LUNCHING OUT The best of Zug!

Issue: Issue2 2014
Significantly more people work than live in the town of Zug, according to Swiss statistics – that's a lot of weekday lunches. Yet ask any of those workers about their lunchtime habits and most will tell you they head to the closest eaterie to their workplace, Allison Turner set out to broaden those lunchtime horizons.










For a quick bite, the iconic Treichler (formerly Heini) at Bundesplatz 3 is a good bet. A busy hot spot with tables in constant rotation, there's a soup bar with two choices every day, or a simple but tasty menu, featuring sandwiches and quiche. Of course, if you have time for dessert and don't need to keep your blood alcohol content to zero for the afternoon, you can always partake in Zug's own specialty, the Zuger Kirschtorte.



Zug isn't generally thought of as exotic, but Casablanca, at Metallstrasse 9b, is a step in the right direction. This small Moroccan restaurant has a funky Arabian décor and delicious spicy food. Service is friendly and helpful. It's a quiet place and there's no pressure to rush, so this could be a good option for a business lunch. Be warned that it's small enough that the other diners can hear you, but then again also small enough that you'll know if they're listening. Casablanca is closed for lunch on Mondays, but open every evening and for lunch Tuesday to Friday. Currently closed - is moving the location (Nov 2014).



If you're looking to impress, the CU Restaurant in the City Garden Hotel (Metallstrasse 20) should do the job nicely. The lunch menu offers only three choices (generally a meat, a fish and a vegetarian)/all for the same price, so it shouldn't take too long to decide. That price is not very low, mind you, but the food is excellent. The atmosphere is rich, if perhaps a little overdone. In summer, the outdoor section is lovely.



No, it's not a naked lunch! Even if you can afford to eat out every day, it's definitely worth packing a picnic every now and then in the summer, because Zug has some fantastic views. The obvious place to start is on a bench down by the lake. Be sure to check out the aviary while you're there, or even take a quick boat tour if you have time. Another great place is the Rose Garden, on the Guggi hill above the post office. The garden has many varieties of roses, both common and rare, not to mention a stunning view of the town, the lake and the mountains beyond.



Photos: Florian Hehlen, Emma Baumhofer, Treichler Zug. Thumbnail Image: City Garden ©

Author: Allison Turner

From Montreal, Canada, Allison was the Hello Switzerland editor for Zurich, Zug, Luzern and Schaffhausen. Allison is an English teacher, and mother to two fearless teenage girls.

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