The best Zurich shopping

Looking for some retail therapy? Zurich shopping experiences include hip boutiques, classy department stores, quirky vintage shops and more…
Lux Plus Vintage and second hand Zürich
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By Time Out editors |
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Whether you like a handsome department store that caters for your every retail whim, a hip backstreet boutique or a fusty vintage store with a line in forgotten fashions, Zurich shopping has it all. 

The main shopping area is around the Bahnhofstrasse, which runs from the main station, Hautbahnhof towards Lake Zurich. Fashion chains such as Mango and Zara have taken over much of the lower half of a street that was once a more atmospheric and authentic shopping experience. The brands build in prestige the closer they get to Paradeplatz, the banking area, where classic department stores such as Grieder sits alongside luxury brands like Dior and Chanel.

The old town stretches between Central and Bellevue and is often referred to as the 'Dörfli' by locals. It actually consists of two parts – Niederdorf and Oberdorf. Though something of a tourist trap – fondue restaurants and souvenir shops are common hereabouts –the area has generous offerings of quirky shops such as the Travel Book Shop or Limited Stock.

Originally a run down area full of decaying warehouses, Zurich West – also called 'Kreis 5' or 'Industriequartier' – is quickly becoming the new heart of town. Its main attraction is the 'Viadukt', a stretch of shops, restaurants and bars built into the arches of the old railway viaduct that runs between the bank of the river Limmat and Hardbrücke station. Nearby cult culture and lifestyle area Frau Gerolds Garten offers cute little shops ike Edition Populaire.

Shopping, Bags and luggage

Freitag

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The bags of Markus and Daniel Freitag certainly need no further introduction, and where would be a better place to buy these individual designs made of truck tarps, inner tubes and seat belts than their container-shop in Zurich West?

Shopping, Boutiques

Vestibule

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One of the top destinations for local fashionista's thanks to owner Laurence Antiglio's lovingly curated collections which showcase of-the-moment designers plus cute lifestyle accessories. 

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Limited Stock

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Specialising in the quirky, the extraordinary and - of course - the namesake limited stock, this little concept store tucked into a back alley of the old town offers a varied wonderland of goods, from hand-made gardening tools to porcelain jewellery. 

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Shopping, Boutiques

Maurice de Mauriac

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Switzerland is of course associated with luxury watches but it’s somewhat surprising to discover that none are made in Zurich. Watch entrepreneur Daniel Dreifuss, one of the most charismatic characters you can meet in the city, is the founder of Maurice de Mauriac, the only watch brand made in Zurich. 

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Shopping, Designer

Grieder

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At Grieder, you can find some of the most popular luxury brands all under one roof, including Burberry, Akris, Isabel Marant, Diane von Fürstenberg, Chloé, Stella McCartney and many more. 

Shopping, Boutiques

Lele Pyp

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Swiss-Brazilian siblings Stephanie, Samantha and Bernardo Müller Knab have risen to rapid fame with their feminine shoe-label. High heels are their main business, but their flats are equally elegant. 

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Shopping, Home decor

Harrison Spirit

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Instant interior refreshment is what Harrison Spirit offers. Got a boring but pretty sofa in grey, beige or navy? Then get some colour into your front room with some of the crazy cushions this little shop has on offer. 

Shopping, Maternity

Number Two

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This back street boutique has a touch of cult Paris store Colette about it, where you can find all manner of products and clothing with a hip edge. 

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Shopping, Antiques

Einzelstück

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Hindu statues, large wooden furniture pieces and beautiful glassware were all discovered on the many trips that Simon Wirth and Susanne Schmid have taken to India throughout the past few years. 

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Shopping, Vintage shops

The New New

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This newly expanded shop off Schaffhauserplatz is not simply a second hand shop - it's a 'curated' second hand shop. The owners personally select what they put on display and only what they consider to be fashionable, stylish and contemporary ends up on their shelves. 

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Pretty and Pure make up and cosmetic shop, organic and vegan, Zürich
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Shopping, Cosmetics

Pretty and Pure

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'Don't panic, it's organic' says the sign outside this tiny white-painted shop near Schaffhauserplatz. And yes, all the colourful eye shadows, all the glimmer and the glitz, all the creams and fake eyelashes are indeed natural, mostly vegan and a safe haven for the allergy-prone.

VIADUKT
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Things to do

Viadukt

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This stretch of shops, restaurants and bars is built into the arches of the old railway viaduct that runs between the bank of the river Limmat and Hardbrücke station. It has become one of the places to be in town. During the day, visit the quirky shops (don’t miss Westflügel, a book shop with a carefully curated selection) and buy organic delicacies at the Markthalle. 

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Shopping, Antiques

Bogen 33

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Some good seats last forever, and this vintage furniture shop has quite a lot of them in stock. This vast basement store has it all and much more, and there is a second shop in the Viadukt that specialises only in chairs and tables. Why buy new when the old is still so pretty?

Shopping, Boutiques

Gris

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This rather basic and industrial-looking space at the new Europaallee shopping area near Hauptbahnhof unites the best in contemporary Swiss fashion design, presenting items from Marc Stone, Lela Scherrer, Paradis des Innocents, Ida Gut and many more. 

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Shopping, Boutiques

DeeCee Style

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It's a man's world in here and this man certainly knows how to handle his life. Classic jeans, boots and shirts, all with a modern American edge, a little bit of Easy Rider meets Pharell Williams, topped with classics like Church shoes, Belstaff jackets and Barbour coats. 

Shopping, Cosmetics

Globus Zurich

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Surely the most trendy and contemporary of Switzerland’s department stores, Globus has branches in most larger Swiss cities. it offers almost everything, from clothing for all ages to fine tableware and even an upscale delicatessen supermarket in the basement

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Shopping, Boutiques

Lux Plus

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Often named as Zurich's best vintage and second hand shop, this store has hangers instead of piles. All items are presented as in a fancy fashion boutique, the shoes lined up nicely, the quirky jewellery put out to shine and their best finds on dolls in the window.

Jo Brauer
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Shopping, Boutiques

Jo Brauer

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Following two successful pop-up shops and an online boutique, Dusanka Simic opened her first Jo Brauer boutique in the trendy Zurich Europaallee area in 2015. 

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Shopping, Boutiques

Akris Outlet

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Albert Kriemler's timeless designs had already risen to fame before Angelina Jolie wore them and he outfitted Princess Charlène of Monaco, but this extra bit of Hollywood glitz put him right in the front row of fashion. If you want the outfit but can't afford it, then this second season shop might be just what you are looking for. There is something for everyone, but real bargains can only be found if you are petite or plus size.

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Frau Gerolds Garten

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It might look like a bunch of shabby sheds at first sight, but this collection of piled up containers is Zurich's latest cool hangout and shopping location. 

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Shopping, Designer

Luxury

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Formerly an online second-hand shop on eBay, Luxury has now become the hottest ticket in town when it comes to high fashion vintage items. They offer one of the best selections of both second hand and new Hermes scarves you might have ever encountered (check online before you visit the shop because they don't have many on display) and much sought-after items like Birkin Bags or Louboutin pumps. Most of their items are used, but in flawless condition - so don't expect any bargains.

Shopping, Fashion

Edition Populaire/Townhouse

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Two much loved local shops have joined forces in one of the ateliers lining Frau Gerolds Garten. Edition Populaire finds the things you never knew you needed - beautiful, timeless, from small brands and often handmade - while Townhouse focuses on custom editions and own brand products. 

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Shopping, Boutiques

Fabric Frontline

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Founder Andy Stutz used to be called the king of silk before he sold his business to a larger fashion group in 2012. And he certainly put the Swiss on the map for his forward thinking scarf design with patterns of butterflies and flowers - always colourful, always abundant, but never cheesy. 

Shopping, Antiques

Walter

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Stretching out over two floors in Kreis 5's abandoned warehouse area, Walter delivers the type of industrial chic you would expect from the outside. 

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Shopping, Home decor

Changemaker

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Homeware from famed Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, beauty products from the acclaimed Swiss duo Robert & Josiane, beautiful birthday cards and handmade wooden toys for children, plus bags and scarves and picture frames and so much more, all sustainable, all fair trade, a lot of it produced in Switzerland. Now save the world and go shopping!

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