It’s midafternoon and your stomach is growling. For many of us, lunch is the most important meal of the day. And not just a quick sandwich from the Coop or salad from Migros. You want something a bit more substantial and where you can sit and enjoy. There are quite a few spots to discover, whether you’re shopping and need a break, are in between classes or just need to step away from the office. Here are some of our favorites.
Berta, located on Poststrasse, has the cutest sign out front and invites you in to try their simple, good food. The décor is clean and uncomplicated with some homey touches: flowers and candles on the tables and the coat rack is made from old spoons and forks, bent upward so you can hang your outerwear. You can get bread and coffee from 7 – 11am for 5CHF. The daily lunch menu varies as well as the daily soup. The portions are generous and the food comforting and delicious.
We like Hello World City for its bright and open space, located on Bahnhofstrasse, behind and connected to the Grand Café. Serving an upscale and thoughtfully prepared menu from Monday to Friday, it’s a great spot to enjoy lunch with friends or colleagues. A hearty salad, or for bigger appetites, the burger will hit the spot and give you renewed energy to continue about your day. It gets busy, though, so it’s best to reserve ahead of time.
We really enjoy the friendly service at the appropriately named Café Glucklich near the Bahnhof on Alpinstrasse. While closed on Sundays and Mondays the cafe is open from breakfast until late on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and then for lunch Thursday to Saturday. Occupying the former Confiserie Meier space, they owners wanted to keep the old clientele happy. They’ve made the interior cozy and inviting, with a variety of coffees, fresh juices and cakes served throughout the day. The lunch menu changes regularly, so go check them out.
We love the tale behind Restaurant Story. Set in Baar in the gold, square buildings, Story is a cooperation between Alfred Muller AG and zuwebe. For over 50 years, zuwebe has been a leading institution in Zu which assists people with a mental disability or impairment in finding employment. You may also know about Intermezzo Café, a creperie in the Altstadt. Recently, in late 2018, Story was opened to offer fresh food in a light-filled modern space. Service is friendly and the atmosphere abuzz. Food is served cafeteria style, but menus change daily and the made to order piadina station is always full.
A little further afield, past Cham, don’t miss out on the all-inclusive atmosphere at Tisch+Bar, in Holzhausern. This unique restaurant and bar also has a shop with plenty of home décor and supplies available. Sitting in the restaurant, you will notice that everything is for sale, from the salt and peppershakers to the lamp at your table. The dining room boasts a beautiful Swedish stove and has something for everyone. The menu is French inspired and they are especially known for their Déjeuner Français.