One of my most memorable conversations with my friends (the Glee Club “kiddies”) was back when we were starting out in our careers and excited for life to take us on vastly different paths. We fantasized about how, someday, we’d be living our dreams in different places around the world. When we wanted to meet up, we would pick a city, fly in for lunch (!), and fly back to our regular lives.
Yes, this was pure fantasy, but what a fun idea! That concept of picking a random city and meeting friends there has stayed with me ever since. Recently, it’s met a few other ideas: how much I enjoy a weekend brunch, how rare good brunch places are in Amsterdam, and the many fun, interesting people I’ve connected with through blogging (particularly at The Hive and Blogging Your Way).
So I thought: if a good brunch is hard to find in this city, who says we have to stay here? And why not ask friends (new and old) to take us there?
This is why I’m starting a brand new series on this blog called Let’s Do Brunch!
The idea is to “travel” to a new city each month via a guest blogger, who takes us to his or her favorite brunch place in that city. On the last Sunday of each month, we all meet here and set out together to feed our wanderlust, indulge our appetite for brunch, and meet a new blogger in the process. Does that sound like fun?
So, it’s time to kick off our brunching around the world. Our first stop: Zurich, Switzerland!
Manu and Nina are the brains behind the travel blog My Friend from Zurich. These two friends share insider travel tips about their native Zurich in a format that I love: short, sweet answers to real-life questions… how a real friend would if you asked them about the place they live.
Now for brunch… let me turn you over to Manu!
If you’re into brunching, Zurich is the place for you! There are so many nice restaurants and coffeehouses, making it hard to choose. My all time favourite though, is Maison Blunt.
Set in the buzzy neighbourhood of Kreis 4, the backyard of Maison Blunt is the perfect place to chitchat with friends and to people-watch while eating breakfast.
From the mosaic displays at the walls, to the colourful dinnerware and the large wooden tables, you couldn’t fathom at all that this place used to be a garage some time ago.
Nowadays Maison Blunt is actually an all-day place. They also serve lunch and dinner and have great cakes to go with your afternoon coffee break. I just love their fresh mint tea and that you can eat breakfast until the afternoon even on weekdays.
The cuisine is Moroccan inspired. I usually order scrambled eggs with salmon, or the so called “large classic breakfast” which includes jam, a variety of cheese, cold cuts, as well as a granola. The salty “house breakfast” with hummus, feta cheese, and olives is a good cure for a hangover!
Gasometerstrasse 5, 8005 Zürich
Love brunch? Like this new series? Any cities you’d love to hit for a weekend brunch? Hit the comments and let me know!