Good morning and happy Sunday! One of my all-time favourite activities on the weekend is a good brunch; usually happening every Sunday for me. I absolutely love sitting down with friends, chit-chatting over life and updating one another – and of course – good food.
I’ve been going to more or less the same brunch place forever now, it seems. Yet, this time, my friend and I decided to explore Zurich’s brunch options a bit more and try out something new. After a short online research, we found 26 Rose Garden.
It’s such a cute little place, a bit outside of the city center, where one feels home the minute you step into it. The owners and employees were extremely friendly and even my dog got her well deserved attention with lots of cuddles and kisses included ;)!
One of reasons I chose 26 Rose Garden is due to the fact that they have a lot of vegan options. Having certain intolerances (especially milk products and eggs), going for a brunch can sometimes be somewhat complicated for me. Or at least, I usually don’t have as many choices on the menu as the others do. This surely was not the case here. I loved the vegan scrambled eggs (made of tofu), the gluten-free and vegan croissants (which tasted totally normal!) and especially their home-made onion & cinnamon quiche they had on offer. I am surely coming back to this place!
Yet, I’m curious. What are you favourite brunch locations in Zurich? Any recommendations?
There is nothing I love more than traveling – especially when it involves seeing my family and being able to take my puppy, Zaphira, with me. Due to my family living in Malta, as you may know by now, I tend to visit them ever so often. Traveling to Malta with a dog in general is rather easy – even easier, if it‘s a small dog (up to 8kg in weight) that you can take into the plane cabin with you. Zaphira has flown around 3 times with me to Malta already now, and is getting more and more used to plane rides. It calms me to know that she is less panicky now and I do not have to give her any tablets anymore (which I tried in the beginning to calm her down but did not feel was the right thing to do).
When entering Malta with a pet (cat or dog) it is of utmost importance to register the animal prior at the customs. Recently, this process has been simplified and can be done online here.
Likewise, you must see a vet around 3 days prior to entering Malta to confirm the dog is healthy (get a statement of good health) and it must be treated for worms (in the form of a tablet).
Once you arrive at the airport, you will be awaited by the customs to check that the above processes have been done and to verify the mircrochip number with the one entered onto the online form.
Discovering Malta with your dog is fairly easy when it comes to walking through the streets and visiting utmost touristy places. Dogs are allowed in most public spaces, given they are on a leash, and can run freely in certain areas. Yet, although people living in Malta love dogs, many of them are not used to having their dogs play with others. You will notice that they are kept rather tightly on leashes and are often even scared towards other dogs.
When it comes to Restaurants, one wants to call beforehand to see whether dogs are allowed. It seems that some do not allow dogs at all – not even in the outside areas, whilst others offer your dog their own chair to sit at the table with you. The same thing goes for hotels – make sure that you check online or by calling before booking any rooms.
Funnily enough, and in contrast to what we are used to in most other countries in Europe, dogs are allowed in supermarkets. That is, not all dogs. Big dogs usually need to wait outside and are not permitted. In case you have a small dog, however, no one will tell you to leave the dog outside by itself. Simply carry the dog around whilst you go grocery shopping!
The best seasons to visit Malta with you dog is anything from very late summer / early autumn up until mid-spring. Already in April, and most definitely in May, Malta reaches very temperatures already and walking with the dog for outside for hours is almost impossible and surely not recommended. If you don’t want your puppy to melt away in the sun, and likewise if you don’t want to sit around in the shade all day, the summer is not the best time to exploring Malta with any pet (nor without, as most Maltese that have the possibility leave the island as it becomes too hot)!
If any of you have any recommendations of where to best stay with your dog in Malta, do let me know – as I am still in the midst of further exploring the island; of course, with Zaphira. Likewise, I have planned quite a few trips this summer with her and am always looking for new places to explore that are dog-friendly. Up next with Zaphira is Munich! If you wish, I am more than happy to sharing some tips with you after my visit. Until then, I wish you all safe travels wherever you go! Xo