Top 20 places for Christmas shopping in Zurich A Where-to-buy-what-for-whom Guide in Zurich

Gift-giving season is coming. You have a shopping list to complete. You run out of ideas, and of time. What can be new and different from the previous years? This list can save you, and will hopefully impress the gift receivers.

For the stylish men

Kenner is a one-stop shopping for men with style. Everything is curated with care and of high quality; the casual ready-to-wears from selected designers, hats, bags, belts, pyjamas, bow ties, even umbrellas. But the real reason to come here is measure-to-fit clothing. You can choose everything to assemble your one-of-a-kind piece from the garment to buttons, linings, collar, shape, etc. The possibility is endless, but don't worry about getting overwhelmed. Dominik Bachmann who has a style-to-admire himself can help you design the one-of-a-kind suit that suits you.

1. Kenner

Müllerstrasse 45, 8004 Zürich

Monday – Friday: 12:00 –19:00, Saturday: 11:00 –17:00

For the travelers

"Swiss-made" means quality. Thus, look no further for a quality travel gears than Victorinox Flagship Store. Apart from the world-famous Swiss army knives, here is where Victorinox festures their full range of cutlery, watches, travel gear and fashion. You can make a personalized Swiss army knife with chosen functions, size, colors at the Knife Assembly Station. What a perfect gift!

2. Victorinox Flagship Store

Rennweg 58, 8001 Zürich

Monday – Friday: 10:00 - 20:00, Saturday 09:30 - 18:30

For the writers

While the world has become digital, it is still charming to own beautiful stationary. So, for a gift to please the writers there is no place better than this Swiss producer of stationary Caran d' Ache. You will find everything from pens, fountain pens, pencils, markers brushes, etc. Or a box of colour pencils is also a good idea for children.

3. Caran d'Ache

Löwenstrasse 19, 8001 Zürich

Monday 10:30 - 18:30, Tuesday – Friday: 09:00 - 18:30, Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00

For girls who love surprises

Subscription boxes are such a trend these days. So why not giving a gift that will be more than just one time off?  Even better, there is a subscription box from a company in Zurich that is perfectly suitable to be a gift; Boxmopolitan, Because the concept is a box well curated with new and novel finds from the areas of beauty, wellness, fashion, gourmet, art and design to surprise the subscribers every month. You can choose the length of subscription.

4. Boxmopolitan

For fragrance lovers

Spitzenhaus is the newest perfumery in town stocked with specially selected and niche perfume brands from around the world. If you look for perfumes with sophisticated olfactory and artistic concepts, here is the place to go.

5. Spitzenhaus

Börsenstrasse 14, 8001 Zürich

Monday-Friday 9:00 – 18:30, Saturday 9:00 – 17:00

For the interior designers

Neumarkt 17 is a place to be for design lover. The labyrinth filled with contemporary furniture leads to multiple see-through floors decorated to inspire home makers. The surprise is the water-filled pond at the bottom floor which was once a swimming pool. Brining someone to discover the place can be a surprise gift in itself. Ooh and aah guaranteed.

7. Neumarkt 17

Neumarkt 17, 8001 Zürich

Monday – Friday: 09:00-18:30, Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00

For Swiss-design lovers

There are plenty of concept stores in Zurich and we love all of them. But for a change, you might find something different at Just Another Pop Up, a pop-up concept store opening from the 5th of September to the 31st of December, 2016. You will find unique Swiss-design fashion, jewelry, accessories, home & living that will not be like somewhere else because the brands presented are young design labels or startups. For example; Frau Lein Rosa Rot, Joy + Grief, Atelier Coquet, and Bombay Birds.

8. Just Another Pop Up

Europaallee 13, 8004 Zürich

Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 20:00, Saturday: 9:00 – 18:00

For the fashionistas

With something like 20 fashion brands such as Liu Jo, Guess, Marc O'Polo, Nikkie, G-Lab, or Marina Yachting, there will surely be something any girl would not walk away without. The collection of casual trendy, fashionable yet affordable makes it also a good place to pick up a nice gift for her.

9. The Gallery

Löwenstrasse 40, 8001 Zürich or Marktgasse 3/5, 8001 Zürich

Monday – Friday: 09:00 - 20:00, Saturday 09:00 - 18:00

For the little ones

Zer0-7 is a special children shop with a difference. They have baby goods, toys furniture, pushchairs, clothing for the newborn up to the age of substages. The brands are both the known and trusted as well as small and exclusive labels.

10. Zer0-7

Uraniastrasse 35, 8001 Zürich

Monday: 10:00 – 18:30, Tuesday: 10:00 – 14:00, Wednesday - Friday: 10:00 – 18:30, Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00

For the serious chef

Seriously, this shop and web shop is for the serious chef. Chef Store by Fogra is where to find spatulas, tweezers, needles, tubes, syringes, flasks, professional torches, thermos mixers, silicone molds, etc. In plane words, they sell kitchen gadgets used by professional chefs. There are also handsome chef clothing and books, not just cookbooks, but books by the famous Michelin star chefs like "Never Trust A Skinny Italian Chef" by Massimo Bottura from Osteria Francescana in Modena, or "René Redzepi: A Work in Progress" from the renown Noma in Copenhagen.

Way to go, molecular gastronomy!

11. Chef Store by Fogra

Nägelihof 2, 8001 Zürich

Monday: 14:00 -18:00, Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00-17:00

For the cook at home and for the festive meal you are preparing

Markthalle at Viadukt is the place to go for English pies, pastries, jams, cordials, and all those irresistible delicacies. You can also find fresh vegetables, breads, and wines at many stalls under one roof (or many arches) and forget for a while that you're in Zurich, not London.

12. Markthalle Im Viadukt

Limmatstrasse 231, 8005 Zürich

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 – 20:00, Friday- Saturday 8:00 – 20:00

Les Halles

Everyone who patrons Zurich West knows this popular Les Halles as a wacky bar, restaurant and takeaway. But it also has a great little deli well stocked with everything you need to make a hearty, simple meal, or even a fine cuisine. In this ambience you might not expect organic bread assortment and organic fresh products, but they are the store's proud-to-present. Another treasure is selections of wines at the price that makes you smile.

Oh, and the deli opens until 23:00!

13. Les Halles

Pfingstweidstrasse 6, Zurich

Sunday - Wednesday 11:00 - 00:00, Thursday 11:00 - 01:00, Friday - Saturday 11:00 - 02:00

For Asian food lovers and cooks

These grocery stores stock ingredients of brands imported from the far-east instead of Migro or Coop own brands. If you are not sure how grocery qualifies as a gift, what about cooking an authentic Thai dinner as a present?

14. New Asia Market

New Asia Market, Feldstrasse 24, 8004 Zürich

Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 18:30, Saturday: 9:00 – 17:00

15. Aggarwal's Mirch Masala - Indian

Kernstrasse 27,
8004 Zürich

Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 20:00, Saturday: 9:00 – 18:00

16. India Supermarkt Maharajah

Josefstrasse 91, 8005 Zürich

Monday –Saturday: 9:00 – 20:00

17.  Nishi Shop -Japanese

Schaffhauserstrasse 120, 8057 Zürich

Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 18:00, Saturday: 9:00 – 16:00

Tip: Though it does not quite fit the title of where-to-find-a-gift, this much popular secondhand-trading social media channel could be a good source to find a rare item your loved ones have been searching for. There are many Facebook buy-and-sell groups that are very active and flooded with ultra-cheap secondhand stuff.

18. Second Hand in Zurich

19. Buy, Sell, Free or Exchange in Zug/Zurich/Lucerne

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Author: Fah Panyada Ruengskul

A corporate marketeer from Bangkok who turned into a housewife-cum-entrepreneur in Zurich. Fah’s hobby is writing travel articles and gastronomy. After living in Sao Paulo for almost 3 years, she published 6 travel books of which 4 are about Latin American countries. Her latest book “Europe Beyond Sky” features skiing and dining experience in Gstaad among 5 other European cities. Check Fah’s travel and gastronomic exploration at her 2 blogs Facebook/travelling beyond sky Instagram - SkyBeyondSky

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