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Zurich, Switzerland is a melting pot of upscale stores and boutiques, and compared to some other European Capitals, Zurich comes very highly regarded. Switzerland is usually stereotyped for their products such as watches and chocolates and a walk along Bahnhofstrasse which is long considered to be the primary shopping street in the world. But there is more to it than just that stereotype, Zurich is one of Europe’s finest when it comes to shopping. Taking a weekend break in Zurich, the Bahnhofstrasse is one of the suggested streets to explore specifically the department stores Globus and Jelmoli.
They provide the finest first-rate fashion shopping experience and food halls that offer Swiss specialties are also available. Bahnhofstrasse, which extends all the way to Bürkliplatz on the lake, is also filled with jewellery stores, Bucherer, Beyer and Gübelin among others. Famous shoe shops and boutiques such as H & M, Ermenegildo Zegna and Bally are also in this street. As you walk along, you can discover Shopville that houses souvenirs and good wines.
As you walk along Augustinergasse, you will see how beautiful and picturesque this lane is, with guildhouses that were built hundreds of years ago, from the 14th-18th century. There are also charming shops found along this lane. It is quite an experience walking along their narrow streets and walking on cobblestones. You can find a wide collection of antiques, keepsakes, relics and book stores between the confined streets of Bahnhofstrasse and the embankment which is called the Limmatquai. The Rennweg and Paradeplatz also places of interest to go to. To the west of Hauptbahnhof, further ahead is the Flea Market at Helvetiaplatz, for those who love to bargain. This market is only open during Saturdays around 9am to 1pm.
One of the city’s oldest district, the Niederdorf is located on the other side of the Limmat. Here you will notice pedestrian streets, confined alleyways and courtyards, and each construction filled with botiques, “modern” antique stores, book stores, and affordable restaurants. Marktgasse and Storchengasse/Strehlgasse are great destinations for those who like to spend hours on window shopping.
Lastly, the Schipfe, a heavenly place to explore, can be found through the eccentric houses on the banks of the Limmat. A lot of artists and craftsmen carry on their masterpieces, providing quality and products that are customized from little workshops and boutiques.
A lot of stores in the center of city are open on weekdays from 9am to 6:30pm, and some extend until 8pm. Stores are mostly closed on Sundays, while on Saturdays they are open from 8am to 4pm. Shopville outlets and those at Stadelhofen train station are open on Sundays. If you are eyeing to go to the Niederdorf district, take note that they open late mornings or early afternoons and they close on Monday.
write by Bellamy