Zurich’s Coolest Summer Spots

Swimming in the Limmat River
Swimming in the Limmat River

Zurich has always been considered a financial city, or a point of departure for idyllic day tours to the mountains.

Since few years, Zurich has become a completely different city, full of cool spots. A city that now also gets the attraction of the hip young-ish crowd.

We have been there in July and experienced this vibe. We were lucky, the weather was just unbeatable. Our objective was to visit as many places as we could in a weekend, and we did a pretty good job. Zurich is relatively small, with a great transport service, so you do not have to worry, you will get to do everything. Warning: Be ready to spend some extra bucks, Zurich can be really expensive.

The Limmat River cross Zurich and divides it in East and West. Its colour is beautiful and clean. You will find many Swiss in their lunch break changing their underwear for a swimming costume and jumping in the river. Some cool places on the way:

Primitivo

A spot in front of the river to have a drink and swim if it is hot. Just in front of Primitivo, another great place is Panama, good cocktails!

Primitivo Bar
Primitivo Bar

Chuchi am Wasser

Great summer spot for healthy hipster food and drinks! Behind it, there is also Dynamo Jugenkulturhaus, a contemporary arts centre with live music & theatre performances, plus workshops, classes & dining. Worth to check!

Chuchi am Wasser and Dynamo VIew from the Bridge
Chuchi am Wasser and Dynamo VIew from the Bridge

Park Platz 

A community hip project with a bar and coffee shop. Be ready to see great and weird recycled designs. It is not in front of the river but on the side walk than Primitivo. [Web]

Community Hip Project
Community Hip Project

Flussbad Unterer Letten

This is a great option to swim! It is a public swimming bath. Great for solo travellers as there are lockers to leave your stuff. Also good for families as there is a big park behind with a little swimming pool for kids and games!

Really nice vibe. Water in the river in this area is really cold and the flow is quite fast, so be careful! One of the peculiarities is that you can’t swim back so you may need to get the stairs, go back to the starting point and swim again with the flow. [Web]

Public Baths in Zurich
Public Baths in Zurich

 

Public swimming bath in Zurich: view from the other side
Public swimming bath in Zurich: view from the other side on our little spot!

Although the river is quite interesting and full of great spots where to swim, sunbathe or simply have some drinks, another good spot where to enjoy the sun is in Lake Zurich.

A tiny and relaxed place where to have some light lunch is the Snack Bar Enge Kiosk. Beautiful view, comfort food, plus a swimming area just in front of it. I was told that in the Park Arboretum.. the young crowd gathers in summer for drinks before heading to the nowadays trendiest area, the one ever scared Zurich West.

View from the Cafe in Lake Zurich
View from the Cafe in Lake Zurich

Rimini

Badi bars are open-air bars. A number of riverside and lakeside bathing facilities are transformed into bars on the water’s edge in the evening. A really cool concept!

Rimini is one of them. A bit fancy as it is in the business area, mainly popular for after-work drinks, with a pool that is actually made with the water of the lake.

Rimini Badi Bar
Rimini Badi Bar

Other great Badi-Bars to explore are Seebad Enge, Kiosk, Kleine Freinheit.

Primitivo is also considered a Badi Bar in the evening.

El Lokal

Really cool bar with funny décor inside. There is also an outdoor area in front of the river where people have drinks and some food. [Web]

El Lokal, Inside the Bar
El Lokal, Inside the Bar

Zurich West

The trendiest new area, once rough, now cool.

The ‘Kreis 5’ (this is how this area is called) is full of new great places to explore. A former industrial quarter that became the hippest area where to shop, admire art, have some drinks and food.

Where to go?

Frau Gerolds Garten

A hip outdoor bar. Old shipping containers house the two bars and the kitchen. Worth to see it. Perfect for a summer evening.

There are many design and fashion and accessories shops in the complex and it also holds regular flea and design markets. [Web]

Frau Gerolts Garten in the Evening
Frau Gerolds Garten in the Evening
Fraud Gerolds Garten Entrance
Fraud Gerolds Garten Entrance

Viadukt 

Ex industrial refurbished area, located behind the railway viaduct built in 1894. More than 30 trendy – and pricey- shops and a market hall. A 9-minute walk from Frau Gerolds Garten. It runs between the bank of the river Limmat and Hardbrücke station.

Definitely, visit the Markthalle for fresh groceries from the producers or to enjoy a great organic lunch during the day. The bars and restaurants attract a busy crowd in the evening. [Web]

Market Hall in Viadukt
Market Hall in Viadukt

Street summer market, yeah!

Zurich does not hold many regular street markets and we were quite lucky to be in the city at the time the Street Food Festival was being held in July! Amazing food offer at the Hardturm. We had a mix of Peruvian, Tunisian, and German delicacies 🙂 Do not worry, another festival will run in September.

Street Food Zurich
Street Food Zurich
Street Food Zurich Festival
Street Food Zurich Festival

For more information about this festival and for more cool things to do in summer in the city visit the Zurich Tourism website here.

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