Wednesday, February 04, 2009
H. Schwarzenbach Kolonialwaren & Kaffeerösterei
A must-visit place in Zurich, Switzerland for a foodie, is H. Schwarzenbach Kolonialwaren & Kaffeerösterei, a family-owned historic colonial era trading outpost, dating back over a generation.
The beautiful store facade and stunning window displays of specialty food items immediately illustrates why H. Schwarzenbach is a Zurich icon.
H. Scharzenbach offers an abundance of exotic goods, including rich loose leaf teas, intensely flavored coffee beans (which may be roasted in house), aromatic spices, jarred sauces, rare chutneys, flavored vinegars and oils, chocolates, and dried tropical fruits, nuts, and pastas.
For instance, you can purchase these crunchy roasted candy-coated almonds at H. Schwarzenbach, as well as on the chilly winter streets of Zurich.
After visiting H. Scharzenbach, be sure to stop by one of Zurich's refreshing public water fountains, which are dispersed throughout Zurich.
Although Zurich's fountains look like decorative garden fountains that recycle algae-infested and used water, you can actually drink clean water from the Alps at these "drinking holes." Despite the perpetually flowing (but not recirculating) water, there is no real waste because the excess water drains into the Limmat River.
Decorated with ornate sculptures and often with an elaborate labyrinth of intertwined pipes, the fountains gurgle and spray into deep reflecting pools. Dip your cupped hands into the pool for a wash or hold your glass up to the pouring fountain stream for a delicious drink.
The water in Zurich has a crisp mineral-flavored bite with a dull aftertaste/finish, and tastes precisely like Evian.
If you enjoyed this post, check out a few of my other posts regarding my visit to Zurich, Switzerland: