New In Zurich: Aura Restaurant and Book Reading at Caritas Secondhand im Viadukt

 Aura Restaurant Zurich


A new restaurant and event location opened last weekend in Zurich called AURA right in the centre of the city close to Paradeplatz at Bleicherweg 5. Aura is not just a restaurant but also a unique event venue for birthday parties, graduation parties, conferences and events. It has fabulous lighting capabilities, 360° projection and an enormous event area measuring 480 m2. It also incorporates a night-club and a cigar bar. If you are in town this coming weekend why not give it a visit as they will be having their grand opening party on Saturday 26th January from 11pm – 4am. Tickets CHF 30 . And if you’re booked up this weekend, or off skiing in the mountains, why not try it for a Valentine’s Day treat on February 14th? They have a special evening planned from 6.30pm onwards with dinner, show and drinks with a variety of ticket combinations available.  For more information visit their website.

Caritas Secondhand Im Viadukt

Caritas Secondhand im Viadukt

If you speak German, (or are learning it?) why not go along to another event happening this week in Zurich.  Caritas charity shop in Viadukt, Bogen C in Zurich, which incientally must be the poshest second hand shop in Zurich, is hosting a reading by Joannes Vogel of the aptly titled “Kleider machen Leute” (clothes make the man) by Gottfried Keiler. There will also be musical interludes as you browse through the racks of ‘pre-loved’ clothes, shoes and accessories in this very elegant boutique situated under the arches in the Viadukt. The evening takes place this Thursday 24th January starting at 6.30pm. What a great way to shop whilst supporting a charity at the same time. For more information visit their website.

Caritas Secondhand Im Viadukt, Zurich

Photos: Aura and NewInZurich

The Event and Wedding Fair or Fest- und Hochzeitsmesse Zürich

Oerlikon is a popular location for concerts, exhibitions and events and just this weekend Zurich’s “Fest- und Hochzeitmesse” or Event and Wedding Fair takes place at the Messe by the Hallenstadion.

Wedding Fair at the Messe in Oerlikon

The Fair is on 12th and 13th January from 10am – 6pm each day.  In fact it’s not just aimed at those who are getting married. Whether you’re planning a wedding or indeed a grand party or event, or just want to go along for some inspiration, there is bound to be lots on offer to whet your appetite.

Wedding Fair at the Messe in Oerlikon

As well as fashion shows featuring the latest trends there are also talks on everything from flowers and accessories to holiday and honeymoon destinations and lots more.  In addition information and advice is on hand from hundreds of retailers who will be willing to help you with your plans. Entrance is CHF 18 but if you go after 4.30pm there is reduced entry of just CHF 10.  For more information please check the website.

Photos: Fest- und Hochzeitmesse

NewInZurich Guide to Shopping in Zurich After Christmas and over New Year

Happy Boxing Day or St Stephen’s Day or “Stephantag” as they call it here in Zurich! Hope you’re all enjoying the holidays.  In case you were hoping to join the stampedes of shoppers rushing to the shops to buy stuff in the sales as reported in other countries, relax and enjoy the tranquility and the sunshine …. .the shops are still shut in Zurich today.

However, they do open again tomorrow and here is a Quick Guide to the main Shopping Hours for the apres-Christmas and New Year season:

Shopping in Zuerich ©








Zurich’s big stores Opening Hours eg Globus, Jelmoli etc (NB some of the smaller shops may have shorter hours):

Wednesday 26/12/12 (Boxing Day / Stephanstag)  – Closed

Monday 31/1/12 (Silveter / New Year’s Eve)  – 9am – 5pm

Tuesday 1/1/13 (Neu Jahr / New Year’s Day) – closed

Wednesday 2/1/13 (Berchtoldstag) – 9am – 8pm

Globus  and Jelmoli and Manor

Glatt Shopping Hours over the Festive Period:

Wednesday 26/12/12 (Boxing Day / Stephanstag)  – Closed

Monday 31/1/12 (Silvester / New Year’s Eve)  – 8am – 4pm

Tuesday 1/1/13 (Neu Jahr / New Year’s Day) – closed

Wednesday 2/1/13 (Berchtoldstag) – 9am (instead of 8am) – 8pm

Volkiland Shopping Hours over the Festive Period:

Wednesday 26/12/12 (Boxing Day / Stephanstag)  – Closed

Monday 31/1/12 (Silvester / New Year’s Eve)  – 8am – 6pm

Tuesday 1/1/13 (Neu Jahr / New Year’s Day) – closed

Wednesday 2/1/13 (Berchtoldstag) – 9am (instead of 8am) – 8pm

Here are some Shopping Locators for Supermarkets across Switzerland:

Shop locator for Coop Stores with address and opening hours

(NB use the  German option as the English option doesn’t appear to be working yet)

Shop locator for Migros Stores with addresses and opening hours

Shop locator for Volg Stores  (search term entry at bottom of map on left hand side)

And for good measure here is Aldi’s store locator:

And Lidl’s store locator:

Most of these store locators are all in German, and in most cases enter you simply type in your postcode to find the nearest store to your address.

Since we’re in a Shopping frame of mind why not also check out these Shopping Guides which we’ve posted about before :

Cool Shopping Guide to Zurich – covers Kreis 1, Kreis 4 and 5 and there is also a guide to Luzern. Lists independant stores and cafes etc too

Hope Hope Boutique Shopping Guide – covers Kreis 1- 5 and Kreis 8 great for clothes shopping and some little known boutiques as well as doing a small section on men and it also has a second-hand section

Because shopping is a topic many of you will wish to return to, we have also listed the Shopping Loctators and Shopping Guides in a special section all of their own under “Practical Info” top of the website.

Happy Shopping! And hope you find some bargains in the sales!

Sales in Zurich © Glatt

Photos:© and Glatt

Are you going to “Heiliger Bimbam” Christmas Market and Night Shopping 7th – 9th December?

Heiliger Bimbam in Zurich














Fancy doing your Christmas Shopping somewhere different? Why not try the Heiliger Bimbam Market?  From the 7th – 9th December it will be at the Plaza with an array of local designer stalls, changing daily, and there will also be night shopping in districts 3 and 4 with concerts, exhibitions, readings and tastings and plenty of Gluhwein on offer.

Opening Friday7th from 5pm – 10pm,  Saturday 8th from 1pm – 9pm and Sunday 9th from 1pm – 7pm. At the Plaza and in Districts 3 and 4

There will also be another Heiliger Bimbam event on 21st – 23rd December at the MAAG Halle and in District 5. For more information (in German). For the NewInZurich Guide to Christmas Markets.

The Plaza Zurich
Photo Credit: Heiliger Bimbam

Art Exhibition 4th and 5th December – Guillermo Rodriguez – Landscapes of the Soul

The Spanish artist Guillermo Rodriguez is presenting his latest works “Landscapes of the Soul” at a special exhibition in his atelier at Forchstrasse 307 on Tuesday December 4th and Wednesday December 5th from 2pm to 8pm.  Don’t miss the opportunity to talk to this talented artist and view his latest collection.  Guillermo, though born in Spain and now resident in Zurich has lived all over the world and his paintings are influenced by his global adventures. There will also be a sale of designer shawls, stoles, capes and kaftans in the atelier at the same time. If you are unable to make these dates you can contact the artist directly to make an appointment for a private viewing.

More Views of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Show – Annabelle Award

Some more views of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Show at Schiffbau this week… The following photos are from the “Homage to Youth” – the Young Designers Collection and from designs by Barabara Bui and Claudia Zuber, Laend Phuengkit and van Bery.  There were five young Swiss designers competing for the Annabelle Award to study fashion in Paris and the award was presented by Paul Mitchell to Julia Winkler.

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Days Zurich: Lauren Hutton, MGSM, Marco de Vincenzo, Mila Schön, Angelos Bratis, Laurel and Pegasus

Mercedes Benz Fashion Shows, Schiffbau, Zurich

Last night’s fashion show for the “Mercedes Benz Fashion Days took place at Schiffbau in Zurich. It  featured designs from MSGM di Massimo Giorgetti, Marco de Vincenzo, Mila Schön, Angelos Bratis as well as Laurel.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Show 2012 Zurich

Mercedes Benz Fashion Show Zurich

Mercedes Benz Fashion Show Zurich

Mercedes Benz Fashion Show Zurich

Lauren Hutton, the American model and actress was present as one of the VIPs in the audience and was interviewed during the show looking fabulous and radiant, telling everyone that her looks were down to the “good men” in her life!

Lauren Hutton, Mercedes Benz Fashion Days, ©

Elisabeth Schwaiger, who has been Head of Design for Laurel since 1995, was also present acknowledging the rapturous applause for the beautiful designs she was showing – simple, elegant and beautifully crafted.

Elisabeth Schwaiger, Head of Design for Laurel, Mercedes benz Fashion Days 2012, Zurich

Dress by Laurel, Laurel, Mercedes benz Fashion Days 2012, Schiffbau

Elizabeth Schwaiger also posed with the 16 year old British soul singer and TV presenter Dionne Bromfield.

Dionne Bromfield and Elisabeth Schwaiger at MB Fashion Days Zurich

MSGM di Massimo Giorgetti was first to show his designs, followed by Marco de Vincenzo and then Angelos Bratis who said that his inspiration amongst other things came from the Indie music he listened to.  Mila Schön siad that her designs emphaised the femininity of women and featured many flowing designs with eye catching pattern and pretty colours.

Musical entertainment was provided by the Swiss band Pegasus from Biel who performed three of their numbers to an enthusiastic audience.  A great band, they sang in English and seemed a very friendly bunch as they mingled with the crowd at the after the show.

Pegasus, Mercedes Benz Fashion Days 2012, Schiffbau, NewInZurich

Here is a slideshow with some of the highlights.

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The Mercedes Benz Fashion Days runs for three more days at Schiffbau in Zurich – for more information click here.

Blickfang Zurich 2012 – 23rd, 24th and 25th November

Blickfang Zurich 2012

Something to put in your diary! Blickfang is the International design exhibition for fashion, interiors and jewellery and the good news is that it is coming to the Kongresshaus in Zurich on the 23rd – 25th November.  If you have never visited it before, then now is your opportunity! There is plenty of innovation, inspiration and plenty of things to look at and buy.  There is even day care provided for children from 12 noon and 6pm – so the kids can come too!

Entrance Fees:

Day ticket             CHF 23.–

Students with ID   CHF 17.–

Opening Hours:

FR I 23. November 12.00 till 10pm
SA I 24. November 11.00 till 9pm
SO I 25. November 11.00 bis 7pm

Blickgang is all about trends and inspiration – an interaction between Art, Fashion and Music. Instead of a traditional fashion show, Blickfang is organising the “ABSOLUT Blickfang Fashion Performance” with Yannick Aellen staging the latest fashion looks on the catwalk three times a day as follows:

FR I 3 I 6 I 8.30pm

SA I 2 I 5 I 8pm

SO I 1 I 3 I 5pm

For more information click here

What’s On in Zurich – Slow Food Market, Zurich Kunst 12, Winterthur Short Film Festival, Expovina, Zurich Motor Show…

Jazz’No’Jazz: A few tickets left for Saturday, the last day of the Jazz No Jazz Festival. Click here for more information.


Lange Nacht der Hotelbars:  Saturday 3rd – A cool way to experience 12 of the top hotel bars in Zurich.  An upmarket “pub crawl” with a shuttle bus and a variety of music and entertainment at each location. A great evening out. For more information click here.

Lange Nacht der Hotel Bars,

Expovina: The wine boats got off to a rocking start this year with more visitors than ever before!  To join in the fun and taste wine from a unique location, check out our post (in English) here or click on the website (in German). The boats are here till the 15th November.


Slow Food Market: Next week from the 9th – 11th November there is the Slow Food Market at the Messe in Oerlikon.  A not-to-miss event for all foodies and gourmets! This event focuses on the provenance of high quality food  – what we eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how the food we choose impacts the rest of the world.The antithesis of fast food embodied by its logo of the snail. For more information click here.

Slow Food Market,

Zurich Kunst 12: KUNST 12 ZÜRICH is a contemporary visual art fair showcasing 80 international galleries. Over the past 17 years this art fair has grown into an important meeting point for collectors, gallery owners, curators, artists and art-lovers.

Kunst Zurich 12,

The fair’s visitors are accustomed to international high quality and cutting-edge art as Zurich is an already established hot-spot in the art world. Alongside traditional programmes of modern and contemporary art, there are also booths promoting the latest generation of new galleries. Most recently, the fair introduced the ZKB Art Award to provide a platform for galleries and young aspiring artists.  From 8th – 11th November more than 20’000 visitors are expected to transform the 8000 m² former factory building into a vibrant art centre. For more information click here.

Winterthur Short Film Festival, www.newinzurich.comThe Winterthur Short Film Festival: This is a festival of short films from a variety of countries: “Kurzfilmtage” have enjoyed huge popularity for years and this festival is growing in international recognition and in popularity with many of the evening events already sold out. What began in 1997 on a small scale andwas dedicated to local film-making has by now developed into the biggest short film festival in Switzerland. Year after year, more than 10’000 film addicts flock to the Casinotheater and Theater Winterthur. The centrepiece of the five-day festival is the international competition, complemented by special programmes. For more information and the full programme of films click here.

Zurich Car Show: The Zurich Car Show is at the Messe in Oerlikon from 8th – 11th November. For more information  and the programme (in German) click here or click here or scroll down for our previous post in English detailing the ticket prices and opening hours.

Zurich Car show 2012,

Mercedes Benz Fashion Days: Mercedes Benz Fashion Days Zurich is where national and international designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Julien Macdonald, Missoni, Alexander Wang and many more show their collections and it takes place from 7th – 10th November at Schiffbau in Zurich. For more information and for tickets click here.

mercedes benz fashion days zurich,

Swiss Cup Zurich  World Cup Gymnatics: This event begins on 4th November at the Hallenstadion.  For more information and tickets click here.

For Kids: If your children are Mowgli fans you might want to take them to see the Jungle Book or “S’Dschungelbuech” playing live in Zurich on a variety of dates from 31st October onwards.  Please note that the production is in Swiss German! For moreinformation and to buy tickets click here.

Exhibition: On Sunday 4th November it’s the last day of Night Lights exhibition at the Lumas gallery so click on the link or scroll down and check out our previous post on Lumas.

Photo: ©Sandra Rauch,

Ski & Sports Sale: If you’re looking to update your ski  or sports gear you should head on down to Sport Shop Time Out in Uster where they are celebrating their 20th birthday and their “Ski Season Opening” by offering a discount on Saturday 3rd Novemberof 20% off all items excluding ski rentals and service. There will be free raclette and pizza, competitions, free Time Out hoodies for the under 14 year olds and lots more. Click here for address details.

Music: And if Country Music is your bag Rolf Raggenbass and the Country Heart Band are playing at 6pm on Saturday 3rd November at the Hotel Loewen in Meilen. Entry price of CHF 99 includes an apero, 3 course meal and entertainment.

Young Art & Design: Claudia Joengbloed is a young artist based in Zurich and on Saturday 10th November she will be hosting a Vernissage to show case her art and design. Why not visit Claudia at Rotbuchstrasse 64, 8037 Zurich to view her exhibition over a glass of wine.  For further details see flyer.

Fashion Boutique Shopping Guide to Zurich by Hope Hope

Jelmoli Style Days,

After Mode Suisse and then last week Jelmoli Style Days, next week there will be yet another fashion show in the form of Mercedes Benz Fashion Days. With all the excitement of the runway perhaps you’re looking for some help finding the right shops and boutiques for you in Zurich? Well help is at hand with the new Fashion Shopping Guide to Zurich by Marisa from Hope Hope.

Explaining what is available in Zurich, Kreis by Kreis, Marisa has created a logical and straight forward guide to finding the shops and boutiques that maybe you had been looking for but were not sure where to find in Zurich.

For the guide and further information please click here.

Photo: Gigi Burn & Hope Hope