Author: Larisa

Shopping at the Helvetiaplatz farmers market in Zurich

One of my favorite ways to have quality time in Zürich is to stroll and shop at the Farmer’s market. I love the colors of the food and flower stalls, the sound of many conversations between shoppers and vendors, the fresh selection and wider choice than you’d find at the supermarket, and the luxury of taking the time to choose something healthy and natural for the table. 

My guide to Zürich badis

With so many hot days this summer, I got to spend many lunches and evenings at what I think is one of the best things in Zürich: the badis. If you told me before I moved here, that this city, known for its prices and bankers, has amazing public swimming areas (some of them free) where locals come to cool off from 30+ temperatures, I wouldn’t believe you that a) it gets that hot in Switzerland and b) that this is part of the local lifestyle. Somehow it sounds more like Spain than a country known for skiing and Alps – but actually, it’s a very Swiss thing. Here is my guide to Zurich’s best-kept secret.*

Hotel Bristol in Zermatt

Waking up to a view of the Matterhorn from your window is a dream. Even now that I’ve done it, looking at these photos still feels like another reality. For our one night stay in Zermatt, we booked a room at Hotel Bristol. It was my first time in this part of Switzerland and I did a lot of research to find the kind of place that would give us lasting memories. I wanted it to be a cozy hotel with character, an authentic alpine vibe, a spa and, of course, a view, and this small family-run hotel had it all.