Zurich shops, events and markets
Geneva shops, events and markets
Turn your back on the lake and hike up the hill towards Geneva’s upmarket Florissant quarter for hippy-dippy interior design shop Ozone. Inspired by 1960s London, it offers an affordable range of retro goodies – think bright Perspex vases, Warhol prints and quirky Quadrophenia-inspired mirrors. However, this is definitely '60s-lite and there’s a tendency to stick to the obvious, such as original framed photographs featuring big name icons Twiggy and Bardot. But take the trouble to wander further and you'll unearth some fascinating shots of unknowns, capturing the decade’s fashion on the street. As a nod to its posh neighbours walking their pampered pooches, Ozone now stocks a line of over-the-top doggy accessories.
De la Suite dans les Idées
This lovely boutique and gift shop is a delight for anyone who likes retro style and patterned fabrics. Beautifully laid out, the shop has sourced fabric bags and scarves in funky prints, vintage telephones and handbags, jewellery, ceramic cups and teapots, patterned comforters and baby sleeping bags, bath salts, candles and frankly anything else that the team has deemed beautiful and original. Sewers can pick up fabrics, threads and beads, while aspiring creative-types can attend a workshop in dressmaking or beaded jewellery.
Best of Switzerland for shopping and style
Lausanne's best boutiques and fashion stores
Thanks to a number of hip local boutiques Lausanne is a magnet for the area's bright young things. With a vibrant student population happily rubbing shoulders with bankers in lakeshore mansions, it’s a city with a fascinating mix of cash and credit cards, alternative designers and established brands. The key to savvy shopping in this stylish cathedral city? Catch the metro up from Ouchy or the train station to the shopping hub of Place St Francois to browse fashion stores like Annabelle Elégance, Madison and Bon Génie. But Lausanne isn't just about designer clothes. Search a little further and you'll come across quirky independent gift shops like the wonderful De la Suite Dans les Idees, luxury food stores and even a shop dedicated to all things cupcake.
Beauty salons, spa experiences, hairdressers and more
LOOX Photostudio by Adriana Tripa • Zurich
The international photographer, makeup artist and stylist offers photography with make-up and styling for men and women. Adriana makes you feel like a star. She is friendly and professional – as you’d expect, as she’s worked with celebrities including Uma Thurman, Sylvester Stallone, Cameron Diaz and Roger Federer.
Benjamin Zuber - 2B for Hair
Little wonder that 2B for Hair, which is among Zurich’s top names in hairdressing, counts high profile sportspeople, musicians and fashion industry folk to its client list. Other nice touches include the indulgent products by Aveda and Benjamin’s own label 2B for Hair.