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The Weekly Getaway: everything in Zürich seems to work, just like that!

The Weekly Getaway: everything in Zürich seems to work, just like that!

Zürich

Tidy, Upscale, Sophisticated
See: 3
Stay: 4
Do: 4
Swim:
Eat/Drink: 4
Location: Zürich
Best time to go: Oct-Dec
Ideal trip duration: 3-4 days
Last Upated: December 28, 2017

Zurich is always a good option for a quick trip around the Alps if you're that kind of person. With so many ski resorts around and the perfect timing and convenience of the Swiss trains, getting around is easy. And everything in the city (and country for that matter) seems to work just like that!

District 4

This is where all the action is starting to move towards with all new hip shops, cafes and trendy hotels move to. Langstrasse has starting to fill up with brand new office space and lots of companies like Google have started setting up shop there. The area used to host (and kind of still does) the red lights hood where some of the night action takes place but is slowly getting gentrified with new entrepreneurs taking up space on and around the main road.

The urban, grey and dull have started blending with ochre walls and bright painted signs and neon lights.

District 1

As hinted by its name, District 1 is about the oldest part of the town featuring some of Zurich's most classic historical sites such as the St Peter's church of Romanesque & Gothic architecture and a large church clock - one of the city's four main churches. The river split across two streams creates all sorts of intertwined routes for nice walks around the cobbled streets, with the odd stube featuring some good ol' Swiss cheese and meat bites.

Bahnofstrasse is the main commercial high street with all the big Swiss watches brands you'd expect. As you go down the emblematic avenue you'll also come across Confiserie Sprüngli with its signature macarons called "Luxemburgerli". 

See

  • St Peter - one of the most famous churches of Zurich, also featuring a church clock facing the river
  • Fraumunster Church - elegant church with a delicate, copper-topped spire and stained glass by Marc Chagall
  • Schwarzenback Teecafé - cute old school tea and coffee shop with some fine blends established in 1864
  • Confisserie Sprungli - classic confectionery shop established in the 1800s. The chain also operates another 8 locations across Switzerland
  • Bahnofstrasse - great shopping attraction and the main high street of Zurich

Stay

  • 25Hours hotel Langstrasse - hip upmarket hotel with a funky dining space and a nice bar downstairs. Perfect ambience although they could do better on the comfortness factor
  • Marktgasse Hotel - modern lodging that also features a nice bar for the late hours on the ground floor

Playful decoration at the 25Hours hotel Langstrasse

Eat/Drink

  • Maison Manesse - one Michelin star restaurant with great service and a casual setting. Try their killer egg and truffle dish, cooked at 63 degrees Celcius for more than an hour. Read our full review here
  • Kronenhalle - classic old school gourmet dining at this carefully designed century-old space just off the river, serving Swiss cuisine. Make sure you get a reservation and dress appropriately though if you want to fit in
  • The Bite - juicy proper burgers at this hip space. Reservations a must. Read our full review here
  • Josef - creative Med cuisine in a trendy setting featuring photo portraits on the wood-covered wall
  • Zeughauskeller - casual Swiss design in this wood-covered heigh-ceiling space in the city centre. A bit touristy but worth it if you're up for something casual

Cheese bread roll at Babu's

  • Coffee Shack - great specialty coffee and apparently a killer signature latte (see above) handmade by Evi Fragolia who recently moved to Zurich. Drop by for a quick espresso on your way to work
  • Mame - another great option for the perfect espresso from high quality roasted beans
  • Babu's Bakery & Coffeehouse - if you're looking to get a quick bite or just relax at their comfy setup, pop in. The sweet and savory choices by the counter are endless!
  • La Cucina Tee & Gewurze - great leaf tea, albeit a bit pricey. After all, you're in Switzerland! They feature a very wide variety of black and green tea as well as a few signature herb mixes
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