The world-famous shopping precinct was created following the construction of Zurich Main Station on the very site where 150 years ago the city’s fortified moat was located. 1.4 kilometers in length, it connects Zurich Main Station to Lake Zurich. Department stores, boutiques and jewellery shops are strung together like pearls on a chain. The further along Bahnhofstrasse you go in the direction of Lake Zurich, the more exclusive the shops become. Here, people even stroll on Sundays when the shops are closed, to indulge in some window shopping. Bahnhofstrasse, Rennweg and Augustinergasse lead to the picturesque old town.
In Zurich’s old town you will find tradesmen, antique dealers, bookshops and florists alongside trendy shops, jewellery shops, Zurich labels and hairdressers. This combination of many different specialist shops, which can only be found here, makes the old town a unique shopping district. Traditions are maintained to this day in many of the businesses.
In sharp contrast are the numerous trendy shops contributing to the diversity and unique character of the shopping precinct in Zurich’s old town. The Time-Tunnel is a good example of this: here the fashion-conscious can find second-hand designer objects, or have their hair cut at the hairdressers. Situated on the opposite bank of the River Limmat is one of the city’s oldest districts. The Schipfe is still dominated by tradesmen today, and you can often obtain expert advice from the specialist or artist in person, whether a goldsmith or expert wood carver. And along Strehlgasse and Storchengasse, in Gassen and Wühre, you will find boutiques with exclusive fashions.
Zurich labels are often to be found where you would least expect them. In Zurich, creative ideas are routinely put into practice and welcomed with open arms. The creative sector in Zurich is booming. This is particularly evident in the trendy districts of Zurich-West and Aussersihl, where creative people have taken up residence – among other places, in former factories. New galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs are opening all the time. Textile and furniture designers, jewellery makers and fashion designers, architects and graphic designers all have their studios or shops here. The closer you get to Langstrasse, the more colourful it becomes: the multicultural street is home to people from more than 110 different countries.
Life has returned to the arches of the viaduct built in 1894 in Zurich West. A 550-yard urban meeting place invites you to stroll, shop, eat and drink. A shopping paradise has been created under the 36 arches. The colourful mix of delicatessens, studio galleries, sport and fashion boutiques is open to everyone. At the heart of it all is the Market Hall where 20 farmers and food vendors from the area offer their wares.