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Lindt has opened the world’s largest chocolate museum in Zurich, complete with the largest chocolate fountain
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Lindt has opened the world’s largest chocolate museum in Zurich, complete with the largest chocolate fountain

Sweet tooth? You’ll be in sugary heaven at the Lindt Home of Chocolate in Zurich.

Zurich makes face masks compulsory in shops
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Zurich makes face masks compulsory in shops

Face masks will be required in shops, shopping centres and markets throughout Zurich from August 27. Announced at a press conference on Monday, the decision has been made to help control the rising number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the city and around Switzerland. This makes Zurich the second German-speaking canton to enforce mask-wearing in shops, after Basel. Further safety measures for Zurich were also announced at the press conference. Restaurants, cafes and other catering establishments now need to collect customers’ details, and bars and clubs must limit the number of people to 100 indoors or 300 in total spread across indoors and outdoors. That limit also applies to sporting events, theatres, cinemas, concerts and private events, including weddings and birthdays. It is possible for larger events to take place, but only if strict safety measures are in place. The exact details of what this entails are a little hazy, but it includes maintaining social distancing of 1.5 metres or face masks being worn.

21 amazing things to do in Zurich
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21 amazing things to do in Zurich

From shopping to swimming to dining and walking, our guide sums up the best way to visit Zurich

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Zurich's best healthy eating joints

The trend for all things clean hasn’t escaped Zurich’s foodie scene. Whether you are vegan, gluten-intolerant, love juicing or like to eat organically, there is a restaurant or café for you. Here we navigate some of the city’s best healthy eating joints. Best for veggies … Hiltl became the world’s first vegetarian restaurant when it opened in 1898, and has since grown into a Swiss institution of meat-free goodness at its seven locations and veggie butcher’s. Also good are Tibits, a vegetarian buffet that recently opened a new branch in Zurich Oerlikon, and Samses in the industrial quarter, which does the city’s best veggie burger.       If you’re vegan … … try Roots in Zurich. Everything is vegan – from the satisfying ‘protein salad’ with quinoa, tofu and beetroot hummus to the irresistible juices, which range from green to fruity. Another goodie is Elle ‘n’ Belle on Limmatstrasse: it has won a slew of awards for its vegan fare. Freshly juiced goodness … Don’t be put off by Sasou’s unassuming exterior: this locale on Langstrasse concocts creative smoothies and cold-pressed juices before your eyes. It also offers different cleansing programmes. Alternatively, get your circulation going with the ‘Green Power’ smoothie at Fruitiamo in Enge. For something truly exotic, try the freshly squeezed coconut juice at The Studio in Stadelhofen – while watching radio DJs at work.     Being healthy on the go … … doesn’t get more convenient than takeaway Hitzberger (in Zurich and Basel), whether you want to press your own orange juice to sustain you through a train journey, or grab pomegranate seeds to throw on your lunch. The salad buffet at Gärtnerei, which has outlets in Zurich, Zug and Bern and doesn’t use any additives or preservatives, is also deliciously practical. Naughty treats Les Gourmandises de Miyuko off Sihlquai is a paradise of gluten-free-but-full-of-pizzazz cakes. For something cooler in the summer months, look no further than the ice cream at vegan organic restaurant Vegelateria in Kreis 4. Or why not try the chia seed carrot cake and vegan cupcakes at Klara’s Kitchen on Universitätsstrasse, which also has an organic shop.   Grow your own … … it’s the best way to be sure of the quality. Veg and the City offers everything you need to transform your balcony into a greenhouse, as well as courses to teach you how to grow your own produce in the smallest of spaces. It also has allotments to rent. Keep an eye on Time Out Switzerland – where you will find a host of recommended eateries across the country – to ensure you don’t miss out on any exciting upcoming food events, including the Street Food Festival and the Swiss Food Festival.

Viral ‘coronavirus protest photo’ is actually Zurich’s biggest street party
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Viral ‘coronavirus protest photo’ is actually Zurich’s biggest street party

The coronavirus pandemic has taught us many things, one of which is to verify anything you read about it – and, in fact, to make sure you’re reading about it from a reliable source in the first place. This lesson was drilled home earlier this week by AFP Fact Check, the verification service of global news platform Agence France-Presse. The ‘fun’ started, as ever, with a photo that ended up being shared thousands of times across Facebook and Twitter. The picture shows a huge bridge in an urban area, swarming with tens or probably hundreds of thousands of people. Somewhere along the line, a user who shared the photo claimed the image was taken from the widely-reported Berlin protests against coronavirus restrictions. As is so often the way, that claim rapidly gained traction and snowballed. Many cited it as an example of the huge numbers protesting in the city, with some even claiming that the photo showed people marching towards the Brandenburg Gate.  Protests did indeed take place in Berlin, but as AFP Fact Check discovered, the photo was actually a snap from Street Parade 2018 in Switzerland. For anyone not familiar with Street Parade, it’s a truly vast event that takes in place in Zurich every year, reportedly drawing up to one million people who come to celebrate love, tolerance and general togetherness through the medium of dance music – and a giant street party. The bridge is Quaibrücke, running over the Limmat river, at the northern end of Lake Zurich. And all AFP Fact Check had to do to find this out was a pretty simple reverse image search on Google. Here’s a screen-shot of the photo in question, taken from the Street Parade website’s 2018 photo archive.   Photo from www.streetparade.com   We’re also guessing that anyone who attended the 2018 Street Parade could have set the facts straight. Or, in fact, anyone who’s ever been to Street Parade at any time. Or anyone who lives in Zurich, or probably the whole of Switzerland. All of which goes to show that we still need to be very careful about what we read and where we read it, now more than ever. Read the AFP Fact Check article for the full breakdown of what happened. Unsurprisingly, Street Parade won’t be making an appearance this year, with the next edition scheduled for August 2021. But if you’re looking for other summer fun to replace it, take a good look at our guide on how to have an awesome summer in Switzerland.

Zurich restaurants and cafés

Zurich’s best brunches
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Zurich’s best brunches

Brunch time never looked better 

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 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. 

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.

Hotel Helvetia rooftop bar
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Hotel Helvetia rooftop bar

Hotel Helvetia’s rooftop bar is decadent Zurich summertime at its best. Zürcher favourite ‘Helvti’ became infamous in the 1970s for illegal lock-ins and its role as a meeting point for discontented artists who were plotting a counter-cultural revolution. It still holds a charming sense of the bohemian in its dandy chic style and attitude, and where better to soak up the ambiance than from the rooftop terrace? A well-kept secret above the Sihl river, the bar is the ideal spot for a relaxing sundowner. It may be tiny, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in views over the leafy inner city.

Widder by the Lake
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Widder by the Lake

Gazing out over Lake Zurich is one of Zurich’s purest pleasures. And when you can gaze out over the lake accompanied by great food and drink, it doesn’t get much better. Widder by The Lake is the restaurant of Hotel Alex, a smart and sexy venue perched idyllically on the western shores of Lake Zurich. The enviable view across the water from the marvellous terrace is, understandably, a big draw for many, providing a blissful panorama of the city. Thankfully, though, the venue doesn’t rely solely on its show-stopping views, as plenty of thought and care has been put into the food, too. The menu is heavily influenced by Mediterranean cuisine, but there are various global touches as well, giving things a well-rounded feel, whether you’re snacking on small plates, keeping it light with a summer bowl or indulging in a main course. The extensive wine list is another plus point, featuring wines from the venue’s own farm and vineyard in Ascona – and you just know those are going to be worth trying. If cocktails are more your thing, the experienced bar staff know their way around both classic cocktails and a range of signature drinks. This is one lakeside spot that more than lives up to its potential.

Zurich bars

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 10 best bars in Zurich
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The 10 best bars in Zurich

For after-work drinks or pre-dinner cocktails, check out our selection of great local drinking spots

Widder Bar
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Widder Bar

One of the most famous spots in the city for atomospheric after work drinks or casual cosmopolitan dining

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Nelson Pub
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Nelson Pub

A famous hangout for English speaking expats from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars

Zurich clubs, nightlife, live music and more

Zurich’s best clubs and nightlife
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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
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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
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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
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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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Five fun family walks near Zurich
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Five fun family walks near Zurich

Enjoy the stunning autumn season with these great day escapes from the city 

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

Find some cheaper or even free and fun things to do in the city 

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.

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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

Discover the luxury side of the city, from shopping to restaurants and more.

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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Hotel Alex
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Hotel Alex

This cool and contemporary hotel on the shore of Lake Zurich feels a million miles away from the hubbub of the city, despite being less than ten kilometres away from the centre. The location definitely helps; there are mountains, forests, hiking and biking trails all around you (plus all the charms of the lake, of course), letting you slip out of ‘city mode’ and into a far more relaxed mindset.  

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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Widder Hotel

Widder Hotel

Rooms offer simple and modern luxury in a historic setting, the service is impeccable and the lively bar is one of the most elegant and well-equipped in Europe.

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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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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.

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.  

Nelson Pub
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Nelson Pub

Traditionally a hangout for English speaking expats from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Zurich and Geneva Remain The World's Most Expensive Cities

Zurich and Geneva Remain The World's Most Expensive Cities

A recent survey has revealed that the two Swiss cities are the most expensive in the world when it comes to the cost of living 

Stressing over office space? Here’s the solution
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Stressing over office space? Here’s the solution

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