Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Zurich

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
Rote Fabrik
Gartenhof
Understatedly cool, Gartenhof is vibrant, local and immensely relaxed
Hotel Franziskaner
Sister hotel to the Altstadt, this Niederdorf charmer dates back to the 13th century.
ETH, Prints and Drawings
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is the unlikely venue for this stunningly extensive collection of prints and drawings
Museum Rietberg
Focusing on non-European cultures, Museum Rietburg has works from Africa, Asia, Ancient America and Oceania
Fischer’s Fritz
Embodying the contrasts that make Zürich such an intriguing place, this lakeside campsite has a renowned fish restaurant and bar.
Heidi Weber Museum
Le Corbusier's last building, the Heidi Weber Museum houses a collection of his graphic paintings
Hotel Altstadt
Charmingly quirky boutique hotel nestling in the Altstadt's cobbled streets.
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.
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.
Migros Museum
An internationally renowned destination for contemporary art, the Migros Museum features modern works by a range of international artists.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Zukunft
Zürich's most popular house/techno club might be small, but it has a big reputation and deservedly so
Theatre Gessnerallee
Formerly a military indoor riding area and stables, Gessnerallee is now a centre for independent theatre and dance

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