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Znacht - A Swiss Dinner

In this mini series I'll write about the five daily meals people eat in Switzerland: Zmorge, Znüni, Zmittag, Zvieri and Znacht. What do we typically eat? When do we eat? What is the proper conduct at the table? Today, I'll tell you about dinner which is called Znacht.
ZnachtZnacht is a Swiss German word and is an abbreviation of the German "zu Nacht" which basically means "at night". This doesn't mean that we eat dinner during the night but rather at the beginning of the night. In fact, a typical Swiss family eats dinner between 6 and 7pm. Only during winter, night actually comes in before dinner starts. During the long days of summer, Znacht is often eaten on the balcony or on the patio to enjoy the warmth and light of Swiss summer evenings. What to eat at a Swiss ZnachtUnlike lunch which is usually a warm meal, dinner traditionally consists of cold foods. A typical Swiss Znacht is sometimes also called "Café complet" which includes the follo…

Zvieri - A Swiss Snack in the Afternoon

In this mini series I'll write about the five daily meals people eat in Switzerland: Zmorge, Znüni, Zmittag, Zvieri and Znacht. What do we typically eat? When do we eat? What is the proper conduct at the table? Today, I'll write about Zvieri.
What exactly is a 'Zvieri'?Zvieri is a Swiss German word and translates to 'at four'. It refers to a small meal or snack Swiss people eat around 4 pm. This snack is customary for almost everyone in Switzerland; school children, families, working people and university students all like to share a Zvieri at some point during the afternoon.

A real Zvieri must be eaten mid-afternoon. The unofficial time range for a Zvieri is 3 pm to 5 pm. If a meal is eaten before 2 pm or after 6 pm it is usually considered lunch or dinner.  What do the Swiss have at their 'Zvieri'? Much like the Swiss Znüni, a Zvieri is more like a snack than an actual full meal and usually consists of cold foods like fruits, a small sandwich or a pas…