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Aleksandra Wisniewska: My Zürich


Swiss-raised, Paris-trained fashion designer Aleksandra Wisniewska shares some of her favourite places in Zürich with SHOP’s Mike MacEacheran

Mike MacEacheran ,

Where were you born?
In Warsaw, but I grew up in Basel, Switzerland.

Where do you live?
I split my time between Zürich and Lausanne.

What do you love about them both?
The quality of life is amazing and the beautiful lakes are impossible to forget. But I have to go away again and again. Switzerland is too quiet for me sometimes.

What is your favourite store in Zürich?
It has to be Ostblock on Konradstrasse.

Who’s your favourite designer?
It was Alexander McQueen.

Do you have a favourite restaurant in Zürich?
I have plenty: there’s La Salle on Schiffbaustrasse, Cinque on Langstrasse, Restaurant Rosso on Geroldstrasse, Josef on Gasometerstrasse, Maison Blunt on the same street …

Do you have a favourite bar?
In summer, Zürich’s best is Rimini-Bar on Badweg or the open-air bar at the Seebad Enge, the lakeside swimming pool. But there’s also Bar 3000 on Dienerstrasse, Sansibar on Militärstrasse, Longstreet Bar on Langstrasse, Wohnzimmerbar on Neugasse and Riffraff on Neugasse. Far too many!

How do you travel around town?
By train and tram – it’s so easy.

Which neighbourhood do you like best?
Kreis 3, 4, 5 and the old part of the town, which is known as the Niederdorf.

What’s Zürich’s best attraction?
In summer, the nicest places to hang out are the lakes and rivers. I prefer the old parts of town and the museums. There are always interesting exhibitions.

Can you recommend any dishes?
A real Swiss fondue, of course, but only in winter.

What can’t you live without?
I don't need a lot to live. It's only a question of habit.

Where can you get the best bargains?
For fashion, it has to be the Trois Pommes outlet.

Do you have any advice for visitors?
If you want to visit the cities, then come in summer when there is so much more happening. In winter, it’s best to visit the beautiful Swiss mountains.

Any secret spots you don’t want out-of-towners to know about?
I’m not going to tell you!

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