I recently made a one day trip to Zürich. So I made my homework: write down all the places I wanted to visit in and fit them to schedule. Not an easy task!
A Swiss classic. It was opened on 1836 by David Sprungli. He was one of the pioneers of Swiss chocolate and a central piece for its worldwide reputation. At first, Sprungli started on the Marktgasse street at the Zurich town hall. In 1859, Sprungli decided to move to Paradeplatz because a train station was supposed to be constructed there, but this was not the case. Sprungli struggle for a while, but later on, Paradeplatz become become a popular meeting place at the Bahnhofstrasse in downtown Zürich. In 2017, the confiserie is still working at the same place.
Even tho Sprungli confiserie is worldwide known for its chocolates (Lindlt & Sprungli), there is also another delight for which they are famous: the Luxemburgerli, which is in essence, a macaroon. Camille Studer, a Luxemburg pastry chef working at Sprungli, brought the recipe from a French sugar baker to Zürich in 1957, and he refined it. The result: a Zurich’s classic! Some macaroons-lovers even think Luxemburgerlis are superior to macaroons made by Ladurée.
And this is the point on my post when I admit: I do not like macaroons. This is due to one time that I had a really bad macaroon on a wedding, it was extremely sweet and its flavor was too artificial. Since then, I refused to taste macaroons again, arguing they are overrated. I still think they are overrated, specially Ladurée (which are also overpriced, in my opinion). Nevertheless, this time I decided to try the Luxemburgerlis…. and now I am in love ❤ . Macaroon-lovers claim that Luxemburgerli, unlike Ladurée macaroons, are characterized by their fresh flavor. The raw materials like butter, cream or eggs come from the Zurich region. When you buy them, the box advice to eat them right away, since Luxemburgerlis can loose their texture due to humidity. I tried some flavors: Pistachio, champagne delux, bourbon vanilla, caramel with fleur de sal, hazelnut and raspberry (Valentine’s special). I loved the caramel with fleur de sal macaroon; the filling reminded me the dulce de leche, which I used to eat in México from time to time, but I have not been able to find it in the Netherlands.
Läderach is a much newer Swiss company. This chocolatier was funded by Rudolf Läderach Jr in 1962. Little by little the company grew and now it has some shops outside Swiss like Germany, Arabic Emirates and Korea. Chocolate here is magnificent and very fresh. They make large tablets of chocolate called frischschoggi which means fresh chocolate. They add different ingredients to this chocolate tablets, like pistachos, caramelized nuts, cranberries, and so on. I tried a very classic one, the Hazelnut milk. This chocolatier has a more modern ambiance, but still elegant. I think Läderach chocolates are the perfect souvenir for someone who visits Swiss 🙂 .
Conditoreit Schober (Peclard)
This coffee shop started as a sweets shop in 1845, un Zürich. Is located at the old town of the city, and the building itself is a Historic Monument. The coffee went to an extensive renovation on 2008 but the results were really positive. They were able to recreate the historic atmosphere with romantic details, giving you the feeling of a patisserie from France. Since the renovations, they introduce French pastries; although they of course also conserve pralinés and chocolates. Chef in charge of the Schober’ cakes, macaroons an pastries is Patrick Messiano, chief patisserie at Hotel Metropol in Montecarlo.
I took a seat in the tea room, with the read plush armchairs and the low lights that made me feel at a different century. I ordered a coffee, a cheese quiche and a almond croissant. Although everything was delicious, I did not feel the food as if it was something special 😦 . It could have been any other good bakery. Nevertheless, ambiance in this coffee shop is just magical.
Zürich HB, Bahnhofstrasse, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland.
Bahnhofstrasse 106, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland.
Napfgasse 4, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland