Synonymous with finance and banking, Zürich is also a superb destination for shopping, offering discerning customers a wealth of unique stores. One of the most important global trading centres for precious metals, Zürich attracts an elite clientèle who love the city’s range of gold, silver and platinum jewellery. Head to the luxury shopping street of Bahnhofstrasse for some of the best jewellery stores in the city. Those wishing to invest in local design should visit the Altstadt – old town – where there is an eclectic mix of both trend-focused shops and traditional boutiques.
Widely regarded as one of the most exclusive shopping destinations in the world, Bahnhofstrasse rivals London’s Regent Street and Paris’s avenue des Champs-Élysées. Running from Hauptbahnhof, the main station, towards Lake Zürich, the boulevard features a wealth of both high-street chain stores, such as Mango and Zara, as well as luxury international brands including Dior. There is a high concentration of designer labels at the southern end of the street where label lovers will find Chanel, Burberry and Hermès boutiques, as well as luxury concept store Grieder.
Zürich West – or Kreis 5 as it is also known – offers visitors an impressive mix of urban labels. The district has a cool, urban reputation and is popular among the city’s fashion set. Mainly featuring independent boutiques, Zürich West is the perfect place to step away from seasonal trends and opt for unique, timeless buys instead. While you’re in the area, be sure to head to the Freitag Flagship Store Zürich. The eye-catching tower is constructed from recycled freight containers and has become a famous addition to the city’s skyline. Offering the largest selection of the brand’s Individual Recycled Freeway bags in the world, this unique store is a must-visit.
Zürich’s Langstrasse could be likened to London’s Soho as this former red-light district is now a bustling part of the city, offering international cuisine, varied nightlife and a host of top shopping opportunities. A magnet for artists, young fashion designers and restaurant owners, it is arguably Zürich’s most eclectic and vibrant neighbourhood. The district’s creative appeal is reflected in its range of shops, with many small independent fashion and jewellery stores showcasing a superb array of unique products.
In the Altstadt – old town – area, trend and tradition merge together to form one of Zürich’s top shopping hotspots. Stretching between the city’s Central and Bellevue squares, Altstadt is home to the bustling Niederdorf and Oberdorf areas. Popular promenade Niederdorf is largely pedestrianised and boasts an eclectic mix of souvenir shops, making it the perfect place to go shopping on your visit. Head to Beatrice Wetli for a beautiful range of handmade items, from jewellery boxes to bespoke albums and picture frames.