ZURICH

KAREN-SOFIE

48 INSIDER GUIDE

Karen-Sofie was born in Oslo but she moved to Zurich when she was just one year old. She studied Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and now she works as an art gallerist and as a freelance creative consultant. She loves taking photographs, travelling and music! Check out her tips to enjoy the trendiest spots in town!

 

BREAKFAST

 

SPRUNGLI
local - breakfast - avocado toast
€€ - €€€
This is a classic and a must. They recently made their breakfast/brunch menu over, offering a wide-range selection of dishes such as eggs, porridge, avocado toast and so on. It connects to the best chocolate shop in town.

 

CAFÉ SCHOBER
breakfast - outdoor seating - coffee
€€ - €€€
In the middle of the Old Town, it’s a cute spot to sit outside enjoying breakfast during the summer.

 

LUNCH

 

KAUFLEUTEN
lunch -
night club - cool
€€€€
It’s known for its
night club but it also has a great restaurant that is ideal for a large group.

 

BINDELLA
local - Italian - lunch 
€€€€
This is where many locals enjoy either lunch or dinner. Inside a beautiful, light pink building, you will feel the Italian vibe when you first walk in the door. Great service!

 

FISCHER FRITZ
fish – casual – view
€€€
A restaurant on a campsite? This one is different. During the summer, this is a great spot for lunch right by the lake. There are boat taxis that can pick you up!

 

JUICES AND ACAI BOWLS

 

JUICERY 21
healthy - juice - coffee

If you’re looking for a juice spot that you could easily find in NY or London, stop here, this is the place. You will be able to sip your almond coffee, all types of juices and smoothies along with your Acai bowl. There’s a healthy, young and gym-goer crowd!

 

PIC CHIC
healthy - juice - coffee
€€
Walk into a food-court atmosphere where you can find great coffee, juice, sushi or tapas. It’s located just off Bahnhofstrasse, so it is a great spot to take a break from your shopping.

 

DINNER

 

LUMIERE
French - cool - romantic
€€ - €€€
Serving French cuisine, the quality is excellent and the service is great. Located in the Old Town, it's just a few minutes away from some of the best bars if you’re longing for a fancy drink later on (Old Crow and Widder Garage).

 

KRONENHALLE
classic - artsy - drinks
€€€€
A classic in Zurich. You can dine amongst great art such as paintings by Picasso, Chagall, Mirò
and Braque. Order the dish with veal and rösti. They also have a great bar.

 

LA BARACCA
vibrant - fun night out - Italian
€€ - €€€
A vibrant and fun Italian restaurant.

 

DRINKS

 

LONGSTREET BAR
cocktails -
fun night out - cool
€€ - €€€
Walk in to find a ceiling filled with dangling light bulbs, red velvet walls
and a young crowd. A former cabaret, holding lots of old secrets, today is the place where people go before hitting the near-by clubs. Located in Zurich’s “red light” district.

 

OLD CROW
cocktails -
fun night out -  whiskey
€€€
Great for drinks, especially for whiskey lovers. It’s quite hidden, so you need to know about it.

 

WIDDER BAR 
cocktails - cool - fun night out
€€€
Located in the Old Town, it serves a great selection of cocktails.

 

SHOPS

 

EN SOIE
family-run - trendy - shopping
Browse around this local, family-run boutique selling beautiful pottery, jewellery, scarfs, and other unique items, situated in Old Town Zurich.

 

MAISON GASSMANN
high-end - shopping - multi-brand
If you’re looking for more high-end super trendy items, visit this multi-brand store. Recently moved to Old Town, it is just opposite the Storchen Hotel by the river.

 

HOTELS

 

MARKTGASSE HOTEL
boutique hotel – chic – contemporary
€€€
One of Zurich's oldest
inns, restored and reopened at the end of 2015. It combines a contemporary 39-bedroom boutique hotel with two restaurants and a bar.

 

HELVETIA HOTEL 
boutique hotel – traditional – cool
€€€
Known to locals under the hip moniker of "
Helvti," this boutique hotel is a place steeped in history and tradition.

 

EXPERIENCE

 

CABARET VOLTAIRE
bar – vibrant – traditional
Founded in 1916, it's the birthplace of Dadaism. You can enjoy the space during the day or if you are a night owl, come later, it turns into a cool bar.

 

GALERIE MARIA BERNHEIM
art gallery – cool – contemporary art
Showing artworks of contemporary artists from all over the world, it focuses especially on a few Swiss artists
as as an attempt to bridge the gap between the French speaking part of Switzerland and the German one.

 

GALERIE BERNHARD
art gallery – unusual – contemporary art
Located within the Hardbrucke art quarter, this gallery is one of the younger contemporary galleries in Zurich, and it’s really worth the visit!

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