For some of the best vintage and second-hand treasures in Zürich, head to Lux Plus. This pretty shop on Ankerstrasse features lovely apparel, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and accessory pieces. While most clothes are vintage, some others are sourced from emerging local designers as well. Peruse through the racks here at Lux Plus, and you might just find yourself a forgotten Dior purse, or an antique neck piece.
This specialty bookstore tucked away in the corner of a street offers some of the best travel books you can ever lay your hands on. Travel Book Shop's unassuming demeanor is quite misleading and gives no indication of the treasure of knowledge it confines. Maps and books in German and English are strewn all over the place and so are several pictorial atlases and brochures. Probably the only travel bookshop in the city, it is touted to have one of the most exhaustive map collections in Europe. Travel Book Shop also stocks trekking maps to guide back-packers from all around the world. If you don't know where you are headed , it is strongly recommended that you pay a visit here first.
This is the biggest and best known flea-market in Zurich. Every Saturday the vendors sell their goods - antiques, brocades, clothes, furniture, hats, watches, bric a brac, toys, paintings, every thing's here! If you're looking for something really special, you should go early; most dedicated hunters do. The prices you pay vary depending on your haggling skills and whether the seller likes your face. Be sure not to wear your finest outfit if you want to make a kill; remember, they go by the look. Fancy outfit = fat wallet! The market is on from May to October.
This flea market is unique. You will find a large variety of products - at the entrance there are TV-sets and hi-fis, but the further in you go, the more you have to go through the stuff with both your hands as well as your eyes! It takes a bit of scooping, but most of the times you walk away happy with just the thing you wanted. And what is even more important - you didn't pay more than 5 Francs. In one of the corners there is a snackwagon for the hungry and thirsty, and on the other side is a little playground where the kids can happily play while you are searching for a bargain.
Marktlücke presents quirky handy-crafts from its riverside location, offering a contemporary take on accessories and decor that can brighten up any look. Marktlücke hires long-term unemployed women to operate their shop's sales, stocking and creation efforts. The wares at this eclectic shop are not only incredibly innovative, but are made using upcycled materials that transform unused goods into home decor treasures. Stools are fitted with old olive cans to create a unique bit of storage while chandeliers are made from bike cogs and polished glass. The perfect place to find a signature stylistic treasure, Marktlücke earns major points for its environmental sustainability, community outreach and, of course, ultra-trendy accents.
Specializing in the concept of 'curated thrift', The New New store takes secondhand shopping to another level. The collection at this modern store comes from a handpicked selection of hand-me-downs, so that only the most chic styles reach you. Choose from gently used fur-lined jackets, suede boots, statement clutches, dressy blouses and more. The store also stocks gently used labels such as Malene Birger, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Acne. The New New store is located in the Unterstrass quarter of District 6.
The one stop shop for eye-catching curios and accessories, Antares is a popular destination among shoppers interested in purchasing that elusive piece of jewellery that is sure to make a statement. Bright-stone decorative items and artifacts are a hit among collectors. The cost runs a bit on the higher side but every purchase is worth the price.
Operating since more than a century, this grocery store has always been a famous spot for shopping groceries. The store is well-stacked with the day-to-day items like freshly roasted coffee, tea, spices, nuts, chocolates, pastas, oils and more. The friendly staff is known for their prompt service and is sure to help you find your requirements. After shopping here, you can enjoy some well-brewed coffee or munch on some freshly baked delights at the cafe next door.
Jelmoli is a department store in the city-center. Its spacious interior and modern design are noteworthy, and the ongoing modernization of the interior ensures that it is always a stylish shopping destination. Customers can shop for cosmetics, stationery, leather goods, jewelry, clothing, toys and anything else they might need. For the hungry shoppers, there is also a self-service restaurant on the third floor. The latest addition to the fifth floor is a state-of-the-art gym and a sporting goods department, which is one of the biggest in Zurich. Check website for further details.