Take a wander through Zurich's Industriequartier

Once the largest Swiss city's manufacturing district, this zone around the old railway arches now provides an altogether more boutique experience

Featured November 14 Words by Chantal Panozzo / Photography By Tim E White
Take a wander through Zurich's Industriequartier

Im Viadukt isn't your usual shopping street. Tucked inside the arches of a 19th century railway bridge, it's the antithesis of the modern mall: a parade of independent shops, chain-free restaurants and Markthalle Im Viadukt, the city's first covered food-and-produce market. Since opening in 2010, it's been one of the main draws for visitors to Zürich's rapidly gentrifying 5th district, the former manufacturing zone around Hardbrücke railway station. The hodgepodge of vintage furniture shops, shabby-chic bars and organic-cheese sellers means a wander here gives a rare glimpse of the city's more bohemian side. What are you waiting for?

231 Limmatstrasse
The British Cheese Centre
More than 17,000kg of British cheese finds its way to Zürich every year, thanks to Michael Jones, who's been flogging fromage here since 2007. Pair a hunk of vintage Cheddar with one of his excellent craft beers. Dead Pony Club, anyone?

231 Limmatstrasse
Berg und Tal
According to owner András Németh, “Food is beautiful.” His handmade, all-Swiss products certainly are. Think syrup made from local roses, honey from Zürich's rooftop beehives and delicious chocolates from Aarau that the Queen Mum used to enjoy.

43 Viaduktstrasse
Rahel Brunner aims to be different. “I try to focus on things you won't find in department stores,” says the owner of this on-trend clothing and accessories shop. Her inspiration comes from frequent fashion-show attendance and always keeping a lookout for new labels. “I buy what I like,” she explains, picking out bags by Swiss brand Qwstion, scarves by Jean-Jacques Rogers and shoes by Danish company Black Lily.

31 Viaduktstrasse
Senior Design Factory
Designer Benjamin Moser is on a mission: to make people feel great about growing old. That's why his shop offers solutions for our ageing population in the form of beautiful canes, chairs that are the right height for any age and black quinoa, which the oldest man who ever lived is said to have eaten daily.

39 Viaduktstrasse
Japanese knives, French porcelain, Swiss pepper grinders.... Every kitchen and home accessory at Sibler has one thing in common: great design values. Ask saleswoman Vivien for help with gift quandaries.

23 Geroldstrasse
Edition Populaire
“The important thing is to have the right things, not a lot of things,” says shop owner Aleli Leal. That's why her light bulbs are handmade, the beach towels can absorb up to 20 times their weight and the brandy's from Christoph Keller, “the best in the world”.

23 Geroldstrasse
Simon Berri and Marion Kindle went to Bangkok last year and came home with a business plan. Inspired by the craftsmanship of small Thai labels, they created this boutique, filled with clothing and accessories available nowhere else in Europe.

Geroldstrasse 23
Bogen 33
Back in 2003, Fabio Dubler was inspired by a friend's furniture collection and thought selling similar pieces might be fun. Now his vintage outlet, which feels like a small design museum, is even home to an old sailboat that has become a permanent fixture.

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