Zurich, the largest city of Switzerland, is home to numerous shopping places. The city is a paradise for shopaholics. If you are visiting Zurich for a shopping vacation, you will be amazed to find many shops concentrated within one square kilometer in the heart of the city. Renowned world over for its chocolates and watches, this magnificent city is equally famous for its handicrafts, jewelry, and fine leather shoes. The best way to start your shopping in the city will be from the main railway station. Consider visiting some of the best places for shopping in the city such as Bahnhofstrasse, Sihlcity, Niederdorf, and Lowenstrasse. Shopping, after all, will surely be an exciting experience which no shopper can deny, especially in Zurich.
Before you actually start enjoying your shopping experience in Zurich, here’s some basic information that you should keep in mind. Most shops in the city are usually open from 09.00-20.00 on weekdays. The shops however close earlier on Saturday, and are completely closed on Sunday. The shops in the vicinity of the main station are generally open between 08.00 and 21.00 daily. However, in smaller towns around the city, the shops usually close at around 18.30 on weekdays, while on Saturday they close at around 16.00.
Whether you are visiting Zurich as a tourist or for business, you shouldn’t miss out visiting the popular shopping destination Bahnhofstrasse, located in the heart of the city. The Bahnhofstrasse is essentially a traffic free 1.2-km-long main shopping zone linking the Central Station and Bürkliplatz. This popular promenade is visited in large numbers by the locals as well as tourists. The Bahnhofstrasse is an ideal place for pedestrians to do their shopping. Considered as being among Europe’s most beautiful areas, the Bahnhofstrasse is renowned for its pastry shops, boutiques, department stores, fashion stores, and shops dealing in top quality products such as watches, jewelry, porcelain, furs, shoes and accessories.
Sihlcity Leisure and Shopping Centre, popularly called “Sihlcity” by the locals, is truly a shopper’s paradise. It was opened in 2007 on the premises of an industrial-age paper mill. The architecture is modern and magnificent. It perfectly blends with the old factory buildings. This huge shopping centre is home to above 80 shops selling all kinds of products such as books, electrical items, accessories, shoes, jewelry, designer clothes, electronics, and almost everything that one might be looking for at a shopping mall. The Sihlcity also has a multiplex cinema and many restaurants. The FourPoints Hotel and a famous wellness center Asia Spa featuring a meditation pool, Japanese springs and more are also found in the Sihlcity. It can be easily reached through Zurich tram network.
Niederdorf or the lower village, forms the part of old town. It is situated on the eastern side of River Limmat between the Bellevue Square and Central Square. With its many restaurants and bars, this place is frequented by many locals and tourists. Most part of Niederdorf is exclusively a pedestrian area, crisscrossing with many small squares and medieval alleys. You will love strolling in this place. It’s a must for every tourist visiting Zurich. This place is famous for its nightlife and dining. You can also spend quality time shopping in the numerous small shops, which are located in Niederdorf and Limmatquai streets. The prices at most of the shops are affordable. You can find stores selling fancy shoes, as well as latest trendy clothes.
ShopVille RailCity is situated in the underground of Zurich’s Central Station, which is the city’s main train station. This huge shopping area is home to over 130 shops and about 38 restaurants. Here you will find shops of all kinds dealing in shoes, groceries, pharmacies, electronics, flowers, books, fashionable items, clothes, accessories and more. A number of takeaways can also be found here. The ShopVille RailCity is open round the year. It is open on weekdays between 09.00 and 21.00. On Saturday and Sunday, it is open between 09.00 and 20.00.
The Einkaufszentrum Glatt is spread in an area of 43,000 square meters. It is the biggest shopping mall in Switzerland. It is home to nearly 100 shops. Here you will find two departmental stores, fashion stores, boutiques and nine restaurants. Famous jewelers and watch stores of Zurich also have their branches located here. The Einkaufszentrum Glatt shopping mall is generally open between 09.00 and 20.00 on weekdays, while it is closed on Sunday.