ZURICH

Stay:

  • Hotel HelvetiaCharming boutique hotel by the river Sihl with a nice bar and above all a great tiny rooftop bar in summer. They recently added more rooms with an extension and a pool bar. You can book it here.
  • Pension Kalkbreite. Good value accommodation with nice rooms and included or shared bathrooms inside the big Kalkbreite building. You can book it here.
  • 25hours Hotel (Zürich West). Colorful 4* hotel with rooms designed by Alfredo Häberli. You can book it here.
  • Hotel Greulich. 4* Design Hotel in one of the atelier and design districts. You can book it here.
  • NiMo. Cosy hotel close to the State Opera with clean and pretty rooms. You can book it here.
  • Pension für Dich. Cosy rooms with shared bathrooms on top of a child-friendly cafe. You can book it here.
  • Marktgasse. Cute 4* boutique hotel right in the old town. You can book it here.

Eat:

 

  • Kronenhalle. An institution in Zurich! High-class service and food. They also have a good cocktail bar.
  • Le Hall. For a luxurious time-out go to the lobby of 5* hotel Baur au Lac. They serve great snacks and sweets.
  • Brasserie LippFrench food in a bistro ambience.
  • Lumière. Romantic French restaurant in the old town area. Their "Filet Café de Paris" melts in your mouth.
  • HiltlZurich‘s famous vegetarian restaurants, e.g. try their vegetarian Tartar or Cordonbleu. Their rooftop branch on the PKZ is a cool place to be. 
  • Bernerhof. How about a delicious Entrecôte Double or cheese fondue in winter?
  • Josef.Tasty restaurant, where you can order small courses and which also has a good bar.
  • Adlisberg. Great for a little country feeling. During the venison season you just have to go there.
  • For a cheesy Raclette / Fondue getaway take a walk – or drive – up to Chäsalp. They also offer brunch menus.


Mediterranean

  • BebekA restaurant with nice interior in the Kalkbreite Complex serving a food mixture of Turkey, Lebanon and Greece. Try the Falafel Burger.
  • Da MichelangeloItalian restaurant with funny interior and great food.
  • Accademia del Gusto. High-class dining with great service. Try the surprise starter platter.
  • il Pentagramma: Best Italian Paninis in town at  Josefstrasse 28, 8005 Zürich
  • Z. Alten Löwen. It is fun and tasty to have a Tavolata-Menu in this local pub – especially on their terrace in summer.
  • Giusis. For great pizzas with great names, try Sofia Loren.
  • SO Pizza. New Pizza concept: eat slices from many different Pizzas together with a bowl of salad.
  • There are two Neni restaurants in Zurich, both located in the 25hrs hotels. They offer modern Israeli fusion food.

Asian

  • Phuket Thai FoodFreshly prepared original thai dishes.
  • Miki. Japanese Ramen Noodle Soups.
  • Shinsen. Good and affordable Sushi restaurant and delivery.
  • Misoga. Korean restaurant close to the theatre Schauspielhaus and museum Kunsthaus – bring some time with you to enjoy the food.
  • Achi. Authentic Chinese food, served in good portions. Do make a reservation. 
  • For more Chinese food and dumplings visit Lucky Dumpling or Lucky Noodle.

American

  • Papa Ceviche. Peruvian restaurant serving small plates to share and also a Pisco bar – try the Pisco Mule. They offer lunch with interesting bento boxes.
  • Brisket. Texas inspired BBQ – very tasty, especially for meat-lovers. For more Southern U.S. food check out their restaurant Yardbird- crispy fried chicken.

 

Do & See

Culture

  • Visit the collection or changing exhibitions of the Kunsthaus, which features a great Monet lake painting. 
  • The National Museum Landesmuseum lies right at the main station and got a new annex by architects Christ&Gantenbein, an extensive museum shop and the Spitz restaurant/bar/bistro.
  • Visit the museum of design in the huge school complex. 
  • Museum RietbergMuseum for non-European cultures in a beautiful park. 
  • Haus Konstruktiv is a museum for constructivist-concrete art featuring great contemporary art exhibitions.
  • Watch a play in Zurich‘s theatre Schauspielhaus or at Rote Fabrik, a former factory site at the lake. They also have a restaurant with changing concerts.
  • For an exclusive view on design furniture take a walk in the maze of Neumarkt17.
  • Zurich has a lot of great cinemas. Ranging from big blockbuster houses like Arena to small art cinemas like the Arthouse theaters. 2017 Kosmos opened, an urban flair complex with cinema, bookstore, restaurant and bar – cosmic!

Activity & Relaxation

  • Swimming in the lake of Zurich or the river Limmat: Baths
  • Relaxed washing in the Hammams of Zurich: Hammam Basar or Hammam Stadtbad
  • Enjoy ice-skating in the forest at the Dolder.
  • Rent a free bike to discover the streets of Zurich.
  • Visit the Zoo of Zurich with its wonderful Masoala rainforest and elephant park. They have flamingos!

Events

  • Every summer there is a big theatre event Theaterspektakel at the lake with shows and lots of food. 
  • Every spring and autumn there is a wine tasting event: Expovina. The autumn event is presented on boats at Bürkliplatz.
  • In summer you can enjoy food and good films in the open air Cinema at the Lake: Allianz Cinema.
  • In autumn celebrities visit Zurich for the Zurich Film Festival 
  • Every year the hip city quarters 3/4/5 organize a design weekend called Kreislauf 345
  • The Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Architects and Artists SCAA organizes interesting events every month.

Shopping

Bars

  • Club Plaza. Great club with bar inside a renovated cinema. 
  • Rimini BarBar and Monday flee market in a river bathing house. (Bathing only for males during the day.)
  • Popular after-work bars in the banking district: Talacker, Le Raymond or La Stanza
  • Raygrodski. Cocktail bar close to hip Idaplatz.
  • Brick. Another tasty cocktail bar close to Langstrasse.
  • George has a cosy retro chic interior and a long terrace facing the river Sihl.
  • Cafe Lang. Stylish cafe and bar, children-friendly.
  • Dante. Enjoy the interior while sipping on a basil smash or other cocktails. Just on the other street side you will find Total Bar.
  • Old Crow. Loving the cosy atmosphere and Whiskey selection here!
  • El Lokal offers an open-air barbecue at the river Sihl in summer where you can enjoy the evening sun with a drink.