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Switzerland has a rich culinary heritage, and Zurich is a perfect place to partake in its best food experiences. Here are five best food experiences that Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend you try during your visit to the Swiss city:
1. Fondue and raclette. Probably the two most famous traditional Swiss foods – and most delicious for cheese lovers — are the delights of fondue and raclette. If you haven’t tried it yet, fondue is a pot of melted cheese and white wine into which you dip bread and other savory pieces of foods like vegetables. Raclette is thin slices of Swiss cheese melted on a special grill, which are eaten with boiled potatoes and gherkin pickles.
2. Rösti. A crisp potato dish that closely resembled hash browns, rösti is made by grating potatoes, flattening them into a round patty and frying them. It’s usually served with bacon, eggs or cheese.
3. Geschnetzeltes. A delicious dish that is rarely found outside of Zurich, Geschnetzeltes are small pieces of veal cooked in a creamy mushroom and white wine sauce, which are usually eaten with a side of noodles.
4. Swiss Breakfast. Most people know that muesli was invented in Switzerland, but that’s just a small slice of the country’s early-morning culinary heritage. A traditional Swiss breakfast includes a variety of breads, cheeses, jams and honeys — and perhaps fried sausages, eggs and rösti potatoes, too.
5. Chocolate. Swiss chocolate is famous around the world, so you won’t want to leave Zurich without trying some. Major Swiss brands include Nestlé, Toblerone, Lindt and Suchard, but Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend heading to one of Zurich’s traditional chocolatiers. You’ll find the best artisanal chocolate along the exclusive Bahnhofstrasse.