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Helvetia Hotel Restaurant – The “Helvti”

I had received several invitations for after work parties at the roof terrace of the Helvetia hotel which opens around mid-May (weather permitting). The saying goes, the terrace offers a spectacular view. True. I finally got there on the last day of June 2010. 10 days of real summer in Zurich made it a must.

But unfortunately, in Zurich we have four seasons. Fortunately, they can all be enjoyed in different ways.

Here is where the bar inside with its imposing wooden design comes into play. The bar goes under the name “Helvti”. In the 80s it was the meeting point of journalists from the leftist newspaper “Tages Anzeiger” and other “rebels-without-a-cause” elements. Today it is the ideal meeting point not only for bohemians but also for petites-bourgeois fans of capitalism and globalization like me (who rebel only when their bonus is in danger) who just like to take a break and chat.

The perimeter is a sofa and the chairs for the table have left me the memory of worn-out leather. It is quite cosy and doesn’t feel loud. And now that smoking is prohibited, the pleasure factor has increased.

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Details about this spot



Stauffacherquai 1, Zurich

Telephone number


Opening Times

Bar: Mon - Thu 08:00 - 00:00 , Fri 08:00 - 02:00, Sat 10:00 - 02:00, Sun 10:00 - 23:00


Orange juice: CHF 4.80


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)