Shopping in Zurich is a fantastic holiday experience. While
traditional Swiss products may be watches, cuckoo-clocks and
chocolate, there are also many upmarket boutiques and speciality
stores (such as the one dedicated entirely to button sales). This
city is charmingly devoid of shopping malls.
The main shopping street is Bahnhofstrasse, home to department
stores Globus and Jelmoli, and jewellery shops like Bucherer and
Beyer, as well as fashion shops such as H&M. Fine Swiss
chocolates (including Frey and Lindt), Swiss Army knives,
embroidery, linen, Swiss watches, and handmade clocks are available
from shops like Schweizer Heimatwerk and Confiserie SprÃ¼ngli. At
Zurich Hauptbahnhof, Shopville is a subway shopping centre offering
Swiss souvenirs and fine wines. Also close by, there''s a flea
market at Helvetiaplatz on Saturday mornings.
The Niederdorf district has trendy boutiques, ''modern'' antiques
and a few bookshops. Nearby, Schipfe is a street where artisans and
craftsman offer quality and custom-made products. Elegant
boutiques, department stores and speciality shops are clustered in
the Old Town. International visitors may reclaim VAT but some
conditions do apply.