Zesty Zippy Zurich, Switzerland

Nestled between sumptuous green hills, deep aromatic forests, cyrstal clear lake waters, Zurich City is a great retreat for recreation, its opulent social calendar and sensational retail therapy leaving none of your wishes unfulfilled. The limitless natural beauty and urban sophistication stun the senses. Shopaholics, this is your city, with New York City 5th Avenue and Soho style shopping ranging from international authentic antiques, quality crafted brand label watches, global tres chic and extraordinary never seen before imports. Furthermore, London’s renowned Broadway hit, Michael Jackson’s 3 Hour Musical featuring the greatest music of beloved Michael and paying homage to the unfortunate loss of one of the greatest dancers and vocalists of all time, runs through February at Theatre 11.

The best part, is the impeccable culinary treasure chest of restuarants of every star and fork A to Z, bistros, pubs, bars, taverns, inns, hotel restaurants and trattorias.

A harbourside stroll maybe a bit nippy however, well worth the wintry sunlight dancing on Lake Zurich. There are lunch cruises and dinner cruises, with Piano Bar, all year long. http://www.zuerichsee.ch and & or

Firstly, Sprungli is the owner of one of its brands, Lindt. For the most sinful Swiss made chocolates, authentic cappucchino, espresso and heavenly sweet tooth pleasures, Sprungli is located at Branhofstrauss Number 21 on the corner.

Feng shui decorative accessories and extraordinaire tea kettles, gourmet toys for worldwide Chefs and Home Gourmets, gadgets for the kitchen, corkscrews of every color and imaginable uncorking device, superb wines and a lovely bar with take out. Take your time and view the entire triplex loft of shopping. The perfect place to find just the right gift, that your loved ones do not possess and do not use.

This lovely romantic intimate hotel on Lake Zurich, with splendid views of the mountains beyond, the restaurant has a lovely fireplace, an Italian Swiss bill of fare with wine bar and ambiance rated an A Plus is a highly suggested stop. Reservations are highly suggested, call
41.44. 914. 1800

Extraordinaire, and true to my heart, this cosy rustic haven serves an array of Italian, Spanish, French and Swiss wines by the glass. The meze or tapas include, Proscuitto d’ Palma, Swiss Fondue and a divine cheese platter featuring an array of Swiss and international cheeses, changing daily. This is a gourmet’s sanctuary of delights and the ambiance is phenomenal. Call ahead for a table or barstool as this little gem hops with regulars and visitors. Priced fairly for the quality and wonderful multi lingual service and protocol. Approximately $ 25 / 30 per person.

The celestial cuisine of Napoli and the Amalfi Coast is the star here. This Napoli mecca is la dulce vita. The pizzas are to die for. I had the smoked salmon pizza and my younger daughter, the foie gras with truffles.

The cuisine of Florence. The polyglot owners offer the finest in Florentine outside of Florence, on Augustiner Gasse 25. Suggestions, include the Spaghetti Frutti di Mare and their salads. The owners have restaurants in Florence, Vienna and Moscow too. Reservations required, 41. 44. 211. 7210 . Email, cantinettaantinori@bindella.ch

Spanish regional cuisine and tapas are served at this 1812 historic palatial building resembling the historic centre of Tui, Galicia in northwestern Spain on the Portugese border. The wine cellar is dynamic and of course the carte is chockful of regional Spanish tapas and countless Iberian dishes. A must stop here.

Bahnhofstrauss 27 is splendid elegance without being stuffy. This is a fabulous lunch spot with a diverse carte including Swiss, Italian and French specialties with a fine wine carte. Our picks included the wines by the glass, the international salads, the Rose tea, Rhazuenser Sparkling Water and the sinful dessert platter. The views of Bahnhofstrauss street beautifully dressed for Christmas can be seen from the gorgeous floor to ceiling windows.

French and international fare are offered here. We shared, the Lobster Risotto, the Fresh Oysters and the Dover Sole with an exquisite wine carte. Reservations required 41.43. 888. 6666.

This is Zurich’s 5th Avenue or Madrid’s Calle Serrano. Visa, veni, vici …

There are few places on earth, that exist only 1 hour by train, that are as lovely as this elite lakeside village. http://www.holzsteg.rapperswil.ch
Stroll the lovely village, have lunch at on an open air terrace overlooking the lake, browse the unique boutiques, visit the Nature Reserve and spend a night at the Hotel Schwanen. Reserve.


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