrooms burgers. The restaurant offers both sweet and savory brunch options to satisfy any craving and an extensive drinks menu with various beers, wines, teas, and coffees. There are also 4 or 5 course “surprise” dinners if you’re feeling adventurous and want to try some chef-chosen dishes. With seasonal menus and locally-sourced ingredients, KLE has a mouthwatering and healthy option for every meal.

Hiltl

Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Hiltl
Photo by hiltl on Instagram

Founded in 1898, Hiltl is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world. Today, it features a large menu with diverse cuisines ranging from Indian to Italian. Hiltl offers a spin on buffet-style eating which is usually quite limited for vegetarians. Instead of getting stuck with a plate full of French fries and wilted lettuce, you have countless delicious plant-based options at Hiltl. There are also various locations throughout Zurich, each with different dining arrangements and menus, so there’s something for every occasion.

Klara’s Kitchen

Universitätstrasse 17, 8006 Zürich, Switzerland

Klara's Kitchen Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants In Zurich
Photo by klaras_kitchen on Instagram

Klara’s Kitchen is a cute vegan lunch spot located in the heart of Zurich that serves soups, sandwiches, and smoothies, among other heartier options like curries and quinoa bowls. The restaurant prides itself in using no refined sugar or preservatives in any of its food – even the desserts! Klara’s Kitchen promises light and healthy vegan food made with organic ingredients that tastes just as good as the meaty alternatives.

Marktküche

Feldstrasse 98, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland

Marktküche Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants In Zurich
Marktküche Facebook

Restaurant Marktküche brings the gourmet restaurant scene to meatless cooking with beautifully and expertly crafted plant-based cuisine. The menu changes every month to adjust to seasonal ingredients and includes a tasting menu with your choice of 4-8 courses. Marktküche also has a very large wine menu and offers recommended wine pairings specifically tailored to your meal. The restaurant itself is fancy without being pretentious, maintaining a cozy and comfortable atmosphere anyone would feel welcome in.

Gärtnerei

Stockerstrasse 55, Zürich 8002 Switzerland

Gärtnerei
Photo by gardening on Instagram

Gärtnerei, meaning “gardening” in German, is the perfect name for a restaurant which always uses local produce that tastes straight from the garden. Gärtnerei is passionate about sustainability and strives to keep waste to a minimum. It uses 100% biodegradable materials for takeout containers and do deliveries by bike to maintain eco-friendliness. There are also plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on the menu consisting of salads, bowls, and wraps; always made with the freshest ingredients.

Dapur

Schaffhauserstrasse 373, 8050 Zürich, Switzerland

Dapur
Photo by dapur_restaurant_zurich on Instagram

Dapur was Zurich’s first Indonesian restaurant, offering authentic plant-based Indonesian cuisine and using ingredients like jackfruit, tempeh, and tofu in place of meat. The restaurant offers what it calls a “rice table,” which is a communal feast that gives diners a taste of the different dishes available and is a great way to try everything without over-ordering. Whether you order from the regular menu or get a rice table, don’t forget to save room for dessert! End the meal on a sweet note with some wingko babat or coconut cake and mango ice cream.

Meghan St. Pierre

Content Editor Associate

Meghan is a native of South Florida who loves nature and landscape photography. Her favorite travel activities are getting lost in new cities and trying local desserts. She has been to 22 countries, and her favorites have been Sweden and Denmark so far.

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