Recently declared the world's 7th most expensive shopping street, Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse easily holds its own compared with its peers in New York, Hong Kong, Paris and London. Blue-and-white trams whisk shoppers along this mile-long and mainly car-free stretch between the main train station and the lake. Bahnhofstrasse is where well-heeled bankers and perfectly-coiffed ladies shop for designer clothing and gold watches. However, it's also where denim-clad teens bag the latest trends. Elegant department stores worth a visit include Jelmoli and Globus, which is separated from Bahnhofstrasse by a small park. Numerous restaurants and Cafés feature outdoor seating, ideal for observing fellow shoppers and trying to guess what's in their bags!
This part of Zurich is lively and teeming with activity, come day or night! Spanning from Bellevue to the Central area, Niederdorf is a major tourist attraction for its shopping and food stalls. The alleys spill over with boutiques, accesory-stores, and street performers. The nightclub-pub-restaurant scene is alive and kicking too, so grab a bite and then head out to party it up!
Globus is one of the city's leading departmental stores. Its elegant green marble floor, the many glass display cases and the large rooms on the ground floor give it an upmarket, but relaxed atmosphere. The store has five floors and you can literally shop till you drop. Whatever you're after, be it perfume, cosmetics, stationery, household goods, toys, sports attire, women's clothing, jewelry, watches or leather goods, you will find it here at Globus. All floors can be reached via an escalator or an elevator. The “Gourmessa” department on the lower ground floor is worth visiting. The food here is first-rate and many goods on sale can't be found elsewhere in the city. Spacious parking facilities are also available, but at a rather pricey rate.
Orell Füssli lässt keine Wünsche offen. Auf vier Etagen findet sich Literatur aller Fachrichtungen: vom PC-Handbuch zum Alpenführer, vom Fitnessratgeber zum Comic, Kochbuch oder Bildband. Das Geschäft ist modern ausgestaltet und die verschiedenen Stockwerke sind besucherfreundlich mit Rolltreppen und Lift verbunden. Bequeme Sofas laden ein, sich die Zeit zu nehmen in den Büchern zu schmökern. Für Fragen steht das Personal an mehreren Infoständen auf allen Verkaufsebenen gerne zur Verfügung. Zum Unternehmen Orell Füssli gehört übrigens auch der gleichnamige Verlag, der unter anderem Landkarten herausgibt.
What used to be a paper mill close to the river Sihl has now been transformed into one of Switzerland's most popular shopping and entertainment centers - Sihlcity. This Wiedikon district attraction, which opened in 2007, covers everything you could possibly need for a fun day out; apart from designer stores like Zara and Tally Weijl, the center includes a vast array of restaurants and bars, not to mention a multiplex (Arena Cinemas) and wellness center (asiaspa). The complex also includes the Four Points by Sheraton Sihlcity Zürich, besides hosting many events.
Running parallel to the Limmat River, Limmatquai is a sunny street within walking distance of Zurich's main train station. It offers a mix of high-end and budget clothing and shoe stores, some of which are sheltered by shady arcades. In addition to numerous shops and Cafés, Limmatquai is also home to several beautiful guild houses as well as the city hall. From here there is a good view of Grossmünster and Fraumünster, two of Zurich's most famous churches. When the weather is fine, street musicians entertain the happy listeners who gather on the benches along the river.