Food & Drink
The chocolate world of Zurich
Ever since Francois-Louis Cailler opened the first chocolate factory near Vevey in 1819, Switzerland has become a paradise for chocolate lovers. On average every Swiss person eats 10.6kg of chocolate a year, while Switzerland exports 130,000 tons of its dark gold annually.
Sweet-toothed people the world over can have sweet dreams of Swiss heavyweights such as Nestlé, Cailler, Suchard, Frey, and Lindt & Sprüngli, and every Swiss supermarket is able to muster up a chocolate department that will get a chocoholic’s heart racing.
Zurich’s chocolate adventure began 170 years ago when Rudolf Sprüngli opened his chocolate factory in 1845, with the Lindt factory following soon after. Lindt & Sprüngli later merged, and it is now the city’s largest chocolate producer, but by no means its only one. What all the city’s chocolate makers have in common is an enormous range and fabulous finesse.
The Swiss are also excellent confectioners, and in Zurich you’re never far from the next stop for delicious cakes and chocolate. Here are our favorites:
Conditorei Schober – Péclard
Schober is an excellent confectioner’s shop where, in elegant surroundings with chandeliers and silk tapestries, you can enjoy excellent home-made chocolates, macarons, cream cakes, tarts with lemon meringue, chocolate mousse, and all the other delicious goodies from the display case and dishes. And you can buy decadent treats such as champagne gelée, raspberry nougat, and truffle gelée with gold leaf to take home with you..
Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Factory
Although guided tours are no longer available at Lindt & Sprüngli, you can still visit the factory store, which is a huge hall containing everything you could imagine in chocolate: slabs, bars, small special editions with experimental flavor combinations, gift boxes, Easter bunnies, Santas, teddy bears, and much more. A popular option is to buy cheap imperfect chocolates, which have nothing wrong with them other than some cosmetic damage during packaging, for example.
Seestrasse 204, Kilchberg
The illustrious Sprüngli was founded in 1836, and has been at Paradeplatz on Bahnhofstrasse since 1859. Sprüngli makes luxury pastries, confectionery, filled chocolates, and ice cream, but it is particularly famous for its small macarons, called Luxemburgerli, which are available in all kinds of flavors and with a little care can also be taken home. An institution, and a must for any visitor to Zurich.
If you still have room in your suitcase, you’re very likely to have excess baggage after a visit to Läderach. The shop on Zurich’s fashionable main street, Bahnhofstrasse, sells unbeatably delicious filled delights, while every month Läderach also launches a new, experimental flavor as part of its Frisch Schoggi concept. Wonderful.
Yet another delicious Zurich chocolatier that can be found on Bahnhofstrasse. Teuscher was founded in 1932 and has a huge selection of fantastic filled chocolates, including its famous champagne truffles, which are made from dark chocolate, buttercream, and Dom Pérignon. Teuscher also make cookies, marzipan, and other goodies.
Tekst: Lise Hannibal
Published: February 8, 2016
Last edited: March 16, 2017