Zürich is Switzerland’s largest city and one that is known for being wealthy, hardworking and financially savvy. What is less known is that this beautiful and vibrant city has an artsy, hipster bar and foodie scene that is catching up with Berlin, NYC and London. Beards aplenty too!
Also worth noting is the architecture, eclectic but impressive juxtapose of modern and old. The main train station in Zürich is the biggest in Switzerland, the architecture we’re told was inspired by Paris and Italy, resulting in a truly beautiful building. The old town is another must, go see beautiful houses with old french windows in brights colours, ‘cobbly’ stairs leading up to stunning buildings and churches.
We were in town to check out Food Zürich Festival which runs between 8th – 18th September. For 11 days, the city becomes food obsessed and hosts street feasts and special culinary events. We were lucky enough to visit a variety of street food markets and a pop-up Sake and Sushi event at the divine Widder Hotel, home to one of the best cocktail bars in Zürich which has more than 1,000 bottles of spirits and an enthusiastic bar manager Dirk Hany who is knowledgeable not only about cocktails but the best bars to visit in Zurich. Needless to say we spent a good few hours sipping cocktails and bending Dirk’s ear for suggestions for our weekend ahead.
Here’s a few of our favourite finds; Josef, is a quirky restaurant bar with great drinks and nice artwork. French owned, Les Halles Bar is popular with tourists and locals alike – we stumbled upon this hidden gem on one of our walks and were intrigued by its eclectic decor which we saw looking in. Contemporary, art-focused hotel 25 hours hotel is fast becoming a popular brand (currently has eight hotels in five cities). The bar is everything you’d expect from a boutique hotel bar. Good food, good cocktails and buzzy yet chilled atmosphere.
For the clubbers amongst you, we can recommend Club Bellevue if you like techno/dance music, Mascotte, housed in century old building for regular cheese/popular music and Hive Club (the biggest club Zürich) for ‘the cool factor’
Special mention (for some hipster sunbathing) goes to Seebad Enge where you can sip cocktails, swim or just hang – all against the beautiful backdrop of the lake.
The world’s oldest veggie restaurant according to the Guinness World Records is Hiltl and definitely worth a visit, as meat eaters we were genuinely impressed with the selection.
We stayed at Renaissance Zürich Tower Hotel, which was perfectly located at Turbinenstrasse, walking distance from the train station, trams and many of the bars we mentioned.
Also, Switzerland is the home of chocolate so make sure you visit a few of the shops on your visit, we certainly did and stocked up for the flight home!!
Flights from Swiss Airline from London-Zurich
For more details visit Zürich Tourism