ZÜRICH | Zeughauskeller is a restaurant housed inside a historic building which dates back to 1487 in Zurich’s old town, and it’s a fantastic place to sample traditional Swiss food in a unique space.
Zeughaus means “arsenal storehouse”, and that is what the space where the restaurant now is was originally used for – the storage an maintenance of weapons and ammunition during the Middle Ages. Legend has it that this is where the crossbow used by Wilhelm Tell was stored, but nobody can prove the claim. Perhaps it’s just marketing.
The space was converted into a restaurant in 1914, and has been operating as such ever since. Old decorations remind visitors of the building’s past, and create a character filled dining atmosphere. The menu features things like wienerschnitzel, rösti with veal and mushrooms in gravy, sausages, roasts, and cordon bleu. They could get away with worse food at Zeughauskeller, but thankfully their versions of the classics are done well.
Yes, Zeughauskeller is more expensive than other places offering similar dishes in town, and yet it’s popular with tourists, but if you’ve not been before, it’s well worth the experience. Just remember to book ahead, as the restaurant does get quite busy.
Mon – Sun: 11:30am to 11:00pm