ME+EM Oversized Silk Blouse in Soft White* | ME+EM Girl Meets Boy Jean in Vintage Wash* | Adidas Originals Gazelle Trainers in Pink | Danielle Foster Charlie Box Bag in Khaki | Ace & Tate x It’s Nice That Sunglasses* | Susan Caplan Asymmetrical Ori Earrings in 18ct Gold Vermeil* | Felice Dahl Första Ring in Gold* | CFconcept Tusk Necklace in Gold
ME+EM Breton Top in White/Black* | ME+EM Pleated Skirt in Black* | Danielle Foster Charlie Box Bag in Khaki | Ace & Tate x It’s Nice That Sunglasses* | Missoma Engravable Initial Necklace in Gold* | Larsson & Jennings Liten Watch c/o Farfetch
EOS Maddy Sandal in Dalmatian Pony
ME+EM Stripe Raglan Crew Sweater in Navy/White* | ME+EM Leather & Suede Wrap Skirt in Black* | Converse Chuck ii Low Top in Black* | Cambridge Satchel Company Saddle Bag in Black* | Super by Retrosuperfuture Paloma Black Matte Sunglasses* | Missoma x Lucy Williams Gold Graduated Fang Necklace* | Larsson & Jennings Liten Watch c/o Farfetch* | Felice Dahl Första Ring in Gold* | Dinny Hall Signature Large Hoops in Gold
ME+EM Breton Top in White/Black* | ME+EM Pleated Skirt in Black* | Danielle Foster Charlie Box Bag in Khaki | Ace & Tate x It’s Nice That Sunglasses* | Missoma Engravable Initial Necklace in Gold* | Larsson & Jennings Liten Watch c/o Farfetch | Alda C Casting Earring in Onyx & Gold c/o Joumanna | Kristen Elspeth Petite Thread Ring, Axe Ring & Blade Ring in Gold
Just before London Fashion Week I flew out to Zurich, a breathtakingly beautiful city that’s just an hour and a half away from London by plane. It’s not a big city so it’s a great destination for a long weekend as it’s easy to walk around and there’s a great tram system if you want to explore further afield. We mostly walked everywhere getting the odd tram here and there to make the most of our time but it wasn’t essential.
As summer returned to London it also returned to Zurich, we were so lucky with the weather, it was the second weekend of September but it could have been mid-summer for all we knew. After dropping off our bags at the hotel we headed to the Polybahn Funicular, which we took up to the university, to get a good look at the city from above, the view from there is pretty incredible. A little hot, we headed to Grande Café for the most wonderful iced latte, it’s a café and bar with a lot of personality and some very friendly staff. We then spent the afternoon wandering around town, getting our bearings.
On Saturday we explored the Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich, it has three domes of exotic plants (one tropical, one dry and one somewhere in-between), as well as more traditional gardens around the domes. We also headed to The China Garden, after a coffee break. Both are in a really nice residential part of Zurich and a great area for vintage car spotting, of which there are quite a few. The city is quite well-known for its many resident bankers and Switzerland isn’t short of a penny or two but there weren’t as many flash cars as I had expected. The Swiss seem to be a little more understated, opting for some rather special vintage cars instead.
The lake is quite a central feature in the lives of Zurich’s inhabitants. On Sunday there were so many people walking around it, relaxing on in the parks, as well as using the swimming baths (sections of the lake where you can swim, use a sauna, sunbathe, and even get a massage) which were all very busy. I had not expected this and so had not come prepared. Boats cruised around, mooring up for lunch stops or late afternoon drinks. We wandered around the lake and grabbed a bite to eat at Quai 61, where we sat watching the boats coming and going before heading back to the hotel to get a cab to the airport.
36 Hours In Zurich – What To Do
Places & Spaces
A busy street with lots of boutiques, cafés and a huge indoor food market.
Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich
In the middle of the gardens are three domes filled with exotic plants, a little like Kew Gardens in London.
The China Garden
A short walk from the Botanical Gardens is a serene Chinese garden with a pond full on koi carp, a very calming place to take a break.
Pavillon Le Corbusier
In the same park as The China Garden is Le Corbusier’s last building which is now an art gallery.
A short ride up the hill on the funicular takes you to the university and an amazing view of the city.
If you fancy a dip in the lake this is a great spot to head to but be aware that it’s not open all year round.
Zurich’s museum of modern art.
Thermalbad & Spa Zurich
Once an old brewery it’s been converted into a top spa. There aren’t many spas with a view like this one.
Food & Drink
If you like chocolates this is a must, their salted caramel truffles are divine.
A great spot to try a Swiss sausage, they serve three types with a large crusty roll and mustard; perfect enjoyed with a glass of local beer.
Attached to the Marktgasse Hotel is a little café serving delicious fresh food, try their Portuguese custard tarts (maybe not a local delicacy but worth trying anyway).
A cute bar/café that serves a great iced latte and is very close to the lower station of the Polybahn Funicular.
A beautiful restaurant and butcher that specialise in meat dishes, with great decor.
Eat Switzerland’s most famous dish whilst riding the tram.
You get simple styling and great food in this modern restaurant.
The perfect hotel for minimalist lovers like myself, it’s beautifully decorated and the service is top notch, ask for the room with the roof terrace for a really special stay.
A luxury multi-brand concept store for women.
A womenswear brand that specialises in contemporary silk garments but they don’t just sell silk.
Classic, good quality clothes for men and women.
Stop off here for a souvenir or two for the home.