Zürich in 5 Shops: Local desingers, thrift store finds and Swiss cheese

Zürich in 5 Shops: Local desingers, thrift store finds and Swiss cheese

In our 5 Shops collection, we’ll level you within the path of our favourite unbiased outlets throughout a number of the world’s greatest cities. From meals markets and bookshops to classic and homegrown design shops, we’ve discovered a various and thrilling mixture of native retailers the place you’ll be able to choose up one-of-a-kind items.

Zürich, Switzerland’s monetary beating coronary heart, is an attractive metropolis for informal wandering. On your perambulations round its charming Old Town or via the industrial-turned-trendy Zürich West neighborhoods, you will discover an interesting vary of outlets. From swanky model vogue boutiques to brockenhaus (thrift outlets) the place you’ll be able to sift via the trash for treasure.

As a author on Lonely Planet’s Switzerland guidebook, I’ve tracked down a number of the metropolis’s greatest unbiased outlets – all very good locations to select up distinctive souvenirs and client treats that received’t break the financial institution.

Collage of images from a Swiss museum shop including water bottles, Heidi notepads and clothing

Best for souvenirs: Schweizerisches Landesmuseum

As befitting a rustic well-known for the standard of its design, the historical past of Switzerland is superbly introduced on the Schweizerisches Landesmuseum (Swiss National Museum). Having taken within the exhibitions, you’ll be able to’t beat the museum’s amazingly stocked store for choosing up slightly piece of Switzerland to take residence. There’s the unbelievable vary of postcards (Sfr 2–2.50) and museum-related books and items you’d count on, but additionally key items of native design, from Freitag luggage comprised of recycled truck tarps to the fashionable knits of Beige. Among the store’s hottest gadgets are Heidi illustrated books (Sfr 13.90) and the REX vegetable peeler (Sfr 8.50), an iconic and sensible piece of kitchen gear that no Swiss kitchen is with out.

Collage of images from a clothing shop in Zurich showing women's fashion and the female owner of the shop

Best native design retailer: Die Macherei

Kreis 4 was as soon as a dodgy red-light space greatest prevented. That all modified with the development of the slick Europaallee workplace and purchasing growth that has Google as a primary tenant. Fitting proper in with the on-trend vibe is Die Macherie (The Makers), the brainchild of Chelsea Morrissey and Stefanie Sixt, a few architects turned product designers. They’re a part of a collective of (primarily) Zürich-based designers who showcase their merchandise on this store. Pick up one among Morrissey and Sixt’s reflective Sputnik weatherproof backpacks (round Sfr 229) or the porcelain cups by Studio Sediment printed with charming illustrations by Annina Schaeubl (from Sfr 39) There’s additionally modern vogue and equipment from Gaffer & FluffVelvet Novel and Sode. Morrisey additionally runs common kokedama (moss ball) workshops on the store.

Collage of images from a vintage shop in Zurich showing the store's exterior, a collection of mid-century modern furniture and clothes

Best for classic/thrift: Zürcher Brockenhaus

There’s nothing I like greater than rummaging round classic shops and thrift outlets. Surprisingly, given it is among the nation’s wealthiest cities, Zürich has loads of them – and the very best of the lot is the social enterprise Zürcher Brockenhaus. Founded in 1904, this three-floor treasure home affords a cornucopia of used items – from clothes, books and vinyl records, to items of designer furnishings and classic store fittings and taxidermy. Not all the pieces is secondhand – outlets and enterprise typically donate their unsold inventory. I discovered a plug adaptor I wanted for simply Sfr 2 and managed to snag a Swiss flag mug for a similar worth. The greatest information is that the Brocki’s income go to a variety of charitable causes.

Collage of images from a food market in Zurich showing fresh berries, a shop owner with artisan coffee and Swiss chocolate bars

Best for meals: Markthalle Im Viaduct

Protected beneath the late-Nineteenth-century stone railway viaduct in Kreis 5 is the superior meals market Markthalle Im Viaduct. Stacked with each native and imported contemporary meals and artisan merchandise, its one-stop store for culinary treats is Berg und Tal. Cheese lovers ought to zone in on Tritt Käse, which shares over 180 completely different Swiss, French and Italian cheeses. The workers are glad to allow you to pattern the cheeses earlier than shopping for – a preferred one is the richly flavored Schnebelhorn ( Sfr3.10 for 100g) made within the canton of St Gallen. For Sfr 28 per individual, Tritt Käse also can set you up with a DIY fondue set, cheese and bread included, to borrow for a picnic in Josefwiese, a close-by park.

Collage of images from a bookstore in Zurich showing the shop's exterior, a wall of maps and a travel book selection

Best for books: The Travel Book Shop

Naturally, I’ve a gentle spot for journey e book outlets, particularly once they’re stacked with Lonely Planet guidebooks I’ve contributed to. Tucked away in Zürich’s Old Town, The Travel Bookshop has been going robust for half a century. Run by genial Regula Weber since 2012, she’s glad to advise on their in depth vary of guidebooks, journey literature and inspirational pictorial titles – principally in German but additionally in English and French. “We attempt to cowl all the pieces,” says Regula. If you’re planning a hike within the Swiss Alps that is the place to select up a folding map. And do you have to like a memento of your Alpine adventures, then I can’t consider something higher than the wooden-framed Kümmerly & Frey 1:500,000 scale reduction map of the mountains (Sfr 134).


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November 14, 2023 at 04:04PM

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