ZÜRICH | The word “institution” is perhaps overused in the world of food and drink establishments, but in the case of Haus Hiltl, in Zurich’s Altstadt, the descriptor is justified.
This vegetarian restaurant opened in 1898 and holds the Guinness world record for being the oldest continuously open vegetarian restaurant in the world. Originally called Vegetaria, the restaurant was purchased by German tailor and practising vegetarian Ambrosius Hiltl in 1904. It’s been in the family every since, and today is run by Rolf Hiltl.
Diners can choose to eat from the a la carte menu, or the popular Hiltl Buffet. Don’t let the word “buffet” turn you off – this isn’t your average buffet. There’s a choice of over 100 home-made dishes and freshly squeezed fruit juices. the focus is on fresh, local and regional produce and fresh and the popularity of the eatery means that the food’s constantly being replaced with freshly cooked items.
The food is inspired by dishes from around the world, and along with Swiss and European cuisines you can also find dishes from India, South-East Asia and more. The Hiltl Tartare, made with eggplant, organic eggs, and capers is served with your choice of whole wheat toast or sweet potato fries and is delicious. Another highlight is the Thai green salad with eggplant, choi sum, quorn, coconut milk, baby corn, coriander, long beans, and lemongrass. It’s served with your choice of basmati rice or rice noodles.
All wine on the menu is vegan, and there’s also a selection of beer, juices, lemonade, coffee, and alternative lattes like Masala Chai and Matcha.
Telephone: +414 4227 7000
Mon – Sat: 6:00am to 11:00pm
Sun: 8:00am to 10:00pm