Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Zurich

Rote Fabrik
Les Halles
Famed for moules frites, this restaurant and bar in an old vegetable market is a Zürich institution that's stood the test of time
Cinque
A slice of pure Naples, flickering candlelight comes as standard at this popular little Italian
Gartenhof
Understatedly cool, Gartenhof is vibrant, local and immensely relaxed
Museum Rietberg
Focusing on non-European cultures, Museum Rietburg has works from Africa, Asia, Ancient America and Oceania
ETH, Prints and Drawings
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is the unlikely venue for this stunningly extensive collection of prints and drawings
Hotel Franziskaner
Sister hotel to the Altstadt, this Niederdorf charmer dates back to the 13th century.
Fischer’s Fritz
Embodying the contrasts that make Zürich such an intriguing place, this lakeside campsite has a renowned fish restaurant and bar.
Plattenhof Hotel
A charming design hotel, the Plattenhof is tucked away among the university neighbourhood's grand 19th century buildings.
Hotel Altstadt
Charmingly quirky boutique hotel nestling in the Altstadt's cobbled streets.
Heidi Weber Museum
Le Corbusier's last building, the Heidi Weber Museum houses a collection of his graphic paintings
Restaurant Markthalle
Part restaurant, part market hall, stealthily stylish Markthalle is the jewel in the crown of the newly opened Viadukt shopping area
Hotel Rothaus
Stripped-back design hotel in a prime position on Kreis 4's edgy Langstrasse.
Migros Museum
An internationally renowned destination for contemporary art, the Migros Museum features modern works by a range of international artists.
Hotel Seefeld
Housed in a building that dates from the 1930s, the Seefeld has a bright modern feel that attracts a regular roster of discerning business travellers.
Hotel Seehof
A diminutive design hotel in Seefeld, the 20-room Seehof is as popular with Opera-going culture vultures and limber dancers from the Zürich Ballet as it is with business travellers.
Observatory Urania
Star-gazers will enjoy the guided tours of this elegant early 20th-century observatory, which is home to an enormous telescope of similar vintage
Lady’s First Design Hotel
Now open to all, Lady's First Design Hotel was created in 2001, by women as a stylish haven for women, wholly staffed by women.
Uetliberg Mountain
The top of Uetliberg mountain may be just 20 minutes by train from central Zürich, but it feels like  another world
Männerbad Schanzengraben
A tranquil swimming pool on the Schanzengraben canal next to the Botanical Gardens
Bicycle hire – Züri Rollt
Zürich is an excellent city to explore by bike, you can cycle around town or go for a gentle ride along the lakeside shore
Swiss National Museum Zürich
Built in the late 19th-century, the dramatic Landesmuseum is as near to a fairytale castle as you will find in Zürich
Rote Fabrik
A theatre, institution of modern art, cultural think-tank and fixture on the music scene, Rote Fabrik sits at the epicentre of Zürich's contemporary arts scene
Kunsthaus Zürich
Zürich's most important art museum is home to paintings by Picasso, Klee, Matisse, Monet, van Gogh, Chagall and Edvard Munch
Grossmünster
The most recognisable landmark in Zürich, Grossmünster's elegant towers punctuate the Altstadt's skyline
Fraumünster Church
A must visit even for the irreligious, the Fraumünster has jewel-like stained glass windows by Marc Chagall
E. G. Bührle Collection
A Zürich industrialist, Emil Georg Bührle amassed one of the most important 20th-century private collections of European Art before his death in 1956
Zürcher Brockenhaus
An Aladdin's cave of second-hand wonders
SchuhCafé
No-nonsense footwear for both men and women in a cofee house-like environment
Schwarzenbach
Orelli-Füssli
Read between the lines at Orelli Füssli, which sells English-language books and DVDs
Könix
Got sole? Head to this shrine to shoes, with everything set in sleek, Wallpaper* magazine-worthy surroundings
Schlüssel
It may style itself as a neighbourhood restaurant, but with a charming, light dining room and excellent seasonal menu, Schlüssel is well worth seeking out
Zum Guten Glück
With a popular retro-chic café and vintage-furnished rooms, this bijou, no-frills guesthouse has been a favourite of architects, designers and the fashion crowd since it opened in 2008.
Hotel Rössli
Fusing modern design with medieval architecture, the charming Hotel Rössli spans two townhouses dating from the 13th-century.
Hotel Rütli
An oasis of style in an area brimming with nondescript hotels, the Rütli was renovated in 2010 so it's sparklingly new and very smart.
Hotel du Théâtre
A modern hotel in an historic shell, the Hotel du Théâtre is stylishly minimalist.
Sphères
A bar for bookworms and bookshop for barflies, multi-tasking Sphères is a local sort of spot
Globus Zürich Bellevue
Perfect if you are peckish and pressed for time, Globus' Bellevueplatz outpost has the most awesome Food Hall
Café Bar Neumarkt
Small and charming, Theater Neumarkt's Café-Bar has a loyal following of locals who pop in to chat or read the newspaper

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