Guidebook for Zürich

David
Guidebook for Zürich

Food Scene

Good Chinese, close to the main station
Beyond
20 Zollstrasse
Good Chinese, close to the main station
Chinese, but with japanese/italian/spanish influences. Really good. Can be busy
Wesley's Kitchen
48 Josefstrasse
Chinese, but with japanese/italian/spanish influences. Really good. Can be busy
Not sure how to categorise this one :-) Restaurant/Bar/Music Venue in a former factory building. A bit off the tourist track, and quite typical Zürich. More a summer option as most of the seats are outside, beside the lake. Interesting graffiti.
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Rote Fabrik
395 Seestrasse
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Not sure how to categorise this one :-) Restaurant/Bar/Music Venue in a former factory building. A bit off the tourist track, and quite typical Zürich. More a summer option as most of the seats are outside, beside the lake. Interesting graffiti.
Popular cafe with the locals, especially students.
Café Zähringer
11 Zähringerplatz
Popular cafe with the locals, especially students.
Very popular with locals for breakfast/brunch
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Zum Guten Glück
7 Stationsstrasse
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Very popular with locals for breakfast/brunch
One of the most famous Cafés in the city – very fancy inside. According to my girlfriend has the best hot chocolate in the city. Just be careful you don't choke on the chocolate when you get the bill :-)
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1842 im Haus Conditorei Schober
4 Napfgasse
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One of the most famous Cafés in the city – very fancy inside. According to my girlfriend has the best hot chocolate in the city. Just be careful you don't choke on the chocolate when you get the bill :-)
Cafe beside the river. More a summer place really - popular place to hang out, have a few drinks and go for a quick swim. You can also watch the amateur welders at the metal workshop next door :-)
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Dynamo Jugenkulturhaus
21 Wasserwerkstrasse
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Cafe beside the river. More a summer place really - popular place to hang out, have a few drinks and go for a quick swim. You can also watch the amateur welders at the metal workshop next door :-)
Lebanese place - Good for lunch/brunch.
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Maison Blunt
5 Gasometerstrasse
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Lebanese place - Good for lunch/brunch.
Traditional Swiss Food, but without the Fondue and Raclette. Great food. Very popular with locals.
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Volkshaus
60 Stauffacherstrasse
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Traditional Swiss Food, but without the Fondue and Raclette. Great food. Very popular with locals.
Generally agreed to have the best fondue in town.
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Fribourger Fonduestübli
38 Rotwand St
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Generally agreed to have the best fondue in town.
Want to buy your sausage by the meter? Zeughauskeller is a restaurant in the old armory, just off Bahnhofstrasse. A beer and hearty food place which is definitely aimed at tourists, but all the tourists i've taken there have liked it a lot. I do too.
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Zeughauskeller
28A Bahnhofstrasse
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Want to buy your sausage by the meter? Zeughauskeller is a restaurant in the old armory, just off Bahnhofstrasse. A beer and hearty food place which is definitely aimed at tourists, but all the tourists i've taken there have liked it a lot. I do too.
My favorite restaurant in Zürich. This Japanese place is excellent, you can find it just off Langstrasse (the main nightlife district in the city)
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Kokoro
25 Neufrankengasse
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My favorite restaurant in Zürich. This Japanese place is excellent, you can find it just off Langstrasse (the main nightlife district in the city)
Very good ice cream shop
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Gelateria di Berna
196 Weststrasse
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Very good ice cream shop
The best ice cream. Not so many flavours to choose from, but i've yet to have bad one. Infrequent opening times - best to check on google maps.
Eisvogel Gelato
11 Albertstrasse
The best ice cream. Not so many flavours to choose from, but i've yet to have bad one. Infrequent opening times - best to check on google maps.

Drinks & Nightlife

If you like your bars dark, and the walls and ceiling covered in random posters and junk, this is the place for you.
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El Lokal
11 Gessnerallee
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If you like your bars dark, and the walls and ceiling covered in random posters and junk, this is the place for you.
They do a good (if expensive) cocktail here, but the main reason to visit is that they have probably the best view of the city. Entrance is via a lift, which you access from inside the Brasserie Lipp.
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Jules Verne Panoramabar
9 Uraniastrasse
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They do a good (if expensive) cocktail here, but the main reason to visit is that they have probably the best view of the city. Entrance is via a lift, which you access from inside the Brasserie Lipp.
Oldest bar in the city with plenty of old wood-panely charm. Very unique inside (upstairs is the place to go). If you're up for it, you can try their climbing/drinking challenge :-)
Oepfelchammer
12 Rindermarkt
Oldest bar in the city with plenty of old wood-panely charm. Very unique inside (upstairs is the place to go). If you're up for it, you can try their climbing/drinking challenge :-)
Tiny club with lots of charm. Very Zürich.
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Helsinki Club
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Tiny club with lots of charm. Very Zürich.

Getting Around

Tram stop 50m from my place on Line 2
Letzigrund
Tram stop 50m from my place on Line 2
Main train station
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Zurich Main Station
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Main train station

Essentials

Good bread, although a bit overpriced.
Buchmann Café und Beck Hubertus
101 Letzigraben
Good bread, although a bit overpriced.
My normal place for grocery shopping. Small, but close by and open later than most.
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Coop Supermarkt Zürich Albisriederplatz
333 Badenerstrasse
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My normal place for grocery shopping. Small, but close by and open later than most.
Pharmacy nearby. Sunday Closed Monday 7:30am–7pm Tuesday 7:30am–7pm Wednesday 7:30am–7pm Thursday 7:30am–7pm Friday 7:30am–7pm Saturday 8am–5pm
Pilgerbrunnen Rotpunkt Apotheke
10 Albisrieder - Platz
Pharmacy nearby. Sunday Closed Monday 7:30am–7pm Tuesday 7:30am–7pm Wednesday 7:30am–7pm Thursday 7:30am–7pm Friday 7:30am–7pm Saturday 8am–5pm
24hr Pharmacy. You can get directly there with Tram 2.
Bellevue Apotheke
14 Theaterstrasse
24hr Pharmacy. You can get directly there with Tram 2.
Triemlispital
Hospital

Shopping

Chocolate!! Probably the most famous chocolate maker in Switzerland, and one of the best. They have a number of shops in the city, the biggest being the one on Bahnhofstrasse, which also has a café upstairs
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Confiserie Sprüngli
21 Bahnhofstrasse
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Chocolate!! Probably the most famous chocolate maker in Switzerland, and one of the best. They have a number of shops in the city, the biggest being the one on Bahnhofstrasse, which also has a café upstairs
I think I've never had the chocolates from here, but I can recommend it for macarons and eclairs
Vollenweider Chocolatier Confiseur
1 Theaterstrasse
I think I've never had the chocolates from here, but I can recommend it for macarons and eclairs
Chocolate!! Very good chocolate shop, which also has branches around the city. Their specialty is large tablets of chocolate with various toppings
Läderach | Schweiz | Zürich | Bahnhofstrasse
106 Bahnhofstrasse
Chocolate!! Very good chocolate shop, which also has branches around the city. Their specialty is large tablets of chocolate with various toppings
Chocolate!! Definitely the best chocolate shop I've found in the city, and much less known than the others. Everything I've had from here is really good
Max Chocolatier
12 Schlüsselgasse
Chocolate!! Definitely the best chocolate shop I've found in the city, and much less known than the others. Everything I've had from here is really good

Parks & Nature

Hike up from Triemli (or take the S10 train) to the hotel Uto Kulm. Once up you have great views of the city and lake. From there you can also hike quite far along the ridge south.
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Uetliberg
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Hike up from Triemli (or take the S10 train) to the hotel Uto Kulm. Once up you have great views of the city and lake. From there you can also hike quite far along the ridge south.
Swimming place for the summer. Once it gets hot, hordes of people descend to sunbathe and swim beside the river. Hint: Walk upstream to Dynamo Cafe....jump in the water....float back down to the wooden platform....get out....lie in the sun....repeat. Don't go past the wooden platform, because death.
Primitivo
Swimming place for the summer. Once it gets hot, hordes of people descend to sunbathe and swim beside the river. Hint: Walk upstream to Dynamo Cafe....jump in the water....float back down to the wooden platform....get out....lie in the sun....repeat. Don't go past the wooden platform, because death.