Lindenhof (map). The hill in the heart of the old town. A beautiful view of the city and one time location of a Roman fort. Lake Promenade (Utoquai, Seefeldquai, map). Especially during summer, the lake is a beautiful place to spend the evening or the weekend. Starting from Bellevue (map), the boardwalk goes for about three kilometers along the lake towards Tiefenbrunnen (map). About halfway from Bellevue there is a meadow.
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Niederdorf (map). The old town offers beautiful alleys, restaurants and shopping mainly aimed at younger consumers. In the evenings, people visit the Niederdorf’s many bars.
Flohmarkt Bürkliplatz (Fleamarket, map), in the Bellevue area near the Stadelhofen station. May-Oct: Sa 06:00–15:30. Fairly relaxed yet large flea market with many interesting stalls. Flohmarkt Kanzlei (Fleamarket, map), a big flea market that hosts up to 400 stalls on busy days.
The Migros and Coop supermarkets (several branches all over the city) are good places to assemble an inexpensive and delicious picnic lunch consisting of freshly baked bread, cheese or ham and fresh fruit. Migros Gourmessa is the ‘gourmet’ takeaway counter, available in larger Migros stores including the Migros City branch at Löwenstrasse.
Street Parade. The biggest open air techno rave in Europe. It happens one day each year on the second Saturday of August, during which trucks which function as mobile soundsystems (“Love mobiles”). Every year this event attracts nearly a million visitors who dance in the streets to the music which you can hear from anywhere in the city.
Caliente Festival. The largest latin festival in Europe. Held every year in early July. Try all types of Latin American food and listen to samba, merengue & co.
Zurich has proportionally more clubs than any other city in Europe. You will find anything from very “fancy” clubs to places you can just chill. If you want, you can go to a club every night. Most of the clubs are located around the Langstrasse and Hardbrücke. The uncommercial platform denkmal.org aggregates published events from all clubs and bars in Zurich and is a good place to look up what’s up.