Wild Garlic on your Doorstep
Food lovers can pick wild garlic themselves or enjoy it in these restaurants.

The Wild Garlic Season in Zurich

In spring, the area around Zurich smells of wild garlic. You can find out here what you need to look out for when picking it yourself and which restaurants serve wild garlic creations.

When the aroma of garlic hangs in the air in the forests around Zurich, it is a sure sign that the wild garlic season has arrived. This plant is related to chives, garlic, and onion. Thanks to its intensive aroma and common occurrence, the leaves are often used for cooking delicious dishes such as risotto, bratwurst sausages, or soups, which are then served up in Zurich’s households and restaurants.

Many amateur cooks and professional gastronomes pick their supply themselves, for in Zurich you do not have to go far to find it. Whether jogging, walking the dog, or enjoying an excursion with the children, all you need to do is follow your nose.

Wild garlic can be found between March and May in the following locations in Zurich:

  • Uetliberg
  • Rigiblick
  • Zürichberg
  • Käferberg
  • Werd island

But a word of caution! Wild garlic closely resembles lily of the valley. For this reason it is advisable to gently tear a leaf or rub it with your hands: if they smell of garlic, you have found the right plant. Be sure to wash your hands afterwards, for otherwise they will smell of garlic for a long time to come.

Home-made garlic pesto:
(makes ca. 350g pesto)

  • 100g freshly picked wild garlic
  • 50–80g pine nuts
  • 60g grated Parmesan
  • 1–1.5 dl rapeseed or olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • optional: lemon juice

To prepare: Thoroughly wash the wild garlic, pat it dry with kitchen paper, then coarsely chop. Purée or grind with a pestle & mortar the pine nuts together with the Parmesan, oil and ½ tsp salt to make a paste. Season with pepper and add lemon juice to taste.


Asparagus Burger with Wild Garlic Pesto


A springtime asparagus burger with wild garlic pesto can be enjoyed at this locale in Europaallee.
Wild Garlic Sausage


The wild garlic that grows in front of the door of the Restaurant Ziegelhütte goes straight into this specialty sausage.
Saddle of Lamb with Wild Garlic


At the Mesa, handpicked wild garlic and other freshly picked Zürichberg herbs are used to garnish the roast saddle of lamb.
Risotto or Monkfish?


The menu at the Hide&Seek features not one but two dishes using wild garlic. Risotto or monkfish? The choice is yours.
Wild Garlic Cream Sauce

Didi’s Frieden

Here, a slice of tenderloin on an open raviolo with Zurich lamb sweetbreads is accompanied by a wild garlic cream sauce.
Wild Garlic Spaghetti and Mayonnaise

Haus Hiltl

At Hiltl, food lovers can find both wild garlic spaghetti with homemade pesto and oven potatoes served with a delicious wild garlic mayonnaise.
Wild Garlic Three Ways


The Chäsalp offers wild garlic in three different variations: as a cream soup, with macaroni, and in a fondue.
Wild Garlic Buds

Rechberg Restaurant

The Rechberg serves fresh wild garlic and year-old wild garlic buds accompanied by potatoes, cabbage, and a fig cream.
Wild Garlic Pasta

Uto Kulm

The Uto Kulm presents homemade pasta and a delicious quiche with wild garlic – and with a spectacular view of the city thrown in for free.
Cordon Bleu with Wild Garlic


Besides veal cordon bleu with wild garlic, the Kantorei treats guests to risotto or ravioli with wild garlic.
Pizza with Wild Garlic Pesto

Restaurant Totò

This Italian restaurant in the Seefeld quarter serves wild garlic – how could it be otherwise – as pesto on a delicious pizza.
Wild Garlic “Schupfnudeln”


At Tibits, the menu features vegan “Schupfnudeln” (potato dumpling fingers) with wild garlic, as well as other vegetarian wild garlic specialties.
Wild Garlic Butter


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Wild Garlic Pesto

Jucker Farm

The staff at Jucker Farm pick wild garlic and use it in delicious pestos and other dishes.
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Globus Delicatessa

Brie, veal bratwurst, pâtés, terrines, pesto, fresh ravioli – and all of them flavored with wild garlic. What more could your taste buds wish for?
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Tritt Käse

Naturally the store for all cheese lovers also has a delicious wild garlic cheese from the region in its product range.

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