This former garage certainly won’t appeal to fans of sleek, decluttered interiors or those of a generally minimalist persuasion. Les Halles is a wacky, noisy affair, packed to the rafters with posters and mirrors, bicycles hanging off the ceiling, bric-a-brac, old, mismatched furniture – and punters.
Its popularity most certainly has to do with Les Halles’ many disguises: it is home to a bar, restaurant and take-away as well as a great little deli, all under one roof. The restaurant menu is small, has a French tinge and usually consists of moules et frites, a pasta dish, antipasti and salads, with prices staying on the decent side of things.
Tucked away between Pfingstweidstrasse and Schiffbau, Les Halles isn’t the easiest spot to find. Your best bet is to start underneath Hardbrücke, walk down Pfingstweidstrasse on the right-hand side and you’ll notice Les Halles’ unassuming front entrance after about a one-minute walk.
Les Halles provides an excellent starting point if you’re off exploring Zurich West’s nightlife, or a destination in its own right. It will seem like you’ve gone to at least three different places even though you never left the premises.