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Kronenhalle, Zurich

Ramistrasse 4
Tel: 44 251 6669's insider take:

For decades this old-fashioned brasserie of a place has hosted visiting and resident stars and dignitaries—one suspects more because of what's on the walls than what's on the plates. Not that the latter is bad—it's a fine place to try the local dishes, and the chocolate mousse is meant to be the best for miles; it's just hard to concentrate on your fork with a Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, or Miró staring down at you. For a lighter art fix, belly up to the absolutely stunning bar, an extravagantly curvaceous redwood landscape by Robert Haussmann with bronze lamps by Diego and Alberto Giacometti.

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