Where once machinery rattled away and the air was full of dust, there is now a totally different atmosphere. Zurich-West has become one of the smartest addresses for art, design, food, and shopping. Various prestigious architects, museums and institutions have helped to turn what used to be the city’s industrial district into what is now the creative quarter. These include well-known names like the Schiffbau, the Maag Music Hall and the Löwenbräu Arena; a unique mixture of international art scene, industry and urban population jostling side by side.

Right on the doorstep of your new home is “the most exciting shopping street in Zurich” – the arches under the viaduct. A glorious mixture of delicatessens, studios, galleries, sport and fashion labels stretching for 500 meters. At the heart of the viaduct, which was built in 1894, is the market hall, where 20 or so local farmers and food stalls offer fresh produce – from exotic mussels to cheese from the Swiss mountains. For a more peaceful atmosphere, try Pfingstweid Park – Zurich’s second most popular public recreational area after Josefwiese, offering generous greenery and open spaces.