City Guides

Zurich
By Nick Tobias and Miranda Darling

January 07, 2015

Nick Tobias and Miranda Darling share with Parlour X their best tips for visiting Zurich.

What are the best restaurants in Zurich?

KRONENHALLE – Rämistrasse 4, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

KROPF – In Gassen 16, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

OBERE FLUGASSE – Flühgasse 69, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland

CONTRAPUNTO – Waaggasse 5, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland

 SCHLUSSEL – Seefeldstrasse 177, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland

KINDLI – Pfalzgasse 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

VELTLINER KELLER – Schlüsselgasse 8, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

MARKTHALLE – Limmatstrasse 231, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

LUMIERE – Widdergasse 5, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

CAFE ODEON – Limmatquai 2, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

What are your ultimate fashion/shopping destinations in Zurich?

BAHNHOFSTRASSE – Bahnhofstrasse, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

TRANSA – Lagerstrasse 4, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland

Transa for anything you could ever need for the outdoors.

FRANZ CARL WEBER – Bahnhofstrasse 62, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

One of the best toy shops EVER!

TROIS POMMES – Weggengasse 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

SALVATORE SCITTO – In Gassen 14, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

MAUD – In Gassen 6, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

BRUNO’S – Bahnhofstrasse 44, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

LORO PIANA – Bahnhofstrasse 26, 8001 Zurich

GRIEDER – Bahnhofstrasse 30, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland

FIDELIO – Münzplatz 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

ORELL FUSSLI – Stadelhoferstrasse 8 Zürich, Switzerland

Visit Orell Fussli for books in English.

 

What are the best activities for kids in Zurich?

LAKE ZURICH

Tour the lake with the ferry.

THE CIRCUS KNIE

SEEBAD UTOQUAI – Utoquai, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland

Visit the wooden baths on the lake.

ZOO ZURICH – Zürichbergstrasse 221, 8044 Zürich, Switzerland

The Zoo and surrounding fields are perfect for kids.

ALPINE ACTIVITIES

All the many alpine activities within an hour of the city (sledding skiing iceskating; zip-lining go karting mountain biking etc).

TEUSCHER – Bahnhofstrasse 46, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Visit Teuscher and see this extraordinarily decorated chocolate shop.

LEIBUNDGUT – Kuttelglasse 8, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland

Amazing shop for all art/ craft/ dollhouse accessories.

What are the best local cultural activities in Zurich?

LANDESMUSEUM – Museumstrasse 2, 8021 Zürich, Switzerland

OPERA HOUSE – Falkenstrasse 1, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland

VITA PARCOUR – Wipkingen, 8037 Zurich, Switzerland

FOOD MARKETS:

Vist the food markets at Burkliplatz and Helvetziaplastz.

CAFES:

You must visit all the amazing cafes where the locals go to drink an aperitif and exchange ideas and gossip.

What are the best museums/art galleries in Zurich?

KUNSTHAUS – Heimplatz 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

HAUSER AND WIRTH GALLERY – Limmatstrasse 270 Zürich, Switzerland

CENTRE LE CORBUSIER – Höschgasse 8, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland

RIETBERG MUSEUM – Gablerstrasse 15, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland

What is your favourite ‘precinct’ or area of Zurich?

Altstadt on both sides of the river.

Do you have any insider tips for Zurich that most people wouldn’t normally know about?

The baths on the lake are the best and become bars in the evening.

Public transport is amazing and key.

If you are staying a few days in Zurich before heading up to the mountains, you can send your skiis/ mountain bikes up to your hotel ahead of you and just pack a small a small bag for the town.

The train from the airport to the city centre is extremely fast and efficient. Don’t bother with a taxi. Locals never do.

Everything closes on a Sunday. If you need to buy something head to the shopping complex under the Hauptbanhoff (the main train station) or Stadelhofen.

Bratwurst stands for lunch are excellent!

People greet each other with three kisses – do not be confused.

You can drink from the spouts in the public fountains.

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