Where to Drink in Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich may be Switzerland’s powerhouse city, but its infectious work-hard, play-hard energy is refreshingly offset by a love of nature and a healthy embrace of creative freedom.

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Confiserei Sprüngli

A Swiss institution, this pâtisserie, coffee house and chocolatier brought café culture to Zurich in the 1830s. Even today, writers, heiresses and associated hangers-on can be found mingling upstairs over hot chocolate and Luxemburgerli - the city's very own mini macarons.


Bahnhofstrasse 21, 8001


Frau Gerolds Garten

Right in the heart of Zürich-West, this lovely urban garden bar and restaurant serves home-cooked comfort food and craft beers to an appreciative crowd of local designers and entrepreneurs.


Geroldstrasse 23/23a 8005

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Olé Olé

For an unbridled, loud, Latin-themed dive bar experience, head to this Langstrasse icon. Here when the area was synonymous with drugs and prostitution, it today caters for the new crowd of creatives.


Langstrasse 138, 8004

The Lowdown

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