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Zurich’s best cafés
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Zurich’s best cafés

Coffee culture is a big part of Swiss city life and you don’t have to look far to find a coffee shop, coffee house, tea room or café – Zurich has them all. However, they can vary in function, with some proving good for a breakfast gipfeli (the Swiss-German word for croissant) and others like Sprungli or Kafi Dihei serving excellent milchkafi (milky coffee) and cake. Then there are venues like Grande Café (perfect for posing with a laptop) or Café des Amis, which is ideal for a hip Sunday brunch – in fact, a few cafés provide shining examples of great food in Zurich, making café-hopping one of the most enjoyable things to do in the city. Whatever you’re after, you’ll probably find it in a Zurich café, so here’s our pick of the very best spots around.

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The 10 best bars in Zurich
Bars and pubs

The 10 best bars in Zurich

Bars in Zurich have seen some dramatic changes in recent years, particularly over in Zurich West. Once dominated by a classic bar and traditional pub scene, a flurry of openings has underlined Zurich's status as Switzerland’s most international city, at least when it comes to drinking. George and Razzia in stylish Seefeld could appeal to the high life denizens of London’s Mayfair area while the New York townhouse vibe of Hotel Rivington & Sons captures many thirty-something bar hoppers' aspirations for a perfect pre-party venue. The vibrancy of the bar scene has been fuelled by the local thirst for the after work “apero” - an aperitif around 5pm – which is now almost a daily obligation, especially among the banking set. It’s all part of Zurich’s love of la dolce vita, so join in and order a Hugo, Aperol Spritz or Lillet Vive to get your Zurich bar crawl under way.  

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Zurich restaurants and cafés

Food in Zurich
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Food in Zurich

Here's our guide to some of the best places to eat like a local, pick up a juicy burger, splash the cash or enjoy a great view.

Find the best burger in Zurich
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Find the best burger in Zurich

The burger bandwagon rolls on in Zurich, with a recent wave of upmarket burger bars and stylish gourmet burger restaurants opening up across the city. 

Zurich’s best brunches
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Zurich’s best brunches

Looking for a brunch spot? Our top selection can help you find your ideal place for brunch in Zurich.

Zurich’s best restaurants
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Zurich’s best restaurants

Find a restaurant in Zurich with our guide to the best local eating spots.

Zurich bars

Dante
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Dante

Dante is consistently named one of Zurich's coolest bars and it's easy to see why. The decor is 1930s New York style - all dark wood, brass and mint green touches. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Gainsbourg
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Gainsbourg

Rumour has it that this bar, named after the notorious French singer Serge Gainsbourg regularly attracts the hottest and most beautiful women (not girls) in town. Check for yourself and make sure you try some of their excellent cocktails. The location can also be rented for events and it hosts regular movie nights.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
1 out of 5 stars
George
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George

Black and white tiled floors are softened up by colourful chairs with a 1950's look, all set against some striking neon lighting. It's the kind of place you can start and end a night out in, thanks to it's on site restaurant, and small dancefloor area too. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Fork & Bottle
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Fork & Bottle

With its gastropub feel and location in a park by the river Sihl, the Fork & Bottle has become somewhat of an expat hub in Zurich for English speakers.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
The Lion Pub
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The Lion Pub

The Lion is a British-style pub just of Bahnhofstrasse that live screens all the big games, so you need never miss a match. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
The best Zurich bars
Bars and pubs

The best Zurich bars

Our guide to the best bars and drinking spots in the city.

Zurich clubs, nightlife, live music and more

Zurich’s best clubs and nightlife
Nightlife

Zurich’s best clubs and nightlife

When it comes to experiencing an energetic nightlife scene and discovering some cool clubs, Zurich wins hands down over all the other Swiss cities. Zurich has the highest density of nightclubs in all of Switzerland so it’s not hard to find a place to party late into the night, or even well into the morning after. There are a huge range of music genres and venue styles on offer but the most popular clubs, such as Aura and Jade, are quite splashy and flashy and frequented by the city’s so-called "somebodies”. The emphasis at these venues is more about dressing up than dressing down, with big drink prices to match the big house sounds. Hipsters head over to Zurich West for a more gritty nightlife experience such as the intimate basement style of Zukunft and it’s edgy electro sounds. Plaza is one of the few that pulls off of a cool atmosphere, fun people, stylish surroundings and great DJ names. So read on for our guide to more clubs where you can get your groove on in Zurich.

Club Supermarket

Club Supermarket

This former garage set the standard for undergound parties and pioneered the idea of working with external organisers - meaning guests can enjoy nights with a difference. You can reserve a table online.

Hive
Nightlife

Hive

At the forefront of electro-clubbing in Zurich, Hive tries to set a trend before others have even spotted it. Expect a slightly alternative setting with music that sometimes borderlines with the experimental. On the other hand, their bookers regularly also manage to bring big names like Mike Skinner into the DJ booth.

X-Tra Concert Venue and Night Club
Nightlife

X-Tra Concert Venue and Night Club

This spacious location at Limmatplatz hosts some of the city's most popular parties, such as the 'Rollschuh Disco' (bring your roller skates), the dark and very Gothic 'More than Mode' or the Schlager-themed 'Lollipop Party', a favourite among the city's gay community. The venue is also known for its concerts, so have a closer look at the monthly program.

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11 tips for when you first move to Zurich
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11 tips for when you first move to Zurich

Zurich is Switzerland's biggest city, with a population of around 380,000, rising to around 1 million for "greater Zurich" around the lake. Zurich is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland but you'll find most people speak enough English here for you to get by. The main tourist office is at Zurich's Hauptbahnhof train station. Below are our top tips for getting started in when you move to Zurich.

The 15 best things to do in Zurich
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The 15 best things to do in Zurich

Some of the best things to do, places to see and places to be seen at in Zurich 

Cheap things to do in Zurich
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Cheap things to do in Zurich

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Wildnispark Zürich
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Wildnispark Zürich

This park less than half an hour away from the city of Zurich consists of two parts: the Sihlwald forest and Langenberg, Switzerland’s oldest wildlife park. 

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Shopping and style

The best Zurich shopping
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The best Zurich shopping

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.  

Benjamin Zuber - 2B for Hair
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Benjamin Zuber - 2B for Hair

2B for Hair counts high profile sportspeople, musicians and fashion industry folk to its client list. 

Jo Brauer
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Jo Brauer

A trendy range of unusual yet stylish clothes, shoes and jewellery made by labels from around the world

Zurich's top places to splash the cash
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Zurich's top places to splash the cash

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Bogen 33
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Bogen 33

From Vitra's best designs to classic neon letters or a row of original cinema seats. This vast basement store has it all 

Orell Füssli The Bookshop
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Orell Füssli The Bookshop

Continental Europe's largest English-language bookstore 

Art and Culture

Kunsthalle
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Kunsthalle

Home to exhibitions of internationally renowned contemporary artists, amongst them John Armleder, Terence Koh and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Zurich’s best museums and attractions
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Zurich’s best museums and attractions

An impressive array of striking monuments and pretty parks are among the top attractions to see during a day in Zurich. 

Kunsthaus Zürich
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Kunsthaus Zürich

It's not the MoMa, the Louvre or the Tate, but Zurich's art museum has a lot to offer and a good collection of modern art. 

Kunsthalle
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Kunsthalle

Founded in 1985, the Kunsthalle only became a significant institution in Zurich's art scene after it moved into the Löwenbräu-Areal development together with the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst and a handful of influential privately owned art galleries in the mid-90s. 

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Baur au Lac

Baur au Lac

One of Zurich’s fanciest city hotels, the Baur au Lac enjoys a surprisingly leafy and tranquil location not far from the lake and the city centre. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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The Dolder Grand

The Dolder Grand

Originally opened in 1899, the Dolder Grand was equipped with two additional wings by Norman Foster and re-opened in 2008. It has hosted celebrities like Sophia Loren, Albert Einstein and the Rolling Stones and offers some of the most exquisite accommodation in town. Some love it for its secluded location, but others will miss the city’s hustle and bustle.

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B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa

B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa

This hotel offers a quieter Zurich experience with its 33,000-book library lounge and direct access to the famed new Thermalbad & Spa.

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25 Hours Hotel

25 Hours Hotel

With its 126 rooms the 25 Hours Hotel – a chain that runs cool-looking hotels in various German-speaking cities – offers contemporary accommodation in the rising area of Zurich West. Its interiors were designed by Alfredo Häberli, and there are regular parties and events taking place. All of this might even make up for the rather grey and dull surroundings and the noisy road just outside the hotel.

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Storchen

Storchen

The only hotel in Zurich’s old town that lies directly on the banks of the Limmat river.

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Hotel Helvetia

Hotel Helvetia

Pioneering a 'dandy chic' style and attitude, Helvetia is at the forefront of next generation Switzerland. 

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11 tips for when you first move to Zurich
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11 tips for when you first move to Zurich

Zurich is Switzerland's biggest city, with a population of around 380,000, rising to around 1 million for "greater Zurich" around the lake. Zurich is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland but you'll find most people speak enough English here for you to get by. The main tourist office is at Zurich's Hauptbahnhof train station. Below are our top tips for getting started in when you move to Zurich.

Orell Füssli The Bookshop
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Orell Füssli The Bookshop

Continental Europe's largest English-language bookstore is located on the third floor of Orell Füssli's flagship just off Bahnhofstrasse.

British Cheese Centre
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British Cheese Centre

The British Cheese Centre has well and truly owned the market when it comes to dairy products from the UK, stocking well close to 60 different varieties of artisan cheese.  

How to pay and save in Switzerland
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How to pay and save in Switzerland

Get off to a good start when moving to Zurich by with the UBS Moving to Switzerland Guide