Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Zurich

Hotel du Théâtre
A modern hotel in an historic shell, the Hotel du Théâtre is stylishly minimalist.
Alden Hotel Splügenschloss
Combining superlative design with great charm, this bijoux five-star hotel has a home away from home vibe.
Sphères
A bar for bookworms and bookshop for barflies, multi-tasking Sphères is a local sort of spot
Griederbar Zürich
A stylish cafe in Zürich's most stylish department store, Griederbar's shady terrace overlooking Bahnhofstrasse is a local favourite
Globus Zürich Bellevue
Perfect if you are peckish and pressed for time, Globus' Bellevueplatz outpost has the most awesome Food Hall
Gran Café Motta
Housed in an elegant neo-classical building by the Limmat river, Gran Café Motta is a sleek blend of dark wood, striking paintings and statement lighting
Confiserie Sprüngli
A local institution, no trip to Zürich would be complete without swinging by this Paradeplatz landmark for a mid-morning coffee and Luxembergli
Café Schober
A feast to the eyes as well as the tummy, the charmingly intimate Café Schober serves up the best apfel strudel in town
Café Felix
Confiserie Teuscher's frou-frou riverside café opened in 2008 but its classic lines make it feel like a Zürich fixture
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
Rössli Bar
A local secret, the pint-sized Rössli is very, very well stocked, with an excellent selection of whisky, some interesting wines by the glass and well-made cocktails
Odeon Café-Bar
A cult bar with an illustrious list of former patrons, Odeon has an elegant Viennese coffee house feel
Kafi für Dich
A bar-cum-café-cum-gallery, Kafi für Dich is one of Kreis 4's treasured local living rooms
Central Bar Caffé
A bar so understated you could walk down Ankerstrasse several times and still miss it, Central is beautifully low-key
Zoo Zürich
Perched high on Zürichberg, the Zoo is home to exotic animals from across the globe
Wildnispark Zürich
The Wildnispark spans the Sihlwald forest and the smaller Langenberg park
Walking
Helvetia Restaurant
A local institution, the restaurant at multi-tasking bar-, restaurant- and hotel- Helvetia has a funked up brasserie feel
Helvetia Hotel
Stylish bar-restaurant-design-hotel located at the confluence of smart Zürich, arty Zürich and party Zürich.
Aura (bar and smokers lounge)
Chic yet muted, Aura serves expert cocktails which are worth making the visit
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Maison Manesse
Loosely defined as fun fine dining, Maison Manesse is limited only by its chef's inventiveness
Valmann
A little slice of pure glamour, Valmann's superb cocktails, great sound system and friendly atmosphere pull in an attractive, professional crowd night after night
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Xenix
An arthouse cinema and bar; in summer, Xenix's arty, filmy crowd spill out over the gravel square; in winter, they prop up the long wooden bar in the elegant pavilion
Widder Bar
Oozing sophistication, the Widder's bar is considered Switzerland’s best whisky bar, showcasing over 250 bottles of whisky alongside Zürich's most extensive cocktail list
Talacker Bar
Kooky, mish-mashed decor places Talacker Bar more firmly in the alternative vibe of Kreis 4 rather than it's smart Kreis 1 surrounds would suggest
Tao’s Lounge & Bar
Packing in Zürich's pretty young things on a nightly basis, this chic little space is one of the most popular fumoir bars in town
Old Fashion Bar
A popular post-work meeting place for Zürich’s elite of all ages, Old Fashion bar has hunting-lodge-chic decor and serves a mean club sandwich
Plaza Cava Aperobar
Gently popular all week with a post-work crowd, Plaza Cava's scene takes off at the weekend when Plaza club draws Zürich’s most fashionable to Kreis 4
Seebad Enge
With a fabulous setting on the lake, Seebad Enge has wonderful views of the city, lake and mountains, a fitting backdrop for some of the most chilled sundowners in town
Kaufleuten Hof/Pelikanbar
One of Zürich's most famous venues, Kaufleuten is a multi-tasking space, home to two bars, two clubs and a restaurant
La Stanza
Understatedly stylish and incredibly popular day and night, La Stanza serves up wines, beers and classic cocktails alongside Zürich's best espresso
Barfussbar (in the Frauenbadi)
On warm summer evenings this charming 19th century wooden badi floating in the Limmat river transforms into a ‘barefoot’ bar
Dini Mueter
Charmingly gemütlich (cosy), with simple wood tables, low leather chairs and floral wallpaper, Dini Mueter has brought a dose of cool to Langstrasse
Helvetia Bar
Redolent of history, the ‘Helvti’ had a ringside seat to the 1980 riots, but these days there is more Rioja than revolution going down on faded green leather banquettes
Almodobar
A stylish café-restaurant-bar-lounge, Almodobar moves seamlessly from frothy cappuccinos via tasty lunches to towards liquid oblivion. It's the latter that we prefer.
Jules Verne Panoramabar
Views and cocktails: a magic combination and Jules Verne Panoramabar has both in abundance
Juice Market
Daniel and Charlotte Leuthold started Juice Market, a stylish little café on cobbled Augustinergasse, as a juice bar in 1994 to provide an oasis of health to Zürchers loaded up on traditional veal'n'cream fare

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