Urania Opening Hours


Monday10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am to 10.00 pm



Kitchen hours (hot meals)

Monday11.30 am to 2.00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday11.30 am to 2.00 pm, 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Friday and Saturday 11.30 am to 10.00 pm, continuous service
Sunday closed

Contact Details

Helvti Diner Urania
Uraniastrasse 3
8001 Zürich

043 500 05 25


The present-day Urania parking station stands on a site rich in history. Back in the mists of time it hosted a Roman temple, later a convent and a prison. This heritage can be viewed in the archaeological window at the entrance to the parking station.

With its curving concrete exit and entrance ramps as well as its elliptical, spherical roof openings, the parking station complex typifies the architectural language of the early 1970s, and is listed as a monument. 

The first gastronomic usage of the entrance area behind the concrete balustrades came in the Nineties and since then visitors have often taken the opportunity to grab a bite as they make their way to the inner city. Many long-time Zurich residents will fondly recall this as the site of the first public internet café. 

Despite the hidden location, the team behind Helvti Diner were immediately excited by the idea of setting up here. After all, the origins of the American diner concept are rooted in mobility. Old, decommissioned carriages were refurbished to become restaurants, setting a gastronomic fashion in train. Bringing a diner concept to the parking station was an obvious choice, and is designed to wow guests with its architectural forms and strong design elements. 

The new restaurant opened on 6 April 2016 and has seating for over 50 guests inside and 25 seats in the covered outdoor area. There is also counter space and a take-away service.