A quick jaunt in the Swiss cap­i­tal

Fa­mous for bank­ing and fre­quently top-ranked for qual­ity of life, this cul­tural, com­pact city is also a plea­sure for leisure

Business Traveller (India) - - CONTENTS - WORDS JENNY SOUTHAN

Clouds Kitchen at Prime Tower

Be­gin your four-hour walk­ing tour of Zurich West in the for­mer Ind us triequ ar tier at the mir­rored 36-storey Prime Tower. It was the tallest build­ing in Switzer­land un­til 2015 when the Roche Tower was un­veiled in Basel. For vis­it­ing busi­ness­peo­ple this may well be a venue they nd them­selves hav­ing meet­ings in. Take the li to the 35th oor and you will nd Clouds Kitchen, a restau­rant, bistro and bar.

ere’s also a smok­ers’ lounge where you can en­joy a cigar. What­ever time of day or night you visit, the views are im­pres­sive, and give you a great op­por­tu­nity to see Zurich West and the train lines that run along­side up to the main Haupt­bahn­hof sta­tion. Visit for a co ee or cock­tail. Hard­strasse 201; clouds.ch/en.

Fre­itag store

Cross the road (Hard­brucke) and walk a short way down Gerold­strasse to an­other, smaller tower, this time built out of colour­ful ship­ping containers stacked on top of one an­other. is un­usual con­struc­tion houses the four- oor Fre­itag store, a brand that has carved a niche in “up­cy­cling” old truck tar­pau­lins and turn­ing them into one-of-a-kind, highly durable bags and wal­lets. e con­cept was launched in 1993 and has since been so suc­cess­ful that the home­grown Swiss com­pany now has 18 out­lets around the world, as well as 450 re­sellers. e Zurich West ag­ship store is well worth a visit, and is a good place to buy a sou­venir. It’s pos­si­ble to apply for a tour of the fac­tory in the No­erd in­dus­trial com­plex 6km away. Open Mon­daysFri­days 10:30am-7pm, Sat­ur­day 10am6pm. Gerold­strasse 17; fre­itag.ch/en.

Frau Gerolds Garten

Next door to the Fre­itag store is veyear-old Frau Gerolds Garten, a beer gar­den strung with lights. Dur­ing the warmer months between April and Septem­ber, en­joy gravel walk­ways, trees, pot­ted plants and herbs, mu­rals on walls, bars, food stalls and some quirky out­door sculp­ture. Head up to the ter­race (again built out of ship­ping containers), which is a per­fect van­tage point for trainspot­ting, and or­der a cold brew. If you come in win­ter (Oc­to­ber to March), it will prob­a­bly be too chilly to sit out­side; in which case, head for the gi­ant wooden yurt in the mid­dle. Inside is a cosy restau­rant fur­nished with throws and cush­ions; if hun­gry, or­der the fon­due. Open Mon­days-Satur­days 11am-12am, Sun­days 12pm-10pm (sum­mer), Mon­days-Sun­days 6pm-12am; Gerold­strasse 23/23a; fraugerold.ch.

Im Viadukt

At the heart of Zurich West is Im Viadukt, a 500-me­tre-long ware­house that sits be­neath the arches of a 19th cen­tury rail­way viaduct. Un­der ev­ery arch (there are 36 in to­tal) is a di er­ent bou­tique, in­te­rior de­sign store, café or con­cept shop, on both the Viaduk­t­strasse side and the other side where there is a park. Only a cou­ple of min­utes’ walk from Frau Gerolds Garten, it’s an in­ter­est­ing place to browse ate­liers such as Time­tun­nel Liv­ing, Klang­wan­del, Kitch­ener Plus, Brankob and Street Files. ese brands sell ev­ery­thing from stylish train­ers, watches and jeans to hand-wo­ven throws and head­phones. ere’s also the cav­ernous Mark­thalle, stocked with sausages, deli goods, bread, pas­tries, ow­ers and veg­eta­bles. Open Mon­days-Fri­days 11am-7pm, Satur­days 10am-6pm; im-viadukt.ch/en.

Schi bau

Com­plete your tour at the Schi au, a ten-minute stroll from Im Viadukt. Once used for ship­build­ing, this im­pos­ing brick struc­ture has been turned into a theatre with three stages (visit schaus­piel­haus.ch/en/ for more in­for­ma­tion); there is also a jazz club and restau­rant La Salle. Set to the le of the great en­trance hall, the restau­rant is an ideal place to come for lunch or din­ner, ei­ther with clients (it’s pop­u­lar with pro­fes­sion­als) or a com­pan­ion for some­thing less for­mal. e mod­ern cui­sine takes in uences from French and Ital­ian cook­ing with dishes such as veal cut­let with herb but­ter, horse llet with gar­lic, or ravi­oli of the day. Open Mon­days-Fri­days from 11am, week­ends from 5pm; Schi aus­trasse 6; lasalle-restau­rant.ch.

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