Zürich’s new destination for haute couture and the serious fashion aficionado is Im Viadukt, a series of renovated railway arches that houses the city’s premier up-and-coming designers. Check out Famous Ape or Atelier Daniel Blunschi for cutting edge Swiss creativity and urban culture.
Im Viadukt, Werdstrasse 36, 8026 Zürich, +41 (0)43 322 1402
Continuing the theme of urban chic and fresh design, Freitag’s 26-metre-high structure on Geroldstrasse, just around the corner, consists of reclaimed industrial refuse, creating a mini-skyscraper for Switzerland’s super-hip fashion set. The refurbished containers house the country’s most covetable conceptual retail space, home to the most fashionable handbags, shoulder bags and wallets this side of New York.
Freitag, Geroldstrasse 17, 8005 Zürich, +41 (0)43 366 9520
Follow the train lines back into the centre for a lakeside lunch at Acqua with a sweeping view of the city’s Grossmünster cathedral. With leather, wood and mother of pearl interior design, Acqua is a chic choice for some of the city’s finest seafood and salads. The onsite bar is also the ideal venue for an early afternoon aperitif.
Acqua Seerestaurant, Mythenquai 61, 8002 Zürich, +41 (0)44 201 5161
Strolling back into the city’s main thoroughfare through the chocolate-box streets of the Lindenhof, stop at Fidelio, one of the reigning kings of the Zürich urban catwalk. Home to dozens of exclusive labels for both sexes, it’s a popular stop for models and cool kids before a weekend night out.
Fidelio, Münzplatz 1, 8001 Zürich, +41 (0)44 211 1311
Confiserie Teuscher on Storchengasse, one of the country’s premier chocolatiers, should not be missed. The company has been making chocolate for over 60 years. Avoid the tourist hordes in the nearby Sprüngli boutique and pick up some luxurious Champagne truffles from Teuscher’s award-winning chocolate makers.
Confiserie Teuscher, Storchengasse 9, 8001 Zürich, +41 (0)44 211 5153
Head to the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse to discover a kaleidoscope of brand names and the world’s most sought-after luxury brands. As this is one of the world’s most elite strips of real estate, expect to come across Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès, Armani, Dior, Cartier and a host of other billboard names. It’s the kind of place where it’s handy to have more than one credit card – especially from an offshore Swiss bank account.
Undoubtedly one of the coolest bars in Zurich, Kaufleuten is a short walk from Bahnhofstrasse and past visitors include Madonna and Prince. Order a few cocktails or, if you want to do it the Swiss way, order a bottle of sparkling Italian Prosecco and let the evening take care of itself.
Kaufleuten, Pelikanstrasse 18, 8001 Zürich, +41 (0)44 225 3300
For a sophisticated dinner and some of the best service in the city, reserve a table at Brasserie Lipp. The restaurant excels at shellfish platters and steak grills. Its chandeliers will hypnotise you for the remainder of the night.
Brasserie Lipp, Uraniastrasse 9, 8001 Zürich, +41 (0)43 888 6666