The best places to shop in Zurich
Zurich has an enormous choice of shops. Luxury goods, jewellery and boutiques are the main attraction on and around Bahnhofstrasse in the city centre. Across the river Limmat in the Niederdorf, a pedestrian pathway in the old town area, find smaller boutiques and antique shops. There is also an abundance of coffee shops, bars and restaurants in this area.
For a more unique shopping experience, districts four and five have independent shops selling designer clothes and handbags. Under renovated railway arches in district five is the Viadukt (DE) which has trendy shops, bars, cafés and a market hall full of food vendors.
There are several shopping malls in the Zurich area. Sihl City (DE) has it all, both high street brands, restaurants and a cinema. Other large shopping malls include Letzipark (DE), Glatt (DE), and Shoppi Tivoli (DE). For factory outlets in Switzerland don't miss the largest outlet shopping mall in Switzerland, Foxtown, in Mendrisio/Ticino. Other famous outlet stores are Fashion Fish in Schönenwerd/Aarau and Landquart Fashion Outlet in Landquart/Graubünden.
Shopping for essentials
Globus, Manor (DE/FR/IT) and Jelmoli are the main department stores in Zurich and all three can be found on Zurich's popular Bahnhofstrasse shopping street. The main supermarkets are Coop and Migros. At Jelmoli and Globus you will find an exclusive offer of high quality brands and products such as caviar or balik salmon, as well as a big choice of fresh pasta and wine. Another famous Swiss wine store is Mövenpick Wine (DE/FR).
Fashion events in Zurich
To discover special markets and shopping events with local designers, take a look at the events on Montagsmarkt (DE). They also have a free app to help you discover new shopping spots in districts three, four and five. Kreislauf 4+5 holds a large fashion event once a year in Zurich but their website also has an interactive map with photos that enumerates the many shops in Districts four and five.
Annabelle's annual clothing "swap" (DE) provides fashion lovers a place to buy and sell gently used clothes once a year. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days and Switzerland Fashion Week are also two major fashion events that take place in autumn in Zurich.
Markets in Zurich
There are several weekly produce markets (DE) in various parts of Zurich that sell fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and various local specialties.
- Altstetten: Wednesday / Saturday
- Bürkliplatz: Tuesday / Friday
- Helvetiaplatz: Tuesday / Friday
- Milchbuck: Tuesday / Friday
- Oerlikon: Wednesday / Saturday
- Rathausbrücke: Saturday
Bürkliplatz Flea Market is an excellent place to score second-hand jewellery, rarities and antiques. It is one of the most popular markets in Zurich. However, for arts and crafts lovers, the Rosenhof market in the Niederdorf, open from March to December, is another very popular option.
Shop opening hours in Zurich
Shops in Zurich are generally open from 09.00-20.00 on weekdays, closing earlier on Saturday and closed on Sunday. The shops in the main station are open between 08.00 and 21.00 daily. In smaller towns around Zurich, shops generally close around 18.30 on weekdays and around 16.00 on Saturday.
Check Öffnungs Zeiten (DE) to find stores open on Sundays in each canton.
Take advantage of flexible hours and avoid crowds by shopping online. To buy groceries, try Migros' LeShop or Coop@Home. Zalando (DE/FR), Laredoute (DE/FR) and Koala are a few good options for clothes and shoes. For matching outfits, take a look at locally designed You Dress for You. For gift ideas, try visiting Geschenk Idee (DE) and sort through their wide collection based on the person you are shopping for.
Useful shopping information for Switzerland
- Most shops are closed on Sundays in Switzerland. The only shops open are at train stations, airports, and petrol stations near urban areas.
- In most occasions, grocery carry bags must be purchased at the store or brought from home and customers always pack their own grocery bags.
- Shopping trolleys require a CHF 1-2 coin deposit.
- Fruit and vegetables are available pre-packaged and priced or loose to be weighed. For non-priced items, place them on the scale, enter the item's corresponding code and print the price tag.
- Sales are held in clothing shops twice annually in January and July.
- Many shops offer loyalty programs and regular discounts. For tips on living cost effectively in Zurich and Switzerland, read the article Discounts and saving money in Zurich.
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