What to do in Zurich: the city with Zip!
by Angela Sara West
Switzerland’s not just a chocolate-and-watches-filled winter-wonderland… Lakeside metropolis Zürich is also renowned for its art, culture, fashion and summertime fun. Europe’s wealthiest, cleanest and most efficient city boasts bang-on-trend, resolutely top-quality living. Swiss bliss!
Nestled on its famous lake and the River Limmat in the very heart of Europe, action-packed Zürich’s an urban delight in a country full of quaint postcard-perfect villages. Considered Switzerland’s gourmet and cultural capital, it’s an exceptionally-cosmopolitan Swiss-German city drenched in rich tradition against an industrial-charm-meets-contemporary-design setting, Not only does it enjoy exceptional accessibility and excellent infrastructure, it‘s surrounded by fragrant pine forests, nature reserves and world heritage sites, all capped off with serene snow-capped mountains supplying on-the-doorstep skiing.
Life here pulsates beside, in and on the water, with bang-in-the-city-centre lake and river swimming as part of the culture. Comprising 12 diverse districts, this aspirational lifestyle-capital-on-water’s among the world’s top gallery cities, flaunts leading hotels, trend-setting restaurants, first-class shopping and quality entertainment. Delve into Europe’s distant past, discovering trend’n’tradition in a picturesque medieval old town’s 2,000-year-old cobblestoned streets. The formerly-industrial-turned-trendy districts of Zürich-West and Aussersihl meanwhile are the booming creative heart, with galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs continually opening.
Money Money Money…
For centuries, Zürich‘s been a magnet for avant-garde artists, authors and great thinkers drawn to the freedom of speech, peace, imaginativeness and originality. Mozart and Goethe reaped this forward-thinking city’s benefits and past residents include Einstein, Wagner and Lenin. Nowadays, its extraordinarily-high number of millionaires, including Tina Turner, makes it one of the world’s most prestigious and prosperous places to live.
Famous for its financiers and long-synonymous with banking giants, Zürich’s low tax rate attracts prominent international companies. Swanky Switzerland‘s business capital’s also the world’s largest gold-trading centre and home to world-renowned research institutes. Innovative ideas are welcomed here and swiftly implemented, thanks to the city’s open attitude towards all-things-new. The Oberstrass and Unterstrass neighbourhoods are home to Zürich’s wealthiest, with the super-rich also lured to the lake’s ‘Gold Coast’. Brimming with premium commercial real estate, Paradeplatz is Zürich’s most expensive square.
Hot Stopovers for Sophisticated Stays
From first-class feel-at-home, long-stay apartments and deluxe hotels to budget havens, Zürich entices with a seriously high-standard quotient of accommodation. Recoup with cheap B&B sleeps at Cloud 9 or Chez Charlotte, or bed down at eco-friendly hotel Adler or Hotel du Théâtre Money to burn? Still fashionable for US-style cocktails, The Savoy dates from 1838. Take time out in trendsetting Greulich’s birch-tree-grove garden and luxuriate in palatial Alden‘s suites. Top lakeside addresses include longstanding Marriott and Central Plaza, exuding turn-of-the-century charm. Dynamic design-concept-hotel 25hours features funky, design-savvy rooms. Sleep surrounded by art following a whisky nightcap at trendy Widder, which expertly integrates ancient Old Town houses’ stone walls with individually-styled private-roof-terraced rooms. Modern design’s enhanced by mesmerising vistas at architectural jewel Sorell Zürichberg. With an idyllic inner courtyard, art-deco-style Wellenberg’s in an enviable location for shopaholics.
Ancient Architecture & Slick Swiss Design
As one of the world’s leading cultural centres, Zürich hosts over 50 museums and 100 art galleries, with works ranging from 15th century Old Masters to modern Swiss talent. Stroll around the city or get on your free-of-charge Züri rollt bike. Discover the new in the old and old in the new, captivated by seamlessly-blending, gorgeously-preserved medieval and 20th-century architecture. Impressive churches, including Grossmünster, founded by Charlemagne, and eye-catching Fraumünster, with Marc Chagall’s stained-glass windows, are the skyline’s most distinctive landmarks but don’t miss Europe’s largest clock face on St. Peter’s. On the site of a Roman fortress, historical Lindenhof’s the city’s ancient heart and a marvellous viewpoint.
The birthplace of art movements, Zürich’s proud of its flourishing art trade. Galleries galore pepper Rämistrasse’s ‘art mile’ and Löwenbräu brewery site. Aussersihl’s experiencing a gallery boom and bourgeois boutique-lined Bahnhofstrasse’s becoming increasingly art-oriented. The Kunsthaus displays top-class works by Munch and Picasso, while Zürichhorn promenade houses Henry Moore’s sheep sculpture. The internationally-acclaimed, ornate Opera House presents premieres and first-class ballet productions and amazing acoustics make the concert hall one of the world’s best. The historic shipyard’s now a grandiose cultural centre complete with theatre and jazz club.
Make a Splash in Open-air Oases in an Unspoilt Lakeside Location
Lakeside lidos and other outdoor bathing areas come alive mid-May, and Mythenquai beach buzzes with spring-and-summertime activity. Refreshing river dips, natural hot springs and Roman baths beckon against mountain backdrops or nostalgic city walls. State-of-the-art techniques make wellness oases prerequisites for successful treatment and head-to-toe pampering and super spa centres include Four Points AsiaSpa. Indulge in opulent oriental bathing in Zürich’s oldest hamam, Fitnesspark Münstergasse or lakeside sauna-with-a-view Seebad Enge. Relax’n’rejuvenate in the ex-Hürlimann brewery’s ThermalBad mineral baths in 100-year-old vaults and take in sensational rooftop-Jacuzzi views. Its deluxe B2 boutique hotel’s designer rooms/dual-level suites/long-stay apartments brag direct spa access.
Stylish Shopping Sprees in an Upscale Shopper’s Paradise
Fashion-conscious label lover? Watches and jewellery your bag? Along with luxury international brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Hermès, the city offers upmarket Swiss collections and urban Zürich labels such as cult international sensation Freitag, retailing edgy recycled bags from high-rise cargo containers, along with covetable budget finds.
Each quarter presents unique characteristics and shop styles. World-famous Bahnhofstrasse’s Zürich’s shopping mile and first-port-of-call for luxury lovers, bling glinting in the windows of Bulgari…Beyer…Cartier…Montblanc…Swarovski…Tiffany…the nearer the lake, the more exclusive the brands. The Old Town’s home to traditional specialist shops and trendy outlets like Tom Ford. Bookshops and florists vie alongside modish jewellery and home-grown labels. Ancient artisan street Schipfe still teems with goldsmiths, woodcarvers and other craftsmen. Elegant styles grace boutiques along Storchengasse, Strehlgasse, In Gassen and Wühre. In up-and-coming Zürich-West, gourmet market hall Viaduct’s unusual under-arch shops vend small’n’tendy labels.
Continuing Zürich’s Middle-Ages silk tradition, glamorous haute couture silk specialists Fabric Frontline’s customers include Vivienne Westwood and Nina Ricci, while the world’s first furniture designer store, Wohnbedarf still sells Le Corbusier’s famous armchairs. One-of-a-kind ‘personality matching’ watchmaker-of-choice is inventive Maurice de Mauriac. One-stop-shops for superior-quality fashion and gourmet shops, designer department stores include Jelmoli (established 1899), Globus, Saus & Braus and the city’s ‘Harrods’, venerable art-nouveau gem Grieder.
Penny pinching? Find fantastic new and decond-hand threads from Fizzen, Lux Plus, Miroires des Modes and Razzo, where Zürich’s well-heeled ladies sell their ‘old’ quality vintage clothing. Bargain hunters head to the flea markets at Bürkliplatz, Kanzlei or Rosenhof curio market for wallet-friendly finds.
Chocoholic? You’ve Hit the Right Spot!
Exquisite and wickedly good, Swiss chocolate enjoys a worldwide reputation and Zürich’s high concentration of confectioners and stylish café culture ensures epicures find it on every corner. Outlets include Sprüngli, with its trademark, melt-on-the-tongue Luxemburgerli macaroons, and Teuscher, famous for its Champagne truffles. Opulent chocolate/smoked salmon/Champagne pitstop Café Felix seduces. Don’t miss Schober’s decadent hot chocolate, visit fave haunt for the art cognoscenti, grand café/bar/restaurant Volkshaus, stylishly-furnished Gran Café Motta or Henrici. Cake aficionados choose cosy Cakefriends, while Berner Da Noi’s famous for Wähen tarts. People-and-river-watch at Wühre and step back in time in TeeCafé Schwarzenbach’s colonial grocery. Merkur’s delighted die-hard choccie fans since 1905.
Gastronomy in Gourmet Temples for Discerning Palates
From the famous fondue and archetypal Zürich dish Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (sliced veal) to Japanese or Mediterranean menus, creative chefs cook up extraordinary dishes with artistic twists on culinary classics, introducing modern cuisine to traditional eateries. A city for gourmets, Zürich’s diverse cuisine’s paired with impeccable service. Feast on traditional Zürich specialties prepared in the classic style or creative, contemporary international cuisine, reflecting the trend towards culinary creativity. Time-honoured treats in history-steeped guildhalls Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten or Waag…avant-guard venues…fashionable outdoor restaurants…there’s even gastronomy hidden behind former factory walls. Wash down with wonderful wines from first-class winelists.
Appreciate apéritifs at cocktail bar Dante, hipster rum specialist Bar 63 or elegant wine bar 4Tiere. Hot riverside-meeting-spots such as Rathauscafé and Primitivo rival popular floating bistro Pier 7 and legendary Badi-Bar, Oberer Letten. Good value traditional dishes delight at the Alpenrose. Soak up an alternative artistic ambience at value-for-money eaterie Ziegel Oh Lac, while Italian lovers can indulge to their heart’s delight at Aroma without breaking the bank. For quirky, albeit cheesy, dining catch the ‘Fonduetram’. Oh, and on the subject of trams, climb aboard the nostalgic Apéro Tram for a tantalising ride past some of Zurich’s best scenery, Champagne in hand!
Michelin-starred eateries include luxury-class fantasy resort Dolder Grand’s, whose talented top chef’s trademark’s inimitable experimental fare such as lobster’n’strawberries. With celebrity guestlists including the Swiss president, prime eatery for wealthy gourmets, Rico’s Kunststuben, offers exotic cuisine, Restaurant Mesa muses modern masterpieces for the palate (try ‘Symphony for the Senses’) and Sein serves up creative contemporary cuisine. For a culinary world tour, reserve Rigiblick Spice’s chef’s table for European-Asiatic-fusion-food. Establishments awarded prestigious ‘Gault Millau’ points include Wirtschaft zum Wiesengrund, sushi bar Sala of Tokyo and converted nobleman’s house Florhof. Dine under genuine Chagalls and Mirós at venerable Kronenhalle, the see-and-be-seen spot for stars such as Yves Saint-Laurent.
For fresh lake-to-your-plate fish, try Bianchi, Fischstube, Acqua, Lake Side or Seerose or sample seafood at French brasserie Lipp. Enjoy exquisitely-prepared lobster and oysters in Hummer-und Austernbar, revel in Hotel Storchen’s riverbank Rôtisserie terrace or Pur’s splendid island views and ‘show kitchen’ offering a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Segantini’s mirrored dining room radiates exotic glamour, while private members’ club Haute’s hip. Whodunnit? Murder mystery feasts unfold under Andy Warhol works at Romantik Seehotel’s Sonnengallerie, charming Kaiser’s Reblaube dates from 1260, Lindenhofkeller serves speciality meat dishes and Au Premier tenders avant-garde gastronomic fare. Set against a unique architectural backdrop in the old paper factory, the new Sihlcity District’s home to Rüsterei. Gourmet Gnüsserei’s showpiece 100-year-old oven lends a trendy urban edge. Landgasthof Wassberg’s a rural idyll, Helvetia’s ambitious, award-winning chef thrills guests with regional, market-fresh cuisine, the culinary high-flying favour Sonnenberg and Tinto tempts with Tasty tapas. Founded in 1898, über-chic chandelier-and-linen-bedecked Hiltl’s Europe’s first vegetarian restaurant.
Time to Party in Zesty Zürich!
A pulsating city by day and night, classy nightlife combines sophisticated luxury with urban socialising culture, with celebs including Paris Hilton spotted on the city’s dancefloors. Whether it’s posh partying at legendary Kaufleuten or grooving to 80’s hits at the oldest club Mascotte, Zürich‘s blossomed into party central with no official closing times!
Internationally-renowned DJs entertain in vanguard clubs, unconventional bars and open-air venues. Super-trendy, new-style-hub Zürich-West’s made it the European party town with experimental party places perpetually popping up, notably the Westend’s notorious nightspots. In the Old Town, Niederdorf’s the place for nightowls. After dusk, Plan Lumière’s illuminations transform the city into a backdrop of glitter’n’glamour, while waterside areas become bars, stages and open-air cinemas. Meeting-points include lakeside barefoot-zone Barfussbar and Flussbar. Bon vivants live it up at Weinbistro Bü, design bar/restaurants Angkor, LaSalle’s high-end glass-cubed Nietturm bar, and epitome of retro-chic, TV studio/bar/lounge Labor. Barfly’z is the place for low-priced, high-quality cocktails. Head on to medieval-themed Adagio for under-chandelier dancing, Encore for wild partying, high-society club Diagonal or extravagant Amber. Forget Monte Carlo…world-class gambling experiences at Zürich’s newly-opened grand Casino guarantee excitement’n’entertainment
Get Ready for Romance…
Nostalgic steamboat trips…love story tours taking in where Richard Wagner fell in love and Casanova’s Zürich adventures…Europe’s largest open-air rink…picnics in picturesque parks…it’s not hard to find romantic spots to remember. Savour spectacular sunset views and candlelit dinners at heavenly Clouds, survey city lights’n’starry skies with classy cocktails in the ex-observatory’s Jules Verne Panoramabar or Prime Tower, Switzerland’s tallest skyscraper. Proposing? Ascend Engelberg–Titlis mountain for majestic panoramas from the 360°-rotating Rotair-Gondel. Hotel Ambassador offers an exclusive roof terrace while wedding-venue-with-a-view Uto Kulm’s situated atop Mount Üetliberg. Kyburg’s a fairytale castle, Hotel Baur au Lac’s set in Zürich’s most picturesque private park while glossy guestlists enjoy neo-Baroque-style Eden au Lac’s enchanting honeymoon package, ensuring everything on your wishlist comes true!
What to do in Zurich:
· Purchase a ZürichCARD for free travel on trains, buses, trams, boats and cable cars throughout the city and surrounding region. It also gives you entry to around 40 museums, hip clubs including the long-established Mascotte, along with culinary surprises in over 20 restaurants plus discounts. Available from www.zuerichcard.ch
· Dive into lakeside oasis’ (Bads or Badi), many of which are 100 years-old. The Freibad Allenmoos open-air pool complex has beautiful art-deco pavilions in manicured grounds while Utoquai’s an elegant collection of pools, pontoons and sunbathing decks favoured by the well-heeled after-office set. Buy the three-month summer pass (available from: www.sportamt.ch) to access them all. Free water fun awaits at the Letten, where you’re carried by the current in a huge cage at the river’s fastest-flowing section.
· Exciting tours show a surprising side of Zürich, such as fascinating Old Town strolls or ‘Classic Trolley’ streetcar rides and lake cruises. Sweet-toothed? Indulge in a chocolate-themed tour!
· An active lifestyle and sport are an integral part of Swiss culture and society and Zürich’s abundant international sporting facilities attract ice hockey, biking, indoor curling, inline skating, waterskiing and tobogganing fans. With wakeboarding and other watersports galore on the lake, several surrounding golf courses tempt with challenging courses and wonderful views.
· Head to Bürkliplatz/Lakeside Promenade for paddleboats, take a boat tour to the Rhine Falls, Europe’s highest waterfall, or hire your own luxury yacht from Lago (www.lago-zuerich.ch) or leading superyachting company Ocean Independence (www.oceanindependence.com), which offer the ultimate luxury experience alongside Swiss attention to detail and quality.
· Zürich’s Opera House offers a special service for overseas culture lovers, including an opera ticket, train/plane travel, the ZürichCARD, an overnight hotel stay plus other services: www.opernhaus.ch
· Lake Zürich’s so clean it’s certified as safe to drink! Drinking water also flows from approximately 1,200 fountains, many works of art with a history spanning 500 years (check out the Amazon fountain in the Rennweg). Grab a top-quality, stainless steel souvenir ZH2O water bottle and fill her up!
· The Monday market at the Rimini-bar in the summer is particularly hip’n’trendy, focusing on flashy outfits, new designer labels and extravagant collector’s items. Don’t miss the bar’s glitter & glamour evening.
· Take a cable car ride up Zürich’s local mountain Üetliberg for impressive panoramic views of the city, lake and Alps. The mountain’s Planet Trail walk’s a fascinating tour taking in a solar system model along an enchanting ridge walk.
· When it snows, Zürich’s a magical, sparkling wonderland…Glide away on lakeside hideaway Romantik Seehotel Sonne’s ‘Live on Ice’ package, go sledding surrounded by magnificent snowy Swiss Alpine scenery or get a bird’s-eye perspective of the city on a helicopter VIP flight tour, including a glacier stop: www.helikopterflug.ch
· Lake Zürich’s hiking trail shows off the region’s historic towns and villages, castles, villas, pristine shores and extensive wild woodland, taking in gourmet restaurants en route. Discover German-speaking Switzerland’s largest wine-growing canton on vineyard hiking tours with pitstops in off-the-beaten-track wine cellars. You can also take a tour of Zürich’s wine history at the Viticulture Museum.
· Do a day trip to ‘town of roses’ Rapperswil, with a medieval quarter, superb castle and Switzerland’s longest wooden bridge. Enjoy exclusive use of one of the world’s smallest beauty and wellness oases…make The Setareh your very own private refuge! The spa town of Baden also boasts a picturesque old town, thriving cultural scene, gourmet cuisine and Switzerland’s most mineral-rich hot springs, along with beautiful spas such as Hotel Limmathof’s Novum.
Abounding in contrasts, Zürich’s an open city with a passion for life, reflected in its cultural calendar. Several international sporting associations, including Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), are headquartered here and the city hosts numerous top sporting events such as the Zürich Marathon, Weltklasse Zürich world-class track and field meeting, reputed to be one of the world’s best athletics events, cycling competitions, show-jumping tournaments and Europe’s largest freestyle sporting event.
Highlights in the city’s cultural calendar include:
Jan-Feb: Art on Ice figure-skating spectacular.
Apr: The guilds’ traditional spring festival Sechseläuten, where a firework-filled snowman effigy’s perched atop a huge bonfire. The quicker its head explodes, the longer and hotter the summer will be…or so tradition has it!
May: Creative trendy quarters hold an open weekend of contemporary fashion and homeware for fashionistas. Centred on Langstrasse, over 80 boutiques and workshops join forces for special events showcasing their flourishing ideas and innovative products at Kreislauf 4+5.
Jun: Il Tavolo culinary festival for discerning diners, where top chefs pamper gourmets’ tastebuds.
Jun/Jul: Zürcher Theater Spektakel international theatre and performing arts festival. In addition, 2013 sees Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday, celebrated with Festspiele Zürich, with the city’s cultural institutions devoting themselves to the years that Wagner spent here.
Sep: The annual Zürich Film Festival attracts Hollywood heavyweights. Zürich’s home to an exceptionally-high concentration of museums and September’s Long Night of the Museums event sees most of them, plus cultural venues, open until the early hours. Offering lounges and bars, too, they’re all connected by organised shuttle buses and ferries. Reminiscent of a fairytale castle, the Swiss National Museum, home to the country’s largest cultural-historical collection and the Rietberg, housing a great repository of non-European culture art and culture, are among the participants.
Nov: International Fashion Week, as well as design contests and trade fairs, identify talent and the latest trends. It’s also the month for numerous food and wine fairs for gourmets, such as Expovina, the world’s largest public wine-tasting fair for amateurs, hosted on boats. The Long Night of Hotel Bars sees some of the city’s best offering specialty drinks, such as new cocktail creations, culinary delicacies and live music. Grab your exclusive hotel bar pass and you’ll also be entitled to free hotel-to-hotel shuttle transfers.
Dec: Participants of the Samichlaus brave swimming in frigid winter temperatures. Eminently festive, come Christmas-time enchanting traditional seasonal markets include Christkindlmarkt in Zürich Main Station, Europe’s largest indoor Christmas market with thousands of Swarovski ornaments glittering on the tree, the glorious aroma of Glϋhwein filling the air. The Old Town’s Christmas market is Zürich’s oldest. The New Year’s Eve Run’s an important running event and the year culminates in Switzerland’s largest New Year’s Eve party, with magnificent fireworks over the lake.
Get there with…
British Airways: www.britishairways.com
Located less than 10km from the city centre, Zürich Airport’s considered one of the world’s best (recipient of the World Travel Award and Business Traveller Award), serving as a major hub for international flights with direct links to Zürich’s centrally-situated main railway station (Switzerland largest and busiest). The city boasts an excellent public transport network and is also served by major EuroCity trains from neighbouring countries, the French TGV and German ICE high-speed trains.
Taxi transfers and chauffeur service:
Whether it’s an airport pick-up or last-minute limo you’re after, Zürich Tourism is happy to help with your transport needs. Email email@example.com
Car rental is available from Avis, based at the airport. Car connoisseur? Classic and vintage cars, along with motorbikes and boats can be purchased/sold/restored at Meilenwerk based at Lake Zürich: www.meilenwerk.com/meilenwerk/english
Fancy supercar driving in the Alps or around town? According to ‘Business Insider’, Zürich’s the supercar capital of the world! Hire premium and classic rentals from Hire Luxury Car: http://europe.hireluxurycar.com/switzerland/zurich/rent-supercars
For comprehensive information about the city plus details of guided tours, check out the official travel guide for the city Zürich Tourism: www.zuerich.com
Zürich Tourism tours: www.zuerich.com/de/Besucher/touren/stadtfuehrungen.html
Tel: +41 (0)44 350 02 49
A bright, modern apartment with a private patio in an attractive residential neighbourhood located a 10-minute tram or bus ride away from the city centre.
8703 Erlenbach, Zürich
Tel: +41 (0)44 910 36 04
A charming B&B retreat in a 150 year-old renovated house. Breakfast on the terrace beside the stream during the summer months.
Hotel Adler 3*
Tel: +41 (0)44 266 96 96
Eco-friendly hotel in the heart of the old town along the Limmat. Its Swiss Chuchi restaurant’s the old town’s oldest fondue parlour, offering typical cheese and Swiss specialities.
Hotel du Théâtre 3*
Tel: +41 (0)44 267 267 0
Smack bang in the city centre near the train station, this boutique design hotel’s housed in a former theatre.
Widder Hotel 5*
Tel: +41 (0)44 224 25 26
Set within the walls of historic Old Town houses, suites have their own roof terraces and the restaurant boasts 15 sought-after Gault Millau points. A member of Swiss Deluxe Hotels, White Line Hotels International and The Leading Hotels of the World.
The Dolder Grand 5* Superior
Tel: +41 (0)44 456 60 00
New luxury city resort above Zürich’s rooftops. Awarded two Michelin stars and 18 Gault Millau points, its restaurant’s considered Zürich’s best. It also boasts luxurious rooms and suites, a great bar, fabulous spa and magnificent city, lake and Alpine views. Member of the Leading Hotels of the World, Swiss Deluxe Hotels, Design Hotels and Leading Spas.
Baur au Lac 5* Superior
Tel: +41 (0)44 220 50 20
Dating from 1844, this elegant, traditional art-nouveau hotel with its own private park sits in an unsurpassed central location by the lake. Guests enjoy a dignified atmosphere and individually-furnished rooms with lake views.Thomas Mann had a regular room here. The garden’s a superb island of sophisticated tranquillity.
Tel: +41 (0)44 202 00 11
Get the party started with the cocktail of your dreams at this inexpensive, trendy cocktail bar, which pulls in a young and attractive crowd.
Tel: +41 (0)44 251 33 31
A wonderful old wooden open-air lido floating on the river Limmat, with barefoot, open-air dancing. During the day the baths here are open to women only. Don’t forget to leave your shoes at the entrance! Restaurant Alpenrose
Tel: +41 (0)44 271 3919
Take a culinary journey to the roots of Helvetia…it doesn’t get more Swiss than this!
Tel: +41 (0)44 380 22 91
Prepare your senses for a feast of Italian fragrances and flavours, prepared with love.
Restaurant Mesa Two Michelin stars / 18 Gault Millau points
Tel: +41 (0)43 321 75 75
For serious fine dining, you can’t beat this trendy eatery’s classic cuisine prepared with Catalan influences and a contemporary twist.
Rico’s Kunststuben Two Michelin stars / 19 Gault Millau points
8700 Küsnacht, Zürich
Tel: +41 (0)44 910 07 15
With two much-coveted Michelin stars and 19 out of a possible 20 Gault Millau points, Rico’s Kunststuben is one of Zürich’s prime gourmet restaurants.
Restaurant Sein One Michelin star / 17 Gault Millau points
Tel: +41 (0)44 221 10 65
Authentic, regional cuisine attracts sophisticated gourmets to this understated, elegant Michelin-starred establishment. The chic adjoining bar offers tapas-sized portions of the same delectable dishes.
Kronenhalle 14 Gault Millau points
Tel: +41 (0)44 262 99 00
This internationally-renowned restaurant is considered the meeting point of the stars par excellence. Established in 1862, it continues to write culinary and cultural history to this very day. With classic Swiss-German and French-influenced cuisine, the Zürcher Geschnetzelte tastes especially good when seated beneath amazing original art. The adjoining bar is a gem.
Sala of Tokyo 16 Gault Millau points
Tel: +41 (0)44 271 52 90
Switzerland’s first Sushi bar offers impressive Japanese cuisine in the city centre.
Sonnenberg 15 Gault Millau points
Tel: +41 (0)44 266 97 97
Boasting one of the most beautiful lookout points high above Zürich with a view of the Alps, lakes and city, this is the place for the culinary high-flying. Sonnenberg enchants with creative cuisine and an elegant ambiance.
Tel: +41 (0)44 262 20 64
A treasure trove of reworked vintage clothing and new men’s and women’s apparel, mainly from young, creative Scandinavian or Asian fashion labels
Tel: +41 (0)44 224 36 36
Stocking international names and designer labels for both men and women, Grieder’s reigned over the world of fashion for over a century.
Tel: +41 (0)44 222 20 00
By combining the Swiss sense for handicraft and detail with zeitgeist and design, Fabric Frontline has redefined silk, not only preserving traditions but maintaining a global sense for textile luxury. Michelle Obama’s a fan of the label’s beautiful silk accessories.
Tel: +41 (0)44 220 44 11
For everything under one roof – fashion, gourmet shops and gastronomy – Jelmoli’s one of the oldest and best-known department stores in the world. The Gourmet Factory offers select delicatessen shops.