I wasn’t going to let the rain get in the way of seeing the quaint city of Zurich, Switzerland. I had just landed and only had a few hours free, so I made a beeline to the famous confection shop, Sprungli, on Paradeplatz to meet with a friend.
There are quite a few of these old time sweet shops in Zurich but this one has a "refreshment room,” or restaurant, that has been in operation since 1859! The first floor is where you buy handmade chocolates, pralines, and truffles, minus all the additives. The second floor is a classically designed restaurant—a perfect place to chat with friends and have something light to eat. Large windows let natural light in, and although it was a rainy day, it felt warm and cozy. I had a crème brulée tart with my tea and my friend had a divine little chocolate cake.
Then it was up with the umbrella and on with the Burberrys’ rain hat and off to the Old Town, past St Peter’s cathedral (its spire has the largest clock face in Europe) and over the Munster bridge to Limmatquaistrasse to Teddy’s Souvenir shop at No. 34. (Sometimes a snow globe and a little Heidi doll are the only way to commemorate your trip to Switzerland and this is the place to get it.)
On one of the cobblestone streets in the old town, at No. 15 Oberdorfstrasse, I came upon Monsieur Dubois, a beautifully tiled shop in white with blue detailing, which made me think of Royal Blue Doulton china. (The owner says he was influenced by 19th-century Paris.)
The boutique carries a funky selection of accessories, shoes bags and unique shoe brands, including these great flip flps (above) from Lise Sandohl from Denmark. I happily made a purchase but held to my resolve to not buy another pair of shoes until summer. (It wasn’t easy.)
As much as I wasn’t in the mood for cheese, I could not let another trip to Switzerland go by without having fondue. The hotel concierge suggested my work colleague and I check out Swiss Chuchi at No. 360 Tage geoffnet if we were looking for terrific traditional fondue restaurant. When we arrived, I noticed the vestibule to the dining area had a foul smell. A split second later it struck me—Stinky Cheese Fondue! But a must in Zurich.
Mimi Lombardo is the fashion director at Travel + Leisure.