Helvti Diner

Restaurants, Street food
5 out of 5 stars
Helvti Diner
©Christian GrundHelvti marries the classic American diner with Swiss style; ©Christian Grund
Helvti Diner
©Christian GrundHelvti deems 'dirty' to be best when it comes to burgers; ©Christian Grund
 Helvti Diner
©Christian GrundHelvti has a wall made of Heinz tomato ketchup bottles; ©Christian Grund

A Swiss take on the American diner that serves up high quality beef to a varied crowd.

When Adrian Hagenbach and Leopold Weinberg launched Helvti Diner in Zurich in 2011, they wanted to marry Swiss design with the classic American diner. The result is a no-frills restaurant with leather corner seating and shiny surfaces, injected with surprising touches like in-floor lighting and a screen made from Heinz tomato ketchup bottles. If there is detail in the design, the burgers follow suit: you can choose from prime, Angus or wagyu beef then pimp it up with a selection of toppings including blue cheese, Swiss bacon and guacamole. There is also a selection of sandwiches and skewers. Don’t be confused by the ‘dirty’ rating Helvti swears by. Here, the ‘dirtier’ the meal, the greater the taste – but we think the simple taste test works best, and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. There’s something for everyone, from businesspeople to couples and clubbers, with a funky bar serving drinks – including a tantalising range of cocktails – until midnight. Perhaps our favourite tipple of choice are the milkshakes, though – they make us feel like we could be in Grease.


Venue name: Helvti Diner
Address: Kasernenstrasse 2
Opening hours: 11.30am-2.30pm and 6-11pm Mon-Fri; 11am-4pm and 6-11pm Sat
Transport: Tram 3, 14
Price: CHF17.50-CHF48
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