When I first arrived in Zurich, I went straight to IKEA to gather bits and bobs to sleep on, eat with, etc. As is the case in all cities, this meant hauling tons of plastic and wood-chip loot home on the train, the tram and then by foot. Was it fun? No. Do I even still own any stuff from that trip? No. Was it at least a bargain? Not really.
If you’re new to Zurich or are about to move here, know this: most flats are unfurnished. A room in a WG (a shared flat) is also usually unfurnished. If you’re a student or fresh out of Uni, like I was when I arrived, then you most likely do not have a car, do not have your own furniture you can ship over from your home country and definitely don’t want to spend a fortune decking your flat out. Especially if you’re only here on an exchange year.
Before heading to IKEA, I highly recommend popping into Brocki-Land. There are a few charity shops and the like around the city, but this one is seriously dirt cheap. Granted, you will have to rummage around before you find any cutlery you’d be willing to actually put in your mouth, but when you do find what you need you’re guaranteed to pay peanuts for it.
Last time I was in there a group of students had bought all their kitchenware for a total of around CHF 20. Gunstig, oder?