Each piece at this tiny seamstress shop—from shirts and skirts to wedding dresses—is custom made. Shoppers will delight in the displays of delicate, feminine designs on mannequins and stacks of silk and linen fabrics, plus pins and antique measuring tape. The in-house designers are available for scheduled and walk-in appointments.
Beyer Watches and Jewelry
The oldest watch store in Switzerland (it was founded in 1760) offers premium Swiss and international brands and sells watches, antique clocks and exclusive jewelry. The basement houses a museum that holds some 250 exhibits dating from 1400 B.C. to present day.
This quirky concept shop displays racks of punchy, printed silk skirts, dresses, eveningwear and accessories fit for a posh Parisian. EnSoie’s scarves have been likened to a younger, cooler version of Hermes’ iconic accessory. The ceiling-high stacks of handmade pottery located downstairs are also worth browsing.
Frau Gerods Garten is an urban oasis in the heart of trendy Zurich West. This cool hangout has several shops selling local fashion labels and art as well as a vegetable garden and outdoor restaurant and café.
The Freitag flagship store is located in the iconic former Maag cogwheel factory in Zurich West. The internationally renowned brand transforms recycled materials, including truck tarpaulins, old safety belts, air bags and bicycle tires into functional, waterproof bags available in a variety of sizes and colors. Regardless of aesthetic preference, shoppers will enjoy a visit to the store for insight into the Swiss obsession with innovation and functionality.
Early risers are rewarded on Tuesdays and Fridays with a morning walk through this produce market. Brisk air is met with the aromas of fresh fruit, vegetables, seedlings, locally made cheeses and seasonal flowers.
Le Majordome takes classic shoes and modernizes them for the 21st century. Precise foot measurements are taken and stored in Le Majordome's database, meaning customers can have any shoes made to order at any time.
In a country known for its timeliness and top-notch timepieces, shopping in Zurich is incomplete without a stop in Les Ambassadeurs, the best pre-owned and new watch shop in the city.
Italian cashmere is impeccably organized by shape and color at this timeless shop on Bahnhofstrausse that sells coats and upscale wardrobe staples.
This cheese paradise offers countless specialties from all over Switzerland. Visitors may dine on traditional local cuisine in the restaurant or pick up fresh products like milk, cheese, meats and daily baked bread. The cheese makers are on location and patrons can watch them work through windows in the restaurant.
Jewelry stores, ceramic boutiques and bookshops are tucked into this cobblestone street located at the edge of the Old Town. Predigergasse looks as though it has barely changed in centuries, but many modern designers and shops line the street.
This specialty store has been trading in the Niederdorf district for over 100 years. The huge variety of tea, coffee, dried fruits and pasta are sold by weight and after shopping, many locals head to the tea/coffee shop of the same name next door.
This renowned confectionery, best know for its signature macarons “Luxemburgerli,” was founded in Zurich in 1836 and smells almost as good as its offerings taste. The store offers more than 2,000 tempting options to satisfy cravings both sweet and savory. Assorted gift boxes are a perfect take away for chocolate lovers back home.
A formerly dilapidated row of warehouses in Zurich West has been reincarnated as the center of Zurich’s budding young and creative culture. The graffiti-laden archways of the former railway viaduct house lifestyle shops, cutting edge fashion and a culinary market hall (Restaurant Markethalle). Those looking for “only-available-in-Zurich” boasting rights can pick up some handmade paper and leather goods. Westflugel, a bookshop, and Edition Populaire are not to be missed.
Vollenweider Chocolatier Confiseur
This chocolatier is one of Switzerland’s best traditional chocolate makers. Employing centuries-old craftsmanship, Vollenweider follows time-tested recipes to create handmade delicacies that are arguably the best in Zurich (which, considering the competition, is quite a feat).