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Whether you’re seeking the latest in designer fashions to great value in local handicrafts, you’ll find Zurich is a shopper’s mecca. Here’s where Forbes Travel Guide editors recommendation for the best shopping in the Swiss city:
For fashion, head to Bahnhofstrasse, which is one of the most exclusive and expensive shopping streets in the world. Running from the train station down to the lake, it’s lined with department stores, independent boutiques and jewelers selling some of the finest things money can buy. However, the city is also home to some more alternative shopping options, such as the Niederdorf (famous for small, über-trendy clothes stores) and Löwenstrasse (the best option for mid-range, mass-produced fashion).
Just like with high-end fashion, the best place for quality Swiss souvenirs is Bahnhofstrasse. Stroll past boutique Swiss chocolatiers and confectioners, Victorinox Swiss army knife outlets and luxurious Swiss watch stores. There are fantastic mid-range souvenir options scattered across the city too. You’ll find with high-quality chocolate sold in supermarkets, Swiss handicrafts such as cuckoo clocks in Bellevue and kids’ toys sold in stores along the river.
If you prefer a more eclectic shopping experience, Zurich’s two best flea markets are the enormous Flohmarkt Kanzlei on Helvetiaplatz, which has up to 400 stalls open every Saturday; and the slightly more relaxed Bürkliplatz flea market in the Bellevue area of the city. The city also boasts a number of flower and vegetable markets (like Altstetten and Milchbuck); gourmet food markets (like Spezialitätenmarkt im Hauptbahnhof and Oerlikon); arts and crafts markets (like Rosenhof and Créativa); and, of course, festive Christmas markets.